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Richard Glatzer, Director Of 'Still Alice', Dies In Los Angeles Aged 63


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Richard Glatzer, the writer and director of the Oscar-winning movie Still Alice, has died ahed 63. Glatzer, who worked on the film despite suffering the debilitating effects of ALS, passed away in Los Angeles on Tuesday (March 10).

Richard GlatzerRichard Glatzer [center] directed and wrote the Oscar winning movie Still Alice

His death comes less than three weeks after Julianne Moore won the Oscar for Best Actress for a stunning part written by Glatzer and his husband Wash Westmoreland. Moore played a successful professor whose life begins to unravel after being diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's.

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'Still Alice' Was A Labour Of Love For Directors


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After Julianne Moore won the Oscar for her performance in 'Still Alice', the film climbed back into the US box office top 10, just as it opens across Europe this weekend. Co-director Wash Westmoreland is amazed at how the film has connected with people. "When you're an independent filmmaker you always have a dream version of how things will go," he said. "You have to live within the dream because often the reality is usually too brutal to deal with! But this time the reality has turned out to be better than the dream."

Julianne Moore in 'Still Alice'
Julianne Moore in 'Still Alice'

Most amazing to Westmoreland and his partner, co-director Richard Glatzer, is how the film seems to be changing the perception of Alzheimer's. They credit much of this reaction to Moore's remarkably sensitive performance. "You know, we've always been huge fans of her work," Westmoreland said. "Every character she plays is completely different but yet realistic, whether it's Amber Waves, Sarah Palin or Cathy Whitaker. She has the ability to project intelligence, to be emotionally vulnerable and to act without words. I think in a lot of her movies, like 'Safe', she does a lot without speaking."

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Still Alice Review


Extraordinary

For a film about early onset Alzheimer's, this is a remarkably wry, honest and even hopeful drama, anchored by another staggeringly sensitive performance by Julianne Moore. Writing-directing team Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland are known for their observant depictions of human interaction (see Quinceañera), and they fill the screen with sharp dialogue and earthy emotions that make this much more than another movie about a disease. Instead, it's about how people can transcend what life throws at them, even if it knocks them down.

Moore stars as Alice, a New York linguistics professor who has just turned 50 when she starts noticing that she's forgetting words and getting lost. Her doctor gives her the tough diagnosis, and she uses her dry wit and sharp intellect to face the future with her steady husband John (Alec Baldwin) and their three grown children: married and pregnant Anna (Kate Bosworth), aspiring actress Lydia (Kristen Stewart) and free-spirit Tom (Hunter Parrish). The hardest thing to learn is that the disease is familial, and that she has passed it to at least one of her children. So while she can, Alice makes a contingency plan for the future as she watches her family members each react in a different way.

No, this isn't a light and breezy movie. But the filmmakers balance the moments of gut-wrenching emotion with smart humour ("Sorry, I forgot - I have Alzheimer's!") and bracing honesty ("I wish I had cancer!"). Moore is uncannily raw in the role, subtly revealing Alice's transformation in ways we barely notice until we're reminded what she used to be like. Even more powerful is her own awareness of what's happening. Opposite her, Baldwin has terrific camaraderie and an unexpected warmth, while both Bosworth and Stewart get a chance to dig much deeper as actors than they usually do. And what makes the film special is the way Alice's interaction with each character is uniquely individualistic.

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Still Alice - Clip


On the outside, Alice Howland appears to have an idyllic life. A beautiful family life with a husband  and three older children, and a job that has provided her with such joy over the years. She's a linguistics professor, well respected for her knowledge of the world of language. However, soon she finds herself forgetting even the simplest of words and decides to get checked out by a doctor to see what might be wrong with her. On discovering that she has been diagnosed with Early-Onset Alzheimer's Disease, she finds herself struggling to deal with the idea of losing out on the rest of her career, being so highly respected in her field. She starts to drift further and further from her own identity, forgetting who she has become with the knowledge that it's only going to get worse.

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Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland and Julianne Moore - AFI FEST 2014 Presented By Audi Special Screening Of "Still Alice" at Dolby Theatre - Hollywood, California, United States - Wednesday 12th November 2014

Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland and Julianne Moore

Tom Bernard, Kristen Stewart, Wash Westmoreland, Julianne Moore, Michael Barker and Richard Glatzer - Celebrities attend AFI FEST 2014 Presented By Audi Special Screening Of "Still Alice" at the Dolby Theatre. at Dolby Theatre - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 13th November 2014

Tom Bernard, Kristen Stewart, Wash Westmoreland, Julianne Moore, Michael Barker and Richard Glatzer
Kristen Stewart
Kristen Stewart
Kristen Stewart
Kristen Stewart
Kristen Stewart

Pedro Review


Very Good
Stirring writing and acting helps overcome bland TV-movie production values to bring this true story to life. Even as it turns the central figure into a saint, we recognise the extraordinary nature of what he did.

In 1994, Cuban-born Pedro Zamora (Loynaz) was cast in MTV's Real World because producers wanted to shake things up with a housemate who was HIV-positive. At 21, this bright young man is already an outspoken gay activist, and the reality show house is split when the homophobic Puck (Barr) turns on him. But the rest of the residents come over to Pedro's side, and by the time he dies of Aids-related causes while the programme is airing, they have taken up his campaign.

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Quinceañera Review


Good
The titular ceremony in Wash Westmoreland and Richard Glatzer's Quinceañera resembles a sort of teenage wedding. In actuality, it's a Catholic version of a Sweet Sixteen to symbolize a Mexican girl's acceptance of womanhood. It's a killer party: The 15-year-old girl dances with her father and her male relatives and then gets to spend the rest of the night with her girlfriends and her boyfriend while her family gets tanked and talks about their nostalgic feelings of when they accepted maturity and adulthood.

Magdalena (Emily Rios) is coming back from her best friend's Quinceañera when she starts talking to her mother about getting a stretch hummer limo for her celebration. This is the least of her worries. She's pregnant with the child of Herman (J.R. Cruz), even though they are both still virgins. The realization of this turns her father against her and her friends into gossip manufacturers. She escapes to her great uncle Tomas (Chalo Gonzalez), who owns a small apartment in Echo Park, where he lives with his grand-nephew Carlos (Jesse Garcia), a homosexual teen who was abandoned by his parents.

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The Fluffer Review


Good
Sean McGinnis (Michael Cunio) gets more than he bargained for when he rents Citizen Cum instead of Orson Welles' classic. Infatuated with gay porn star Johnny Rebel (Scott Gurney), McGinnis goes looking for love at Men of Janus, the production company where Johnny Rebel works. That's Janus, as in the Roman god of entrances and exits.

Soon McGinnis is doing behind-the-scenes work for the adult male venture. Besides manning the camera, he also becomes Rebel's favorite fluffer -- the person who primes the performer to, um, get up for the task. But when McGinnis discovers that the object of his affection is only "gay for pay," as in straight off-camera, the fantasy begins to unravel.

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Grief Review


Weak
Horrible production values and some of the most stilted acting I've ever seen pretty much sink Grief completely -- and that's in the first two minutes, before we even get to the opening credits. The next 79 minutes don't offer much else in the way of memorable filmmaking, plot, or performance, either.

Bonus points for putting a few capable actors like Illeana Douglas and Lucy Gutteridge (who hasn't made a film since) in the mix, but it would've been much brighter to craft a movie around someone like one of them instead of the talent-free drag queen Kent Fuher (channeling Divine). Oh, the story? It's all about the high drama on the set of The Love Judge, a tawdry court-based soap opera, complete with office romances, authority issues, and copier trouble. When boss Jo (Fuher) announces she's moving abroad, there's a power grab for her job. But the bulk of the story concerns gay writer Mark (Craig Chester), who's distraught over work and home life and threatening to jump off the building when he's not providing "witty" voice-over for the movie.

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Still Alice Movie Review

Still Alice Movie Review

For a film about early onset Alzheimer's, this is a remarkably wry, honest and even...

Still Alice - Clip Trailer

Still Alice - Clip Trailer

On the outside, Alice Howland appears to have an idyllic life. A beautiful family life...

Pedro Movie Review

Pedro Movie Review

Stirring writing and acting helps overcome bland TV-movie production values to bring this true story...

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