Rambling Rose Reviews
Robert Duvall is his dependably excellent self as Daddy and it is to his credit that he finds the balance in his character, who could have come off as an ogre, and makes us like and respect him. Also Oscar nominated was Diane Ladd as Mother and she gives a performance of great strength and dignity, vital in the last act of the film.
Then 14 Lukas Haas again shows that he was one of a very few child actors who aren't monumentally annoying. His strong performance may be down to a real understanding of being a hormonal teenager or it may simply be that he WAS a hormonal teenager, but it works and he's a fine partner for Dern in their scenes together.
Martha Coolidge strikes a fine balance between the more sexual elements of the story and the sweetness of the tone of the film, never more so than in the film's outstanding scene where Rose asks if she can get in bed with Buddy and he uses this oppurtunity to get her to let him explore her body. This could be deeply unsavoury but the dialogue takes that out of it, making it about a curious boy and a desperate, confused girl and it ends up being a sweet scene in spite of itself.
The film also tiptoes between comedy and drama, but it's strongest when mixing the two, as with Dern's lovely line about being "Only a human girl person".
An excellent character piece, with terrific performances from all concerned, Rambling Rose is the kind of movie that they just don't make enough of.
[i]The Doors[/i], directed by Oliver Stone, is a stylistic, yet terribly uneven look into the world of Jim Morrison. Val Kilmer does an amazing job as Jim Morrison, but instead of a well-rounded story it often becomes an exercise in self-idolization. I was hoping for a bit more, and that's coming from a Doors fan. Still worth seeing for Val Kilmer's performance.
[i]Regarding Henry [/i]stars Harrison Ford as an insenstive, ruthless attorney who accidentally wanders into a burglary ended up shot in the head. Once he emerges from his coma he realizes what a jerk he was and attempts to mend his way. Well he should have been nicer before he got shot.
[i]Sleeping With the Enemy [/i]bills itself as a psychological thriller, however you may need to take something to keep you awake. Stars Julia Roberts. I only like a couple of movies she's been in, and this isn't one of them.
L.A. Story is a sophisticated comedy starring Steve Martin as television weatherman enjoying a typical LA yuppie life. Life changes when he is fired and finds out girlfriend Trudi (Marilu Henner) is cheating on him. Enter Sandee (Sarah Jessica Parker) and Sara (Victoria Tennant).