The Color of Time (2014)



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James Franco, Mila Kunis, Jessica Chastain, and Zach Braff star in this dramatic and inventive look at the life and work of ionic Pulitzer Prize-winning poet C.K. Williams. Williams (Franco) has a beautiful, adoring wife (Kunis) and a young son. But as he prepares for a reading in New York City and struggles to create new work, he is haunted by memories of his past-from his first sexual encounter to a later tragic loss. An ensemble of 12 directors work with a star-studded cast to weave together this moving and unique story of a complex man and the relationships that defined him. (C) Starz

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Henry Hopper
as C.K. Williams
James Franco
as C.K. Williams, age 40
Jessica Chastain
as Mrs. Williams
Mila Kunis
as Catherine
Zach Braff
as Albert

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Based on Pulitzer Prize-winning poet C.K. Williams's autobiographical work, "The Color of Time" is about poetry, though it has none to speak of.

Full Review… | December 12, 2014
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"The Color of Time" is an odd bird in that its 12 cooks don't necessarily spoil the broth. The problem is that they leave it as broth.

Full Review… | December 11, 2014
Los Angeles Times
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The film is too sincere an expression of admiration for this poet's work to feel pretentious, but it's like a music video for the poems, often literal in its biographical readings.

Full Review… | December 11, 2014
New York Times
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A cool concept, and A for effort.

Full Review… | December 11, 2014
New York Daily News
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Franco makes a lot of art, both good and bad. But no one provides a bolder example of the vanishing lines that used to separate movie stars, fringe artists, and working actors.

Full Review… | December 10, 2014
AV Club
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The uniformity of its languorous, lens-flared visuals may wear on all but the most ardent Terrence Malick devotees, many of whom, I suspect, are also grad students.

Full Review… | December 10, 2014
New York Post
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Audience Reviews for The Color of Time

Some nice direction and mood, but the film is dull and iy never gives us a reason to see why poet C.K. Williams deserves to have a movie made about him.

Steve Smith
Steve Smith

It feels like a collective effort to mock Terrence Malick, which is ironic, because it would've been better had he directed it.

Brandon Schmidt
Brandon Schmidt

A mosaic hazy view at the various facets of the poet C.K.'s Williams life and motivations. An admirable attempt to bring (read) poetry to cinema, but on a tired workday the nuances of the cinematic-soft-focus and textual imagery were mostly lost on me.

Aaron Chuah
Aaron Chuah

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