James Quillinan, known primarily for his expertise in the areas of Estate Planning, Probate, Trusts, Conservatorships and related Litigation is also an avid movie-goer. His reviews started in the Law Office around 1998 when associates and clients began asking him about the movies he had seen. He began sending his reviews by email to a list of friends and movie fans which now has grown to include world-wide distribution.
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Monday, July 21, 2014
Sex Tape. A clever premise that goes horribly awry. A young couple after ten years of marriage and two kids tries to recapture the intensity of their relationship from their college days. Of course they decide to make a video on their iPad graphically demonstrating every possible coupling. Rather than deleting the video, it gets out on the Internet and all hell breaks loose as they try to control the damage. Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz star in this embarrassing attempt at a comedy. The film hits its nadir when Jack Black as an adult film impresario gives a homily on morality. Don’t waste your time. Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity, language and drug use.
Wish I Was Here. Zach Braf wrote, directed and stars in this heartfelt look at family. It is definitely idiosyncratic and I wonder how autobiographical it may be. Braf is Aidan Bloom a father, a husband and an unsuccessful actor. He is 35 and is barely coping. His strong wife Sarah (Kate Hudson) keeps the family together. Aidan is waiting for an epiphany to explain his place in the universe. He is dealing with a dying father (Mandy Patinkin), an oddball brother (Josh Gad) and inquiring Rabbis all while trying to home school his kids. The cast is amazing with strong performances by all. The dialogue provides witty and sarcastic lines that give us poignant insights into the characters and to ourselves. Aidan and his family discover strength through adversity. Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity, language and some drug use. It is a Peggy’s Pick.
Venus In Fur. This French film is directed by Roman Polanski and is really a tribute to the two actors who take us on a roller coaster ride of emotions, sexual tension, power, and role-play all in the guise of an audition. Thomas Novachek (Mathieu Amalric) is conducting auditions for "Venus in Fur," a play he wrote and directs. One last and late actress shows up for the audition. Vanda Jourdain (Emmanuelle Seigner) enters in tight leather, black stockings and a dog collar. The play is based on a scandalous 19th Century novel by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch. The play may be a love story but involves a lot of kink. The two vacillate between the roles in the play and themselves such that the lines between reality and the play are blurred. The links between pleasure and pain are explored. The origins of power and sex are exposed. The performances of Amalric and Seigner (Mrs. Polanski) are amazing as they make this quirky film enchanting. Polanski’s direction makes it seem as if we are seeing all of this real time. Not rated but would be R for language and nudity. In French with English subtitles.