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Thursday
Jun 14 2018

Months of Meryl: Marvin's Room (1996)

JohnandMattheware watching every single live-action film starring Meryl Streep.

#24 —Lee,a frazzled single mom and aspiring hairdresser who reunites with her ailing sister.

JOHN:Marvin's Roombegins with a slow outward zoom of assorted pill bottles and other medical paraphernalia scored to whimsically upbeat music that immediately establishes the film's split personality between dysfunctional family comedy and sentimental illness drama.We soon learn that the titular Marvin is the bedridden and near-death father of Bessie (Diane Keaton) and brother of Ruth (Gwen Verdon),three members of a looney Floridian family.No sooner than Marvin's illness and medical routine is introduced,Bessie is herself diagnosed with leukemia by Dr.Robert De Niro (who also produced the film).He recommends that Bessie's family members be tested for a possible bone marrow transplant.This diagnosis is the film's engine,reuniting her with her sister Lee (Meryl Streep) and nephews Hank (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Charlie (Hal Scardino),bridging a twenty year gap between this estranged family...

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Tuesday
Dec 20 2016

25th Anniversary: Prince of Tides (1991)

by Eric Blume

Twenty five years ago,director Barbra Streisand delivered her big-screen adaptation of the Pat Conroy novelThe Prince of Tidesfor Christmas.  The film went on to win the Best Actor Golden Globe for Nick Nolte,as well assevenOscar nominations,including Best Picture (but famously not a Best Director nod for Streisand).

Looking at the film now,The Prince of Tidesfeels like a remnant from a lost Hollywood genre:  the mainstream,gimmick-free adult drama.  Streisand's instincts lean to the commercial,and she's fully devoted to the film's rather banal psychobabble that purports how one good solid cry can heal a childhood rape.  The script may be as deep as a raindrop,but it has its strengths as well,and they're strengths that align with Streisand's own...

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