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The Cellar Door (2007)
James Dumont Scores Big in this film!
I have to admit that I'm generally not a fan of this genre so I was not looking forward to the screening I had to attend. James DuMont's superb performance made the experience well worth my time.
Every once in a while you get to see a performance that reminds you why you go to the movies and James DuMont's performance it subtle, deep and compelling.
I was also glad to see the film had some substance beyond what I originally thought. It has a lot to say about isolation and need the for love. Both of which DuMont captures vividly. Making an otherwise awful character sympathetic. No small feat with a role like this and one that could have very easily been overplayed.
Please don't let my going on about DuMont detract anything at all from Michelle Tomlinson's wonderful performance. The two actors are equally matched in this clever cat and mouse game of love and survival.
Now I think it would be great to see them together in a romantic comedy.
I was glad I saw this movie and I think you will be as well.
Gary Lennon has a bright future!
Based what I've seen of Mr. Lennon's work thus far I would say that he is on his way to a very memorable career.
Lennon obviously knows life in Hell's Kitchen like the back of his hand and must be drawing from his own personal experiences or others he's seen.
It's all too clear Lennon understands the darker side of life. With his deft touch as director a superb cast brings a frightening reality to the screen.
Like any great filmmaker who holds a mirror up to life, Lennon isn't afraid to ram the rawest of emotions into your gut like a dirty shiv.
People on Paper (1945)
A Glimpse Of Well Loved Cartoonists Drawing Long Time Favorites
If you love the "Funnies" you're in for a real treat with this short film. (I saw it on TCM 04-28-2005) For animation buffs Li'l Abner has a ten second spot at the end where he comments to the audience. (It is not revealed who does the voice of Li'l Abner.) It starts off with shots of old comic pages like Little Nemo in Slumberland and quickly works it's way to the 1945 era of comic art. Hard to believe some of these strips like Blondie and Gasoline Alley are still being drawn. A real gem from the Turner Vault. It really made me smile. Turner should do a DVD box set of Shorts like these they are a real glimpse into the past.