I can’t be the only one who’s freaking out about Michael Pitt being cast as Mason Verger on Hannibal. And let’s not forget that Katharine Isabelle is playing his lesbian sister. This upcoming season is already shaping up to be next level bananas.
The main character of Nurse states in the opening sequence that her true calling is to exact revenge on predators like married men who cheat on their wives. Why then does she spend most of the movie attacking innocent people? I mean, can we pick an idea and follow through with it? If you’re looking for an actual revenge movie with a doctor/nurse protagonist, then you should check out the much better American Mary.
That being said, Nurse is a pretty fun train wreck to watch. Paz de la Huerta delivers her lines with vampy yet still surprisingly zombie-like flair. Niecy Nash serves up fierceness and steals every scene that she’s in. Also, Corbin Bleu and Boris Kodjoe are some gorgeous eye candy, which is a valid reason to watch pretty much anything.
I act this way because that’s the way I feel like acting. If people like it, fine. If they don’t, that’s their problem.
Nebraska is a quiet film about quiet people leading quiet lives. With it, Alexander Payne, master of the American dramedy, adds another stirring piece to his already impressive body of work. It always intrigues me when a director decides to use black and white in a modern movie. Most of the time, they do it to try and make their creation feel smarter than it really is, but in the case of Nebraska, it fits perfectly. The starkness adds to what’s going on in the lives of the characters.
Brilliant performances by some brilliant acting veterans abound in this slice of life tale. Bruce Dern, one of the most underrated character actors of all time, is beyond reproach as Woody. He’s gruff and out of place in the world, always seeming put upon, yet silently begging for attention. His alcoholism has left him weathered, but not without the ability to come back at you with some bite. June Squibb is everything as the self-proclaimed only sane person in the family. Her take no shit attitude and utter lack of a filter are both appalling and charming. As for Will Forte, who knew that Mr. SNL Funny Guy could play the straight man, and do a great job of it? Bravo.
Overall, Nebraska left me having a lot of thoughts about a lot of things, which should be the result from seeing any great film. Do we ever truly understand that our parents had lives before us? If we took some time to reflect on that, would we be amazed at how scarily similar some of their past situations are to some of our current ones? How much easier would it be for us if we always viewed our parents as flawed human beings instead of mystical creatures who are supposed to be perfect? When you’re a blissfully unaware child, it’s wonderful to see your mother and father as gods, but as you get older, it becomes clear just how hard of a thing that is to live up to.