Friday, October 17, 2008

New Movies This Week

Three nice additions to the Hulu Movie stable this week, one of which I'm particularly excited about:

Flesh and Bone
Rotten Tomatoes gives this 1993 Texas-based drama a 73% approval rating. It's got some decent stars in it, namely Dennis Quaid, James Caan, Meg Ryan, and a 20 year old Gwyneth Paltrow in her first feature film. The plot sounds very good, involving a twenty-year old murder, a romance between Quaid and Ryan, and a teenaged con artist. I am definitely going to be watching this. Good job, Hulu!


Nobody's Fool
I am head-over-heels to see this offering on Hulu, and for a very personal reason-- this movie is the only Hollywood film that was ever shot in my childhood home town of Beacon, NY. What's more, the movie is good. You don't want to watch it with me in your living room, because I'll just blather on about the houses I recognize in the background. But you do want to watch it when I'm not around. Paul Newman got an Oscar nod for his role as Sully, a down and out contractor who struggles every day to scrape by. He is the epitome of the noble blue collar worker-- full of grit, kindness, and pride, but is also deeply troubled by his failure to achieve anything significant in his life, and a sense that his aging body will soon give out on him. There are also great turns by Bruce Willis, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Melanie Griffith, Jessica Tandy, and Pruitt Taylor Vince. If you grew up in one of these small, economically depressed towns, you'll enjoy it even more. Consider that a rave review.


Man With The Gun
A 1955 Western starring Robert Mitchum, with the following plot summary from RT:
Clint Tollinger (Mitchum) is a stranger in a small western town looking for his estranged wife who left him. During the search he consequently gets wrapped up in the troubles of the townsfolk who are living in constant fear of an intimidating landowner who rules the people through his rough and tumble henchmen. A town tamer by trade, Clint accepts a commission from the town sheriff to help the people get their lives back and to set things straight.

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