Archive for November, 2005

Johnny Cash – Ring Of Fire: The Legend Of Johnny Cash (UMTV)

masculinity and jaunty melody. The same bitter legacy of love twisted into damage is there on all his best known songs from I Walk The Line and A Thing Called Love to less well known ones such as Cry, Cry, Cry.

In Cash’s universe love is a dangerous weakness for a man, and though his lyrics are simple they reveal profound emotion. Always it is his gruff barely in tune voice that does the business. Nowhere is this more disturbing than in the sinister descent of I Walk The Line from declaration of love into dark paranoia as he realises that the commitment he has given his girl may not be reciprocated – and if he is walking the line, he is going to make damn sure she does too. It is a song in which the voice does all the work, revealing love as bondage.

Everything Is Illuminated

Based on Safran Foer’s short story A Very Rigid Search rather than his eponymous novel, Everything Is Illuminated is funny and touching. It is a film about memory, identity, love and friendship.

Stoned

The grainy realism highlights the film’s weakness. So hard does Woolley work to get the look right, he loses sight of the script.

Where The Truth Lies

While Bacon and Firth are undoubtedly fine dramatic actors – both have a nice line in nasty – they cannot do comedy. On stage Bacon lacks the unconscious anarchy needed for Lanny’s brand of zany entertainment, while Firth lacks the cool irony needed to deliver Collins’s lines. Their act is poorly scripted, but better writing could not redeem their fundamental lack of chemistry.

Mrs Henderson presents

In Mrs Henderson Presents director Stephen Frears, with Hoskins as co-producer, present a slice of social history as musical comedy. The emphasis is on the latter – what it tells us about British attitudes to sex, nudity or war could be written on the back of a Donald McGill postcard.