TAKE ME TO THE RIVER

Leo Tolstoy opened Anna Karenina with a doozy: “All happy familiars are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” An aphorism that holds true on any day, but for Ryder and his family, that day is today. Ryder (Logan Miller) and his parents, Cindy (Robin Weigert) and Don (Richard Schiff), drove across the country, from California to Nebraska, for Grandma’s birthday and even though they haven’t even arrived, tension is already building. “Don’t tell them you’re gay,” Cindy advises her seventeen-year-old son. Her advice is stifling — how can he not be? — but Cindy is from … Continue reading TAKE ME TO THE RIVER

Movie Beat – 10.04.13

A.C.O.D. – Adult Child of Divorce, a very common thing these days, “the least parented generation in history.” That might explain all the hang-ups. Or the parents might have just been basket cases to begin with and never should have had children in the first place. Adam Scott is the Adult Child in question who is dealing with his divorced parents played by Richard Jenkins and Catherine O’Hara while his younger brother, played by Clark Duke, gets engaged. Jane Lynch, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Amy Poehler, and Jessica Alba all join in on the fun. Ben Karlin and Stu Zicherman wrote … Continue reading Movie Beat – 10.04.13

THE SESSIONS

The Sessions is based on the real life story of Mark O’Brien, a poet who suffered from polio at the age of six. Confined primarily to living and working in an iron lung, Mark, with an excellent sense of humor, managed to make the most of his life. He attended and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley, found work as a poet and journalist, and lived a comfortable life with friends. At the age of thirty-eight he decided that it was time to lose his virginity. Mark has come to a point in his life where he wants one thing, the … Continue reading THE SESSIONS