Hurlyburly

This is a 1998 drama starring Sean Penn and Kevin Spacey based on a 1984 play, and it shows because there is a lot of talking.

It tells the story of three Hollywood players who like to do the drugs and other things we all know Hollywood types like to do. Sean’s character is especially wigged-out on drugs and gets really paranoid and stressed out.

Most of the film takes place in one house in the hills somewhere, so there is not a whole lot going on, just a lot of rambling about things that don’t really make for good film watching.

Anna Paquin turns up as a young drifter who would do anything for a place to stay, she was a refreshing change from all of the drama going on about her, but alas did not have much screen time.

The performances were good by all, and Sean was trying really hard to get an Oscar, but he did not succeed. Chazz Palminteri was excellent, with both Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright doing their best with what they had too.

This isn’t terrible, but it could have been a lot better.

Date watched: May 11th
Score: 5/10
Film count 2019: 15

The Shipping News

This is a film I was sitting on for a long time as I thought it was going to be a bit soppy and whatnot. Turns out I was right.

Kevin Spacey kind of ruined it too, he was trying way too hard to be his character who was a quiet and shy chap, but he just overdid it.

The rest of it was very standard fare about a small fictional town in Newfoundland and the intertwining of people’s lives as they try to survive in the harsh conditions, blah, blah, blah, etc.

I just don’t like soppy dramas.

Date watched: March 11th
Score: 4/10
Film count 2015: 36