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Adam (played by Mark Ruffalo) lives his life day to day. Every morning he starts out determined to make it through the day without lapsing and giving in to his strong addiction. Even now, five years “sober”, he still struggles daily with his impulses and his addiction. He’s a sex addict. He’s made it this far thanks in no small part to his sponsor Mike (by Tim Robbins), himself a recovering alcoholic, who gives him constant advice and encouragement – and some days he needs it far more than others. Adam’s a sponsor too, to Neil (by Josh Gad), a newcomer sent to the group under Court Order after his sex addiction led to a series of his misdemeanours and anti-social behaviour. Things are going along with their ups and downs and Adam’s making a real go of his life. He meets Phoebe (by Gwyneth Paltrow), a stunning beauty and fascinating woman who he falls for instantly. He must disclose his addiction to her, but when things are going so well he doesn’t want to jeopardise anything. Meanwhile, both Neil and Mike face challenges in their lives that cause them to reassess their priorities and their relationships. Life throws some serious curve balls at each guy in turn – and they all must decide how to deal with their own difficult situation; whether their addiction is going to get the better of them once again …

This is an interesting movie. It first presents as a lightweight romantic comedy, but ‘comedy’ it isn’t – in some places it does succeed in laughing at human nature and presenting human frailty in an entertaining, positive way – but there’s no comedy here. These people all deal with real life issues associated with addiction – day to day struggles, choices about their actions and priorities, dealing with their impulses and with the consequences of their behaviour. There are strong messages here – often about the way humans interact with each other and deal with life issues that involve their or another’s frailty or weakness. It deals with that very well. The performances are all good – Tim Robbins and Mark Ruffalo are realistic and Josh Gad is as endearing as ever. There is great work from both Gwyneth Paltrow and P!nk (Alecia Moore) too. Overall it’s a good movie.

Made in 2012. Directed by Stuart Blumberg

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Posted by on November 2, 2014 in Movies


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Mystic River

Jimmy Markum (played by Sean Penn), Sean Devine (by Kevin Bacon) and Dave Boyle (by Tim Robbins) were childhood friends near Mystic River in Boston. Now adults, Jimmy and Dave both still live locally – Jimmy runs a local grocery store and has had a stretch in jail but he’s been out for a while now – he’s raised his three children in the area; Dave is living with his wife and son nearby; but Sean has moved away and is a detective in the NYPD. The apple of Jimmy’s eye, his 19 year old daughter, Katie (by Emmy Rossum), is brutally murdered in the neighbourhood and Jimmy is heartbroken. Sean is assigned to the case with his partner, Whitey Powers (Laurence Fishburne). As the investigation unfolds, Dave appears to be the prime suspect and receives more and more focus from the police. His world begins to crumble as the attention brings painful memories from his youth to the surface once again – 25 years before, the three boys were playing in the street when suddenly Dave was abducted by two men with police badges. He was subjected to days of sexual abuse before he escaped and the trauma has haunted him ever since. Dave’s wife Celeste (by Marcia Gay Harden) has supported him through all his troubles but she’s frightened by his moodiness and depression. Jimmy’s wife Annabeth (by Laura Linney), is devoted to Jimmy but is dealing with her own grief, so she is a bit keener to see a resolution. Sean has moved away from the area to get away from the psychological stress surrounding Dave’s abduction but he has an estranged and emotionally damaged wife, who calls him but never says anything. He loves her and vainly hopes they might be able to reconcile. Jimmy is enraged and is not dealing with any of this very well – he is determined to find his daughter’s killer and deal with him before the cops find him.

Once again, Clint Eastwood delivers a magnificent movie here. The performances are marvellous and the depiction of these damaged characters is superb. Sean Penn is brilliant as the intense Jimmy, Kevin Bacon brings the isolated Sean to life and Tim Robbins is magnificent as the quiet and secretive Dave. Very well done Laura Linney also. Mystic River seems a scary, moody and risky place to be and the entire movie (cinematography, music, characters and dialogue) permeates this into your senses as you watch. It is totally compelling and just haunting.

The movie is based on the 2001 bestseller by Dennis Lehane,  At the 2003 Academy (Oscar) Awards, Sean Penn won the Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role and Tim Robbins received the Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. 

Made 2003. Directed by Clint Eastwood

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Posted by on March 26, 2012 in Movies


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