UNFORGIVABLE IS UNFORGIVABLE.
Well, I’m sorry to say – I didn’t like it. Heck, I might as well tell it like it is. French director and screenwriter Andre Techine is known for his acclaim on many film projects. However, this time he misses the mark.
The story is about an older man who falls in love with a tiny bit younger woman. It all takes place in lovely romantic spots. The many story lines take to much time to get to the point. Just to make the story exciting, the director seems to depend on Motor Boats to keep the film from sinking.
There are some sexual scenes that are filmed in such darkness that you can’t tell what they are doing. I’m sure though, that it is boring. A Son is an SOB. He is mean and hates Gays. He thrives on beating them up, however he loves his dog. He’s been in Jail for being a nasty boy – but people continue to try to help him. Believe me, this kind of guy should not be out on the streets.
This film is such a downer as long periods of nothingness continues to go on an on and on. I think I know what the movie is trying to say – but they have f----d up so much of it – that you want to take one of those little boats and ride off to the Sunset in the Murky Waters that seem to wash off onto the people who live there.
The French name of the movie is “Impardonnables’. Please pardon me while I run down the aisle and get the hell out of this place.
RATING: One Glass of Champagne!! (poorest rating) –trademarked-
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SHARON McNIGHT AT THE RRAZZ ROOM
There is something electric when you see a McNight Show. Sharon knows how to twist and turn each song to make them her own. Some of them pull at your heartstrings, and others give you so much energy that you have the feeling that you should get up, clap and have a real dandy time. Well – that’s exactly what Sharon always does. She’s a good time girl when it comes to showbiz.
McNight is out to bring to you unique and marvelous material – yes, Sharon is rip-roaring evolution of entertainment. She takes standards and makes them sound like they came in from the clouds. No, not the “Apple” cloud. What you get is never ending shtick and music. A lot of it of course is American – but there are also songs from French and other Countries.
Sharon gives us that famous growl as she brings to life again gutsy renditions of famous and not so famous songs. Hey, you know what? Sharon has a real knack to flush out the cream of the crop. She goes the Extra Mile.
In this evenings set – it’s all about men. And this show certainly should drag in a lot of men. The songs range from “Spicy” to Love and beyond – if you get my drift. Oh hey, that’s what she’sez. And she knows how to win over the boys. It’s typical McNight.
Not only does Sharon shine with the music – she also is a very talented comedian. Here’s one that brought out a lot of laughs: “I Like Kids, especially if their 24 years old.” I loved this: She says: “Bet you’ve never seen a woman do Bette Davis?” I’ll explain. Usually A Drag Star does bits on Davis. It’s rare when a woman impersonates the famous, snarling Davis.
Back to the music. From Follies “Am I Losing my Mind?” – Made my socks roll up and down. Sharon is always a ‘Hoot’ and this show is so energetic and magnetic – so much so, that you won’t be able to resist the magnetism. Sharon talks about the Beach Boys and her friend “Chris”. Chris sang some wonderful music with Sharon. Paired together they added even more magic to the show. The famous piano player Joan Edger (she played many years with Charles Pierce) still plays the piano wonderfully - and looks terrific. Chris and Sharon were both in the Musical ‘Starmites’ on Broadway. Sharon was a Tony nominee as best actress at the Tony awards.
I’ll leave you with these little tidbits (things I did not know) – Willie Nelson wrote the song ‘Crazy’. “No one else wrote it – Sharon says. And – When you see on a record “Written by Elvis Presley” – Sharon says: “Elvis never wrote a note in his life.” See – you never know where you get the News! Try the Rrazz Room in the Hotel Nikko.
RATING: FOUR GLASSES OF CHAMPAGNE!!!! (highest rating) – trademarked-
(Lee Hartgrave has contributed many articles to the San Francisco Chronicle Sunday Datebook and he produced a long-running Arts Segment on PBS KQED)))
The Photo of Lee Hartgrave Boy Reporter is by Jim Ferreira – Film Noir & Hollywood Glamour. www.lafterhall.com.
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