AND SO IT GOES - Not as Good As It Gets, but Good

Thursday, July 24, 2014

And So It Goes marks the first on screen collaboration for film legends Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton 


I think of myself has someone who keeps up with pop culture and has no problem enjoying things aimed at a younger audience, but I have to admit, when I was given the choice between seeing Diane Keaton & Michael Douglas in a Rob Reiner comedy or attending the screening of Red Band Society, which looks like a good new show on Fox, aimed at the The Fault in Our Stars audience, which included free refreshments, Q&A with the cast and giveaways.  I unequivocally chose And So It Goes,  because I feel comfortable with these actors.  Keaton, Douglas, Reiner, although much older than I am, feel like old friends and I couldn't wait to be in their company.


And So It Goes is about Oren Little (Douglas) a somewhat cantankerous widower who still runs a real estate agency in an affluent Connecticut suburb, Oren walks around with the swagger of a privileged rich, white male, but like most after the bottom fell out, is not doing quite as well as he used to, making him determined to get every penny out of selling his family estate.

Perhaps purposefully, art imitates life, as Oren's son, (Like Douglas' own son) because of or in-spite of a privileged up bringing, has screwed up his life with drugs. The one thing he's done right is produce an adorable 10 year-old daughter, Sarah (Sterling Jerins), who Oren meets when his son drops her off at his doorstep, as he's leaving to go serve time.


Leah (Keaton) (click for Diane Keaton interview on Youtube) is a semi-professional chanteuse singing in her sweet, but reed thin voice, at a small bistro in town.  She's also Oren's neighbor.  As with all rom/coms, no matter what the age of the couple, there's plenty of friction, which leads to heat, which leads to disappointment and misunderstandings.


The movie features a cast of other assorted neighbors of "Little Shangri La" the apartment complex Oren owns and has taken up residence while his house sells. One of the tenants is a pregnant Yaya DaCosta (Alafia), an actress on the rise who I got to interview (click for post) last summer, when she truly was pregnant. Yaya is currently set to play the late Whitney Houston in Angela Bassett's upcoming TV movie.


And So It Goes  is written by As Good As It Gets screenwriter Mark Andrus, only it's not as good as what we got from that movie.  And, no offense to Michael Douglas, but he can't hold a candle to Jack Nicholson when it comes to playing a crusty, but charming old guy still trying to win the girl. Still, this movie is sweet, watchable and feels nicely familiar -  And So Go To See It ... or wait for the DVD.

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Wish I had loved it: WISH I WAS HERE

 

A couple of months ago I was all revved up to see Johnny Depp in (click for T&T post) Transcendence  a Sci-Fi premise where the brain of a genius scientist becomes one with the internet and the limitless possibilities this could bring. But the writers/directors/producers didn't think it out to its full potential.

Certainly my anticipation of Zach Braff's new movie Wish I Was Here, was vastly different than that for Transcendence, however, once again, it's a movie that came so close to something great, but fell away from its potential. Or was it that the expectation was set too high due to the crowd funding controversy, festival buzz, and of course the comparison to his first film Garden State, which most agree is a good, off beat bit of filmmaking, with one of the best soundtracks ever!

Wish I Was Here gets off to a good start with the introduction of this family of four - Aidan Bloom (Braff) his children - pious Grace (Joey King) drill loving son Tucker (Pierce Gagnon - T&T Looper post) and wife too hot for him Sarah (Kate Hudson), all at the breakfast table discussing swearing and the bulging swear jar.

Zach Braff with on screen wife Kate Hudson

The children attend a private, Hebrew school, paid for by Aidan's father, Gabe (Mandy Patinkin), neither Aidan or Sarah are very religious, but since the choice of school is important to Gabe and he's been handling the tuition, than why not. The problem being, Gabe has missed the last payment, and Yahweh knows, a Jewish private school has little tolerance for non-payment.  Sarah has a low level admin job at the Water Plant, forced to sit too close to an inappropriate office mate. Aidan after more than 20 years of trying to make it as an actor, is still lucky to land an occasional mouthwash commercial. So paying the tuition themselves is out. Temporary solution to the schooling dilemma - Aidan begins to home school the kids, something he's not qualified for in the least.  Eventually, taking the kids on a day trip to the desert, a joy ride at a luxury car dealer, (giving a small role to Braff's best friend and Scrubs co-star, Donald Faison) and other assorted bonding experiences.


Similar to Garden State, much of the movie deals with death, but instead of Braff's character reacting to the recent death of his mother, it's the impending death of his father, as Gabe's cancer has returned.  A quick review of Zach Braff's Wiki bio seems to indicate that both his actual parents are still living, so perhaps he feels by delving into their deaths in movies, it'll better prepare him for the eventual loss?


#WishIWasHere, co-written by Zach's brother Adam J. Braff, is a slice of life movie that's aimed at taking in every day moments, not unlike Linklater's Boyhood (stay tuned for post) with a side theme of we're parents, but does that mean we're supposed to know what to do? And, my brother and I didn't grow up to be what we imagined as children playing heroes, now what?

All of these themes are great to explore in an Indie-ish/dram-edy, and it is an enjoyable movie, the issue being it's overly earnest and heavy handed in its sentimentality. For instance, when Grace cuts off all her hair and Aidan takes his daughter to get a wig, he says, "You can pick out any wig in the store as long as it's as special and unique as you are". It would be so much better if you saw them in the store looking at a wall of traditional wigs, and then the next scene you see Grace in the fuchsia choice.


That being said, I feel this reviewer went way too far in his harsh criticism:

When future generations sort through the rubble of our pop culture, what will they remember about Zach Braff? Will it be his avuncular, self-aware performance on the clever, inventive network sitcom "Scrubs"? Or perhaps the impressive feat of writing, directing, and starring in 2004's endearing "Garden State" before his 30th birthday? One hopes those accomplishments will stand the test of time, because if not, Braff will likely be known as the guy who took over $3.1 million in Kickstarter donations to help fund a painfully bad movie. READ MORE- Marc Mohan The Oregonian


When a filmmaker is prolific, like a Steven Soderbergh before his "retirement", we tend to allow each movie to stand on its own merit; but when the filmmaker does one movie and then waits 10 years to do another, it's impossible not to compare it to the first offering. Thus, I suppose Wish I Was Here was going to have to be truly, truly brilliant to keep people from saying - it's no Garden State.


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Will there ever be a cap on movie prices?

Will we one day pay $20 a pop?

Why don't we pay on a scale?

A crap movie like everything Adam Sandler has ever done should cost about $4.50.
Big action movies like"Lord of the Rings", "Iron Man," "Transformers" are worth $10.
Woody Allen movie or something like "Silver Linings Playbook" $6-$7.
A chick flick or light comedy $5.75 and most Indie Films $5.25.

You could even do it by seasons - all summer block busters from May to August - $10
Sept - November 15th $3.50 - $4
Back to $10 for Thanksgiving and Christmas etc...

Or you can do it by A Actors ($9 - $10), B Actors ($6 - $7) TV actors on the big screen ($3.50 - $4)

Surely I'm not the first person to realize this makes sense. Has it been voted on in the Motion Picture Industry and then vetoed? If so, why?

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