Thursday, November 30, 2006

Crimes of the Heart

Don't ask me why I bothered — well, OK, blame a pile of ironing — but does anyone else think this film plays like a batty parody of early Tennessee Williams? I do declare...

6 comments:

Nick Davis said...

An "F" from way back, though possibly an undeserved one—I'm saying from way back. I wonder now if it can possibly have been quite that bad. Still, the operative word here was "Crimes."

StinkyLulu said...

I often say that Sissy Spacek can do no wrong. But a mention of this film gives even me cause to pause...

tim r said...
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tim r said...

I didn't hate her in it (though a Best Actress nomination?! Was this, Sigourney aside, the worst year ever for the category, Oscar pals?). But Diane is truly dire and Jessica hobbled by the "tough", kohl-eyed look that makes her a dead ringer for Daryl Hannah in Blade Runner. And all that dismal family history! Diane's shrunken ovary! Sissy's noble fling with the 15-year-old black stallion! The fact that their mum hanged herself and her cat too! I think it ought to be maybe half-reappropriated as a camp classic... and as such comes in at something like a D+, for me.

Then again, I just remembered awful Tess Harper as the Mae Pollitt neighbour, picking her teeth in extreme close-up. No fun at all, that. Maybe a D.

Nick Davis said...

Diane really murders her own appeal for two solid hours in this movie. Jessica is victimized in just the way you say. Tess Harper's Oscar nom made no sense to me... and indeed, a low year all around for Best Actress (but still not as bad as 2005, I say!)

That the play won the Pulitzer Prize is something I don't even know how to talk about.

(My word verification, "Uuwhaat," sounds like a noise I made often during this movie. Try it as either a question or an exclamatory interjection!)

tim r said...

Mine is currently "pbnier", which seems equally appropriate somehow. I do love talking movies with you Nick, hope you know it!