I attended the American Cancer Society's Taste of Hope
Comes to Broadway event at 318 West 47th St. We enjoyed
food from Delicatessen and Tolache, plus a selection of fine
wines. Among the guests were philanthropist Jean Shafiroff and
many actors including Geneva
Carr, Richard Kind and Jolie
Chan (photo below). It was a delightful affair.
Good Time, by Ben and Josh
USA, 2017, is about a young man (Robert
who takes his mentally disturbed brother (Ben
Sadfie) with him, to rob a bank. His brother is
captured, and is imprisoned, where he is brutally beaten,
and is sent to a hospital. His brother decides to rescue
him, with tragic results. If you enjoy looking at bloodied
faces, scenes of a violence, watching a man fall from a
high building, listening to vulgar language where the F-word
is used constantly, hearing loud, annoying soundtrack
music,which is unpleasant for one's hearing, this film may
be your cup of tea. I am English. The acting is quite
believable and realistic. The photography is impressive.
Some criminals may be discouraged, watching this film, from
robbing banks or facing a life in jail. In that case, it
will have some redeeming purpose.
Ingrid Goes West, by Matt
Spicer, USA, 2017, is about a mentally disturbed young
woman names Ingrid (Aubrey
Plaza), who after being imprisoned for attacking a bride
on her wedding day, becomes obsessed with a young
successful married woman (Elizabeth
Olsen), who lives in California. She moves there, and
stalks the lady. She becomes friends with her, and the
result is a series of horrendous events. The film is
interesting, because it focuses on the influence of modern
day technology, primarily the Instagram. It makes
one especially careful how one choses to befriend a
stranger, who lies and is mentally unstable. Plaza is
convincing in the leading role, and the rest of the cast are
equally so.. California is beautifully photographed. It is a
thought provoking film.
MoMA is presenting Modern
Matinees: The Impeccable Deborah Kerr July 5-August 31. Separate
Tables, by Delbert
Mann, USA, 1958, is based on a
play by Terence Rattigan,
about lonely , frustrated people,
residing in a seaside hotel in England. An
all star cast is headed by Deborah
Kerr, Rita Hayworth, Wendy Hiller, David Niven and Burt
Lancaster. The acting is splendid,
and the dialogue is intelligent. The incidents that take
place are quite believable and the screenplay is engrossing.
I enjoyed every minute of this remarkable film.
by Tina Howe, at the
Here Arts Center, opens on July 30. My review will appear in
the next column.