Sunday, March 18, 2012
chick flick alert
Watching instant movies on Netflicks is like playing roulette. You never know if an unheard of selection is going to be a winner or a loser. Losers in the awful category can be spotted pretty early. Fifteen minutes tops? So no big deal, right? Hit the stop button and go back to the menu.
But then, my movie viewing indulgences are typically limited to weekends and we all know how weekends blow past like a dandelion seed on a spring breeze. One moment I'm walking toward it, feeling like I've got all the time in the world and then, puff, it's Sunday night. Weekend in the rear view mirror.
Those 15 minutes, then, are something of a big deal.
When Netflicks recommended Broken English with 4-stars I hesitated. Never heard of it. Indie film. Those are so hit or miss. And since my kids rate their movies too? Even a 4-star rating isn't a sure bet. My kids like genres such as horror, futuristic sci-fi, and obscure Japanese arthouse. I go back and undo their ratings bias (one star, hated it) (which I feel slightly bad about, that I'm depriving them of their democratic vote) but again, as we all know, there's not enough time in the day for this hardly very important chore. In the end, even a four-star recommend carries some risk.
But on this particular night I chose to believe in the luck of the Irish given that it was St. Patrick's day. So click of the play button. All bets on the table.
Broken English. Nora, a 30-something single Manhattanite is wearying of looking for Mr. Good-man. By the time she meets Mr. Bonne-homme, she feels no trust in her instincts. Is this love he offers or just another trick? And as with most chick flicks worth their salt, some of the best best-girlfriend scenes since Sleepless in Seattle reside here.
But I'll make this quick. I loved every minute of this Indie flick. Jackpot.
Bonus prize - Nora is played by Parker Posey - who's got the whole forlorn, love-bruised, single-too-long vulnerability down pat, complete with a believable rendition of panic disorder (and I should know). Posey, in my opinion, was majorly overlooked by the Academy. Second bonus, Nora's mother is played by Gina Rowland. The director is Zoe Cassavetes, daughter of Rowland and John Cassavetes. I wonder why she hasn't done more and I wonder why this movie never made it big. Or maybe it did and I missed it?
So five stars for Broken English. Bring on Sunday night. I'm ready for it.