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savages
Savages
Savages

Reviewer: JOE TAYLOR

Savages is about a sister and brother who are somewhat dysfunctional, an overused word, but appropriate here.

The siblings are surviving but with all sorts of issues. The older brother, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, is a college professor; the sister,Laura Linney, a would-be playwright. These two did an excellent job. Great actors!

The tragic figure was the father as this brother and sister have to get involved to get him in a nursing home. The father has not aged well; probably an a'hole when young and worse now. Along the way, the brother and sister have trials and tribulation, but cope as best they can.

These two find some connection with each other. Although some might say, the film was oppressing and depressing. Not for me. Many lessons to learn, very pensive.

3 parachutes

Three parachutes.

diminished capacity
Diminished Capacity
Diminished Capacity

Reviewer: JOE TAYLOR

In Diminished Capacity, Matthew Broderick and Virginia Madsen are former sweethearts. Diminished Capacity is about this family trying to figure it out-cute story. Matthew Broderick is coming out of the fog from a concussion which means he has trouble thinking. Virginia Madsen, Broderick's former girlfriend left their town for the big city, and is seeking her own place in the world.

At the center and somewhat of a subplot is a rare baseball card that is very valuable. Broderick, Virginia Madsen, and Alan Alda, broderick's uncle, travel to a convention to sell the card.

The true scene stealer is Alan Alda, who is missing a few steps. He is struggling to keep it together while knowing that he is slowly losing it. Good movie to see and discuss.

We should not be afraid of this topic; and, as Philip Seymour Hoffman points out in Savages, "Denial is our worst enemy."

3 parachutes

Three parachutes.



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