Christopher Kelly’s Modern Cinema: Great Movies You Haven’t Heard of … Yet festival just concluded, and as usual, I found some of his picks to be excellent and others to be underwhelming. As always, it was a great appetizer for the upcoming fall movie season. Here’s my report on what I saw:
Ralph Fiennes’ Coriolanus is a modern-dress version of one of Shakespeare’s lesser known plays. Fiennes shows some talent as a director, but he really shouldn’t direct himself. His performance in the title role is over-the-top, one-note, and in the same vein as his villainous roles in Schindler’s List, Red Dragon, and the Harry Potter movies. The film has some nice supporting turns by Brian Cox, Paul Jesson, and James Nesbitt, but it still loses all momentum near the end.