Theoretically speaking, what might you get if you put the collected works of Tennessee Williams, John Waters and Quentin Tarantino in a blender and then ran it through a projector? I’m guessing you would get a film on the order of Killer Joe, the latest film from Oscar-winning director William Friedkin, who gave us The French Connection, The Exorcist, and one of my favorites, The Night They Raided Minsky's.
A few years back, Gianni Di Gregorio made a nice little film called Mid-August Lunch. Now that it’s mid-August again, here comes his follow-up feature, The Salt of Life. It’s not quite as good, but still may provide a nice summertime diversion if you’re looking for something other than the latest blockbuster or a kids movie.
The main problem with all the remakes, retreads, and reboots on movie screens anymore is that, after a while, there’s nothing different that can be done with these films. Last month’s The Amazing Spiderman is a perfect example. Although I haven’t seen it yet, many friends have told me that it was the same story as the first film, just with a different cast. Where’s the joy in that?
If you miss the days of Merchant-Ivory films, or if you just enjoy a film with a stellar British pedigree, then The Deep Blue Sea is just the ticket. Based on the play by Terence Rattigan, scribe of such well-regarded works as Separate Tables and The Browning Version, The Deep Blue Sea is a tragic drama of love, lust and infidelity. Terence Davies, a director with a short, but highly respected list of credits, including Distant Voices, Still Lives, and The Long Day Closes, lovingly directs The Deep Blue Sea.