Starring: Colin Firth, Julianne Moore
Release Date: 2009
Quick Review: Extraordinary
McCain DVD Call #: 2317
If you think Colin Firth will only be remembered as Mr. Darcy, think again.
To put it briefly, “A Single Man” is an emotionally gripping, visually stunning, humanly salient film. Firth’s performance will undoubtedly open new doors for him as one of today’s most gifted and expressive actors (for more proof, see “The King’s Speech”). George Falconer (Firth) is a man lost in grief because his partner, Jim, has died. The film takes place on one day–the day that George has chosen to commit suicide. Throughout the day, George arranges his affairs. However, what he thinks we be a simple day turns into a string of reminisces on the best parts of his life, and encounters with people who help him see the beauty in each moment. Julianne Moore shines as Charlie, his best friend. And Nicholas Hoult is remarkable as Kenny, a young man who tries to seduce George.
Come on. You know you do it. Friday afternoon rolls around, and you make a trip to McCain Library before it closes to hit the DVD section. Another long and tiring week at Agnes Scott College is over–the history paper was due, the astronomy lab lasted forever, that club meeting…and a weekend of homework is about to begin. Studying? Ha. Maybe after you get a chance to unwind, right?
But navigating McCain’s collection of DVDs (and yes, even VHS if you’re in to that sort of thing) can be tricky. There’s so much to choose from, and shelf upon shelf of shiny, appealing covers stare back at you. Drama? Rom Com? Foreign? Indie? Horror? Thriller? Art House? Documentary? Maybe it’s movie night with your friends. Maybe it’s date night. Maybe it’s just a night in with yourself. Great, but what to watch?
Some students go in with a plan, knowing exactly what they want to check out. Others comb back and forth across the shelves, waiting for divine intervention to suggest the perfect film. As a senior at Agnes Scott, and a cinephile, I’ve gotten to know those shelves quite well. In fact, I’m such a connoisseur of McCain’s film collection, that I’m dedicating this blog to helping you (yes you!) find the perfect film for any occasion. I’ll tell you which films in McCain are worth watching, and which ones should be thrown into next year’s Black Cat bonfire.
Happy viewing, and check back regularly for new film reviews!
Class of 2011