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House Is Not a Home

12 Jun

To put it in the most simple way, here’s what’s wrong with The Lake House:
1. It makes no sense; how can things that happen in 2004 not affect what happens in 2006?
2. Keanu Reeves can’t act, but even worse, he can’t read a letter
3. Although it’s not overly long (108 minutes), it feels long
4. It makes no sense
5. Keanu and Sandra Bullock have no connection, other than they have to get together by movie’s end
6. When they do get together, it’s absolutely nauseating
7. It’s stupid
… oh, and did I mention the movie makes no sense?

And also, alright, so they’re “sending” each other letters through this one mailbox. Well, what happens when they get actual mail? Does it get delivered in 2004 or 2006? And when the mailman shows up, if he sees a letter meant for one or the other, does he mail it?

There. I’ve just saved you $10. If you want to see a decent movie where the two romantic leads don’t share much screen time, rent Sleepless in Seattle. And of course, if you want to see these two together in a good movie, rent Speed. I’m giving The Lake House a C–.

ps: It’s a shame the movie’s so bad. When I interviewed Shohreh Aghdashloo for Continental, she had such nice things to say about it (not that any of that made it into my article).

A Real Show Man

12 Jun

The Tony Awards were handed out last night, and for the fourth year in a row, Continental has proven to be a positive jinx. What I mean is, whatever we’ve had on the cover of our May issue has won. In 2003, it was Marissa Jaret Winokur, who won best actress for Hairspray. In 2004, it was Idina Menzel, who won best actress for Wicked. Last year, it was Spamalot, which won best musical. And this year, it was LaChanze, who won best actress for The Color Purple. The cooler part, at least for me, is that I interviewed Idina Menzel and LaChanze thinking both would be a front-runner for the award. I also interviewed Sutton Foster, who was nominated last year and this year (though she didn’t win either year), and suggested profiling Winokur back in 2003. So, because my Tony prognostication skills are apparently quite good, I just thought I’d gloat for a minute on here. Congrats, LaChanze!