Monday, March 29, 2010

The Ghostwriter ****/The Runaways ***

Ewan McGregor plays a ghostwriter, for a former United Kingdom prime minister. He is replacing a previous writer, whose body was found washed ashore. In the process of writing, he discovers secrets that put his life in danger, in this Roman Polanski film, ripe with Hitchcockian twists.


The Runaways

See The Runaways if for nothing else, Michael Shannon's performance, as the creator and agent of the historic all female group. He was perfect as a sleazy manager.

This movie is based on an autobiography of Cherie Currie (Dakota Fanning), who was lead vocalist in Joan Jett's (Kristen Stewart) pioneering all female, electric guitar band from the 1970s. Kristen Stewart did a good job, singing Jett's music. Fanning playing jailbait sex goddess Cherie Curry worked.

I didn't realize the historical role, Joan Jett played in Rock n'Roll before seeing this movie.



Nevin said...

I just finished reading the "Neon Angel, Memory of a Runaway", written by Cherie Currie, after hearing an interview with her on the radio about a week ago. I finished the book in 3 days. It was an easy read and a great way to escape my usual heavy political books. Everyone needs a little holiday in the brain sometime...

Her story was a little sad, a little depressing, a little annoying and a little entertaining at times....

I wouldn't be interested in seeing the movie unless it was on cable... Reading the book was enough!

K. said...

The Ghost Writer is superb -- pure movie making that will be taught for years. Maybe not the material of Chinatown, but Polanski treats it as if it is. Not to be missed.

Frank Partisan said...

Nevin: The movie was fun. Nothing great.

K: I agree. I think Pierce Brosnan as a Tony Blair type was great. Some say it was Brosnan's best job acting in his career.

Ducky's here said...

Polanski sure has had the technical chops throughout his career.

This may be his best since Chinatown

Frank Partisan said...

Ducky: I have to agree.

Daniel Hoffmann-Gill said...

Speaking of Ewan McGregor, his performance, alongside the excellent Jim Carry, in I Love You Philip Morris, is exceptional, you should check it out if you've not already.

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