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November 28 2017 Drama Movies Newsletter

"My only real happiness is when I am near the sea. Cut off from the beach, away from the sea, I am nervous and I fret. I am never happy in a big city. Only for a week or two of violent living. I have tried it time and again, but it has never worked. My lifeline has always been a boat down by the waterfront." Actor Errol Flynn

My plan this week was to review "Love the Coopers" (2015), a holiday film directed by Jessie Nelson. After fifteen minutes, however, I knew I could not finish watching it. The whole thing felt contrived and derivative. The screenplay was written by Steven Rogers, who is responsible for this year's Tonya Harding biopic "I, Tonya". Starring Margot Robbie and due in theaters December 8th, "I, Tonya" is getting excellent reviews. That film seems to be worth watching in its entirety.

After pulling the plug on "Love the Coopers", I put on the Bette Davis and Errol Flynn movie "The Sisters". I think it actually works as a holiday film due to its subject matter which stresses the bonds of family. The 1938 production is one of the Warner Archive Collection DVDs. Warner Brothers does not do any restoration/preservation work on these classic films, which is a shame. Even with the imperfections, though, Tony Gaudio's beautiful camera work is still discernible in the close-ups of his two lead actors.

In addition, I watched the Ron Howard documentary "The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years", presented on PBS this past weekend. I came away with a new appreciation of The Beatles as musicians, based on the concert and studio footage Howard presented. Howard's film is also an examination of the detrimental effects of extreme fame and celebrity culture. It is amazing that the Fab Four managed to escape that period of their lives relatively unscathed. Although, it could be argued that John Lennon's fame ultimately lead to his assassination. PBS will be screening the film again on November 30th and December 2nd.

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The Sisters Film Review
Bette Davis stars as a resourceful young woman who falls for an undependable writer, played by Errol Flynn. "The Sisters" was released in 1938 and directed by Anatole Litvak.


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