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Weekend's gay romance is remarkably unremarkable

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Russell (Tom Cullen) and Glen (Chris New) embark on a realistically imperfect romance in Weekend.
PHOTO BY QUINNFORD & SCOUT

Weekend makes its small but somehow stirring impact for a number of reasons, but not least because it's British working-class anti-miserabilism — the Angry Young Man conventions so taken for granted that simply being working class no longer means anyone actually has to be angry. Despite a fag-baiting catcall or two, the problems these blokes face aren't social (they've both got accepting straight friends, if not family) but internal. Two strangers connecting despite themselves is such an intricate thing it's no wonder movies seldom get it this right. *

 

WEEKEND opens Fri/7 in Bay Area theaters.

Comments

The opening line was intriguing. Maybe the reviewer should actually devote himself to composing literature full time. The rest was tedious. What is the second paragraph even about? Is the reviewer trying to put British film in context? If he is, he does it poorly, It's like pathetic, obscure film name dropping. Or is he saying "I know British film that was relevant 5 decades ago, aren't I legitimate?" Why even try to put any context between a fifties, alcoholic womanizer and an intimate liaison between two twenty-first century men. I like Albert Finney, but what the hell does have to do with this film?
And what do lines like "today British movies (at least the ones that get exported)" or "The landscape has changed — street level is now 14 floors down in a council flat building — but still nondescript, the boozy clubs still loud but with different bad music." mean? To me, it feels like pretentious, elitist crap. I'm almost sympathizing with Sarah palin, and I don't want to.
If someone is going to review a film why can't they do a reader a favor and just do it honestly? Otherwise it's just a waste of everyones time.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 15, 2011 @ 8:24 pm

the Angry Young Man phenomenon was "obscure" or that noting that current British cinema seems to be re-engaging in examinations of class is being "dishonest"? The lines you quote mean A) the reviewer only has access to British films that make it beyond the country's borders and B) the Angry Young Man-type film nowadays takes in a slightly different social geography but is still based in bars with bad music." Does that help you? Would it be easier for you if we just rated everything thumbs up and thumbs down rather than trying to reveal illuminating connections? Can I get you a crayon?

Posted by marke on Jan. 17, 2012 @ 5:59 pm

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