Saturday, March 25, 2006

You Can Count on Me

2000
Shooting Gallery
Director: Kenneth Lonergan
Length: 111 min.
Country: USA
Format: DVD
Date Viewed: 13 March, 2006

Responsibility is the key word in Kenneth Lonergan's excellent You Can Count on Me. Responsibility informs every decision made in Lonergan's solid and tidy script - avoiding it, taking too much of it, and most importantly, trying to find the right balance for it. The performances are all outstanding (especially Linney, who was robbed at the Oscars), the characters interesting, the script moving and inspiring, and the cinematography and editing tasteful and elegant. There are no weak elements here, and You Can Count on Me stands as one of the best films of the decade.

3 Comments:

Anonymous belisha said...

I totally agree. It's a fine film. It makes me cry.

25 March, 2006 02:34  
Anonymous Melisa said...

I also agree...an all around solid film. Plus, I thought the music choices fit beautifully.

18 April, 2006 19:29  
Blogger Kyle Smith said...

Though the styles of music chosen obviously differ, it's interesting how Lonergan shares Martin Scorsese's, executive producer of YCCOM, knack for making the right music selection choices every time. I find in this and in Scorsese's films that even if I don't necessarily like the song, I still have to admit that it is just right for its place in the film.

18 April, 2006 20:19  

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