The Last Station

A few years before the Russian Revolution Mr. Tolstoy was still alive. Yes that Tolstoy – author of many great tomes including War and Peace. The dichotomy of the way people lived in his native country disturbed him so deeply that he was determined to do something to help. His wife, who was soul mate and comrade in life, disagreed with his decisions, seeing them somehow as a personal attack on her. Continue reading “The Last Station”

Duplicity

This movie has an outstanding cast: Clive Owen, Julia Roberts, Tom Wilkinson and Paul Giamatti. The beginning is cheesy – do we really need to see so many close ups of Ms. Roberts leaning over, even though she does look fabulous. This is an old school espionage type movie which I usually love. They move around from Dubai, New York, Rome and London but the timelines were a little fuzzy – I understand this is a huge part of the movie but it is almost painful and not fun trying to figure out where we are in their relationship. I like the idea of not knowing which side anyone is on but, it moves way too slowly and is actually kind of boring. I really wasn’t entertained and was even a little frustrated at times with how slowly the whole thing moved. There are many twists and maybe even a surprise at the end. Wilkinson and Giamatti do great jobs as corporate executives with only profits on their minds but there is way too little of them in this flick.