Billy Gray

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Aging Bulls

In Movie Reviews on March 3, 2010 at 11:33 am

The movie opens on a ferry off the coast of Massachusetts. Stormy weather and pounding waves compound the vague unease of being at sea. The protagonist’s isolation builds when he steps off the boat and onto a sparsely populated island. He’s here to pick some scattered brains. He starts to lose his own. The foul weather never lets up.

The plot summary fits Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island and Roman Polanski’s The Ghost Writer. Scorsese and Polanski: two of the greatest living directors who helped define Hollywood’s Second Golden Age. Whose paths took dramatically different turns (Scorsese’s to towering commercial success and Polanski’s to European exile from Hollywood, if not the industry’s heart) just as that gushed-about era became a victim of its own Sex, Drugs & Rock n’ Roll-fueled success. 30-odd years later, they opened movies on the same weekend. Read the rest of this entry »