Sunday, February 17, 2008

Musical? Drama? What?

This is the year of the musical -- Jersey Boys, the innovative movie, "Once", the tiny-bopper "High School Musical." And now there's "Romance and Cigarettes."

"Romance and Cigaretrtes" is comedy, drama, satire, love story AND musical, nudged and coaxed by J0hn Turturro into two strange and rewarding hours. Our jaded crowd gaffawed with disbelief and pleasure as surprise after surprise spun from the DVD. The credits read like a "who's who" of film (Susan Sarendon, James Gondolfini, Mary Louise Parker, Christopher Walken, Steve Buscemi, Kate Winslet, Elaine Stritch, Amy Sideris and more).

Read Roger Ebert's review, then see this truly original film with friends and a bottle or two of good wine. After all, laughter is contageous.


Carolyn said...

Sounds great! Just added it to my Blockbuster account. Check out "Smoke" for another sleeper. Not a musical, but I remember it fondly (although I saw it more than a decade ago).

Jerry said...

I viewed this last night. A refreshingly original work. Like a modern "West Side Story". The only minor quirk was that I have James Ganadolfini typecast as "Tony Soprano" and keep wondering what Edie would be doing about this reckless redhead. But I loved every minute!