"You stay in this, okay? This is your place, this is your place. You control it. Remember? You control it."
Usually when I review movies on here, it's some film I loved from my formative years, which somehow reflects on the style and substance of Love in the Time of Monsters (see Tremors or Big Trouble In Little China). I love all that stuff, but I want to take a minute and talk about a new movie that has little to do with LiToM (at least on the surface): Win/Win.
Win/Win Stars Paul Giamatti as a small town lawyer who moonlights as a wrestling coach for the local (and really bad) high school team. His law practice is going under much like the team he's coaching, and he pulls a legally and morally questionable move to keep it afloat by agreeing to act as a legal caretaker for a man suffering from dementia (played by an awesome BURT YOUNG!). Seems simple until the old man's grandson shows up on Paul's doorstep with nowhere else to go.
This film does so many things so well, and makes it look easy-one of things that connects it those after-mentioned movies, and what we are trying to achieve with LiToM. It's funny, touching, ridiculous and has an amazing screenplay/direction by Tom McCarthy (Station Agent, The Visitor). Most importantaly, it's filled with REAL characters with REAL relationships. Because wheater you are coaching a wrestling team or fightling zombie bigfeet, real characters are what makes it all work. Fantastic performances (Amy Ryan, Jeffery Tambor) all around, especially by Paul Giamatti, who is probably the best working actor out there-I mean you just believe everything the guy does and forget he's acting after awhile. I wonder if he'd be interested in a mountain man like character who hunts bigfoot? 🙂
Just watch this movie (it's available on DVD), and don't be scared to share it with your whole family, it's good for everybody. It's a shame it didn't stick around theaters longer, and even more of a shame you aren't going to see it come Oscar® time, because it's by far my favorite film of the year. And it didn't even have sandworms, kung-fu, or exploding heads. Not that there's anything wrong with that.