Thursday, June 02, 2005

Stanley and Iris

Just finished watching a really good movie called Stanley and Iris. Robert De Niro and Jane Fonda. I didn't know she could act. And De Niro. The guy's a good actor, everybody knows that, but what puts him above the others is that for all the fame he's won with films like Taxi Driver and Goodfellas and Raging Bull he still goes ahead and does a small film with an inconsequential character. Stanley Cox is just an ordinary guy but the kind of dignity Robert De Niro brings to him and his struggles makes him extraordinary. And that is De Niro's art. By making the ordinary extraordinary, he helps us to see each other in a different light. It's an education of sorts.


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