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Dec 16, 2013I think "Still Mine" is one of the unfairly neglected gems of 2013. I'm now starting my own "James Cromwell for Best Actor nomination" campaign. The Academy Awards twitter is @TheAcademy. I'm @MovieJay. Will now post regular gentle and cheerful reminders in the hopes that voters will not forget to at least consider his performance, his first lead in some 50 years.
He plays an 87 yr-old New Brunswick man whose character is made of grit and sweat and self-determination. It's a full, rich, and captivating performance in a movie with characters we feel like we've met in our own lives. It's a perceptive story about how the indignities of aging and changing social values come in to sharp conflict with a proud, self-reliant man who has twice the vigor for life than most men half his age.
It's a tough and crowded Oscar field this year. Ejiofor and McConaughey seem to have a lock on nominations. Elba as Mandela along with Dern and Redford seem to be the next three after that. And though I think Dern and Redford did fantastic work, I think THIS is the performance among the more mature actors that deserves the nomination. Hope you'll go to twitter and remind @TheAcademy to at least check out this wonderful movie.… Expand
Jul 23, 2013There are two conflicts in the focus of this movie: the conflict between Life and Death and the other one, between common sense and Government regulations.
In the former conflict the main character, 80+ Craig Morrison, still in his good health, is facing his wife of 60 years together slowly but surely loosing her physical and mental health. He has to take steps to address this issue and gets right into the latter conflict. What to do if a Law does not make any sense? To which extend should Government be allowed to control our life (and we still want to call ourselves free people)? These and many other questions are raised in the movie.
It is not a masterpiece in my opinion but a very good, solid movie.… Expand
It’s the movie’s love story that will grab your heart however. Despite inevitable comparisons to "Away From Her" and "Amour" – other recent films about the challenges of love in old age – Still Mine is distinctive.
Though admirable in ambition, McGowan’s decision to broaden his simple story’s scope diminishes an affecting melodrama about the increasingly common, insufficiently acknowledged plagues of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.