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Director Nigel Cole and writer William Ivory opt for Norma Rae populism, but in a dated way they “feminize” the story and dilute its force. They pivot the work struggle on emotional relationships, including Rita’s resentful husband, her friend with a war-damaged spouse, a cute blonde who craves some glamour, and a chic executive’s wife (excellent Rosamund Pike) who roots for Rita. We agree, rather mechanically. Speeches and music forklift the story into place, as pat satisfaction rolls off a feel-good assembly line. (Opens December 25.)

★★



The Legend of Pale Male

Aimless in Manhattan at 30, Frederic Lilien of Belgium looked into the sky above Central Park. He saw Pale Male, and thus found his mission: filming an elegant, red-tailed hawk nesting on the façade of a posh Fifth Avenue building. Lilien joined a growing band of fans and birders and for years kept vigil on the habits of the new, wild celebrity. The Legend of Pale Male is a little padded, complete with National Geographic images and some trite, solemn narration that verges on Jonathan Livingston Seagull. But the locations are terrific, the bird is splendid, and the fans are entertaining urbanites. This flighty charmer is almost as finely feathered as The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill.

★★★



Newly reviewed in this week’s capsules: Tron: Legacy.

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ohnothankyou Dec. 15, 2010 @ 2:18 p.m.

"Bogart" does not mean "stub out" but rather insinuates that one is keeping something to oneself.

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MsGrant Dec. 17, 2010 @ 8:46 a.m.

"It would be bold if Reese forsook the boyishly indecisive dudes and opted for rakish old Jack" - bold? More like gross. We've seen enough of the young chick/old dude pairings, thank you.

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SurfPuppy619 Dec. 17, 2010 @ 9:47 a.m.

We've seen enough of the young chick/old dude pairings, thank you.

LOL, it only happens in Hollywood!

I always think of Fred and Wilma FLintstone (based on Jackie Gleason and the Honeymooners no less!!) when I think of old, fat gross guys with hot chicks!!!!!! That was back in the mid 60's and it is still here 45 years laters.

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Founder Dec. 17, 2010 @ 12:27 p.m.

LOL, it only happens in Hollywood!

Unless the Old dude has mucho money! Lots of examples of that...

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a2zresource Dec. 17, 2010 @ 4:20 p.m.

Per Fifth Amendment, no comment... except I ain't gots money.

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MsGrant Dec. 17, 2010 @ 5:42 p.m.

Lucky!! A2Z, I get the feeling you're a lady-killer ;)

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a2zresource Dec. 17, 2010 @ 9:07 p.m.

No comment on killing ladies softly with slow hands... I think I go now before I REALLY have to censor myself...

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MsGrant Dec. 17, 2010 @ 10:27 a.m.

Fred was older than Wilma? I never noticed, but now that you mention it....

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SurfPuppy619 Dec. 18, 2010 @ 8:47 a.m.

You're right, Fred may not have been older-but there is NO WAY Wilma would hook up with a guy like Fred in real life!

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MsGrant Dec. 18, 2010 @ 8:55 a.m.

And what about Barney nabbing Betty?!?!

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SurfPuppy619 Dec. 18, 2010 @ 11:46 a.m.

Another cartoon fantasy-although Barney is not as obnoxious or fat as Fred.

I guess they both have big hearts, which can go a long way in a relationship, but I still don't buy it 99% of the time!

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nan shartel Dec. 17, 2010 @ 5:57 p.m.

how about older women and young dudes Grantie and remember the largest sexual organ is the brain....hahahahahahaha

money never hurts ;-D

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MsGrant Dec. 17, 2010 @ 6:16 p.m.

True, nan, the old saying goes something like "It's just as easy to love a rich man as it is a poor man"!! So, if the brain is the largest sex organ, why the hell aren't they working on a drug to keep women going in the sack?? I mean, really, when you see all these ads, women are supposed to be just raring to go in middle age while the poor guys are being held back by their "dysfunction". You can't get it on between your ears....so to speak.

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nan shartel Dec. 17, 2010 @ 7:46 p.m.

woman don't take their sexual needs seriously enough....i mean really.. multi orgasmic....whole body orgasms!!!!

including that lil all important G spot!!!

we's triple threats!!! ;=D

we need to take the bull by the horn~~chuckles~~oops...can i say that here.....hahahahahahahahaha

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MsGrant Dec. 17, 2010 @ 8:47 p.m.

That's why the women solotron sales factor is so huge!!!

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