The Ice Harvest @ The Arclight
Went to see The Ice Harvest tonight. I liked it but not as much as I thought I might. I think I was thinking it was going to be funnier and while it's funny, it's a lot darker than it is funny.
I haven't read much about it, but the combination of director Harold Ramis and actors John Cusack and Billy Bob Thornton suggested the funny, but it's a lot more like A Simple Plan, which Thornton was in a few years back, than it is like Groundhog Day or Caddyshack. This is not to say that it isn't funny, because there's a lot of funny stuff in it, but even a lot of the funny is darkly humorous.
Cusack and Thornton are great, as is a drunk-ass Oliver Platt, but the one face I remember most is that of Connie Nielsen. I always like her, but for some reason I never remember who she is, which is probably good for an actor. Her persona never overshadows her performance. I had no idea who she was through the entire film until I saw the credits. Perhaps it was the American accent that this Danish beauty put on for this part. Maybe it was because her performance was so reminiscent of a young Lauren Bacall that I was thrown off. I have no idea if it was intentional, but she sounded and even looked a little like Bacall, circa To Have and Have Not.
I've written previously of my love of Lauren Bacall, so I won't go into it again here, but suffice to say, Nielsen really hit her Bacall tribute on the head in this film. You can see images of Nielsen looking Bacall-esque on the pain-in-the-ass to navigate Flash interface on the official site.
More movies, more music, maybe some food and definitely more Trojans to come.