Last weekend I went to see The Savages in The Screen. I've always been fond of the cinema, but it really is looking worse for wear, the popcorn machine is spitting out an unsavory oily smell and the seats in Screen 3 are packed as tight as a Ryanair flight, so it was a stinky and uncomfortable experience.
The plot is no Friday night fun fest, two damaged and emotionally dysfunctional siblings have to care for their dementia suffering estranged father. Philip Seymour Hoffmann and Laura Linney play the siblings, and they do it really well sharing some nice comic moments both overall it felt laboured, The Savages might have achieved greatness if they had shaved 5 - 15 seconds of pretty much every scene, but they didn't so it dragged.
Fool For Love last night in the Peacock, raced along at a much more energetic pace. A Sam Shepard play from the early 1980's "Eddie, a stunt man returns once again to his girl, May. In a motel room in the middle of nowhere they thrash out their love in a doomed relationship" This thrashing involved tequila, hollering and even some lassoing, but no amount of Don Wycherley throwing himself on the floor, door slamming and explosions (Yes!) convinced me that these people were anything more that caricatures. It takes more than a little yelling to create passion, chemistry and tension, Fool For Love lacked these despite the best efforts of the cast.
Tonight I'm off to The Button Factory to see Tegan And Sara, it's my first time to the venue and I've heard it's great, so I'm looking forward to seeing them there.
Prince is playing Croke Park on the 16th of June and I am sooooo there. Tickets go on sale on March 5th so if any members of my family out there are stuck for a birthday present idea.....