Lili Taylor plays Valerie as a scowling, ratlike crank who is nevertheless so blithe, so outrageously rational about her own ”philosophy,” that you can’t help but like her.And Harron’s re-creation of the Warhol Factory proves she’s the rare filmmaker who can turn pop history into art precisely because she respects the truth of what happened.The love-triangle plot is dopey, but the performances of Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton aren’t.They make the characters feel romantically bound — to each other, and to the audience — through their desire to gaze, with tremulous awe, upon one twister after another. The movie understands that these days, the real romantic comedy takes place before boy meets girl.
Director Jan De Bont gets the scary, dreamlike spectacle of tornadoes right up there on screen.
8 SWINGERS A bracingly witty look at desperate young dudes on the L. Just beneath their babbly debates about how to make all the right moves, you can hear the characters tying themselves in knots trying to be Alpha Males and Nice Guys at the same time.
Screenwriter and costar Jon Favreau turns his neuroses into antsy, jostling hilarity, spawning the catchphrase of the year (”You’re money!
The surprise is that Buscemi also turns out to be a major filmmaker.
An ebullient portrait of the modern blue-collar blues, Trees Lounge has an inspired ensemble cast (standouts: Chloe Sevigny and Daniel Baldwin), and Buscemi orchestrates their performances with the kind of lifelike flow and dark-comedy-of-the-soul frankness a director like Secrets & Lies’ Mike Leigh gets far more credit for only because he lets the seams show.
She doesn’t take action so much as she simply believes.