Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Half-Nelson (2006)

***
USA

Something like 'Dead Poets Society' given the squalid indie crack-addict treatment. What sets this one above standard inspirational teacher dross however, aren't the jump cuts, the grimy lensing, the fidgety camerawork or the crack, but rather a confident, magnetic Ryan Gosling in the lead. The entire cast really, is quietly impressive.

dir: Ryan Fleck
wr: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck
cast: Ryan Gosling, Shareeka Epps, Anthony Mackie, Monique Curnen, Deborah Rush, Jay O. Sanders, Tina Holmes

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