Beyond the Lights

Beyond the Lights. This is pretty much at the peak of the bell curve for average, solid rom-drama. One thing I thought particularly interesting: the sexualization of pop music is more apparent/disturbing when it’s a fictional celebrity. There’s no built-in aura of fame, so the constructedness is so much more calculated and weird. Another thing: that they needed to invent a whole new set of songs (that are pretty passable) is an odd peek behind the curtains.

Sleepers

Sleepers. Has a nice momentum to it, but once it becomes a simple revenge story, it all goes to waste. I really liked Dustin Hoffman’s role, though. Mean Streets was another story of friend/neighborhood loyalties that I didn’t enjoy very much. I’ve heard good things about Levinson’s Diner.