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If These Walls Could Talk 2
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on August 23, 2003
I caught this on HBO one night. And the three segments, though varied in subject matter, were all quite bad in quality. The first segment is about an old lesbian whose partner dies. She has no legal rights to her partner's will or estate, and the vignette basically examines this. Vanessa Redgrave stars and I think she won an Emmy for this, whatever that means. Critics have called it the best, but I find it to be the most lifeless and limp- perhaps because of its supposed prestige. Redgrave never uncovers her character's loaded feelings of grief, frustration, and longing and instead comes across as a sort of grumpy victim, though I don't exactly blame her given the stifling staginess and uninteresting script. It's a boringly conceptualized segment. The second segment is about lesbian hippies. And this is the best one. Michelle Williams and Chloe Sevigny give awesome performances. I didn't know too much about either actress prior to seeing this segment, but I'm dang impressed by their work here. Chloe Sevigny is amazing as a butch biker. She creates a lifeforce onscreen in the exact way that Regrave did not. It's too bad that the segment is terribly written and the sex scenes are way overdone (complete with high pitched guitar solos straight out of a bad porno). But the acting makes it worth it. The last segment is colorfully directed and well acted by Ellen DeGeneres (note how I'm excluding co-star Sharon Stone from this assessment) but undeniably unsexy and creepy given director Anne Heche's faux lesbianism. Let's face the content itself though: moments of hilarity, attributed to DeGeneres's comic timing, mixed with moments of Pier 1 vapidity and rambling monologues and annoying, vacuous characters. If These Walls Could Talk 2 consists of three segments with diverse subject matter but of very uniform bad quality.
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on June 22, 2000
What Happened? This is a sad follow-up to the incredible "If These Walls Could Talk". I was excited about the potential when I first saw the show advertised. Homosexuality can be as divisive a topic as abortion in our society and the potential for this film to reach out and enlighten the hetrosexual population in the same manner as "ITWCT - 1" was great. Once again, the film contains a trilogy of shorts each depicting a different era. It starts out with a bang with Vanessa Redgrave (who was absolutely incredible)portraying an elderly lesbian dealing with the death of her partner. I was in tears by the end of this first segment. It was even more poignant because the situations she encounters are still realities in today's world; they have not been relegated to the past. Unfortunately, the second segment seemed to be a re-hash from "Boys Don't Cry" - It almost felt like it was something that hit the editing floor from that movie and the producers wanted to still use it....so they stuck it in here. The third and final episode was absolutely the lamest....basically an R-rated Ellen episode with lots of prolonged bedroom scenes between Sharon Stone and Ellen. All in all, I would buy this for the first segment, but feel that more time should have been spent on development of the other two stories.
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