Originally Posted by Gary J
There is a good selection of free movies using the Crackle app on iPad and Airplay.
True. If you've never seen the 2006 Stranger than Fiction
, starring Will Ferrel, Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Queen Latifa, watch it on Crackle. It's so not
a "Will Ferrel film" that it wasn't even mentioned
during the show honoring him in DC last year.
It's a "Klein bottle" of a story, with the central character, an OCD IRS auditor named Harold Crick, played by Ferrell, hearing his life being narrated by the author, Emma Thompson - who's a piece of work, a chain-smoking perfectionist author of perfect tragedies who hasn't been able to figure out how to bring about the death of her latest protagonist, Harold Crick.
When she finally does, and he hears her say that his having reset his watch "would lead inevitably to his impending death" he seeks out the advice of a Professor of Literature played by Dustin Hoffman - who nearly steals the film, working out ways to test what kind of story Crick is in: a comedy - in which you get hitched - or a tragedy, in which you die. When they figure out who the author is, Harold shows up on her doorstep to plead with her not to kill him, giving her a moral crisis - who knew that these stories she was writing would become real? How many good people has she murdered?
This is a film that wears the masks both of comedy and tragedy and bears repeated watching - it's a great romantic comedy (I didn't even talk about Maggie Gyllenhaal, the tax protesting proprietor of the Uprising Bakery
Harold falls in love with while auditing her).
Not to be missed, particularly since you can watch it for free - hell, I bought the Blu-ray after seeing it in the theater, because it's made like a swiss watch - even the soundfield is light-years ahead of most films. (At one point you can faintly hear his heartbeat when he fantasizes about her.) And check out the titles of the books on the Professor's bookshelf, including Soft Focus
, lying near his TV and not quite in focus!Edited by Philnick - 8/25/12 at 3:01pm