Jason Schwartzman, Adrien Brody, and Owen Wilson in The Darjeeling Limited (2007)
What is your favorite recent family drama? Richard Pena is a fan of Wes Anderson’s family films, including THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS and THE DARJEELING LIMITED.
The outstanding theatre critic Walter Kerr once noted that nearly all great plays were family plays. Family, good or bad, he pointed out, was the one thing we all had in common. The list included classics like “The Oresteia,” “Oedipus the King,” “Hamlet,” and “Death of a Salesman.” Current screenplays rarely approach this standard. My choice for the most interesting film “family” of 2010 so far: “Splice.”
“Pieces of April” was truthful and touching to me. The subject of Thanksgiving in movies came up during last night’s program, and I was reminded of “Avalon” and “Hannah & Her Sisters.”
“Little Miss Sunshine” provides an unusual look at a family porttrait. Each member of the family serves as a humorous focus, making it a colorful road trip as they drive to the little girl’s pageant.