About Schmidt is sure to provoke polarized reactions. Stoked by the success of Election, director Alexander Payne and cowriter Jim Taylor have altered Louis Begley’s novel to suit their comedic agenda, turning Nicholson’s titular character into a 66-year-old, newly retired Omaha insurance actuary, weary from decades of drudgery and passionless marriage. When his wife suddenly dies, he attempts to reclaim his life in a king-sized Winnebago, desperate to convince his daughter (Hope Davis) not to marry the Denver dimwit (Dermot Mulroney) whose mother (Kathy Bates) has her own baggage of peculiar peccadilloes. Love it or hate it, About Schmidt is a movie you won’t soon forget.
Director: Alexander Payne
Writers: Louis Begley (novel), Alexander Payne (screenplay),
Stars: Jack Nicholson, Hope Davis and Dermot Mulroney
David Fincher’s ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’, an adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s story, re-teams the director with Brad Pitt, who takes on the title role. What makes Button such a curious case is that when he is born in New Orleans just after World War I, he is already in his eighties, and proceeds to live his life aging in reverse. This sweeping film follows the character’s unusual life into the 21st century as he experiences joy and sadness, loves lost and found, and the meaning of timelessness. Cate Blanchett co-stars along with Tilda Swinton, Elias Koteas, and Julia Ormond.
Starring: Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Jason Flemyng