Tuesday, May 5, 2009


"Is Diane Lane the most believable presence in contemporary American movies?" —Charles Taylor in last Sunday's NY Times review of the DVD release of what sounds like a terribly underrated and overlooked movie that I haven't seen but intend to now, KILLSHOT.

Like Taylor claims this movie is, Diane Lane too is a terribly underrated if not entirely overlooked great actress (has she won an Oscar yet?) In the same review he describes Lane as "personifying, as she often has, the hard-won grace of adulthood." Couldn't have said it better myself.


Anonymous said...

It is such a shame that Diane Lane has now quit showbusiness. She should have been far more acclaimed and well known.

Curtis Faville said...

My take on Lane is she's overrated, not underrated.

Lane came into the movie business on family ties and connections. Her career was stuck in low gear until she started exploiting the naughty wife roles.

I've never found her technique to be either thespian-like, or fresh. She has an irritating manner of constantly seeming to be tentative. This is passed off as being subtle, but it doesn't come off that way. She plays every scene as if she were uncertain about how to play it, and consequently projects a vague ambiguity. That ambiguity can work once in a while, but as a style it's just avoidance.

Lane's a knock-out, but as an actress she's only B material. If she isn't getting the roles she expects, it may be because people in the industry have recognized her limitations.