Watch This: Ellen Page and Patrick Wilson maintain nearly two hours of tension
Every day, Watch This offers staff recommendations inspired by a new movie coming out that week. This week: Arriving in select theaters Friday, The End Of The Tour belongs to a fine tradition of movies that feature little more than two actors gabbing at each other. We’ve lined up five days of the same, recommending some fine two-person talkfests.
Hard Candy (2005)
About halfway through Hard Candy, David Slade’s two-hander of a psychological cat-and-mouse game, Patrick Wilson gives a long, anguished speech about a horrifying memory from his childhood. Pain clouding his eyes, he recounts the experience in slow, excruciating detail. Gradually, he trails off, the reminiscence briefly taking him out of the moment. It’s an ugly, sad story, the verbal equivalent of slowing down as you pass by a nasty car accident and survey the damage. There’s a momentary silence. And then Ellen Page threatens …