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The Disaster Artist (2017)
Well done look at the origin of how a cult classic came about.
I have seen many movies yet have never watched "The Room" over the coming months I plan to see it. As I've wondered what was always the fuss and as to why many art house and independent cinema chains have countless midnight showing of this film. So being one for film history and stories that involve origins, I decided to watch "The Disaster Artist" and I must say the work was well done as it gave me the viewer a better understanding of "The Room".
Set sometime in 1998 it is the story of one Tommy Wiseau(in a fine turn from James Franco) who wants to become an actor so this apparent New Orleans native with a hard to call accent who claims to be in his 20's ventures out to Los Angeles for acting classes, and he meets and befriends a different style and kind of guy in Greg Sestero(Dave Franco)yet both have dreams of being well known actors. It's gonna be a challenge though with Tommy's long hair and heavy metal rocker looks. Yet with a bank account and the desire to set up his own studio and shoot scenes with his own cameras hope is present for Tommy and Greg.
As the movie they plan to make is just one simple love story of passion and drama, yet Wiseau acts as his own independent style of a rebel and maverick on set as he calls the shots behind the camera and in front of it when he acts you feel like it's Hitchcock or Kubrick. Tommy did things his way. Still the actual film "The Disaster Artist" is blended with humor and pathos when it looks at the ups and downs of a guy striving for survival and the acceptance of humanity. Along the way many cameos are from well knowns like Jacki Weaver, Seth Rogen, Alison Brie, Sharon Stone, Bryan Cranston, Judd Apatow, and Melanie Griffith.
Overall "The Disaster Artist" is a showcase film of desire and wanting acceptance to make something you want to feel belonging still the audience feels and sees the rage of one would be up and coming artist like Tommy who's own rules didn't apply it's like the world was against him. Still even though a mess Tommy did it his way proving it's okay to be different, it's meant to be different and everyone will be different. As with difference and being a disaster Tommy Wiseau will long be remembered and his work is a stepping stone for many underdogs and up and comers.
The Florida Project (2017)
This is a magic kingdom? It's one that's filled with drama, despair, downside, and prayers for hope!
"The Florida Project" is one film that touches your emotions as after watching you feel some pain as you see a segment of society that has pain and prayers for hope are needed to help with their dreams of life. This proves that life is rocky and no bed of roses for many as it's only thru hope and interaction that staying alive can be obtained.
Set in a summer in Florida on the outskirts of Orlando it follows the life of little Moonee(Brooklynn Prince) a 6 year old who enjoys adventure of playing with others and doing mischief with other kids. As Moonee's meals are given to her by the local diner when leftovers are found. And miss mother Halley(Bria Vinaite)is no angel she's a white trash welfare cash strapped mother who's on her last legs of support for her and Moonee both, it's really sad and somewhat tragic to see this situation. As day after day and each week both live out of cheap low end rent hotels along a Florida strip highway on the outside of Disney world.
The only hope is the interaction and caring comfort and tough love that hotel manager Bobby(Willem Dafoe with his best performance yet) brings to the plate on the table, as each day goes by Bobby sees the need for help and he only hopes thru guidance and looking out for little Moonee that it will bring some change to Halley as it's a struggle for Halley to pay weekly rent to Bobby even though she lives a playmate life.
Overall "The Florida Project" is a showcase film to watch to see how the poor in society live and struggle with despair and drama, yet with interaction and love and hope from individuals like Bobby and little Moonee hope and dreams are possible as dreams come true thru luck as it's a sight of happiness and escape as one can see from the picture's end.
Lady Bird (2017)
A film that as you watch it will bring back memories for you! It's a nice coming of age story blended with laughs, emotions, and discovery!
Everyone remembers their high school years and how for many it was about acceptance and the need to fit in and be liked and popular by the right crowd. And director Greta Gerwig shows this with this picture and what it's like for a young girl to grow up and come of age, while making memories and life and love is learned along the way. Yet "Lady Bird" is blended with laughs and feel good emotions of joy and tears that will make any watcher relate and feel like it's real to their own memories of high school.
The story is set in early 2000's in California with Christine(AKA Lady Bird)McPherson(Saoirse Ronan) a young girl who's a little stubborn and lazy in book matters as she just doesn't apply herself in an educated manner. Her sights are set more on travel and seeing culture of arts and life on the east coast as she wants to go away to college in New York. Also Lady Bird wants to make more friends and be popular by being in the school play.
Yet she's behind the 8 ball as her mom Marion(in a great turn from Laurie Metcalf) is over bearing and conservative and worries and challenges the thoughts of her daughter as she tries to shelter Lady Bird by sending her to a catholic school. Still Christine fights the system and wants adventures in other forms by exploring romance and you guessed it wanting to have sex and lose her virginity! Lady Bird is like many young girls as she wears sexy colored bras, and has sex and goes to the prom with the boy she enjoyed passion with and loves listening to her favorite band boy music(good to hear "The Dave Matthews Band's" "Crash into Me" from the late 90's early 2000's).
Thru it all after graduation this little lady takes flight and spreads her wings to freedom and escape. Still thru the journey of experience and discovery Lady Bird is left with emotions of love and memories that will never be forgotten as time and growing pains help form her. Overall good film of learning life and having experience all while reflecting on how and why it makes one become who they are.
A film of sorrow and pain, yet thru outspoken challenge and determination comes hope.
So far this year out of all the dramas that I've watched "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" has to be the best. As the film is very dark for the way it shows human nature with plenty of sorrow and pain. On the other side the film is blended with dark outspoken black heart type comedy! The performances are near all pro as the on screen chemistry is top notch form with veterans Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, and Frances McDormand(perhaps her best role ever).
Set in Ebbing, Missouri in this small town a brutal murder has just taken place that being of a young teenage girl and her mother Mildred(Frances)has chosen to take matters into her own hands by putting up three billboards right in the heart of town to show the locals and also to question authorities as to why the brutal murder and rape of her daughter is still unsolved, as most of all she calls out the local sheriff Willoughby(Woody Harrelson).
After this the whole town and media starts to take notice and Mildred will not back down as she puts up with county politics and the red tape from the corrupt and mostly white bread police department. Fun and a pleasure to watch is the conflict and coming to terms that Mildred has with deputy Dixon(in a real head turner from Sam Rockwell)who's a go against the grain local cop who's a little slow with smarts and grammar yet he does the job his way.
Overall this is a film of pain and grief and it's a truth seeker, yet it's a stand up outspoken showcase that shows be blunt and outspoken as when answers are needed do it your way and you often have to go against the grain just like the Mildred character. Overall this is one of the better crime dramas I've seen in awhile as it searches for answers and seeks truth in an old fashioned outspoken and blunt kind of way.
A tease and twisted tale of history, holiday, and how dreams came about to create tradition!
Being a history buff and loving tradition I just had to take a look at this film "The Man Who Invented Christmas". And I must say it was an okay take at how the classic story of a Christmas carol came about. Even though the film is blended with dreams and foreshadowing, and flashbacks it still has enough drama and laughs to be entertaining.
Back in 1843 England a British novel writer Charles Dickens(Dan Stevens)has just come off writing some novels that haven't sold well and the town and his family start to have doubt about his ability to write. Yet Dickens has ideals to come to his mind from family and dreams as his seeing of an old man at the graveyard leads to his creation of a grump Ebenezer Scrooge(Christopher Plummer).
And thru this creation Dickens lets his mind wonder and with thought he comes up with the ideal to base his novel set around Christmas and a ghost like story to change the minds of all that read! Overall good little historical film that's a tease with dreams and wishes still it shows how the ideal for "A Christmas Carol" came about.
Super Friends (1973)
A gem and must watch during my childhood!
I remember Saturday mornings when I was little at home with mom lying in bed I would always watch Saturday morning cartoons and this one "Super Friends" was one of my favorites as my imagination and life was thrilled with "Batman and Robin". And I loved seeing these characters on screen as the animation was so bright and in color with each episode as watching theses episodes became my escape from reality as a little boy! The greatest heroes from D.C.'s comic world were featured my favorite was the duo tag team of "Batman and Robin" and along for the journey and action ride was "Superman", "Wonder Woman", and even "Aquaman" plus the little "Wonder Twins" were a treat. As the bad guys they faced were "The Riddler" and "Mr. Mxyzptlk", "Bizarro" and others. Even many episodes were stories of the super heroes facing aliens and robots, and even campy ones where they faced "Bigfoot" and "The Loch Ness Monster". Overall good kids series that entertained when I was little as it was my entertainment and imagination escape.
Diabólica malicia (1972)
Bad little boy! Yet revenge takes a twist and turn!
"What the Peeper Saw" is an okay erotic B suspense movie type that's filled with drama and a past that haunts the central character. And the movie is spiced up okay with some sexy skin scenes from model Britt Ekland. The film has a plot that involves A beautiful woman(Britt Ekland)who's married and her husband has a little boy from his previous marriage and her little innocent looking stepson(Mark Lester)supposedly murdered his mother.
All of a sudden signs are seen that this little boy is crazy and may murder again as strange things start to happen yet after some bonding and trust is made the film takes an unexpected twist at the end as what comes around goes around karma!
They're Playing with Fire (1984)
A clever plot a cat and mouse game of drama, and suspense yet the eye candy treat is the knockout Sybil Danning!
This film "They're Playing with Fire" is really a pretty decent B movie as it does have a story and plot twist that's filled with drama and suspense and it's topped off with eye candy and cake icing with erotic scenes from the sexy Sybil! The story is that of two college professors the female being(Sybil)and she seduces one of her young innocent students(Eric Brown)as part of a plot to frame him for the murders of her well to do in-laws. Yet this plan and plot doesn't go as planned it's now a tangled web of deceit, nothing and no one is who they appear.
Along the way despite the blood and violence the screen is spiced up with plenty of skin and sexy nude scenes and love making bed encounters with the sexy B queen goddess miss Sybil(also she's stunning in a black bra!). Overall well done film that's carried by Sybil so if it's your thing give this a watch.
Justice League (2017)
A showcase of D.C.'s finest with teamwork to fight evil!
Being a comic book reader and fan of "Batman" and D.C. characters I went out to see this latest work and it's a showcase of the D.C. universe and the fight against meta humans. Plus the return of "Superman" from death he is risen! Still all heroes involved are working thru their own problems as "Batman" grapples with the business world and his alter ego Bruce Wayne and "Wonder Woman" still has business to deal with on the island.
Now enter the new kids on the block first the super train fast "Flash"(Erza Miller)who's flawed with family problems as his dad's in prison so this little red suited guy has a lot to run to and prove! Now enter the king and fish of the deep sea the one and only "Aquaman"(Jason Momoa)who's not our typical Aqua hero(if you remember the old comics of a skinny blond dude)who's a raw and wicked long haired heavy metal rocker looking type.
This film really isn't great it entertains with nice action and showcases the D.C. hero fleet as people who face problems of everyday life, yet win by being a D.C. hero as we all remember.
Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Apex (1962)
Good episode of suspense that's a cross a double cross and twist at the end!
This "AHP" episode from 1962 season 7 called "Apex" is one that's interesting and it takes a turn at the end that you didn't see coming as this was a well done and good episode for it's day and time. It features a married couple Claude and Clara and they run a business together, yet on the side Claude is having an affair with Margo a younger and attractive younger lady. And Clara finds out and she wants a divorce with no settlement money for Claude and never fear Margo and Claude have a plan to rid Clara with a hit man! Only you never would think about it, but Margo decides to take matters into her own hands a plan that backfires, it proves that when you try to hard and do stuff yourself you learn a painful lesson! Overall good episode with drama and it twist like a good mystery suspense show should!