Reese Witherspoon Finds Creative Compass With ‘The Good Lie’

Opening October 3, The Good Lie centers on four Sudanese refugees (Arnold Oceng, Ger Duany, Kuoth Wiel, Emmanuel Jal) who are trying to adapt to life in America. Aiding them in the process is a tough talking, no nonsense employment agency counselor (Reese Witherspoon).

The picture is directed by Philippe Falardeau, a filmmaker who crafted the resonant 2011 drama Monsieur Lazhar. Starring in The Good Lie proved to be a blessing for Witherspoon, who admitted at a recent press conference that the film came at the right time in her career:

“For a few years, I was a little bit lost as an artist – not being able to find what I wanted to do. Making choices that I ultimately wasn’t very happy with. What kind of started this whole string of things that I was doing personally was just getting back to wanting to play interesting, dynamic female characters and when I read Margaret Nagle’s script (for The Good Lie) I was just so moved.”

(L-r) EMMANUEL JAL as Paul, GER DUANY as Jeremiah, ARNOLD OCENG as Mamere and REESE WITHERSPOON as Carrie in the drama “The Good Lie,” a presentation of Alcon Entertainment, Imagine Entertainment and Black Label Media, a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Bob Mahoney
(L-r) EMMANUEL JAL as Paul, GER DUANY as Jeremiah, ARNOLD OCENG as Mamere and REESE WITHERSPOON as Carrie in the drama “The Good Lie,” a presentation of Alcon Entertainment, Imagine Entertainment and Black Label Media, a Warner Bros. Pictures release.
Photo by Bob Mahoney

To hear Reese Witherspoon elaborate on her answer and talk about The Good Lie, please click on the audio clip below:

“Tulpa” Offers Nightmarish Beauty from Rising Star Games

Rising Star Games previewed several of their upcoming titles last week in Hollywood, and one of the titles that instantly caught my eye was Tulpa.

Being a fan of dark, existential driven narratives, Tulpa is a point and click puzzle adventure which centers on two soulmates who drift through a nightmarish and surreal landscape. We were given a brief walkthrough of Tulpa, and one of the many alluring aspects of the title is that that certain puzzles are complete mind-benders, demanding that gamers fully immerse themselves within the organic inner workings of the environment.

Tulpa (Rising Star Games)
Tulpa (Rising Star Games)

Tulpa, which will be available on PC, Mac, and Linux, also has a strong visual sense, and though it is set within a Twilight Zone-esque type realm, it doesn’t ape the oft-copied, silhouette stylings of Limbo or Hero of Many. Instead, Tulpa travels within its own shadowed universe.

Tulpa (Rising Star Games)
Tulpa (Rising Star Games)

Certain puzzles can only be solved by one of the inhabitants of the land, as each of their lovers have their own specified skill set. I’ll be playing the title in the coming days and give an update on the post. But for now, here’s the preview trailer for Tulpa, an eye-catching title that I’m hoping continues to build on its momentum.