The Disaster Artist is one of my favorite films of 2017, and it’s a humorous and insightful look at making movies. In a FandangoNOW interview, director/actor James Franco listed his favorite “About Hollywood” movies. Check out the list, as well as my review of The Disaster Artist, below!!
Episode 77 of CinemAddicts covers a ton of ground movie wise. Anderson recaps his love for Coco and we offer up our thoughts on Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. My love for Call Me By Your Name has previously been expressed, but there’s also a bunch of new flicks that are covered on the show (The Post, The Shape of Water, Downsizing, All The Money in the World, The Disaster Artist, The Ballad of Lefty Brown). More details below!
Pamela Romanowsky makes her feature directing debut with the ambitious and evocative The Adderall Diaries, a project that’s based on Stephen Elliott’s bestselling memory. On the surface, the story centers on Stephen’s fixation with a high-profile murder case (Christian Slater plays the suspect) and the deepening rift between he and his father (the always effective Ed Harris). Amber Heard co-stars as a New York Times journalist who enters a relationship with Stephen,
Jonah Hill and James Franco raised their share of comedic mayhem with This is The End, but now they’ve reunited for the upcoming drama True Story.
The narrative, based on journalist (and former New York Times magazine writer) Michael Finkel’s memoir True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa, centers on Finkel’s (Jonah Hill) relationship with accused killer Christian Longo (James Franco).
While Finkel suffered embarrassment after being accused of falsifying elements of an investigative article, his life is thrown for a deeper loop after Longo finds his way into Finkel’s already precarious universe.
The project marks the feature film debut of Rupert Goold (The Hollow Crown), who also co-wrote the screenplay with David Kajganich.
True Story opens nationwide April 10 and makes its exclusive Trailer debut on Yahoo! Movies on December 18.
There have been a slew of negative reviews heaped on filmmaker Paul Haggis’ ambitious drama Third Person, but if you’re a fan of his intricately and labyrinthine structured narratives, this movie may be up your alley. Maria Bello is Theresa an attorney who represents a woman (an intentionally unhinged Mila Kunis) who’s desperately trying to regain visitation rights for her son.
On the outside, Theresa seemingly has everything together, but due to the loss of her own child, life will never be the same (to say the very least). Channeling Theresa’s inner struggles wasn’t a huge reach for Bello, as evidenced by her heartbreaking work with Michael Sheen in the 2010 feature Beautiful Boy. But real life also plays a part in an actor’s craft, and Bello’s own experience as a mother enabled her to empathize with Therasa’s unfathomable pain.
Although Bello joked at the Third Person press conference that she agreed to do the movie because Paul Haggis promised her a case of red wine, levity is few and far between in the drama. Tackling such weighty subjects as artistic integrity, parental love, and loss doesn’t offer much room for humor (although laughter at a press conference is always welcome).
Click on the media bar below to hear the actress talk about the aspects of love that is explored in Third Person:
It was also announced this week that the actress signed on to Big Driver, a Lifetime feature based on a novella by Stephen King. The plotline centers on a mystery writer (Bello) who seeks vengeance against a serial killer (Will Harris) who left her for dead with his other victims. Shooting starts this summer in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
This isn’t Bello’s first foray into King territory, as she starred with Johnny Depp, John Turturro, and Timothy Hutton in the highly underrated suspense thriller Secret Window. The flick contains one of Depp’s most eerie characterizations to date. Be warned, however; if you are a huge fan of eating corn, Secret Window may alter your culinary appetites.
Big Driver premieres this fall on Lifetime, and Third Person is now playing in select theaters.
Co-starring Liam Neeson, Olivia Wilde, Adrien Brody, and James Franco, Third Person clocks in at 136 minutes, but I was completely immersed with Haggis’ story, so boredom never entered the equation.
If you’ve seen Third Person, tell me what you think and feel free to comment below!