RELEASE DATE: April 17, 2015
STUDIO: Fox Searchlight Pictures
DIRECTOR: Rupert Goold
MPAA RATING: R (for language and some disturbing material)
SCREENWRITERS: Rupert Goold, Arnon Milchan
STARRING: James Franco, Jonah Hill, Felicity Jones
GENRE: Drama, Biography
I was intrigued by this film when I first heard about it. I mean a non comedy starring James Franco and Jonah Hill ? Who wouldn’t want to see if it was possible ? I’m here to tell you that I don’t believe that it might still be doable but, this go round it doesn’t materialize in the form of True Story. Hill and Franco are serviceable enough in their performances but, it just feels like an empty promise. The trailer seems to give off a tone of menace and danger for those involved and the story definitely builds to that. It builds and builds and then… nothing. There’s no danger for anyone just manipulation that has no real endgame or at least a really boring one. The real motives behind Christian Longo (Franco) killing his family are never learned so there’s not even that to bring closure to all the proceedings. This movie based on true events could have used a lot more Hollywood embellishment.
Thatsmye Interviews: Les Weiler on Henchin’: the Series
The 8 Episode Series Tries To Encompass A Lot Leaving Fans In A Cliffhanger.
The 2010 “Avatar: The Last Airbender” movie by M. Night Shyamalan faced criticism for its deviations from the beloved animated series. The film struggled with pacing, casting, and a lackluster script, disappointing fans who cherished the source material. In contrast, the 2024 Netflix series has generated positive buzz for its commitment to diverse casting, adherence to the original storyline, and improved character development. The series seems poised to capture the essence of the animated show, offering a fresh and faithful adaptation that resonates with both new and existing fans.
Even though the Netflix series comes closer to the core ideals of the animated series, I feel it lacks heart. Many scenes barely scratch the surface of the relationships between the characters and the push-and-pull relationship between Aang and Zuko. I will admit the CG versions of Momo and Appa are just so gosh darn cute.
The 8 episode series tries to encompass a lot leaving fans in a cliffhanger. It’s worth a watch and I am hanging on for the next season to be announced.
Caesar’s Reign Comes To The Big Screen With New Trailer For Kingdom Of The Planet Of The Apes
Director Wes Ball breathes new life into the global, epic franchise set several generations in the future following Caesar’s reign, in which apes are the dominant species living harmoniously and humans have been reduced to living in the shadows. As a new tyrannical ape leader builds his empire, one young ape undertakes a harrowing journey that will cause him to question all that he has known about the past and to make choices that will define a future for apes and humans alike. “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” is directed by Wes Ball (the “Maze Runner” trilogy) and stars Owen Teague (“IT”), Freya Allan (“The Witcher”), Kevin Durand (“Locke & Key”), Peter Macon (“Shameless”), and William H. Macy (“Fargo”). The screenplay is by Josh Friedman (“War of the Worlds”) and Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver (“Avatar: The Way of Water”) and Patrick Aison (“Prey”), based on characters created by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver, and the producers are Wes Ball, Joe Hartwick, Jr., p.g.a. (“The Maze Runner”), Rick Jaffa, p.g.a., Amanda Silver, p.g.a., Jason Reed, p.g.a. (“Mulan”), with Peter Chernin (the “Planet of the Apes” trilogy) and Jenno Topping (“Ford v. Ferrari”) serving as executive producers.