Bernie Directed by: Richard Linklater Written by: Richard Linklater and Skip Hollandsworth (screenplay) Starring: Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine, Matthew McConaughey and Brady Coleman
Murder isn’t completely wrong when the person is unlikable, is it? That grouchy old lady, who hisses at the idea of warm conversation and enjoys treating the world as if it owes her something; if she were killed, would anybody really care?
The people of Carthage, Texas cared. Not for her (Shirley MacLaine), though, but her killer, her kind manservant Bernie (Jack Black). Bernie is based on true events, just as almost every movie not based on a novel is. The wonderful writer/director Richard Linklater is preceding, though, and he treats the truth as more than a novelty.
127 Hours Directed by: Danny Boyle Written by: Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy (screenplay), Aron Ralston (book) Starring: James Franco, Kate Mara, Amber Tamblyn, and Sean Bott
Aron Ralston cut his own arm off to escape a boulder that pinned him against a canyon wall. That much we know. The rest, drawn from his hallucinatory recounting in his autobiography and combined with some creative liberties from a passionate filmmaker, is a story waiting to be told.
It’s interesting to think how certain directors would handle different source material. A story like this could tell how Aron recovered after his ordeal, or it could show his ordeal. If you’re looking for the gooey easy way out, the former is your best bet, but Danny Boyle isn’t going for the easy way out.
Finding Neverland Directed by: Marc Forster Written by: David Magee (screenplay) Allen Knee (play) Starring: Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet, Dustin Hoffman, Julie Christie, Freddie Highmore
Finding Neverland isthe Jonny Depp film Tim Burton has attempted to make time over and time over, and has failed to create despite all his creative savvy.
It is the fairy re-tale of the classic Peter Pan story. What makes Neverland so brilliant is that it doesn’t attempt to retell and spit out the same story with a teeny-tiny twist or different color palette like Burton’s Alice in Wonderland and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Instead the film looks at the story with a whole new scope, depreciating no magic or thematic value, and instead enhancing it and recreating it into a marvelous, heartwarming story worth remembering like the original. Continue reading →