Sunday, January 26, 2020

Tag: Laura Dern

Little Women (2019)

Title: Little Women
Rating: PG
Directed by: Greta Gerwig
Written by: Greta Gerwig
Based on the novel by: Louisa May Alcott
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen, Timothée Chalamet, Laura Dern, and Meryl Streep
Release Date: 12/25/2019
Running Time: 134 minutes

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Writer-director Greta Gerwig has crafted a Little Women that draws on both the classic novel and the writings of Louisa May Alcott, and unfolds as the author’s alter ego, Jo March, reflects back and forth on her fictional life. In Gerwig’s take, the beloved story of the March sisters—four young women each determined to live life on her own terms—is both timeless and timely.


Are There Any Extras During The Credits? No

Are There Any Extras After The Credits? No

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Marriage Story (2019)*

Title: Marriage Story
Rating: R
Directed by: Noah Baumbach
Written by: Noah Baumbach
Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Adam Driver, Azhy Robertson, Merritt Wever, Laura Dern, Wallace Shawn, Ray Liotta, and Alan Alda
Release Date: 12/6/2019
Running Time: 136 minutes

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Noah Baumbach’s incisive and compassionate look at a marriage breaking up and a family staying together.


Are There Any Extras During The Credits? Yes

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Trial by Fire (2018)?

Title: Trial by Fire
Rating: R
Directed by: Edward Zwick
Written by: Geoffrey Fletcher
Based on The New Yorker article by: David Grann
Starring: Laura Dern, Jack O’Connell, and Emily Meade
Release Date: 5/17/2019
Running Time: 127 minutes

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Trial by Fire is the true-life Texas story of the unlikely bond between an imprisoned death row inmate (Jack O’Connell) and a mother of two from Houston (Laura Dern) who, though facing staggering odds, fights mightily for his freedom. Cameron Todd Willingham, a poor, uneducated heavy metal devotee with a violent streak and a criminal record, is convicted of arson-related triple homicide in 1992. During his 12 years on death row, Elizabeth Gilbert, an improbable ally, uncovers questionable methods and illogical conclusions in his case, and battles with the state to expose suppressed evidence that could save him.


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Cold Pursuit (2019)

Title: Cold Pursuit
Rating: R
Directed by: Hans Petter Moland
Written by: Frank Baldwin
Based on the film “Kraftidioten” by: Kim Fupz Aakeson
Starring: Liam Neeson, Tom Bateman, Tom Jackson, Emmy Rossum, Domenick Lombardozzi, Julia Jones, John Doman, and Laura Dern
Release Date: 2/8/2019
Running Time: 118 minutes

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An action thriller infused with irreverent humor, staring Liam Neeson as Nels Coxman, a family man whose quiet life with his wife (Laura Dern) is upended following the mysterious death of their son. Nels’ search for justice turns into a vengeful hunt for Viking (Tom Bateman), a drug lord he believes is connected to the death. As one by one of Viking’s associates “disappear,” Nels goes from upstanding citizen to ice-cold vigilante, letting nothing — and no one — get in his way.


Are There Any Extras During The Credits? No

Are There Any Extras After The Credits? No

Note: There is an “Order of Disappearance” during the credits where names are blown away like snow until there are none left.


Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)

Title: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Rating: PG-13
Directed by: Rian Johnson
Written by: Rian Johnson
Starring: Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern, and Benicio Del Toro
Release Date: 12/15/2017
Running Time: 152 minutes

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The Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past.


Are There Any Extras During The Credits? No

Are There Any Extras After The Credits? No

Memoriam: In loving memory of our princess, Carrie Fisher

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Certain Women (2016)

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Title: Certain Women
Rating: R
Directed by: Kelly Reichardt
Written by: Kelly Reichardt
Based on the short stories by: Maile Meloy
Starring: Michelle Williams, Kristen Stewart, Laura Dern and Lily Gladstone
Release Date: 10/14/2016
Running Time: 107 minutes

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The lives of three women intersect in small-town America, where each is imperfectly blazing a trail.


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Dedication: For Lucy

Special thanks to Frank for this submission


99 Homes (2014)

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Title: 99 Homes
Rating: R
Directed by: Ramin Bahrani
Written by: Ramin Bahrani, Amir Naderi and Bahareh Azimi
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Michael Shannon and Laura Dern
Release Date: 9/25/2015
Running Time: 112 minutes

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A father struggles to get back the home that his family was evicted from by working for the greedy real estate broker who’s the source of his frustration.


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After Credits? No

Dedication: For Roger Ebert


Bravetown (2015)

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Title: Bravetown
Rating: R
Director: Daniel Duran
Writer: Oscar Orlando Torres
Stars: Josh Duhamel, Maria Bello and Laura Dern
Release Date: 5/8/2015
Running Time: 112 minutes

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Josh is a lost soul with an extraordinary musical talent set on a journey to encounter what he was least expecting but undoubtedly needed most. Feeling like it’s him against the world at first, his path is crossed by many people looking for their own fate, that in the end, his presence in their lives turns out to be of extraordinary importance.


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Memoriam: In fond memory of Stan Mak

Special thanks to Frank S. for this submission


Wild Review – 3.5 out of 5 Stars

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With Wild and Dallas Buyers Club, Jean-Marc Vallée has proven himself to be making some of the best dramas today. What I enjoyed about Dallas Buyers Club was the raw, up close take that it had that made it feel extremely personal. Vallee made a very down to earth movie and it was that style that probably helped lead the film to its two academy award wins last year. This same praise of authenticity can be rewarded in a somewhat lesser degree to Wild. Featuring one of the strongest performances of the year, Wild is a movie with a dedication to capturing the spirit and struggle of the real life of Cheryl Strayed in a way that overcomes it screenplay flaws and leaves you touched.

Based on a true story, Cheryl Strayed (Reese Witherspoon) overcomes her hard childhood, the death of her mom (Laura Dern), drug addiction among other things by traveling the Pacific Crest Trail. Along the way, she will meet interesting people, reflect on her past and overcome many of her demons.

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Let’s get the part out of the way that you are probably expecting. Yes, Reese Witherspoon is amazing and deserves an Oscar nomination for her role here. Everything you’ve heard about how she is in the film is correct and she does a fantastic job diving into the troubled soul of her character. You can tell how much she was interested in this story because she seems to giving it her all. Every scene where she had to cry, scream or talk about what is destroying her feels real and it makes Wild a strong character study. There’s a scene where she is reacting to her mom’s death and all while this is happening the movie splices this with a time in her hike when she is having a hard time. Thanks to her performance, this is easily one of the most devastating and moving scenes I’ve seen this year. In fact, all of her scenes where she has to overcome the unexpected death of her mom were as powerful as anything I’ve seen this year and it makes the connection she had with her mom the true highlight of this story.

The movie rounds itself off with a really great cast to support Witherspoon along the way. In the few scenes we get with her, Laura Dern leaves a touching impact playing Cheryl’s mom Bobbi. All of her scenes are in short flashbacks but in that time we get enough from her to see that she is someone Cheryl loved and tries to imitate in her own life. Thomas Sadoski stands out as Cheryl’s ex-husband Paul and the relationship she shares with Cheryl even after they have left each other is pretty poignant.

The film also impressed me with its ambitious editing. While the main focus is to show Cheryl’s hike, we also get to see some of the things that brought her to where she is now. The movie tries to tackle a lot of things but the way it does this is different than the way you would think. Most movies that go back in time do this by presenting flash backs in order from oldest to latest and making them go on for long periods of time. Wild is much more psychological and non-linear in giving the audience Cheryl’s past. Flashbacks here go on for only two minutes at a time, often have just music over them and aren’t featured in order. By doing this, Vallee isn’t attempting your standard based on a true story movie but instead a look at its hero that goes much deeper. Presenting Strayed’s like this allow you to understand the troubled psyche of our protagonist and helps make clearer how these scattered memories are haunting her and battling her on her journey.

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What the films main theme is may also surprise you. While aspects of it are about her battling her demons and learning to live again, the conclusion is far quieter than you’d expect. Strayed’s win isn’t some strong, big yell of survival like Gravity or Captain Philips (not to dismiss those as bad movies in the slightest) but more like a moment of rest or peace within herself. Cheryl’s passion is nature and when everything in her life falls apart and she hates everything about her, she uses it to come to terms and seek tranquility. The walk isn’t about proving anything but instead being able to look at all that you have done and being okay with it. These things from her past all in one way or the other come back to haunt her on her travels but by the end of the hike her soul is at rest and all has come to pass.

On the hike, she is away from all her friends and all technology and all she has is the earth and the few, memorable friends she finds every once in a while. In viewing a more raw and bare lifestyle, she can find the things that matter the most and escape from all the issues that she has. This idea of seeking comfort within is something we rarely see in movies to this extent and it’s what makes Wild truly memorable.

I have a couple of issues with Wild that keeps this from being as good as Dallas Buyers Club though. I think the movie loses some momentum and gets a bit aimless near the end and by the last 15 minutes you’re kind of waiting for the final scene to happen. The ending scene is luckily outstanding but a large chunk of some of the stuff before it could’ve been left on the cutting room floor.

Something you have to understand going into this is that through and through this is supposed to be a character study. Because of this, Wild builds up a fascinating character but doesn’t deliver so easily on a real storyline surrounding her. It allows the movie to succeed in a lot of different areas but it also makes the movie fall short in some also important areas and it keeps me from falling head over heels for the thing.

Other than that, Wild is a movie I would give a recommendation to. The lack of a storyline is made up for by the astounding performance of Reese Witherspoon and the interesting way it presents the mind and demons of Cheryl Strayed. Vallee’s filmmaking continues to be excellent and we get to see a beautiful and touching look at finding peace with yourself and what is around you.

Rating:(3.5/5)

Review by: Ryan M.

Release Date: 12/19/2014

Rating: R

Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Gaby Hoffmann and Thomas Sadoski

Directed by: Jean-Marc Vallée

Screenplay by: Nick Hornby and Cheryl Strayed

Wild (2014)*

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TITLE: Wild

RELEASE DATE: 1/15/2015

RATING: R

A chronicle of one woman’s 1,100-mile solo hike undertaken as a way to recover from a recent catastrophe.

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