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Quick Take: Ridley Scott to Revisit Blade Runner

18 Aug

My favorite director, Ridley Scott, seems to be rebooting his resume by revisiting his previous films – starting at the beginning (never mind The Duellists).  Ridley’s next film, Prometheus, was originally a prequel to one of my favorite films Alien, and once he’s finished with that he’ll apparently be revisiting Blade Runner.  It is unknown whether the film will be a remake, reboot, prequel, sequel, or whatever else Hollywood is asking for these days, and it is also unknown whether Harrison Ford will be involved.

Let's hope not

Check out the link below for more information.




Opening This Week (19 Aug 2011)

17 Aug

Well, I have to say that I was a bit surprised that Rise of the Planet of the Apes was the box office winner again this week with a domestic total of $27.8 million. Apes became only the second film this summer season to take home top box office honors two weeks in a row (Thor was the other back in May). Finishing in 2nd was The Help with $26.0 million, and in third, Final Destination 5 with $18.0 million. The other major releases last week finished dismally. The action-comedy 30 Minutes or Less finished in fifth with $13.3 million, and Glee 3D finished in 11th wiht $6 million. With positive word of mouth and positive reviews, I think Rise could take the box office again this weekend since there isn’t a whole lot of competition again.

Conan the Barbarian

Rated: R

Starring: Jason Momoa, Ron Perlman, Rose McGowan, Stephen Lang

Director: Marcus Nispel

Synopsis from IMDB: The tale of Conan the Cimmerian and his adventures across the continent of Hyboria on a quest to avenge the murder of his father and the slaughter of his village.


Chris’ Take: I guess you could do worse for summer fare. Jason Momoa was great in Game of Thrones, but that may have been because he didn’t really talk, he just kind of stared menacingly and towered over everyone around him. I kind of lost interest in the trailer as soon as he opened his mouth. Anyway, if you’re looking for mindless action, this will definitely be your best bet this weekend. The early reviews are mixed (57% on RT), so it is difficult to say where this will land, but my guess is in the 30% range.

Fright Night

Rated: R

Starring: Colin Farrell, Anton Yelchin, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, David Tennant

Director: Craig Gillespie 

Synopsis from IMDB: A teenager suspects that his new neighbor is a vampire.


Chris’ Take: The original 1985 Fright Night is one of the best horror-comedies ever. While I want to be excited about the film, especially since I think Colin Farell is a great pick as Jerry, it is hard to imagine that this film will re-capture the perfect combination of genres that the first one did. I also noticed that all the trailers are keeping Peter Vincent (David Tennant) pretty close to their chest, and he was an integral part of the original. Anyway, I will probably try to see this one and am holding on to hope that it will be decent.

One Day

Rated: PG-13

Starring: Anne Hathaway, Jim Sturgess, Tom Mison, Jodie Whittaker

Director: Lone Scherfig

Synopsis from IMDB: After spending the night together on the night of their college graduation Dexter and Em are shown each year on the same date to see where they are in their lives. They are sometimes together, sometimes not, on that day.


Chris’ Take: One Day looks like a mix of Friends With Benefits and A Lot Like Love, except they’ve thrown in British accents to make it seem different. However, as much as I’m not one who usually is interested in chick flicks, I do like Focus Features and I did like what director Lone Scherfig did with An Education, so I am somewhat intrigued by this film. I’ll probably put it down on the Netflix queue, but I won’t watch it alone, I will have to put it under the pretext of “date night in”.

Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D

Rated: PG

Starring: Jessica Alba, Joel McHale, Jeremy Piven, Alexa Vega

Director: Robert Rodriguez

Synopsis from IMDB: A retired spy is called back into action, and to bond with her new step-children, she invites them along for the adventure to stop the evil Timekeeper from taking over the world.


Chris’ Take: I can’t say I’ve seen any of the Spy Kids films, but I still have no desire to. The 4D Aromascope really sounds like a cheap gimmick. I read an article on it and it is just scratch and sniff. Yup, they give viewers a card of different scents and when you are prompted on the screen, you are supposed to scratch the appropriate one. I wonder if they will charge extra for that…..

Limited Releases

The Last Circus

Rated: R

Starring: Carlos Areces, Antonio de la Torre, Carolina Bang

Director: Alex de la Iglesia

Synopsis from RT: 1937, Spain is in the midst of the brutal Spanish Civil War. A “Happy” circus clown is interrupted mid-performance and forcibly recruited by a militia. Still in his costume, he is handed a machete and led into battle against National soldiers, where he single handedly massacres an entire platoon. Fast forward to 1973, the tail end of the Franco regime. Javier, the son of the clown, dreams of following in his father’s career footsteps.

Trailer (Caution: Red Band Trailer-disturbing content):

Chris’ Take: Wow, this trailer did nothing to help me get over the fear of clowns that I developed after watching It and Poltergeist, but for different reasons. This is a mix of comedy and disturbing drama and is receiving great reviews (90% on RT). The trailer alone is unsettling and unforgiving. Anyway, this is probably something that I will have to be in the right mood for, but I am definitely interested.

Griff the Invisible

Rated: PG-13

Starring: Ryan Kwanten, Maeve Dermody, Marshall Napier, Heather Mitchell

Director: Leon Ford

Synopsis from IMDB: Griff, office worker by day, superhero by night, has his world turned upside down when he meets Melody, a beautiful young scientist who shares his passion for the impossible.


Chris’ Take: It looks like this is trying to be a deeper look at the Spider-Man and pretty much any other superhero love story. I don’t know how I feel about it. The reviews are positive (83% on RT) which makes me want to give it a chance, but I am growing tired of superhero and superhero knock off stories.


Rated: Unrated

Starring: Patrick Dempsey, Mekhi Phifer, Ashley Judd, Tim Blake Nelson

Director: Rob Minkoff

Synopsis from IMDB: A man caught in the middle of two simultaneous robberies at the same bank desperately tries to protect the teller with whom he’s secretly in love.


Chris’ Take: The trailer makes this film look very entertaining, I like pretty much everyone in the cast, especially Tim Blake Nelson and Pruitt Taylor Vince, but the reviews are kind of vexing (25% on RT). So, I might add this to Netflix, but apparently there is a good chance that it won’t be good, although the reviews aren’t the final say.

TAKE TWO: Transformers: Dark of the Moon

15 Jul

Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Rated: PG-13

Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Frances McDormand, Peter Cullen

Director: Michael Bay

Transformers: Dark of the Moon is a Michael Bay masterpiece. That should only mean something significant to 14 year old boys….and Pac. I’ll let him explain himself later.
This is where I usually put the plot synopsis. However, the plot was almost non-existent and only served as a backdrop to start the next fight, since the studio probably told Bay he had to have one somewhere and he couldn’t just do two hours of robots fighting through exploding nonsense. So, he probably walked out of the room mumbling out of the room under his breath, “Fine, I’ll do it, but I won’t make it logical.” “What was that, Michael.” “Nothing.” Anyway, if you really care to know something about the plot know that apparently the moon landing in 1969 was in response to alien robots crashing on the moon. They’ve been waiting there to come to earth to apparently prepare it for a huge robot invasion and now it is too late for the incompetent secret government agency behind the moon landing to realize that. Now, it is up to Sam Witwicky (Shia Labeouf), his cardboard cut out girlfriend, Optimus Prime and the Autobots to save the day.
There were numerous problems with this film, the plot being the one that bugged me the most. When I say plot, I also mean character development. I kind of liked how Sam, even though he had saved the world twice, was struggling in the economic times as well. Since unless you have numerous commercial deals, probably doesn’t pay well. However, this was the only time Sam or anyone else was a relatable character. I guess I feel bad putting it this way, but it was like a bad cartoon (which may have been what Bay was going for). Every character seemed static, they were either good or bad, nothing in between. Sure there may have been characters that you thought were good and then turned bad, but the reveal never felt compelling, it was more like a sneering man twirling his moustache instead of making even an attempt at showing us three-dimensional characters. I am not saying that I expected a whole lot from Bay in that regard, but at least try.

"Okay Shia, your character's motivation in this scene is to be...good....and...action!"

Speaking of three dimensions, the 3D for this film was decent, which is actually not a compliment considering the fact that this was touted as the ultimate 3D film this year. I was excited to see how Bay used this technology, and this was really the reason why I wanted to watch the film. However, I was a little let down. That is not to say that it wasn’t better than the other 3D films that have come out this year, but it just wasn’t as good as I expected. I am not really going to criticize though because I think the theater Pac and I watched this in, might not have been suitable to get the optimal experience. The one scene in particular I was looking forward to were the squirrel suits. I thought it was a really cool idea to use the 3D technology to show people skydiving and flying around the city. That scene did not disappoint at all, it was just far too brief.
The action scenes overall were very spectacular, but the key to make them interesting and intense is to have characters that you care about, and as I mentioned earlier, that was wasn’t there. Instead, at least for me, there seemed like a disconnect and I did not even have the slightest interest in what all these explosions meant or what was happening to the characters.

Some of them I just wished would die already.

On top of that, I think the 3D added to the discord in the action sequences as well. Not only did I feel disconnected from the characters, but from the actual screen itself. I was very aware I was watching a movie because the glasses create not only a physical, but a subconscious barrier between me and the film. I couldn’t feel engulfed in the action. All I could feel was a headache.
When all was said and done, the dust and explosions settled and I was staring at the screen in awe. Not because I was impressed, but because I didn’t expect it to be that bad. Even with the negative critical response, I went into this film with an open mind. Part of me wants Bay to succeed because I really am impressed with his passion for film. He truly loves what he does, but I can’t say that this film was in any way “good”.
If you’re here to find out if it was better than the second film, the answer is yes, but come on…is that saying much?

Pac’s Take:

If you went to see Transformers: Dark of the Moon to see great character development, story, and emotional conflict then you must not know Michael Bay very well.  I went to Transformers: Dark of the Moon with the anticipation of seeing some really cool action scenes, spectacular 3D, and some more really cool action scenes.  In those regards, this film delivered to about 75% of my expectations; but as most of my report cards from school will tell you, 75% is still passing.

The movie is about 2.5 hours long, and the first hour and a half is bad, I’m talking about laughably bad.  The only bearable part of the first half of the movie was Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, however not for her acting capability (though it was not a step down from Megan Fox). 

Chris touched base on all the flaws of the film, and for the most part I agree with them so there is no point to be redundant; however once the city of Chicago was introduced on-screen the movie really took off.  I didn’t care anymore that there was no plot, or there was no depth of character, all I cared about was watching the Autobots & humans battle the Decepticons while simultaneously destroying the windy city.  The last hour of the movie was awesome.  Two scenes stood out significantly in my mind, one being the squirrel suit skydiving sequence:

and the falling skyscraper sequence:

Remember, the first two Transformers film where you couldn’t tell which were Autobots and which were Decepticons.  This time around Michael Bay had an interesting and economical way to help the audience out. 

The Walmart car was probably a Decepticon.

I did not have a similar experience to Chris with the 3D, in fact I didn’t really notice it unless there was an intentional in-your-face shot.  I still contest that 3D is a waste of money, but if you’re going to see a movie in 3D regardless, this isn’t a bad choice.  Don’t get me wrong, this is not a good movie, but the last hour of the film was a very enjoyable experience.


Trailer Time: John Carter, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, and The Thing

14 Jul

There is a lot we’ve yet to post this week and will be coming to you soon (New to Blu Ray, 2 Take Two’s, and a WFR), we promise.  However, I thought that this took precedent as a lot of new trailers have been released on the internet, one making quite a buzz.  Here’s a look:

John Carter

I’m not too familiar with the series of novels from which this film is derived, but there have been a lot of people petitioning for this film in one way or another for about 8o years.  There seem to be a lot of elements from other films and stories including: The Book of Eli, Prince of Persia, and Avatar.  The director/writer, Andrew Stanton has had a pretty succesful run of animated films for Disney/Pixar so it will be interesting to see if he can translate that success to live action.

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows 

I’ve been waiting for Guy Ritchie’s follow up to 2009’s Sherlock Holmes since I first saw it in theaters and we finally get a first look here.  In fact, I look forward to anything Guy Ritchie directs.  Though Daniel Day Lewis won’t be appearing as Professor Moriarty as originally rumored, Jared Harris seems suitable as an alternative, and the cast still remains stellar.  One face that is featured prominently in the trailer is Noomi Rapace, who seems to be making her breakout in America with Sherlock Holmes and Prometheus after her turn as Lisbeth Salander in the Sweedish version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and its 2 sequels (Rooney Mara will play the same role in David Fincher’s American version later this year).

The Thing

The prequel to arguably the greatest horror movie ever made (though I’d argue against it, but not strongly), 2011’s The Thing chronicles the expidition of the Norwegian team that’s heavily referenced in John Carpenter’s 1981 film of the same name.  It appears from the trailer that they stayed true to Carpenter’s version and made sure the details of this film matched the references from his film.  One subtle not I noticed from the trailer, they even made sure to keep the old school flamethrowers that Carpenter featured. Even though it’s sure to be heavier on the blood and gore to appease the new generation, this film looks like it could be a worthy successor to the original.


If you haven’t heard by now, the first teaser for the highly anticipated The Dark Knight Rises will preview prior to screenings of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.  So far only bootlegged versions of the teaser are on the net and the quality of them are poor, so I won’t include it here.  Nothing about the plot of the film is revealed the teaser but it does include brief glimpses of Bane, Selina Kyle, and Commisioner Gordan in the hospital. 

Christopher Meloni Joins the ‘Man of Steel’ Cast

27 Jun

Christopher Meloni, of Law & Order: SVU fame will be joining the increasingly impressive cast list for one of next years most anticipated films Man of Steel.  Meloni recently relinquished his longtime role on NBC’s popular drama and looks to be making a smooth transition back into full length features.  Accompanying Meloni in the next Superman film will be Henry Cavill, Michael Shannon, Amy Adams, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Russell Crowe, and Julia Ormond.

While Deadline announced the news on Friday, they did not have any insight into which role Meloni would play.  This of course lead to various speculations, the most obvious being that he would possibly play Lex Luthor.  However, Latino Review is now reporting that Meloni’s role would be as a general.  No other specifics were released about the role, like whether this general would be Human or Kryptonian, but that does suggest that the role of Lex Luthor is either absent from this film, or still up for grabs.

Meaning Mad Men fans will still be petitioning for this to happen

As far as Christopher Meloni’s role is concerned, I have my own speculation.  There is one military General already well established within the Superman lore, General Sam Lane.  In addition to being a high ranking military officer, Sam Lane also happens to be Lois Lane’s father.  His involvement in a fight against a Kryptonian invasion led by General Zod (Shannon) would provide more conflict and emotional depth to the Lois Lane character (Amy Adams) and possibly also provide emotional conflict for Superman (Cavill).  With every casting announcement I get more and more excited to see this film, and it is closely battling Ridley Scott’s Prometheus for my most anticipated movie of 2012.  Man of Steel is directed by Zack Snyder and is scheduled for release in December of 2012.  Now excuse me, I’m gonna go fondle my sweaters.

Fondue Cheddar!

TAKE TWO: Green Lantern

23 Jun

Green Lantern

Rated: PG-13

Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard, Mark Strong

Director: Martin Campbell

Chris’ Take: Green Lantern is the latest film to delve into the superhero genre, whose returns seem to be diminishing with every reboot and reimagining, especially when it comes to some of the lesser known heroes. While Green Lantern is one of the most intricate of comic book series, and is popular among comic book fans, it never really gained appeal outside of that, and Warner Bros. did their best to bring it to that wider audience.

Ryan Reynolds stars as Hal Jordan, a hot shot pilot whose father died flying test planes when he was younger. When an alien life form crash lands on earth and hands him a mysterious green ring and lantern, his life is turned upside down. He is whisked away to the planet Oa and is inducted into the Green Lantern Corps, a group of intergalactic peace keepers, who inform him that the ring allows the wearer anything that they can imagine and that the ring chooses someone without fear to carry it. Hal is placed as protector of Earth and soon has to deal with the rising threat of Hector Hammond (Peter Sarsgaard), a professor who was infected by yellow energy found in the crashed aliens’ body, and also the greatest threat the entire galaxy has ever faced, Parallax, a mysterious lifeform that preys on fear.

Kind of like Fox News.

The writers certainly tried to cram as much as they could in the two hours or so that the movie ran. They tried to squeeze as much mythology and background about the Green Lantern Corps and the rest of the galaxy as possible in before actually being able to tell the story of Hal Jordan. Then, with what time they had left, they tried to build an extra villain into the story to occupy some time before Hal had to fight off Parallax and save the world. The structure felt very uneven and it seemed like there were gaps of time that were unaccounted for which made for a flimsy story when it could have been enriched.

Going into the film, I thought that the previews made the CGI look distracting, and while there times when it seemed overbearing, once  you enter the world of Green Lantern, it is much more acceptable. While the graphics for the film were stunning,  I thought that the extent of the ring’s power wasn’t portrayed to its full potential. Martin Campbell (Goldeneye, Mask of Zorro, Casino Royale) is an accomplished action director, and while he shot the scenes with visual flair, he failed to live up to the expectations that I had for him. With Goldeneye he had a knack for using over-the-top action sequences to entertain an audience, and Green Lantern seemed like a great opportunity for him to return to that and get away with it a bit more, but he seemed to rush each action scene as opposed to taking his time and putting his excessive budget to good use.

Ryan Reynolds did a formidable job as Hal Jordan, bringing a little bit of humor to the role as well. Peter Sarsgaard really let his freak flag fly as Hector Hammond, and it was enjoyable to watch him finally completely let loose, but he was in the movie less than I anticipated. They didn’t introduce him until 30 minutes into the film, and then when it came time for him to realize his superhuman powers he hardly got to use them before he had to make way for the even bigger villain, making his role seem unnecessary. Blake Lively, while I praised her work in The Town  last fall, I have to say  that they probably put a cardboard cutout of an attractive woman in there and there would’ve been the same amount of sincerity to the love story between her and Hal.

"Oh Hal, I like love you and stuff." "Get off me, woman."

 All in all it wasn’t as bad as I was led to believe going into it, and maybe that’s why I was able to sit back and enjoy it a little bit more. It certainly is not among any of the greatest superhero films, it is distinctly average in just about every aspect, but I wouldn’t call it “bad” either. If anything, it left me hoping to see more of this series to see if they can move on from back story to make a richer story, which they set up extremely well by already making Sinestro (Mark Strong) a developed character, and handing him a yellow ring. I think since I was more interested in seeing the conflict between Sinestro and Hal develop, I will be more interested in Green Lantern 2 (already greenlighted) than I was in watching this film.


Pac’s Take:  D.C. comics doesn’t bring their comics to the big screen nearly as much as Marvel does, and as a fan of their work more so than Marvel, I’m always excited to see a new film.  This is the first time in the history of cinema where we’ve had the technological capability to bring the Green Lantern to live-action movies and as a first effort, it wasn’t terrible.  The biggest concern that I had coming into the film was that the focus on the visual effects would hinder the development of the story of Hal Jordan becoming the Green Lantern.  I don’t think that I was wrong about that this assumption either, while there were times that the film impressed me with its story development, I often felt cheated by its lack of depth.  Hal Jordan didnt’ seem to be any different from many other superheros we’ve seen hit theaters recently, but his comic book character is one of the more complex.

As Chris mentioned above, I took issue with some of the time gaps, suggesting there may have been some very important scenes left on the cutting room floor.  For instance, there was one scene where Hal, as the Green Lantern, showed up at Oa coincidentally at the perfect time to talk Sinestro down (I won’t go into further detail).  More importantly, the movie suggested a friendship between Hammond and Hal Jordan, as well as a love triangle between them and Carol Ferris (Lively), but the relationships were never explained beyond a passing hello between the characters.  For the general public who is not a fan of the comic, these relationships are foreign and needed to be developed better, I actually thought the film could have benefited from 15 more minutes and this was most likely a case of the studio trying to keep the run time under 2 hours.

In the first scene of the film I was a little put off by the graphics, but once actual human actors were introduced the film began to feel more grounded and my concerns were put to rest.

Like gingers, animated lifeforms have no soul.

Ryan Reynolds did a fine job as Hal Jordan, however his face and character may be oversaturating the superhero market because at times I had a hard time seeing the character and not the actor.  Peter Sarsgaard was definitely the most entertaining to watch on-screen and it is a shame that Hector Hammond didn’t get more screen time.  While Chris’s least favorite casting decision may have been Blake Lively, I was extremely distracted by the casting of Tim Robbins as Senator Hammond.  There’s not enough movie magic in the world to make me believe that Tim Robbins (52) could be the father of Peter Sarsgard (40).  While this disparity in age may work in an episode of Teen Mom, the disgruntled father-son relationship between the two did not work.

This seems like as good a time as any for a paternity test

On a final note, the fanboy in me was geeking out to see Angela Bassett as Amanda Waller.  For those of you unfamiliar with the character (potential future spoiler alert), Amanda Waller is a major villain in the D.C. universe and becomes the leader of both the Suicide Squad and Checkmate  (as the White Queen).  Hopefully we’ll see her in future installments of the Green Lantern and possibly in other D.C. franchises.


Opening This Week (24 Jun, 2011)

21 Jun

Green Lantern‘s light was powerful enough to take the #1 box office spot this past weekend, bringing in $52.1 million. While this was apparently below studio expectations, especially after the extensive marketing campaign, it is right about where I thought it would end up, especially since Green Lantern is not one of the better known superheroes. Super 8 ($21.5 million) beat out Mr. Popper’s Penguins ($18.4 millioin) to take the #2 spot. Here’s what we got opening this week:

Cars 2

Rated: G

Starring: Owen Wilson, Larry the Cable Guy, Emily Mortimer, Michael Caine

Director: John Lasseter, Brad Lewis

Synopsis from IMDB: Star race car Lightning McQueen and his pal Mater head overseas to compete in the World Grand Prix race. But the road to the championship becomes rocky as Mater gets caught up in an intriguing adventure of his own: international espionage.


Chris’ Take: I was never really interested in seeing the first Cars, and this one looks even less interesting to me. Pixar films are usually great quality, and the first Cars did receive a mid-70% on RT. This one is at 80% on RT right now, and I’m sure it will be enjoyable, but it looks a lot like Fast and the Furious 3: Tokyo Drift meets Cars, which doesn’t really appeal to me.

Bad Teacher

Rated: R

Starring: Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel, Justin Timberlake, John Michael Higgins

Director: Jake Kasdan

Synopsis from IMDB: A comedy centered around a foul-mouthed, junior high teacher who, after being dumped by her sugar daddy, begins to woo a colleague — a move that pits her against a well-loved teacher.


Chris’ Take: While I normally take exception to Cameron Diaz, I am willing to give her a chance because this preview is pretty funny. Justin Timberlake has proven his comedic chops as well, so they might be a humorous duo to watch together. The early reviews have been mixed (50% on RT), but I am still willing to give it a shot because some of my favorite comedies (Step Brothers in particular) are right around that percentage.

Limited Releases

A Better Life

Rated: PG-13

Starring: Demian Bichir, Jose Julian, Dolores Heredia

Director: Chris Weitz

Synopsis from IMDB: A gardener in East L.A. struggles to keep his son away from gangs and immigration agents while trying to give his son the opportunities he never had.


Chris’ Take: Looks like it has the potential to be a little bit more than the run-of-the-mill “father wants a better life for his son” story. The performances appear subtle and heart moving, and the 86% on RT, seems to echo those sentiments. While it might not be a theater viewing, it could be a good Netflix choice.

Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop

Rated: R

Starring: Conan O’Brien, Andy Richter

Director: Rodman Flender

Synopsis from RT: After a much-publicized departure from hosting NBC’s Tonight Show – and the severing of a 22-year relationship with the network – O’Brien hit the road with a 32-city music-and-comedy show to exercise his performing chops and exorcise a few demons. The “Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television Tour” was O’Brien’s answer to a contractual stipulation that banned his appearance on television, radio and the Internet for six months following his last show. Filmmaker Rodman Flender’s resulting documentary, Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop, is an intimate portrait of an artist trained in improvisation, captured at the most improvisational time of his career. It offers a window into the private writers room and rehearsal halls as O’Brien’s “half-assed show” (his words) is almost instantly assembled and mounted to an adoring fan base.


Chris’ Take: Conan O’Brien has a very dedicated fanbase, and this seems like the film for them; a rare look behind the curtain. I think the trailer looks intriguing, equal parts comedy and drama.  The reviews are fairly good, 75% on RT, but it might be hard finding it in theaters, so check it out on Netflix.