Casey Davies (Jesse Eisenberg) is not a very tough guy. He’s awkward and shy, mild mannered and keeps to himself since he doesn’t fit in with the other guys at work. He’ used to being told his name is very feminine sounding. One night after work Casey Davies realizes he is out of food for his dachshund, so he walks to the store to pick some up. On his walk back he’s beaten by a group of bikers and left in the street. After being attacked, he goes to buy a gun, something that “can fit into my hand”…or in terms everyone but Casey knows, a handgun. Ultimately, he decides on karate so he can defend himself. However, after a few classes, he realizes there is more to Sensei and his dojo.
Known as La chute de l’empire américain in Quebec where it was filmed, The Fall of the American Empire is one of the funniest films I’ve seen in recent times. It’s worth noting that this isn’t a sequel to the 1986 film or 2003 film The Barbarian Invasions, but rather is only thematically related. I have yet to see either of those two films.
The Tomorrow Man is the directorial debut from Noble Jones and stars John Lithgow and Blythe Danner, who play Ed and Ronnie.
I remember back around 2011-2012 was when doomsday preppers were all over the spotlight, especially after the National Geographic Channel had their Doomsday Preppers show. While not quite in the limelight anymore, the plot of this film revolves around prepping for what could happen. Rather than living in the current day, Ed is busy thinking about tomorrow.
Non-Fiction, or Doubles vies as it’s called in its native country of France, is a film taking place in the world of publishing where there are multiple events going on: author Léonard Spiegel has his latest manuscript turned down by his longtime friend and publisher Alain Danielson, a debate of ebook versus print in the publishing house, plus relationship issues between the two men and their wives.
Looking through comments on the film trailer and IMDB, it seems that the film did not touch me and evoke emotion nearly as deeply as it did for many others. Somehow I have never seen a Clint Eastwood film until Saturday evening. Meryl Streep, on the other hand, I’ve only encountered previously because she plays Cousin Topsy in Mary Poppins Returns. I’m familiar with so many of the titles Eastwood and Streep have been in, but have never sat down to see them as of yet. The Bridges of Madison County is actually adapted from a 1992 novel of the same title by author Robert James Waller, as I discovered after the fact.
Long Day’s Journey Into Night was a film I was interested in seeing at the Philadelphia Film Festival last October, before it even debuted in China, but unfortunately I was unable to attend its screening. Thankfully, the film is currently having a limited theatrical run, so I was able to go see it last week. Unfortunately I was unable to see it in 3D, as only a handful of theaters in the states were showing the 3D part in 3D — I was stuck to 2D. Thankfully it is coming to Blu Ray courtesy of Kino Lorber in August, so those who missed the chance to witness the final hour of the film in 3D like myself will be able to in a few months’ time.
Being one with a bunch of online friends, and even having met a couple of them, the concept of Mary H.K. Choi’s novel Emergency Contact intrigued me as the plot centers on two college aged adults who talk to each other only though the phone.
Unfortunately, the synopsis was the most intriguing part of the book until the last quarter of it when things finally felt a bit interesting to me, and even then I wasn’t pulled into the story very much.