Lee Daniels’ loosely based on a real life (of Eugene Allen) tale of Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker), a black butler whose tenure in the White House lasted for 34 years. It’s sentimental narration of 20th century history has drawn The Butler negative comparisons to Forest Gump, but – as Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times observes – the film does present an “ambitious and overdue attempt to create a Hollywood-style epic around the experience of black Americans in general and the civil rights movement in particular”. Turan does also state that it “undercuts itself by hitting its points squarely on the nose with a 9-pound hammer”, but its doubtless an interesting project. Flaws, should it have them (I ain’t seen it), might make it a more provocative and productive watch given what it appears to be going for.
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST SEASON 1:
Beauty, NYPD detective Catherine Chandler (Kristin Kreuk), sees her mother shot dead but is saved from the murderers by, umm a beast. Nine years on, she discovers that Vincent Keller (Jay Ryan), a soldier though to have been killed in action, is, umm alive. Catherine gets to know him. She finds out more about her mother’s murder, and starts to realise who Vince, umm might be. Looks fun actually!
Simply irredeemable. The poster obscures the one thing it has going for it, my man Harrison Ford working the dome.
Directed by Joe Swanberg (LOL, Hannah Takes the Stairs, V/H/S and most recently an episode of the excellent HBO series Looking) Drinking Buddies is a film about two co-workers at a Chicago craft brewery struggling with romantic feelings for one another whilst in respective relationships. Instinctual and accurately mannered, the film makes me thirsty – in good ways. Check it out.
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