The must-talk-about novel of 2012 has now become the must-talk-about film of 2014 with David Fincher's Gone Girl, a twisty labyrinth of bad people doing very bad things. Adapted to the screen by the book author's Gillian Flynn herself (a rarity in Hollywood), the writer and director combine to pull off a seamless transition from page to screen. While excising unnecessary characters and subplots, the duo have maintained the page-turner aspect that keeps the audience on their toes with every…
In 2001, director Antoine Fuqua cast Denzel Washington in Training Day as a corrupt cop with no remorse and the star won an Oscar for his charged performance that took his natural charm and turned it on its head for a bombastic showcase of what the actor can do when removed from the hero routine he employs in most (re: all) of his genre pictures. Over a decade later (a rough time for Fuqua who has gone from flop to…
So to recap the first five minutes of Lee Daniels’ Lee Daniels’ The Butler:
- Forest Whitaker is sitting in the White House.
- He stares into the horizon, even though he’s inside.
- Cut to an image of two men hanging.
- Fade in Martin Luther King Jr. quote next to them.
- Cut back to Forest Whitaker staring into the horizon for a second.
- Cut to his childhood, working on a cotton farm with his parents.