The Disaster Artist (2017)

The Disaster Artist
Director: James Franco
Writer: Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber
Based on: Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell‘s book of the same name
Cast: James Franco, Dave Franco, Seth Rogen, Ari Graynor, Alison Brie, Jacki Weaver, Paul Scheer, Zac Efron, Josh Hutcherson, June Diane Raphael, Megan Mullally, Jason Mantzoukas, Sharon Stone, Melanie Griffith, Hannibal Buress, Bob Odenkirk, Randall Park, Dree Hemingway, Zoey Deutch, Ike Barinholtz, Kevin Smith, Keegan-Michael Key, Adam Scott, Danny McBride, Kristen Bell, J.J. Abrams, Lizzy Caplan, Judd Apatow, Zach Braff, Bryan Cranston, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Greg Sestero, Tommy Wiseau
Seen on: 26.1.2017
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Plot:
Greg Sestero (Dave Franco) dreams of being an actor and making it big. In one of his acting classes, he meets Tommy Wiseau (James Franco). Tommy is a strange guy, but Greg is struck by his mysterious charisma and generall weirdness. They become unlikely friends. And since Tommy seems to have a lot of money, he can offer Greg a chance that he wouldn’t otherwise get: they should go to Hollywood together, stardom is sure to follow. But when it doesn’t, Tommy makes a new plan: he will make a film himself for them and then their film is going to make them famous.

The Disaster Artist is fun to watch, at least if you can take a huge James Franco ego project, because that’s what it is, too. Mostly it’s a good story that kept me glued to the screen.

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Roar (1981)

Roar
Director: Noel Marshall
Writer: Noel Marshall, Ted Cassidy
Cast: Tippi Hedren, Noel Marshall, Melanie Griffith, John Marshall, Jerry Marshall, Kyalo Mativo
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 26.9.2015

Plot:
Hank (Noel Marshall) has worked with big cats in Africa for a while, but in a very special manner: he collected all kinds of cats and lives with them on a farm where they basically run wild and can even get into his house. His methods have raised some eyebrows and he is generally the thorn in the side of local bigshots who would rather hunt the cats than live with them. Nevertheless Hank feels secure enough to have his family – wife Madelaine (Tippi Hedren) and children Melanie (Melanie Griffith), John (John Marshall) and Jerry (Jerry Marshall) – come to join him. But when they miss each other at the airport and Madelaine and the kids arrive at the farm on their own while Hank is gone, they are confronted with 50 big cats and no safe space to turn to.

Roar is not exactly a great movie, but from the point of view of the production process it is one hell of a story. Fortunately John Marshall joined us after the screening via skype to tell us more about it.

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Another Day in Paradise (1998)

Another Day in Paradise
Director: Larry Clark
Writer: Christopher B. Landon, Stephen Chin
Based on: Eddie Little‘s book
Cast: James Woods, Melanie Griffith, Vincent Kartheiser, Natasha Gregson Wagner, James Otis, Peter Sarsgaard
Part of: Road Movie Special at the Filmmuseum

Plot:
Bobbie (Vincent Kartheiser) and Rosie (Natasha Gregson Wagner) are young, in love, drug addicts and criminals. After a break-in that goes pretty badly for Bobbie, they meet Mel (James Woods) and his girlfriend Sid (Melanie Griffith). Mel sees potential in Bobbie and kind of adopts him – to use him for robberies and drug deals, introducing him into the “big league”. What at first seems to be a functioning, if morally dubious ersatz family soon gets out of control when they encounter problems with the drug deals.

Another Day in Paradise is a tight film with an excellent cast. It’s not perfect but it tells its story very well.

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