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.
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.
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.