Saturday, October 18, 2014
Jon, a young wannabe musician, discovers that he has bitten off more than he could chew after joining an eccentric pop band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank.
Starring: Domhnall Gleeson, Scoot McNairy, Maggie Gyllenhaal, François Civil, Carla Azar, Michael Fassbender
My thoughts on this film: Despite the title, Frank is not about the titular character as it is about Jon's journey. Jon is an aspiring struggling musician who stumbles upon an opportunity to play with the band 'Soronprfbs' led by Frank. They invite him along and Jon, thinking that it is just a weekend gig, later finds out that they are making a new album. Jon tries to find his place in the band as he uploads their videos onto Youtube, posts pictures on Twitter, and writes about the band online thus creating a viral campaign for them.
I had seen Domhnall Gleeson in last year's About Time and he is turning out to be quite an actor!
Michael Fassbender delivers a great performance even though we only hear his voice for most of the time. But even with these limits he still creates a compelling character, and what a voice!
In the end, Jon finds out that you do not need to have an abusive childhood or mental illness to be a great artist - musician in this case. You just need to write songs from your heart. And do not try to be somebody that you are not.
Overall, I loved it, particularly the ending!
Friday, October 10, 2014
The Angriest Man in Brooklyn (written by: Daniel Taplitz & Assi Dayan; directed by: Phil Alden Robinson)
Starring: Robin Williams, Mila Kunis, Peter Dinklage, Melissa Leo, Hamish Linklater, James Earl Jones, Richard Kind, Jerry Adler
Why I loved this film: 'The angriest man in Brooklyn' stars Robin Williams as a dying man, given 90 minutes to live, running around acting like a crazy nut, trying, with varying degrees of success, to make amends for some of life's big mistakes. In the wake of Robin Williams' suicide, the film takes on a life and meaning that no one involved could have imagined. There is an attached melancholy to proceedings as we watch Williams, playing Henry Altmann, indulge in the type of profanity, over the top, angry insults that we will remember him for, all with the certain knowledge that Henry's actions, like Williams' performance, are amongst the last things this man will do.
At the end of the film, Henry's loved ones are left, as we are, in a state of mourning, when all we can do is pay tribute, share memories, and remember with laughter a life that ended far sooner and more abruptly than we had time to process. A life that touched us in a way that no other can compare. 'The Angriest Man in Brooklyn' unwittingly captures what all of us were feeling on August 11th, 2014. And for that reason, if no other, it needs to be watched.