Sure, I’m sometimes a sucker for Nicholas Sparks movies, but if you’re in the mood for a great romantic drama that’ll get you all weepie and highlight the romanticism often attached to war heroes, don’t watch this (The Lucky One), instead watch that indie alternative (Atonement).
How Atonement does it better: If you really want something to play with your emotions, this Oscar-nominated film brilliantly plays with some of the most intense emotions - love, regret, hope, and forgiveness - while perfectly capturing imagery of the past. No melodrama here; the story is has such a complexity and desperation to it that it that no exaggeration is necessary.
The Paperboy /FIrst look photo from the upcoming Lee Daniels (Precious) movie starring Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron, John Crusak, and Nicole Kidman. Extra, extra! Nicole Kidman has gone trashy! Read more all about it! (and see more movie stills)
I have been so excited lately about the reemergence of great Black filmmakers that I have been following new projects closely. Today, the poster for the upcoming film The Paperboy from Lee Daniels (Precious) hit the internet with a great vintage vibe. This is only Daniels’ third film but he is definitely making a name for himself in the industry, being one of the only Oscar-nominated Black filmmakers. This movie is starring Matthew McConaughey (welcome back to the great film roles), Zac Efron (who has been stepping up his game lately), John Cusack (bringing the expertise), and Nicole Kidman (usually a film turnoff from me but I won’t let it ruin it for me). So far detailed information is scarce but here’s more on the film’s premise:
Synopsis: Adapted from Pete Dexter’s novel, the story centers on a reporter, returning to his Florida hometown, and his brother who attempt to get an innocent man off death row in the mid-1960s.
The way the poster is set up, I’m guessing Efron will play the reporter, McConaughey as his brother, Kidman as a love interest of some sort, and Cusack as the death row immate.