American Made

Whenever communism is confronted or thwarted the American left always cry foul that, whatever the policy, it’s “dirty pool.” Such was the case in the 1980s during what came to be tagged as Iran-Contra where military supplies where funneled into Nicaragua to arm the Contras, an anti-Sandinista force. This movie claims to be “ALL true based… Continue reading American Made

A Quiet Passion

A slight, almost theatrical biography of Emily Dickinson as the tempest in a teapot for 19th century polite society that is loaded with director Terence Davies’s brash dialogue between the poet and her neighbor, Vryling Buffam (Catherine Bailey), who sneer and bristle over philosophical whimsy and male attention. As Dickinson, Cynthia Nixon (Sex and the City)… Continue reading A Quiet Passion

Janis Joplin Biopic Setting Up in Atlanta

Janis, a long-in-coming Janis Joplin biopic starring Michelle Williams (Manchester By the Sea), has been scouting locations and setting up an office in Atlanta. Sean Durkin (Martha Marcy May Marlene) is directing the indie feature, which is being made in partnership with the Joplin family, which means exclusive rights to the ‘60s singer’s most popular… Continue reading Janis Joplin Biopic Setting Up in Atlanta

The Founder

The businessman relies on values; the bureaucrat relies on fear. Time and time again, it has been demonstrated that the American businessman, as the greatest productive genius in ever recorded in history, has raised the bar for rich and poor alike, and is rewarded as the scapegoat for any perceived sin or injustice that might… Continue reading The Founder

Tonya Harding Biopic Hits Atlanta

I, Tonya, a feature film biopic about the Tonya Harding/Nancy Kerrigan ice skating drama before and during the 1994 Winter Olympics, will begin production in Atlanta in January. Margot Robbie (Suicide Squad’s Harley Quinn) will star as Harding, with Sebastian Stan (Bucky Barnes from the Captain America movies) as her husband Jeff Gillooly, who hired… Continue reading Tonya Harding Biopic Hits Atlanta

Location Scouts in ATL for Pryor Biopic

Scouts have been on the ground actively exploring possible Atlanta locations for the biopic Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said? After several delays, the highly anticipated feature film from The Weinstein Company is now eyeing an early spring 2017 start on filming. Jay-Z is a producer, Empire/Star creator Lee Daniels is apparently still directing,… Continue reading Location Scouts in ATL for Pryor Biopic

Hacksaw Ridge

Director Mel Gibson recounts the life of Virginian Desmond Doss (played by Andrew Garfield), the conscientious objector who volunteered for military service after Pearl Harbor but refused to fire weapons due to his religious convictions. Raised as a devout Christian, Doss is more than willing to do his part as a medic but once boot camp… Continue reading Hacksaw Ridge

Miles Ahead

It’s never a good idea to let your ex-wife make your biopic. Look what it did for Ike Turner! Starring Don Cheadle, who also directed this highly fictionalized slice of life story set during the mid-70s which saw the iconic trumpeter Miles Davis take an extended sabbatical from recording, this movie shifts around from being kinetically… Continue reading Miles Ahead

Joy

For Bogart, it was his hands. For Bette Davis, it was in her eyes. Nobody covers the ground they walked on in any more determined way than Jennifer Lawrence, and in David O. Russell’s films Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle, she’s been given ample opportunity to careen down corridors and sway across the lounge… Continue reading Joy

Black Mass

From director Scott Cooper, who made the bucolic, bullet-fueled Out of the Furnace, Black Mass may indeed seem like just another biopic of a mobster, but it’s as much of an incremental breakdown of the social pecking order that tarred many an inner city during the mid-20th century with its juvenile sense of loyalty and… Continue reading Black Mass

Big Eyes

There’s that old cliché that states that if it isn’t a documentary film, then the facts don’t have to be accurate. Oh yeah? How would a biopic on Amelia Earhart explain her riding skateboards while fighting the Peloponnesian army? Things just as outrageous find their way into today’s films and the only response is, “Well,… Continue reading Big Eyes