Scott Neustadter

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The Disaster Artist (2017)

Directed by  James Franco

Cinematography by Brandon Trost

     Once upon a time, Tommy Wiseau had a dream to make a film and become a big film star; that film ended up being The Room, highly regarded as one of the worst movies ever made. With the help of his friend, Greg Sestero, we watch him make the film that is truly a disaster. That’s what I’ll tell you for now.

     The Disaster Artist is by far one of the best experiences in the cinema I’ve had all year. Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber have written an excellent screenplay based on the book by Greg Sestero and Tom Bissel. It’s both hilarious and heartbreaking in every moment. James Franco, whom I haven’t been the biggest fan of as a director, truly shines here in front of and behind the camera. He brought this story to life with grand gusto.

     Franco’s performance as the infamous figure is astounding; you can’t keep your eyes off of him, and his accent is on point. Dave Franco does a wonderful job as Greg, the sidekick if you will. It’s heartbreaking to watch an actor come out of his shell and be let down by him own buddy that he honest to God believed in, but it’s beautiful to watch him stand by him almost the entire time. Seth Rogen is awesome as the cinematographer, Sandy, the man who had more than a few blow outs with the titular director. Paul Sheer does a fantastic job here as the script supervisor who can’t stand Wiseau. Jacki Weaver, Ari Graynor, Alison Brie and Josh Hutcherson all do great. Zac Efron, who you won’t notice at first, has a cool little cameo.

     The difficult part of making a film like this is not just having us feel for someone who is so wrapped up in his own mind to where he shuts out everyone else’s constructive criticism and thoughts. We see that, and we feel it in the end. What’s truly arduous is having a biopic like this and not keeping us interested without just watching the scenes where they’re filming one of the biggest guilty pleasure of all time. You not only feel for the characters, but root for them even when they’re acting horrible towards each other, especially Wsieau. There’s a scene where Franco goes off on everyone on set while naked because they don’t understand his “vision”; better yet, a scene in which he’s hours upon hours late on an especially hot day and he acts like nothing is wrong when he gets there and one of the actress’s faint.

     While this film can become ridiculous from time to time (much like the lives of these characters), this film achieves at being one of the most interesting and entertaining films of the year, as well as making us all want to revisit an awful (but hilarious) film.

Release Date: December 1, 2017

Rated R: for language throughout and some sexuality/nudity.

Director: James Franco

Starring: James Franco, Dave Franco, Alison Brie, Seth Rogen

Written by: Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber

Running Time: 1 hr. 44 mins.

4 stars/5

variety.com/2017/film/awards/critics-choice-film-nominations-list-1202631789

CMBYN received 8 nominations at the  Critics’ Choice Awards

Best Picture
“The Big Sick”
“Call Me by Your Name”
“Darkest Hour”
“Dunkirk”
“The Florida Project”
“Get Out”
“Lady Bird”
“The Post”
“The Shape of Water”
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Best Director
Guillermo del Toro, “The Shape of Water”
Greta Gerwig, “Lady Bird”
Martin McDonagh, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Christopher Nolan, “Dunkirk”
Luca Guadagnino, “Call Me by Your Name”
Jordan Peele, “Get Out”
Steven Spielberg, “The Post”

Best Actor
Timothée Chalamet, “Call Me by Your Name

James Franco, “The Disaster Artist”
Jake Gyllenhaal, “Stronger”
Tom Hanks, “The Post”
Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out”
Daniel Day-Lewis, “Phantom Thread”
Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour”

Best Supporting Actor
Willem Dafoe, “The Florida Project”
Armie Hammer, “Call Me by Your Name”
Richard Jenkins, “The Shape of Water”
Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Patrick Stewart, “Logan”
Michael Stuhlbarg, “Call Me by Your Name”

Best Adapted Screenplay
“Call Me by Your Name” (James Ivory)
“The Disaster Artist” (Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber)
“Mudbound” (Dee Rees, Virgil Williams)
“Molly’s Game” (Aaron Sorkin)
“Wonder” (Jack Thorne, Steve Conrad, Stephen Chbosky)

Best Cinematography
“Blade Runner 2049” (Roger Deakins)
“Call Me by Your Name” (Sayombhu Mukdeeprom)
“Dunkirk” (Hoyte van Hoytema)
“Mudbound” (Rachel Morrison)
“The Shape of Water” (Dan Lausten)

Best Song
“Evermore” from “Beauty and the Beast”
“Mystery of Love” from “Call Me by Your Name”
“Remember Me” from “Coco”
“Stand Up for Something” from “Marshall”
“This Is Me” from “The Greatest Showman”

Critics’ Choice Awards 2018 WINNERS

BEST PICTURE

The Big Sick
Call Me by Your Name
Darkest Hour
Dunkirk
The Florida Project
Get Out
Lady Bird
The Post
The Shape of Water - WINNER
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

BEST ACTOR

Timothée Chalamet – Call Me by Your Name
James Franco – The Disaster Artist
Jake Gyllenhaal – Stronger
Tom Hanks – The Post
Daniel Kaluuya – Get Out
Daniel Day-Lewis – Phantom Thread
Gary Oldman – Darkest Hour - WINNER

BEST ACTRESS

Jessica Chastain – Molly’s Game
Sally Hawkins – The Shape of Water
Frances McDormand – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri - WINNER
Margot Robbie – I, Tonya
Saoirse Ronan – Lady Bird
Meryl Streep – The Post

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Willem Dafoe – The Florida Project
Armie Hammer – Call Me By Your Name
Richard Jenkins – The Shape of Water
Sam Rockwell – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri - WINNER
Patrick Stewart – Logan
Michael Stuhlbarg – Call Me by Your Name

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Mary J. Blige – Mudbound
Hong Chau – Downsizing
Tiffany Haddish – Girls Trip
Holly Hunter – The Big Sick
Allison Janney – I, Tonya - WINNER
Laurie Metcalf – Lady Bird
Octavia Spencer – The Shape of Water

BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS

Mckenna Grace – Gifted
Dafne Keen – Logan
Brooklynn Prince – The Florida Project - WINNER
Millicent Simmonds – Wonderstruck
Jacob Tremblay – Wonder

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