“Seriously? He fucked Janice Williams? Wow, he really is fucking desperate.” Nadia laughed as she listened to the new gossip about her fellow models, always loving to make fun of those lesser than her. The petite girl was at the club with her girlfriends, enjoying a girls night out. They were all sat around a table, gossiping and dissing their other friends who weren’t there. While her friends were just as attractive as she was, no one could compare with Nadia. And having all the guys in the club staring at her proved how fucking hot she was. And she fucking loved it.
Finalized 'Diabolik Lovers' Anime DVD Cover, Silkscreening, ADR Director Revealed
Finalized ‘Diabolik Lovers’ Anime DVD Cover, Silkscreening, ADR Director Revealed
Set for release on December 2nd, 2014, the finalized cover artwork and disc silkscreening for the complete collection of Diabolik Lovers has been revealed. You can hit up the images below for larger versions as well. The series had a reveal towards the end of August that Maggie Flecknoe was taking on the lead female role of Yui Komori in the show and now through the packaging reveal, we know that Janice Williams is the ADR director for it as well.
Plot concept: Yui Komori has spent her life sheltered by the Church and the man she thinks of as her father, but now she’s going to a new home and there’s a very different kind of family waiting for her. To her dismay, she discovers that she’ll be living with six very attractive young men, and not a single one is human! And if trying to keep an entire brood of vampires at fangs’ length wasn’t stressful enough, there are even more sinister forces at work, threatening not only Yui’s life, but her very soul. Drawn into her wildest fantasies, or perhaps her most salacious nightmares, one thing is certain: Yui’s life will never be the same once she meets the DIABOLIK LOVERS!
Having known not a ton about Trumbo or even a notable amount about its real-life titular counterpart prior to seeing this movie, I had a general idea of what to expect given its genre, cast, and release date. Beyond that, I didn’t have a whole lot to go on. Now that I’ve actually seen the film, I would say that it has met my nonexistent expectations. This is a forgettable biopic, but one that’s so well acted with sporadic bits of greatness that it finds itself falling under the category of “decent.” Its acting and nostalgia factor is strong throughout, and its editing and direction is solid. What drags Trumbo slightly down, however, is its attempt (and inability) to fit 27 years of material into 124 minutes.
Firstly, this is a movie for people that are interested in the making of movies. If you aren’t wondering how a screenwriter wrote notable films throughout the ‘50s and '60s under a pseudonym due to his controversial Communist beliefs, you probably won’t care about what happens. Even if you love the historic of politics, this movie doesn’t really go into that either. It uses the political ideologies of Dalton Trumbo to make a backdrop of personality, focusing on his work within Hollywood.
Ultimately, the movie is mostly effective, but I wouldn’t say that it breaks any barriers or will necessarily stand the test of time. It goes without saying that Bryan Cranston does strong work here, as do Elle Fanning, John Goodman, and Helen Mirren in supporting roles. The splicing of archival footage with then-current events does an effective job at accommodating its audience. It may not be an ingenious decision, but it’s effective. The screenplay borders on being a solid recounting of the main character’s professional life with some very strong monologues and lines regarding the paranoia of movies within the Cold War.
At the same time, the screenplay for Trumbo is its weakest link (and quite ironically, given its story). As stated, this script does a good job at painting Donald Trumbo as a real person: a family man, a businessman, and a pretty funny guy. However, there’s so much more that could have been done in terms of exploring the political issues that made him a notable figure in the first place. His Communist views are what made him radical figure—a self-proclaimed radical, at that—but there isn’t a clear intersection of his art and his ideologies, which is a pretty missed opportunity. Certain aspects of it feel simplified as a result. Also, like a lot of movies with its structure, its pacing isn’t very consistent given the fact that it tries to span 1943 to 1970 in two hours. Similar to The Butler (sorry, Lee Daniel’s The Butler), it zips across multiple time periods without delving as deep as it could.
As a whole, Trumbo is still an interesting and entertaining movie despite its flaws in pacing and the fact that it sometimes threatens to border on Wikipedia page-level information. All of the acting is strong and elevates the material, and I won’t say that I was ever quite bored. It could have been better had they of tightened up the amount of characters and made it more pointed in its objective, but Trumbo still makes for an nice, modest viewing.
6.8/10, decent, one thumb (barely) up, (barely) above average, etc.
HBO is moving full steam ahead with its telepic on the explosive 1991 Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Clarence Thomas.
Rick Famuyiwa is on tap to direct “Confirmation.” The pic revisits the national debate over race relations and sexual harassment sparked during the hearings when law professor Anita Hill testified about her experiences with Thomas. Kerry Washington is to star as Hill.
“Erin Brockovich” scribe Susannah Grant penned the script and will exec produce with Washington, Michael London and Janice Williams. ABC Signature Studios is producing with London’s Groundswell Prods. banner. Production is expected to begin in early summer.
Famuyiwa is coming off a strong showing at this year’s Sundance fest with his feature “Dope,” which sold to Open Road and is set for release on June 19.