The Disaster Artist (2017)
Director: James Franco
Brief Synopsis: When Greg Sestero, an aspiring film actor, meets the weird and mysterious Tommy Wiseau in an acting class, they form a unique friendship and travel to Hollywood to make their dreams come true.
Review: I really wanted to catch this film in theaters last year but actually missed it, so I when I saw that it was available on Netflix, I had to watch it immediately. The Disaster Artist is a funny and inspiring true story about two best friends eager to make their dream movie 'The Room'. The Disaster Artist really surprised me, I wasn't really expecting to love it as much as I did, I went into the film expecting a fine comedy with a few laughs but it ended up being one of the best comedies in recent years. The Disaster Artist is a great film with an incredible story, a great cast, some pretty great cinematography and an overall great script. The film's strongest component would definitely have to be the two main leads, real life brothers, James Franco and Dave Franco. James Franco plays 'Tommy Wiseau' and he gives a career best performance, He is extremely likeable, he works well with everyone and while I haven't actually seen 'The Room', from real life interviews with the real Tommy Wisesau, James Franco perfectly portrays Wiseau. Franco plays Tommy Wiseau's best friend 'Greg Sestero'. I felt more attached to Dave's character and this is due to his remarkable performance. Dave reaches such great emotional depth in some scenes and he also has pretty great comedic timing. The rest of the cast including Seth Rogen and Alison Brie are all pretty good, they add a lot to the film's overall story and while the many side characters look/seem pretty one sided, each character is extremely investing and fun to watch. The film is based off a true story and due to this, the film feels extremely authentic and raw. The film's drama elements and all of the problems that the characters go through feel extremely genuine and you really feel for the characters. And while the film is extremely hillarious, the film is also surprisingly (CONTINUED IN COMMENTS)
Director: Greta Gerwig
Starring: Saoirse Ronan & Laurie Metcalf
Christine "Lady Bird" MacPherson is a high school senior from the "wrong side of the tracks." She longs for adventure, sophistication, and opportunity, but finds none of that in her Sacramento Catholic high school. LADY BIRD follows the title character's senior year in high school, including her first romance, her participation in the school play, and most importantly, her relationship with her mother.
This new modern take on a relationship between mother and daughter in 2002 is heart-wrenching and warming. Throughout the movie, there is a pure sense of a timeless relationship that every mother or daughter can relate to. Although you can say not a lot actually happens in this movie, but a lot does happen conversation and relationship wise. This coming of age story will have you laughing and crying at the ridiculousness of ‘Ladybird’s’ will to be different in the small town of Sacramento that she despises but we do learn that she actually loves Sacramento. 7/10