Monthly Archives: June, 2015

'LOVE & MERCY' Captures Life of Brian Wilson by Pamela Powell

June 28th, 2015 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “'LOVE & MERCY' Captures Life of Brian Wilson by Pamela Powell”

 

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The legendary Beach Boys are making a comeback in the form of a biopic film depicting the life of their creative leader, Brian Wilson.  The sound of this group is iconic and synonymous with summer fun.  But fun wasn’t always the chorus in Wilson’s life score.  The film takes us from the beginnings of the group, its peak, and all the unpleasantries of success and failures, particularly the personal ones.  Wrought with manipulation, mental illness, drug use, and recovery, “Love & Mercy” has it all.

 

We step back in time to an era when “Fun, Fun, Fun,” and “California Girls” were heard endlessly on the radio in the mid 1960’s.  Meeting the younger Beach Boys, we are transported tElizabethBankso this era with the grainy texture to the film, almost as if we are seeing actual footage of this group.  We are then quickly introduced to Brian’s creative side as well as his mental instabilities.  Now, flash forward in time to the 1980’s.  We meet the older, very medicated, and broken version of Brian Wilson (John Cusack).  The film continues this non-linear story-telling technique in seamless style, stitching together the complete story of Brian’s life and those who influenced it, both negatively and positively.

 

Paul Dano’s performance of the younger version of Brian paints a picture of a very creative and troubled young man.  He’s simply stellar in this role, allowing us to see who this genuinely talented, yet different, musician is.  John Cusack also has a stand-out performance as the older version of Brian.  His affect or lack thereof, astutely portrays this shell of a man.  There are glimpses that Cusack allows us to see of the Brian that is hiding beneath the trauma and medication and with this, we have sympathy and love for thiPaulDanos man.  The strength in the cast continues as Elizabeth Banks plays Melinda Ledbetter.  This atypical role for her allows her to shine brightly, showcasing her amazing skills as an actress.  She is the heart and soul of this film.  And Paul Giamatti is just the opposite of heart and soul with his outstanding performance as the manipulative, self-centered, heartless control freak Dr. Eugene Landy.  I would expect nothing less from this talented actor as he creates the monster that dragged Wilson into what could have been his demise.

 

The outstanding cast is nothing without an interesting and well-written script.  As I said before, “Love & Mercy” has it all.  The type of story-telling, attempting to meld together an older and a younger version of the main character is difficult to say the least.  The writers and director allow a flawless depiction of the story to unfold before us.  The film truly captures the creative process in music production as well as the personalities and atrocities that shape our futures.  Mental illness, abuse, and drugs are at the forefront of Wilson’s life, but it is the love and kindness of just one person that makes a difference and truly saves Wilson.

 

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“Love & Mercy” is a beautifully creative story depicting the rather tragic life of Brian Wilson.  The Beach Boys were a part of many of our lives and the songs live on, but Brian Wilson’s story isn’t over.  The tragic life becomes a triumphant one and “Love & Mercy” perfectly portrays this.

 

The writing, directing and above all else, the performances of the main cast, are absolutely outstanding.  The attention to detail, music, and subtle nuances in every aspect of the presentation make this an engaging and entertaining story.

 

4.0 Stars

 

MAX and Thomas Haden Church by Pamela Powell

June 26th, 2015 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “MAX and Thomas Haden Church by Pamela Powell”

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Thomas Haden Church stars in the film MAX.  Check out the review and the interview in the Friday, June 26, 2015 edition of The Daily Journal

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'Ted 2' Please let this be the last one by Pamela Powell

June 26th, 2015 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “'Ted 2' Please let this be the last one by Pamela Powell”

 

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Check out the review of TED 2 as printed in The Daily Journal on June 26, 2015.

Review of Ted 2

INSIDE OUT on Reel Talk

June 26th, 2015 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “INSIDE OUT on Reel Talk”

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Bill Yohnka is our guest reviewer today.  His keen insights about this film will simply amaze you.

Check it out HERE

Interview: "The Yes Men Are Revolting" with Pamela Powell

June 26th, 2015 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Interview: "The Yes Men Are Revolting" with Pamela Powell”

 

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Climate change—it’s real.  But big oil companies continue to turn a blind eye while “somehow” swaying politicians to ignore the dire situation at hand.  The Yes Men have been bringing awareness to this issue for years and with this new documentary, we see these men as not just activists, but also as people.  Listen to Mike Bonanno ,filmmaker and one of the Yes Men, and Laura Nix, filmmaker, talk about this film.  Find out ways that you can make changes in big oil and in our environment.

Click here to listen:  Interview: THE YES MEN ARE REVOLTING

INSIDE OUT is the new TOY STORY for kids (and adults) by Pamela Powell

June 20th, 2015 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “INSIDE OUT is the new TOY STORY for kids (and adults) by Pamela Powell”

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Check out the review of INSIDE OUT as printed in The Daily Journal on Friday, June 18, 2015

INSIDE OUT Review

Reel Talk Web Series: ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL

June 20th, 2015 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Reel Talk Web Series: ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL”

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Elisabeth Dunbar joins me to talk about ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL on The Daily Journal’s web series, Reel Talk!

Elisabeth Dunbar, Guest Reviewer

REEL TALK WEBCAST

"Maiko: Dancing Child" showcases the balance of career and motherhood

June 14th, 2015 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “"Maiko: Dancing Child" showcases the balance of career and motherhood”

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Listen to Maiko Neshino and Ase Svenheim-Drivenes talk about the documentary premiering at the LAFF (Los Angeles Film Festival), MAIKO: DANCING CHILD.  This film is as honest and powerful as it is beautiful in its successful attempt to communicate the difficulties of becoming a mother and reaching your career goals.  You will love Maiko’s advice to all women and mothers.

INTERVIEW ON WKCC’s THE REEL FOCUS

Reel Talk Web Series INSIDIOUS CHAPTER 3 Episode

June 13th, 2015 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Reel Talk Web Series INSIDIOUS CHAPTER 3 Episode”

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Lupe Carroll joins me on The Daily Journal’s web series, Reel Talk, to chat about Insidious: Chapter 3.  See what this talented musician has to say about the musical score of horror films!

Reel Talk: Insidious: Chapter 3 Episode with Lupe Carroll

Kim Basinger Interview with Pamela Powell

June 13th, 2015 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “Kim Basinger Interview with Pamela Powell”

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Check out the interview with Kim Basinger and Anders Morgenthaler as they talk about their dark, new endeavor, THE 11th HOUR.

Interview with Basinger and Morgenthaler, printed in TDJ, 6-12-15

'Jurassic World' Falls Flat by Pamela Powell

June 13th, 2015 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “'Jurassic World' Falls Flat by Pamela Powell”

 

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Check out the review of Jurassic World in The Daily Journal, printed on June 12, 2015     JURASSIC WORLD REVIEW

'Me and Earl and the Dying Girl' reviewed by Pamela Powell

June 10th, 2015 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “'Me and Earl and the Dying Girl' reviewed by Pamela Powell”

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Check out the review of ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL as reviewed in The Daily Journal!

The Daily Journal review of “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl”

'Welcome to Happiness' Interview by Pamela Powell

June 7th, 2015 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “'Welcome to Happiness' Interview by Pamela Powell”

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Listen to filmmaker Oliver Thompson and actress Paget Brewster talk about their new film “Welcome to Happiness.”  It’s simply a treat to listen to this first time feature filmmaker and talented actress talk about this ingeniously creative movie premiering at Dances with Films!

Click HERE    to listen to the interview!

Check out the trailer HERE

'Theory of Obscurity: A Film About the Residents' An Interview with Don Hardy, filmmaker

June 7th, 2015 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “'Theory of Obscurity: A Film About the Residents' An Interview with Don Hardy, filmmaker”

 

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What?  You’ve never heard of The Residents?  Well, you need to and Don Hardy, filmmaker, is just the one to enlighten us.  Listen to his interview with me on WKCC’s The Reel Focus right here…Interview with Don Hardy on WKCC’s The Reel Focus

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THEORY OF OBSCURITY Movie Trailer

'Superior' Nostalgic Adventure Film by Pamela Powell

June 6th, 2015 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “'Superior' Nostalgic Adventure Film by Pamela Powell”

 

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Listen to Edd Benda, writer and director, and Paul Stanko, star of the film “Superior” talk about the making of this wonderfully reminiscent movie about change and growing up in Michigan during the Vietnam War.  Interview on WKCC’s The Reel Focus

Check out the trailer! Superior Trailer

For more information about the film go to www.superiorthemovie.com  or “like” it on Facebook at Facebook Superior Page

 

 

 

 

'Insidious: Chapter 3' Surprises even this reviewer by Pamela Powell

June 5th, 2015 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “'Insidious: Chapter 3' Surprises even this reviewer by Pamela Powell”

 

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Check out the review of “Insidious: Chapter 3” as it appears in The Daily Journal, Friday, June 5, 2015

Review of INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 3 in The Daily Journal

'Spy' as reviewed in The Daily Journal by Pamela Powell

June 5th, 2015 Posted by Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “'Spy' as reviewed in The Daily Journal by Pamela Powell”

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Check out the review of “Spy” as it appears in the Friday, June 5, 2015 Daily Journal!

SPY review in The Daily Journal

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