We’ve now been at war overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan for 13 and 16 years, respectively. When soldiers came back from Vietnam, an entire generation of veterans didn’t receive the care they needed or deserved. One would think we’d have learned from the past, but we haven’t. Soldiers come back from persistent trauma with both physical and mental injuries that the VA and our country aren’t treating with the speed and devotion these men and women deserve. You don’t have to agree with the wars to know that those fighting them are doing so voluntarily for our benefit, and David Finkel’s Thank You For Your Service was a stark examination of exactly how little benefit they are receiving in return. The movie adaptation fails to create a narrative that is as compelling as Finkel’s, but it’s still a movie people should see to remind them there are people all around us in pain as a result of decision to provide service to their country. Continue reading Movie Review: Thank You For Your Service (2017) *When the War Follows You Home*
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Universal Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures have just posted the first trailer for Thank You For Your Service, the military drama starring Miles Teller (Whiplash, The Spectacular Now) which opens in theaters on October 27.
The film features a huge ensemble cast led by Miles Teller and also includes Haley Bennett (The Girl on the Train, The Magnificent Seven), Amy Schumer (Trainwreck), Joe Cole (Green Room), Beulah Koale, Scott Haze, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Brad Beyer, Omar J. Dorsey and Jayson Warner Smith, the drama is based on the bestselling book by Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and author David Finkel.
Jason Hall, who wrote the screenplay of American Sniper, makes his directorial debut with Thank You for Your Service and also serves as its screenwriter. Jon Kilik (The Hunger Games series, Babel) produces the film, while Ann Ruark (Biutiful) executive produces.
Blockbuster books used to be a prime source for Hollywood adaptations, and still are when they happen, but the sad fact is that there are a lot fewer blockbuster books than there used to be. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins certainly broke out and became that rare novel that everyone was talking about, and, therefore, because I happen to run in very literate crowd, I was peer pressured into reading it. They sold me on, “Oh it’s even better than Gone Girl!” No. No it is not. Gone Girl was written by Gillian Flynn, who is extremely dark and twisty, but is also one of the best, most-compelling authors writing today, and the film adaptation of that by David Fincher was fantastic.. The Girl on the Train is a slog as a novel and, in that respect, its adaption is a very faithful one.
Continue reading Movie Review: The Girl on the Train (2016) *Stop the Train; I Want to Get Off!*
Hollywood has gone so remake crazy that it is literally eating its own tail at this point. There may be multiple versions of every movie ever made in a decade, but of all the ridiculous, stupid, and offensive attempts to present a new take on a classic film, The Magnificent Seven is not an offender. The original film with Yul Bruyner is now 56 years old, the Western genre is much better at remakes/reinventions than most (True Grit, for example), and this isn’t an attempt to update or override the classic. The 1960 film is, itself, a reinterpretation of Akira Kurosawa’s The Seven Samurai, so unlike most remakes, this story has already lent itself to reinterpretation. It’s a Magnificent Seven for a new generation, and while it’s not quite magnificent, it is enjoyable. Continue reading Movie Review: The Magnifcent Seven (2016) *So Far So Good?*
Blockbuster books get snapped up by Hollywood ASAP in a world struggling to find something that’s not a sequel to something else. Paula Hawkins wrote the screenplay for her thriller The Girl on the Train, and the first trailer promises a mind-bender. The adaptation stars Emily Blunt, Haley Bennett, Justin Theroux, Allison Janney, Rebecca Ferguson, and Lisa Kudrow. The film is scheduled to open October 7, 2016. Fully synopsis below courtesy of IMDB. Continue reading Trailer Time: The Girl on the Train Trailer #1 (2016) *Emily Blunt is The Girl on the Train*