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Every family has their tradition when it comes to the holidays. Ever since I was a kid, we would celebrate with my father's side of the family on Christmas Eve, and then with my mother's side on Christmas Day, a tradition that has remained unchanged to this day. There is one tradition that we added on Christmas Eve night, maybe a decade or so ago, after my younger twin brothers and I would come back to my mom's house after spending the day with our father. We would watch the obscure 1994 R-rated Christmas comedy The Ref. Not It's A Wonderful Life or A Christmas Story or A Miracle of 41st Street, but an underrated and underseen comedy starring Denis Leary, post-Remote Control, Kevin Spacey, pre-Oscar win and Judy Davis, post-Oscar nomination. While The Ref may not be as revered as those aforementioned movies, I will always watch The Ref every Christmas Eve, »
By the looks of its film adaptation, The 9th Life of Louis Drax appears to be a very imaginative, well-written book. But popular fiction does not always translate into a good motion picture, and, sadly, it did not in the case of this story.
The plot revolves around the eponymous character, who after one accident too many has finally landed in a coma. Louis Drax (Aiden Longworth) is a calamity-prone child who ominously narrates at the outset that it was a even mistake he was born. He is protected by a beautiful young mother, Natalie, portrayed by Sarah Gadon (who had another turn as a misunderstood vixen in this summer’s indie film Indignation). While in a coma, he tells of his fantastical life and adventures, including the relationships with his estranged father Peter (Aaron Paul) and his quirky psychologist, Dr. Perez (a silly Oliver Platt).
Magical realism suffused with »
- J Don Birnam
The project is being produced by Gil Netter. There are no directors or actors attached.
“Dennis the Menace” was originally launched by Hank Ketcham as a syndicated comic strip in 1951, inspired by Ketcham’s four-year-old son Dennis and his penchant for mischief. The name was inspired by his wife Alice, who said at the time, “Your son is a menace!”
The strip led to a 1959 sitcom and a 1993 live-action movie, starring Mason Gamble and Walter Matthau as the grumpy neighbor George Mitchell. “Dennis the Menace,” directed by Nick Castle from a script by John Hughes, performed solidly at the box office from Warner Bros. with $51 million domestically and $66 million overseas.
“The Boy” has grossed $36 million domestically for STX.
Menear also wrote coming-of-age drama “Mixtape,” which won the »
- Dave McNary
Update: The trailer has been removed by request of the production company. The above image is from Water for Elephants. After developing for years and going through iterations with the likes of Brad Pitt and Benedict Cumberbatch in lead roles, James Gray‘s adaptation of the best-selling book The Lost City of Z is finally on […]
- Ethan Anderton
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