The fictional story of an ex-football star, Johnny Dunn, who moves far from the spotlight after a family tragedy to a small, desert town he owns called Jake's Corner. This dramatic comedy ...
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The fictional story of an ex-football star, Johnny Dunn, who moves far from the spotlight after a family tragedy to a small, desert town he owns called Jake's Corner. This dramatic comedy is a cross between Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) and Northern Exposure (1990). Set in the real town of Jake's Corner, Arizona, it is a rest stop for travelers making their way through the Arizona desert, but for the people who live there, it's a rest stop for life. Johnny and the eclectic ensemble that live and work in the town occupy trailers behind the Corner Store and Jake's Corner Bar. Through the years, this cast of misfits has become closer than most families - they are kin. The dynamic of the town is changed forever when Johnny's young nephew comes to live with him. Written by
I want to talk about the final edited version of this film I saw at a screening last week but first I want to talk about this film in general.
I was fortunate enough to see this film in it's previously edited version a couple of months ago. I was amazed that a film with a budget of around a million dollars could look this incredible. I would call this a low budget film because of its budget but that is where it loses all comparison with any other low budget film I have seen.
The acting was first rate, by all involved. Trejo and Ladd did there usual amazing jobs, but Richard Tyson and Tony Longo were in a rare form I have never seen. Instead of his usual loud, brash and in your face style. Tyson carried this role off with a depth and seriousness that you could read in every line in his face. I have always been on the fence when it comes to Tyson but he showed in this role that he has what it takes to be a serious lead actor and not just the crazy loud over the top character actor he usually plays. Kudos to the director for helping him find that talent that I thought was always inside him.
Longo showed more feeling and sensitivity in this role than he ever has been before. This performance will get him out of the Goomba and common thug roles he usually plays. This role should make casting agents sit up and take notice.
At first I thought I didn't like the choice of the young boy who played the nephew. But then I realized it was that it wasn't that I didn't like him it was just that he was just a real kid....not some Hollywood kid actor acting like we think a kid should act. You can't help but fall in love with his rawness and honesty.
Technically, a great film as well. good transitions, excellent cinematography, and the soundtrack and score are as good as a studio films.
The new version I saw has a spiritual message to it that will ring home with everyone. I always thought that this was meant to be a family film but some rough language and adult situations in the earlier version caused confusion as to who this film was suited for. BUT NOT ANYMORE!!!!!!!!
JAKE'S CORNER IS A MUST SEE FAMILY FILM!!!!!
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