Marina Times – The towers of stellar stars bring reality

It may seem like every other movie released recently is based on a true story, and that perception isn’t too far off. Even though the industry has become too dependent on such adaptations, some of the best feature films released in recent weeks could qualify as docudramas, biopics, or at least inspired by real people and events. And all are honored by bravery lead performances.


If there were any questions about Stefani “Lady Gaga” Germanotta’s good faith as an actress, her turn as Patrizia Reggiani in director Ridley Scott’s fascinating and often funny film. Gucci House should dispel them. Grammy-decorated singer, songwriter and musician Gaga earned respect and Oscar, BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress for her film debut in the 2018 remake of A star is born, and she should definitely get some love this awards season for her vibrant and complex take on Patrizia.

Gucci House traces the history of the famous Italian fashion house from the time when Patrizia, the working class daughter of a successful trucking business owner, met reserved business student Maurizio Gucci – one of the potential heirs to the Gucci empire – and seduced by opulence and glamor, she decides to seize it as much as possible. Patrizia and Maurizio (a quietly calculating Adam Driver) begin a relationship that leads to a tumultuous marriage that engages the couple in a battle for control of the Gucci brand, long overseen by Maurizio’s stern and tradition-conscious father, Rodolfo ( a cruel Jeremy Irons) and the visionary and daring Uncle Aldo (a jovial and flamboyant Al Pacino). Aldo’s son, somewhat unbalanced and perpetually degraded, hides Paolo (an incredibly unrecognizable Jared Leto). While his rather lengthy description of actual family conflicts, scandals and criminal machinations may turn into melodrama and farce, Gucci House is graced by a sly witty script and confident direction from Scott. It also offers the joy of seeing Gaga go up against the rich cast of big name actors, including Salma Hayek as a television fortune teller who earns Patrizia’s trust.


Determined almost to the point of obsession, Richard Williams inspired his young daughters Venus and Serena to seek greatness, and they grew up to be tennis champions who made history. Featuring Will Smith’s overwhelmingly dominant characterization of Williams, king richard is a straightforward, unbiased look at a flawed but shrewd man as he rises above economic hardship in his hometown of Compton, Southern Calif., and ignores naysayers to give the athletically gifted sisters Venus and Serena get a chance to realize the potential he sees in them. Williams had five children with his first wife, but king richard – directed directly by Reinaldo Marcus Green – suggests the man’s dedication to his second family while specifying that his number one priority is the well-being of his budding tennis phenomena. This drive to achieve Williams’ master plan for the sisters is central to Smith’s performance in king richard, and this seems to be reflected in the voluntary sacrifices endured by their mother, Williams’ second wife, Brandy (Aunjanue Ellis), and in the camaraderie between the daughters and their three half-sisters. Although you may question Williams’ motivations and methods after watching king richardThere is little doubt that he fostered the unprecedented, unprecedented and unprecedented success of two black sisters in what has always been considered a sport for the whites and the well-to-do.

Saniyya Sidney as Venus Williams in King Richard. Photo: Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures


Andrew Garfield (Tammy Faye’s eyes, Social network) is generally impressive as a lead actor in Tic, Tic… Boom! – and he is a real eye-opener as a singer in this film version of the late Jonathan Larson’s biographical musical review on stage. In case the name didn’t ring a bell, Larson created the innovative, long-standing and socially powerful Broadway sensation. To rent, which took a mix of rock and denominational pop to new heights on the Great White Way.

Tic, Tic… Boom! tells the story of composer Larson’s struggle to break into musical theater production while living the bohemian lifestyle he would embody in To rent. It is about his struggle to achieve his dream of Broadway success and his relationship with his girlfriend, Susan, his best friend since childhood; his mentors; his recalcitrant agent; and various artistic companions and work colleagues at the renowned Lower Manhattan restaurant, the Moondance Diner. A production number snowballed into a jubilant who’s who of living Broadway legends, illustrating how much they all revered Larson and respected the film’s director, Lin-Manuel Miranda. Yes, this Lin-Manuel Miranda, who does a great job of fitting together this mix of play and dramatic recreation. Larson’s fight, beautifully performed by Garfield, is engaging and quite moving, and the songs are charming, whimsical, or both. As an added bonus, there’s a wonderful cast of singer-songwriters, including Vanessa Hudgens as the up-and-coming theater child, Alexandra Shipp as Susan, Judith Light as Larson’s agent, and Bradley Whitford as Stephen. Sondheim. Losing Larson too soon was a tragedy, but the eternal To rent and Tic, Tic… Boom! guarantee that his art endures.


Rather than another masterpiece biographical project on a dear disappeared from the tabloids, Spencer presumes how things might have turned out for the Princess of Wales, formerly Lady Diana Spencer, for a few days over Christmas in 1991, when her marriage to Prince Charles, heir to the throne of England, was at the end of the line . As the media go crazy looking for dirt on the Royal Family and Diana in particular, she must show some courage for her two sons when the Windsor Clan reunites at Queen Elizabeth’s Sandringham Estate and makes a few commissioned public appearances. for the holidays.

Taking up the majority of screen time, Kristen Stewart plays the troubled princess and does the richest and most nuanced job of her career to date. Stewart might not be a doppelganger, but she’s so good at portraying Diana’s emotional turmoil and grace in the face of abuse that ranges from passive-aggressive to downright aggressive – the plight of the caged bird – that you buy her as a woman.

Bred by Stewart, Spencer is a worthy addition to the wealth of stories about this aristocratic soap opera turned tragedy. It also doesn’t hurt that three superb British players lend their support: Timothy Spall as Estate Manager, Major Alistar Gregory, Sean Harris as Estate Head Chef and Sally Hawkins as Housekeeper and confidante of Diana. Spencer was directed by Pablo Larrain, the politically astute Chilean filmmaker whose resume includes Jackie, powerfully dramatic evocation of a brief period in Jacqueline Kennedy’s eventful life, so he’s clearly in his element with her portrayal of another famous woman trying to weather a high-profile crisis.

Michael Snyder is a print and broadcast journalist who covers pop culture on Michael Snyder’s cultural explosion, Going through, Roku, Spotify and YouTube, and The Mark Thompson Show on KGO radio. You can follow Michael on Twitter: @cultureblaster.

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