The Whole Truth (2016)

wholeDirector: Courtney Hunt

Writer: Nicholas Kazan (Screenplay)

Starring: Renee Zellweger, Keanu Reeves, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Kenneth Choi, Jim Belushi, Sean Bridges, Gabriel Basso

 

Plot: A defense attorney works to get his teenage client acquitted of murdering his wealthy father.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Solid Courtroom Drama

 

Story: The Whole Truth starts as hotshot lawyer Richard Ramsey (Reeves) talks us through the case he is about to defend which looks cut and dry guilty murder case against Mike (Basso) but Richard’s personal relationship with the family is the only thing he believes could help him win this case.

As the case starts going through the court Richard has to try and breakdown Mike to communicate about his side of the story as we see the flashbacks of the life before the murder.

The Whole Truth is a courtroom drama that is filled with twists and turns along the way. While this is set nearly entirely inside the courtroom with a few flashbacks as this story is more about the truth being hidden because we do know the man deserved to be killed but we are left to wonder what really happened for the death. This isn’t the most breath-taking courtroom drama but it does do everything you want it to do.

 

Overall: Simple courtroom drama that is one that people can watch easily.

Rating60

 

 

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Interview With Johnny Greenlaw

We got a chance to speak to Johnny Greenlaw the writer, director, producer and star of the hugely entertaining award winning comedy drama Mommy’s Box. We would like to thank Johnny for taking time to answer these questions.

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Q. Mommy’s Box gets released on September 30th, in theatres and digital how excited are you to see your film get a released?

We are thrilled. It’s been a long, hard fought road to get to this point. Both our cast and crew gave everything to this project, so I could not be happier to share this we them all.mommy

Q. Being involved in every aspect of a film how did you find handling each part of the film?

I felt  as an actor I was ready for this. I had just done four plays the year before and felt really strong from an acting stand point. And having written the script as well I felt very close to the character and material. Producing was the biggest task because every decision revolved around me, on set at times it took me away from my creative duties. Directing was incredible and I was lucky enough to have an amazing cast and crew, along with a super talented director of photography, John Rosario by my side. The next film I direct, I hope to do a little less producing.

Q. Were there any films that inspired decision making for the story?

No, not really. I was just trying to stay as true as we could to the original material that was written.

Q. Working with fellow up and coming stars like Bill Sorvino and Carly Brooke compared with more experienced names like Joseph D’Onofrio and David Harris did you get to learn as an actor by working with a mix of experience?

It was an amazing experience working with all the actors. The veterans can always teach you a new trick or two while the up and comers keep you on your toes. The work we all did in rehearsal was an amazing bonding and learning experience for us all.

Q. How many of the characteristics of yourself are in the Nick character?

As an actor there will always be some of my characteristics in any character I play. From a writing standpoint there were a few but Nick is a much bigger jerk than I am. Which makes for a fun character to play.

Q. Your next project sees you re-teaming with Bill Sorvino, are you looking forward to getting to work on your next film?

Yes, we are. It’s titled “The Empty Handed Painter” written by Laura Fay Lewis. A true story about an amazing man and artist. Love telling True Stories.

Q. Would you have any advice for any aspiring film makers out there?

You have to love this. If you do not love it you will not last. Perseverance is the key. Draw up a plan and work your butt off.

Q. Which Films, Actors and Directors helped inspire you into the film industry?

I’m a big fan of Martin Scorsese. I recently watched Raging Bull, that is a masterpiece. I came across Goodfellas the other day, another masterpiece. The guy is incredible. There are not many filmmakers out there that are even close. I am inspired by Mr Scorsese and his filmmaking and hope that some day I can make films that are as powerful as his.

Q. Would you prefer to continue making smaller projects or move onto big Blockbuster projects?

Why not both? I would like to continue making films my way and would also love to direct a big budget Hollywood film. I know I am ready for it.

Q. If you were given creative freedom on any film franchise, which one would you like to sink your teeth into?

I am a huge fan of the Rocky films. So inspiring, so powerful, so emotional and fun too. Ryan Coogler has done a nice job with Creed, I’d love to take a shot at the next one. Hey Sly give me call!

Q. Are there any actors you haven’t worked with that you would like to one day direct in a film?

I’d love to work with Adrien Brody, Aaron Paul and Jessica Chastain to name a few.

Darren
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5 Guilty Pleasures #2

Guilty Pleasure is a term all films fans will understand and when we watch as many films as we do, we are bound to like some more than others but then there is a category of films others hated that we loved for all the wrong reasons. This leads to the term Guilty Pleasure, so today I am name five films I consider my guilty pleasures, these are just five of many and my rule for this is that I have to have seen these movies at least 3 times and they have to either be films people disliked or most likely never saw.

5. Speed Racer (2008)speed

Speed Racer is formerly an anime television show and is directed by the siblings that bought us The Matrix. This film got panned for being over the top flashy mess but when you have a love for racing and not too serious racing this film fits in perfectly for you to enjoy.

4. Deep Rising (1998)deep rising

Deep Rising is directed by Stephen Sommers who would go onto bring us the first two Mummy movies that are hugely fun. In this film we get to see the early stages of the CGI he had worked on as well as the comic side to an action horror style film. The all now star cast work well to and the film comes off fun and enjoyable.

3. City of Ember (2008)city

City of Ember is once again a young adult adaptation but one that flew completely under the radar, it follows a society of people who live underground waiting for the time to return to the surface after a disaster. This again all-star cast get to play their quirky roles well and most importantly don’t take the situation completely serious.

2. Kill Zombie! (2012)kill

 Kill Zombie! Is a Dutch zombie horror comedy that follows the survivors trying to escape the city and this works because it is all fun hitting all the comedy marks and is one I just wish more people would see.

1.       No One Lives (2012)no one

No One Lives follows a gang that pick on the wrong guy, a guy who just happens to be a ruthless serial kidnapper and serial killer as he tries to turn his captives into his allies on his killing sprees. This film manages to make us be on the serial killers side and is filled with plenty of good kills and is a must for all horror fans.