Randy’s Canvas (2018)

Director: Sean Michael Beyer

Writer: Sean Michael Beyer, Matthew Luke Andrews (Screenplay) Matthew Luke Andrews, Kevin G Schmidt, Sean Michael Beyer, Zack Bennett (Story)

Starring: Adam Carbone, Scout Taylor-Compton, Marycarmen Lopez, Massi Furlan, Kevin G Schmidt, Richard Riehle, Michael Emery


Plot: A coming-of-age love story about an aspiring artist with autism.

Tagline – “Autism is what I have, it’s not who I am.”

Runtime: 1 Hour 42 Minutes


There may be spoilers in the rest of the review


Verdict: Coming-of-Age Delight


Story: Randy’s Canvas starts as we meet Randy (Carbone) an autistic young man with a talent and dream to become an artist, working at a gallery, one of his pieces gets displayed causing him to lose him job when Maurizio D’Oro (Furlan) singles his work out as the best in the gallery.

Maurizio takes Randy under his wing spotting his talent, trying to help him make his own name in the industry, giving him a chance to audit a famous art lecturer’s class. Starting the class opens him up to the world more learning about love and not being afraid that people will judge him.


Thoughts on Randy’s Canvas


Characters – Randy is the autistic young man who uses art to show his feelings, which he happens to be very talented. He likes a simple job and fails to follow instructions from lecturers, mentors and even family. His first love puts a shadow over the potential he has, he will need to learn fast to get the future he could have. Cassie is a classmate that offers Randy friendship because she has the same dream as Randy. Sienna becomes the first love for Randy, she does have her own boyfriend though, she likes hanging out with the brothers seeing them in a different light to her boyfriend. Maurizio is the gallery owner that sees the talent Randy has and wants to help him realize his potential. We also have Henry who is Randy’s brother that will always put his arm around him when he needs it and tries to guide him through everyday life.

PerformancesAdam Carbone in the leading role does an excellent job at balancing the autistic side to his character where he doesn’t make it feel unrealistic and makes us understand that Randy could well be a real person. Scout Taylor-Compton is good in her role which is supporting one, with Marycarmen Lopez doing a great job with her performance of a lady put in a difficult position. Massi Furlan is the most entertain performer to watch because we have that feeling about what we think art gallery owners are like.

StoryThe story here follows an autistic artist given a chance of a lifetime only that he struggles to follow instruction which could take away this chance after he falls in love with a girl on a night out with his brother. While the core of the story is something we know and enjoy watching, where the story shines in putting the spotlight on autistic people, they do have the talent and work just like any other people, we get to see the slight difference between the processing they must make, we see how even the biggest enemy can learn to understand they don’t understand how they feel. On the side story about this movie we did have autistic people working on the production of this movie to paint an accurate portray of autism which is something everyone should be seeing unfold.

Comedy/RomanceThe comedy in the film comes from Randy’s innocence behaviour about situations, Maurizio’s speeches and mostly feel good moments. The romance shows Randy that women might come into his life, while they won’t mistreat him, he needs to learn the difference between love and friendship.

SettingsThe film gives us a couple of settings, they do feel like everyday settings, the home, bar, school, gallery, each would be a place where Randy could find inspiration.

Scene of the Movie –
Randy’s show.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The fact Henry doesn’t inform Maurizio about the autism from the first meeting.

Final ThoughtsThis is one of the best coming of age movies you will see this year, it does have an important message about how equal and patient people should be with autistic people and shows us just how dreams will take time.


Overall: Must watch coming of age movie.




ABC Film Challenge – U – Upside Down (2012)

Director: Juan Solanas

Writer: Juan Solanas (Screenplay) Juan Solanas, Santiago Amigorena, Pierre Magny (Adaptation)

Starring: Jim Sturgess, Kirsten Dunst, Timothy Spall, Blu Mankuma, Nicholas Rose, James Kidnie


Plot: Adam and Eden fell in love as teens despite the fact that they live on twinned worlds with gravities that pull in opposite directions. Ten years after a forced separation, Adam sets out on a dangerous quest to reconnect with his love.

Tagline –  Two worlds. One future.

Runtime: 1 Hour 49 Minutes


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Too Ambitious


Story: Upside Down starts as we learn about the two different worlds, with their own gravity, but within communication distance. Adam (Sturgess) is from one world while Eden (Dunst) is from the other, the two fell in love, but they can’t be together for any length of time because of the different pulls on their gravities.

When their secret relationship is found out about, Adam believes that Eden died, 10-years later he learns she is still alive and goes to find a way to meet her again through a business that connects the two worlds.


Thoughts on Upside Down


Characters – Adam is from one world, raised an orphan after his parents were killed in an accident, he is fascinated by the other world which leads him to Eden, when he believes he loses her forever he starts to focus on other projects. When he learns that she is still alive he risks his life to try and find a way to meet her again and go to the world that he is not only forbidden from, but could kill him if he stays too long. Eden is the girl from the other world she has become injured losing her memory but rising up through the company, can he memory return in time to feel the feelings she once had.

PerformancesJim Sturgess is solid in the leading role, he plays the ambitious side to his character well, but he isn’t the most convincing on the romantic side of things. Kirsten Dunst does well enough as she can always be turned to for romantic based movies, this is no different. Timothy Spall gets good laughs in the supporting role.

StoryThe story here looks into forbidden love, we get a grander scale for this because the two lovers come from different worlds and can’t be together because of science. We have a lot of explaining as to why the two can’t be together which at times ends up being too much to follow because the science involved just seems like it goes on for about 10 minutes. The idea of two people wanting to be with the one they love is good part of the story though.

Fantasy/Romance/Sci-FiThe fantasy side of this film is taking us to the world where two worlds can’t be together while only being a breath apart, this leads into the romantic side of the film as our two loves must find a way to be together. The sci-fi side of the film comes on strong too because we then need to see how the worlds are different.

SettingsThe settings show us the difference in the two worlds, one for the rich, one for the poor, each has its own colour tone and area of pure beauty.

Special EffectsThe effects are weak here, we can see the fact we are watching actors perform on front of a green screen for most of the movie, which only disappoints.

Scene of the Movie –
Falling, it always looks good.

That Moment That Annoyed Me the green screen lets down.

Final ThoughtsThis is a basic love story which tries to become very ambitious when it comes to where it wants to take the story.


Overall: Simple Love story, complicated world.