JT LeRoy (2018) Movie Review

Director: Justin Kelly

Writer: Justin Kelly, Savannah Knoop (Screenplay)

Starring: Kristen Stewart, Laura Dern, Jim Sturgess, Diane Kruger, Kelvin Harrison Jr, James Jagger

Plot: A young woman named Savannah Knoop spends six years pretending to be the celebrated author JT LeRoy, the made-up literary persona of her sister-in-law.

Tagline – Based on the incredible true lie

Runtime: 1 Hour 48 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Quirky

Story: JT LeRoy starts when Savannah (Stewart) moves to San Francisco to move in with her brother Geoff (Sturgess) and his partner Laura (Dern), the couple have a band, with Laura having her own book written by her alter ego JT LeRoy, with the book starting to get a bigger following.

Laura wants to make more for JT, which sees her turn to Savannah to dress up in public for photoshoots before getting more involved with social occasion, right up to a movie being made about him, with Savannah struggling with the extra attentions of being somebody else.

Thoughts on JT LeRoy

Characters – Savannah moves to San Francisco to start a new life, with her brother giving her a place to start, she just wants a normal life there, but this doesn’t happen, when she gets talking into pretending to being the secret author of her sisters-in-law’s book, a man that the world wants to meet. She does struggle with this, but does enjoy the bigger social experience becoming more confident as the fake author. Laura is the real author that created a persona to be the real author, she has been the voice before for interviews, but never the person, pushing Savannah into become the author for her. Geoff is the brother to Savannah who offers her a place to live and introduces the two, he doesn’t want Savannah to feel pressure into doing anything she doesn’t want too. Eva is the celebrity that wants to meet JT, she host parties and gets closer to her.

PerformancesKristen Stewart is great in this leading role, she shows the confliction her character is caught up in during the film. Laura Dern shows us just how desperate for fame some people will be in life, while the rest of the cast do nothing wrong through the film, working well with the main two members of the cast.

StoryThe story here follows a young woman that gets talked into becoming a version of an author her sister-in-law created and how the world starts to spiral out of control. This does show us all about trying to make the most out of life, giving the audience what they want with the illusion of what they want in life to give them the happiness they need. Outside of the world the characters are trying to find their own identity in life, which is always good to see learning about one’s identity.

BiopicThe biopic shows how Savannah thought she was walking into one life, only to have the whole thing turned on its head for her, showing how she was stuck in the middle of helping people and being herself.

SettingsThe film uses the settings to show us different party environments that Savannah ends up attending, it shows us how her life was different and each trip was something new for her.

Scene of the Movie – The reading.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Laura is a mostly annoying character, not down to the performance though.

Final Thoughts This is an interesting look at how celebrity is created, how people will want their own versions of people no matter what the truth is.

Overall: Celebrity Illusions.

ABC Film Challenge – Animation – P – Peter Pan: The Quest for the Never Book (2018) Suggestion for the Kids

Director: Chandrasekaran

Writer: Romain van Liemt (Screenplay)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Michelle Creber, Michael Dobson, Matt Hill Michelle Molineux, Sarah Natochenny

Plot: The longest day of the year in Neverland has finally arrived. Festivities are being organized by the Red Skins and celebrations are underway. To get the best of the day filled with fun and folly, the traditional Pichipock games have been organized for the lost boys, Native Tribes, Peter, Tinker bell and the darling family. Tired of defeats, Captain Hook realizes that the longest day could turn in his favor, and comes up with a web of wicked plans to make Peter and his friends surrender. He decides to tamper with the dangers lurking in cursed swamps and the golden temple. From plotting to kidnap Princess Tiger Lilly, to snatching away the treasured egg of the Choombaas – From convincing the evil Synapse to join forces with him, to unleashing the dastardly door of nightmares. Hook has planned it all. Determined not to be defeated, hook seems to be one step ahead of Peter this time. So imagine, what would happen if Hook finally gets his hands on the book of Neverland and figure out a way…

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

Gatsby in Connecticut: The Untold Story (2020) Movie Review

Director: Robert Steven Williams

Plot: The summer Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald lived in Connecticut inspired one of the world’s most beloved novels: The Great Gatsby. We know the book, we know the films and series, but do we know the truth? Track down the mystery millionaire who threw extravagant parties, uncover new evidence of the location and players, and dig deep to discover the untold story of the real-life Jay Gatsby himself.

Runtime: 1 Hour 10 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Documentary 101

Story: Gatsby in Connecticut: The Untold Story starts by looking back in the history of Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald summer in Connecticut, where they were neighbours to a billionaire, which would letter become the inspiration to the great novel The Great Gatsby.

We see how the marriage happened, the lifestyle of the two authors and what made their lives like a living version of the Great Gatsby.

Thoughts on Gatsby in Connecticut: The Untold Story

Final Thoughts If you have heard of The Great Gatsby you know the story of the wild parties the story gives us, with the question always being about where the inspiration came from. This documentary deep dives into the life of Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, did Scott write a character in his book about the twos interactions with another billionaire who lived across the river from them or not. Did their lives have other mentions in both their novels or were they in fact the centre of attention when it came to parties. We see a host of different historians that have studied the two for years, the family members that heard the stories from their grandparents. We do get to learn about the people involved, only we don’t seem to get enough answers to the bigger theory going on.

Overall: Nice TV Documentary.