Tuesday, December 31, 2013

At the Movies – January 2014 – Part 1: Independent Films

Art-House Comedies:

One Chance (David Frankel) – Biography/Drama – Jan 10
Plot Summary: This is the story of Paul Potts, a shy and bullied shop assistant who also spent his free time as an amateur opera singer. Potts decided to take a chance and try out for Britain’s Got Talent with the hopes of changing his life. Filmmakers: Director David Frankel started in television, namely directing for HBO, but he has since moved on to making sweet and heart-warming feature films that balance drama and comedy well – films like: The Devil Wears Prada and Marley & Me (I also liked The Big Year, but I am one of the few). He is working with frequent collaborators composer Theodore Shapiro and cinematographer Florian Ballhaus. New to the team is production designer Martin Childs (The Boy in the Striped Pajamas). Cast: The film stars James Corden, and features Alexandra Roach, Julie Walters, Jemima Rooper, Colm Meaney, Mackenzie Crook, and Simon  Cowell (who is also producing) in support. Expectations: One Chance looks like a fun light drama that should particularly appeal to those that enjoy singing shows and narratives about unlikely people achieving their dreams. The film premiered in the U.K. last October, playing to decent box office receipts and mixed reviews. This is probably a rental at best. Trailer: Here.

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