‘Boy Erased’ director wasn’t sure he was qualified to make new gay movie

By : Brian T. Carney OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“Boy Erased” director Joel Edgerton was so smitten by the book the new movie is based on, he hunkered down during a vacation and started crafting the script before the movie rights had been secured.

To say it went well would be an understatement; the project quickly jelled with the kind of heat creative types know can’t be forced.

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Screened Out – The Nice Guys

By : Stephen Miller
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Ryan Gosling, Russell Crowe, Kim Basinger, Matt Bomer, Margaret Qualley, Angourie Rice, Keith David

Though it’s a bit of a mess, the Disco-decade murder mystery The Nice Guys has one groovy thing going for it; it’s crazy entertaining!

Sure, it’s got problems. They start with film-noir narration never used twice – an odd throwback to the 1940s in this 1970s flick. Small, intriguing scenes are simply tacked on, not integrated at all. The plot is fairly convoluted. Director/co-writer Shane Black doesn’t stick with the groovy ‘77 film style anyway, wandering away, especially in the dialogue and camera work, even into the ‘80s. Some of the violence is a little explicit. Finally, Gosling’s character is way more interesting (and fun) than Crowe’s.

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Screened Out – The Water Diviner

By : Stephen Miller
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Russell Crowe, Jai Courtney, Olga Kurylenko, Yılmaz Erdoğan

If there’s one thing Russell Crowe’s directorial debut proves, it’s that he knows what sort of role he should be playing – a tough hero with a heart of gold. This epic drama about WWI and its aftermath gives his quiet, tender machismo a chance to shine. It may or may mot be proof that Crowe should direct more films; his solid, understated acting saves a lot of his other missteps.

The Water Diviner is inspired by a true story. “Inspired” means the screenwriters took liberties. These all show themselves – unlikely romance, melodrama, and film cliché.

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