There's a constant transition fading in and out of the action, not only prompting confusion as to how much time passes between each scene, but also distracting the audience from the plot by means of excessive filmmaking. I give a fuck who is present, okay? My theory was that was the distributor, a Chinese company, making a sloppy decision. I tried very hard to be open minded because I love James Franco, who by the way is in this for like 2 minutes, blink in the group scene and you missed him. To add to this distortion of time and space, scenes are executed as vignettes. Overall, like I said , a very dark film with very strong subject matter, but it's well done. After directing a few vacant things that barely count as movies, he just started going around buying the rights to classics like he was or. We cut him down, let him fall on the floor, just like down meat.
He conducted the role with a mediated honesty, constructing as realistic a character as possible and standing out within the frame, even with minimal screen time. Unfortunately, I feel that Franco has missed the levity, instead emphasizing the straight serial- killer premise. I'm also trying to figure out how Lester's hair looked so good in some scenes, too. Successively deprived of parents and homes and with few other ties, Ballard descends literally and figuratively to the level of a cave dweller as he falls deeper into crime and degradation. Franco had a recurring role on the soap opera General Hospital 2009—2012 and starred in the limited series 11. Unlike in Natural Born Killers where the author allows us access to the origins of the evildoers and their making at the hands of their narcissistic parents.
Just like in the writing of Cormac McCarthy, the audience lacks any sympathy for Ballard, for it's nearly impossible to relate to him. Franco is known for his roles in live-action films such as Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy 2002—2007 , Milk 2008 , Pineapple Express 2008 , Eat, Pray, Love 2010 , Rise of the Planet of the Apes 2011 , Spring Breakers 2012 , Oz the Great and Powerful 2013 , This Is the End 2013 , and The Disaster Artist 2017 , for which he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor. The mind is a terrible thing. All right, folks, come on up and here now. Performances: Scott Haze's performance as Lester Ballard is probably the most memorable and noteworthy aspect of the film. Funded out of James Franco's own pocket, the movie looks and sounds great considering its modest budget.
Successively deprived of parents and homes, and with few other ties, Ballard descends literally and figuratively to the level of a cave dweller, as he falls deeper into madness, crime and degradation. We're have a here in a minute. If you are seeing the movie because of James Franco, I would not bother because he is barely in the movie. He is a disturbed individuals disowned and disliked by the village. Why, golly, that's a house. The original music, although not particularly memorable, suits the setting well. Yeah, doc, the way we're sell it, we're it up into parcels, and then we're lump it all together.
All right, boys, it's time to go to sale time here. It's my biggest issue with Franco as a director: he has no real concept of effective mise-en-scene, instead opting to point the camera and let things play, cutting an odd times that feel far too arrhythmic to be deliberate. Successively deprived of parents and homes and with few other ties, Ballard descends literally and figuratively to the level of a cave dweller as he falls deeper into crime and degradation. Furthermore, the nameless narration was true to McCarthy's technique and certainly added to the tone of the film, keeping the audience attentive all the same. Overall, the movie's unsensational filmmaking is entirely fitting, ensuring the horrors on screen are ever more explicit, ever more real. I ain't off no truck. The music used is subtle yet appropriate.
Things somehow get worse from there. Ballard is not your typical protagonist, and yet the way Cormac McCarthy approached him, he was made both revolting and at the same time strangely empathetic, as he managed to submerge the reader into Ballard's festering brain. Now, you know this land goes way back up on the there, all the way the creek up on the side. The cinematography of the rural Tennessee landscape is eerily beautiful, shot hand-held on a handful of Canon 5Ds. This is my father's property! While the subject matter may be disturbing to some, the movie is brilliant.
It's an admirable slice of avant-garde, even if I feel that Franco is forgetting the first rule of filmmaking: show, don't tell. Look, my that place down the road. Not too impressed and if I'm being real I would go actually 2. Some over been cut 10, 15 ago, but it's done grown. The acting is excellent all round, especially Mr. It was also announced that and had signed on to play Sheriff Fate and Deputy Cotton, respectively.
Yeah, you done been up over this once already. Technicalities: All things considered, the technical aspects of the film are quite impressive. Organization: James Franco decided to organize the film into three acts, clearly distinguished from one another by title cards. They lock you up and put you in that room. Haze's Ballard is beyond laconic; he speaks in strangled, guttural inarticulations that sound almost caveman-like. Franco clearly wants to be a provocative artist with the chops to bring major literature to life, but he has no relationship with the camera. Scott Haze in the lead was good with what he had to work with, albeit not much.
Some scenes exist solely for the purpose of character development while others seem to have no function at all. Haze's performance as Lester Ballard, scary stuff indeed. He and watched, never said nothing. After reading some reviews, I had expected the movie to be too violent and extreme to the extent that I might not be able to watch it. Get over and call the sheriff. I'm not usually into movies based in the past or even westerns, etc, but my husband is, so I bought it to watch with him. Presumably the writer has conjured up a set of events so compelling in a totally unique milieu and he or she wants to see it brought to life.
He squats in a vacant shack, finds the body of a dead girl, brings her back to the shed and then starts courting her. So all these guys with lots of backup think they're so much better, yet they want another living creature to not only suffer but be aware of his own suffering, because - they said so??? It mostly centers around a man who does disturbing things and that's basically it. For his role in 127 Hours 2010 , he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor. And here he is, adapting the work of the master: Cormac McCarthy. What are you do, Lester, me? Now, this is not your land.