Archive for Lenny Abrahamson

Room: Haunting

Posted in 8, Drama, Horror, Ratings, Reviews, Thriller with tags , , , , , on February 21, 2016 by mducoing

RoomThere are films that frighten audiences. Others that lash, others that endear, others that fester and still others that cause emotional arrest. All these are true of Room, a film that handles an unspeakable tragedy in such a mundane manner as to make one wonder and ultimately succumb.

Premise: After five-year-old Jack and his mother escape from the room that has been their captivity, life afterward is more challenging than they dreamed. Result: A mesmerizing, tragic drama far from ordinary.

It is a room. In it are things, ordinary things that anyone might expect to find in any ordinary home on any ordinary street in any ordinary town. There is a small skylight to let in the dim glow of the sun. And these regular belongings appear to be owned by normal, if unkempt people, a young boy and his average mother, lounging about, sleeping, transfixed by television or mundane tasks about the kitchen.

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Frank: Pretty Strange But Pretty Great

Posted in 7, Comedy, Drama, Independent, New Releases, Ratings, Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 12, 2014 by mducoing

FrankDirector Lenny Abrahamson, along with writers Jon Ronson and Peter Straughan, delivers one of the most peculiar films in recent memory. Based on the true story of Frank Sidebottom and captured for the screen by his actual bandmate Jon Ronson, this film forces audiences to contemplate mental illness, marginal but powerful music, stability and acceptance while wrapping the story in a deep layer of dark humor.

Premise: Wanna-be musician Jon, discovers he’s in over his head when he joins an eccentric band led by the mysterious Frank. Result: A mixture of complex ingredients, this is a strong film that is funny and ripe with emotion.

Frank is likely to take many observers out of their comfort zones. It begins with Jon Burroughs (Domhnall Gleeson), an ordinary office worker, floundering as a start-up song writer. Inadvertently, he stumbles upon a band with an unpronounceable name led by Frank (Michael Fassbender), a man in a papier-mâché head that he never takes off. Ever! He has a certificate.

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