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<h2>A Classic Indie Road Trip Trope</h2> <p> </p> <p>Tennessee, released in 2008, follows the story of two brothers, Ellis (Ethan Peck) and Carter (Adam Rothenberg), who set off on a long journey across the US in an effort to find their father. <em>Their main reason to travel is that Ellis has been diagnose with terminal leukaemia, and the pair want to say goodbye to their estranged dad before it’s too late.</em> On their way to Texas, they meet <ins>Krystal (played by Mariah Carey)</ins>, a young aspiring singer who is fleeing from her abusive husband and hopes to start a new life in a new place.</p> <h3>Poor Box Office Performance But An Impressive Soundtrack </h3> <p> </p> <p>The film played in limited release in the US, and only <ins>grossed a measly $16,100 on its opening weekend</ins>. In spite of this poor performance, the music behind the film, especially <em>the song "Right To Dream" written by Mariah Carey herself has received critical acclaim. Some even considered it a serous a contender for an Academy Award at the Oscars</em>. It probably helps that <ins>the song was also co-written by country legend Willie Nelson</ins> and that his harmonica player Mickey Raphael featured on the track too. Another song of Mariah’s was supposed to appear on the soundtrack, her cover of Kris Kristofferson's "Help Me Make It Through the Night", but it was leaked online and not included.</p> <h3>Mixed Reviews For A Meandering Film</h3> <p> </p> <p>The film received mostly negative reviews, notably due to its pace. According to the Hollywood Reporter: “the movie meanders until it reaches its unexpectedly powerful conclusion”. However, <ins>most critics were very impressed by Mariah Carey’s performance</ins>. As Elizabeth Weitzman of the New York Daily News said: <em>“The good news for Carey is that she gets to prove she's a pretty decent actress after all. The bad news, of course, is that she's done it in a movie no one has any other reason to see.”</em></p> <p> </p>
<h2>The Director Of 12 Years A Slave Has Been Busy With His New Project</h2> <p> </p> <p>How do you follow a huge success such as 12 Years A Slave? <em>The film was named the best film of 2013 by several media outlets, a huge success at the box office, and pocketed the award for Best Picture at the Academy Awards for Steve McQueen</em>. Such a resounding success would seem to open any door for a director, but it seemed <ins>the unconventional former video artist has had his eye set on a project at the BBC</ins> for some time.</p> <h3>Set During the Rivers Of Blood Speech Era</h3> <p> </p> <p>On April 20, 1968, Enoch Powell made his <ins>infamous speech condemning the Commonwealth immigration</ins>, and anti-discrimination legislations put in place in the UK. <em>The name comes from his line “As I look ahead, I am filled with foreboding; like the Roman, I seem to see 'the River Tiber foaming with much blood,”</em> and many saw the speech as the beginning of a tough time for immigrant communities in the UK. This is precisely the subject that McQueen is going to tackle with his new BBC Series.</p> <h3>Passionate, Unique and Personal Stories</h3> <p> </p> <p>In an interview with the Guardian, the oscar winning director said that <em>“These stories are passionate, personal and unique. They are testimony to the truth of real lives and urgently need to be told.”</em> More details were announced about his TV series which would focus on individuals affected by the legislation in the UK at the beginning of the 70s. Although many believe that McQueen is a difficult and controversial director with a strong political voice, <ins>the director of the BBC said the new 90-minute production would be “bold and accessible”,</ins> and suitable for the whole family. </p> <p> </p>
<h2><br /> The Director Of Woman In Gold Shares His Thoughts</h2> <p> </p> <p>Simon Curtis, the director of the British-American drama film Woman In Gold (released 2015) is <em>based on the true story of the late Maria Altmann who fought to reclaim the famous Gustav Klimt painting of her aunt, the Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I which was stolen by Nazis during the World War.</em> In an interview with the magazine Parade, he shared some of his thoughts on the film and what drove him to tackle such an ambitious topic.</p> <h3>He Was in Awe Of The Painting Before Starting Work On The Film</h3> <p> </p> <p> The Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer is quite a sight to behold, and according to Curtis, <ins>nothing could quite prepare him for seeing it in real life</ins>. “Also, knowing the story and thinking about it as the story of the 20th Century — the very walls it has been on — has great emotional resonance,” he said.</p> <h3>Maria Altmann’s Story Spoke To Him From the Beginning</h3> <p> </p> <p>Mostly due to the fact that <em>this family came from Vienna at the turn of the 20th Century, “when it was arguably the greatest city in the world,” he said</em>. “And I believe it brings the terrible events of the 20th Century into contemporary America in a way was very important at the time where anti-Semitism has risen again.”</p> <h3>The Most Challenging Thing About Filming Was The Multilingual Production</h3> <p> </p> <p>“It’s incredibly complicated because we were filming in three countries, three time zones and two languages,” the director added. “An actor would be playing an Austrian and they’d be one day in London and two days in Vienna. All of that was very complicated.” In spite of the challenges, <ins>there is no doubt that the director did a great job of bringing the story to life</ins>, and the critics agree. </p> <p> </p>
<h2>An Old Fashioned Love Story Set In An Idyllic Island</h2> <p> </p> <p>The story of Hurricane follows Charlotte, an American painter who arrives from Boston to the island of Alaya to visit her dad, a retired US Army officer who she has not seen for years. He is now the governor of the island, and his daughter is quite shocked to see that he rules over the natives with an iron fist and a strict adherence to the law. <ins>His judgment particularly infuriates a local chief whose son is punished for stealing a boat in the name of love</ins>. When the old officer refuses to show leniency, <em>it is up to his daughter to get involved, but she also falls in love and complicates things for everyone. </em></p> <h3>A Lavish Production That Failed To Ignite The Box Office</h3> <p> </p> <p>When the producer Dino De Laurentiis started the filming for the film, <ins>he built a massive hotel, the 60-bungalow Marara on the island of Bora Bora where the actors and crew could live in close quarters during the shoot</ins>. The hotel is still open to this day, and this kind of extravagance shows the amount of money poured into the film’s production. Unfortunately,<em> the film failed to make it big at the box office, although it did perform better when it was aired on television as Forbidden Paradise.</em></p> <h3>Mixed Reviews From Critics.</h3> <p> </p> <p>As the new York Times reviewer Vincent Canby put it in his write up about the film, Hurricane’s director “has set his adaptation in the 1920s and updated the tale by making it an interracial love story with hilariously clumsy subsidiary suggestions of an incestuous relationship between Miss Farrow and her father.” <em>Perhaps this strange artistic choice is what gave the film such mixed reviews. </em></p> <p> </p>