The Inside - Netflix
When one of the profilers in the FBI's L.A.-based Violent Crimes Unit (VCU) is brutally murdered by a serial killer they've been tracking, rookie FBI Agent Rebecca Locke is recruited to join the team and help find the madman despite her lack of field experience. Unbeknownst to Rebecca, famed Supervisory Special Agent VIRGIL "WEB" WEBSTER has personally selected her to join his rogue division - not for her impressive profiling skills, but because of a secret she's keeping. Web knows that Rebecca was abducted and held captive as a child, and the traumatic experience has afforded her unique insight into the mindset of villain and victim alike.
Runtime: 60 minutes
The Inside - The Disaster Artist (film) - Netflix
The Disaster Artist is a 2017 American biographical comedy-drama film produced and directed by James Franco. Written by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, the film is based on Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell's non-fiction book of the same name, and chronicles the making of Tommy Wiseau's 2003 The Room, widely considered one of the worst films ever made. The film stars brothers James and Dave Franco as Wiseau and Sestero, respectively, alongside a supporting cast featuring Seth Rogen (who also produced), Alison Brie, Ari Graynor, Josh Hutcherson, and Jacki Weaver. Principal photography began on December 8, 2015. A work-in-progress cut of the film premiered at South by Southwest on March 12, 2017; it was later screened at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival on September 11, and also played at the 2017 San Sebastián International Film Festival, where it became the first American film to win its top prize, the Golden Shell, since A Thousand Years of Good Prayers in 2007. Distributed by A24 in the United States and Warner Bros. Pictures in international markets, The Disaster Artist began a limited release on December 1, 2017, before opening wide on December 8, 2017. It received positive reviews from critics, with James Franco's portrayal of Wiseau as well as the film's humor and screenplay receiving praise, and was chosen by the National Board of Review as one of the top ten films of 2017. At the 75th Golden Globe Awards, James Franco won the award for Best Actor – Musical or Comedy; the film was also nominated for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. Franco also received a nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role at the 24th Screen Actors Guild Awards, and the film earned a nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay at the 90th Academy Awards.
The Inside - Critical response - Netflix
The Disaster Artist received a standing ovation at its initial screening at South by Southwest. On review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 91% based on 274 reviews, and an average rating of 7.7/10. The website's critical consensus reads, “Oh, hai Mark. The Disaster Artist is a surprisingly poignant and charming movie-about-a-movie that explores the creative process with unexpected delicacy.” Metacritic assigned the film a weighted average score of 76 out of 100, based on 44 critics, indicating “generally favorable reviews”. Audiences polled by PostTrak gave the film an 81% overall positive score and a 66% “definite recommend”. Erik Childress of The Playlist gave the film a positive review, dubbing James Franco's performance his “best... since his Oscar-nominated turn in 127 Hours.” Further, he wrote that “as a director it is nice to finally see him embrace the comfort zone of comedy with enough cameos to rival Robert Altman's The Player.” Peter Debruge of Variety also gave the film a positive review, saying it had a “genuine capacity to delight, whether or not the audiences in question have seen The Room.” Writing for Rolling Stone, Peter Travers gave the film 3.5 out of 4 stars, saying: “As a director, Franco succeeds beautifully at bringing coherence to chaos, a word that accurately describes the making of this modern midnight-movie phenomenon. Do you need to see The Room to appreciate The Disaster Artist? Not really.” Justin Chang of the Los Angeles Times called the film “a hilarious, heartening celebration of failure”. Manohla Dargis of The New York Times wrote that it is “a divertingly funny movie, but its breeziness can also feel overstated, at times glib and a bit of a dodge”. Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian gave the film three out of five stars, writing that the film brings up unanswered questions, and that it “has room for improvement”. Ignatiy Vishnevetsky of The A.V. Club gave the film a rating of “C”, calling it a “lousy tribute” and asking, “will anyone who hasn't seen The Room actually be able to piece together a sense of this Z-grade sensation from watching The Disaster Artist?”
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