Buzz explodes for ‘The Joker’; naturally Twitter is ground zero for gold

Once the trailer for the new film The Joker was released, fans emerged with enthusiasm. Well, not all fans. Some on Twitter bemoaned what media are calling a “character film”, perhaps to explain how the Joker became a villain. One individual, Alan Zilberman, self-described as a “Tattooed freelance film critic”, found gold in his comments about the film no one has actually seen yet. Overall, as with many matters, Twitter became Ground Zero for buzz about The Joker.

A lesson for indie artists in new film on Bonnie and Clyde

When my husband asked if I wanted to watch the new film about the legendary Bonnie and Clyde, I said yes, but without much enthusiasm. By the end of the film we watched on Netflix, I was singing a different tune. The Highwaymen is well worth viewing. There’s another takeaway too, though, and there’s a lesson for indie artists.

HBO sets ‘Deadwood’ release date; most regulars return

If you’re a fan of the TV series ‘Deadwood’, you’ll understand enthusiasm for the forthcoming HBO film based on that series. I mentioned this film to my daughter this morning, and her response came across as your standard hallelujah. A cast of very talented actors converged to be part of the film, and if you check out the trailers, this looks like it will be vintage ‘Deadwood’ with an update set in the time after South Dakota became a US state.

Star-packed Tarantino film coming, with help from China

A blockbuster film is coming from Quentin Tarantino in July, 2019, and the film has something in common with others being created in the USA. Tarantino got help from interests in China to make his film. The controversial filmmaker isn’t alone when it comes to money from Asia.

Indie Gosnell film details real life horror story buried by politics

I learned about the case of Kermit Gosnell via social media. Most national media ignored it at first, until ignoring it became impossible. At least one legacy newspaper scribe ended up apologizing for calling the case a “local issue.” When I learned multi-award-winning actor Nick Searcy was involved in an effort to get a film made about America’s “biggest serial killer,” I knew I’d want to see it. What I learned continues to disturb me. Certain critics also disturb me—I wonder if some who opined even watched Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer. 

In episode 1 of ‘I am the Night’, Golden Brooks dominates

Episode 1 of the limited TNT series I Am the Night begins with Fauna Hodel’s search for her roots. The series is based on the real Fauna Hodel’s memoir One Day She’ll Darken: The Mysterious Beginnings of Fauna Hodel. Fauna’s search sparks fascinating questions. Is she white? Black? Biracial? There’s a more sinister turn to her story, however, and that turn involves one of the most intriguing unsolved mysteries in true crime.

If you missed ‘1776’ at the Alhambra, you missed a great show

We took in the musical ‘1776, A Musical Revolution’ at the Alhambra theater in Jacksonville, FL last week, and if you didn’t, you missed a great show. It was no small feat for the creators, Sherman Edwards (music and lyrics) and Peter Stone (the book), to come up with a presentation that made history funny, witty, and informative. There were some amazing actors on board too. Throughout the night, the audience laughed and applauded, with many recognizing not much has changed in terms of partisan rancor.

Indie film a spectacular mix of drama, suspense, horror and dark comedy

By Jen Day Thompson Durden Godfrey’s I Am Going To Kill Someone This Friday premiered in Jacksonville with a sold out, one-night-only event at the downtown Public Library on Thursday, August 9th, 2018. For months, Facebook followers had seen teasers and promotional posts about the film, sparking interest, conversation and even a shout out from James Murray of television’s Impractical Jokers. Based on crowd response as the film ended Thursday, viewers were not disappointed. Godfrey’s film premiere started with a red carpet pre-party and cocktails. Guests’ photos were made on the red carpet upon entering and everyone enjoyed drinks and

Jax indie film opens to a packed house and packed downtown

It was bad enough I already had a commitment for the premiere of the indie film produced in Jax, I Am Going to Kill Someone This Friday. It was a good thing my older daughter Jennifer Day Thompson agreed to cover the premiere for the film. This morning when I asked her how it went, she said, “It was a packed house.” The film did not disappoint. Obviously, we have a community here willing to support indie art.

‘Deadwood’ fans rejoice—HBO says jig is back on

If you were addicted to the HBO series Deadwood, welcome to the club. If you were left hanging and disappointed when the series stopped without closure after three seasons, welcome to that club too. News is breaking that should cause us to rejoice. The Deadwood jig is not up. It’s back on, but not all our wishes are being granted. 

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