Based on the 1988 graphic novel by Frank Miller I was interested to read that Batman: Year One was almost adapted as a live-action film to be directed by Darren Aronofsky from a screenplay by Miller.
It takes place in the fictional Japanese city of Megasaki and it’s greater territories; in a rather depressing, near future, dystopian landscape where dogs aren’t having a good time of it. A canine (snout) flu has broken out and corrupt mayor, Kobayashi (Kunichi Nomura), has taken the faux regrettable decision of relocating the entire dog population to Trash Island.
Last Flag Flying is the latest film by Richard Linklater and is about three old friends who served together in Vietnam, a former Navy Corpsman Larry “Doc” Shepherd (Steve Carell) re-unites with his old buddies, former Marines Sal Nealon (Bryan Cranston) and Reverend Richard Mueller (Laurence Fishburne) to bury his son, a young Marine killed in the Iraq War.
Ryan Gosling’s character isn’t given a name, channeling his best inner Clint Eastwood, he’s merely referred to as ‘Driver’ throughout. But rest assured, this is very much his film and the story closely follows this initially quiet and unassuming gentleman.
The year is 1947 and Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston) one of Hollywood’s top Screenwriters along with other artists and colleagues are jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs.
Playing lead roles in biopics of Robert Mazur and Dalton Trumbo in The Infiltrator and Trumbo, respectively, hasn’t stopped Bryan Cranston pursuing parts and crafting his considerable talents which require him to transform himself, in spirit, into real-life characters. In All the Way, Cranston encapsulates the 36th President of the United in the harshest and most honest way possible.