AFF Review: James Franco IS Tommy Wiseau in ‘The Disaster Artist’

The Disaster Artist Review

There’s nothing like The Room, right? A film so bad it’s so good. The Disaster Artist is an attempt to tell the story about the making of Tommy Wiseau’s The Room, and the friendship behind it, and their dream to become famous, and make a movie that everyone would love. Directed by and starring James Franco, this film is much more of an homage to the cult classic that is The Room, as well as a nod to the passion it takes to make something so terrible. To dream so big and yet fail so spectacularly, but still embrace that failure, and revel in the joy it (somehow) brings to some people. It’s not an outright comedy, more of a drama with funny scenes, that also perfectly recreates The Room and pays tribute to the one-and-only Tommy Wiseau. ›››

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‘The Vault’ Trailer: James Franco Unlocks the Horror in a Bank Heist Thriller

the vault trailer

“Crime does not pay,” the trailer for The Vault ham-fistedly declares. But it’s probably a very accurate description for the heist thriller-turned-horror-movie that is The Vault.

In James Franco‘s one-millionth project this year (does the guy never sleep?), he stars as a mild-mannered bank manager with a mustache who finds his bank being robbed by two sisters (Taryn Manning and Francesca Eastwood). But this this isn’t just a nuts-and-bolts thriller as the tables are turned when Franco’s manager unlocks the true horrific nature of The Vault.

It’s a day that starts off like any other for Franco’s weary bank manager: get coffee, stare blankly at the clock, gripe about a quiet bank. Until he’s staring down the barrel of a gun and two on-edge sisters who are robbing his bank. Immediately, he reveals that there’s a secret vault in the basement “where the real money is” that’s off the grid, and the sisters’ accomplice heads down to open it, but finds something…else.

Suddenly, Franco’s mustache (which appears to be from when he was filming HBO’s Deuce) seems a lot more menacing, as he unleashes whatever unseen horror that was lurking in the vault against the robbers — which look a lot like creepy hooded men in masks.

It’s like a bank robbery twist on Don’t Breathe, a film that similarly started off in another genre — in its case, a home invasion of a blind man — and turned it into a horror film where the blind man was the real monster.

While Franco does seem like the mastermind in this reversal of fates, I doubt he’s quiet the monstrous force that Stephen Lang’s blind man was in Don’t Breathe. While the terrorizing forces in The Vault look human, they are more likely to be demonic, or something else supernatural, as evidenced by Q’orianka Kilcher’s quivering description of “something down there.” Or Franco could have just locked up a bunch of psychopathic mask enthusiasts.

Here’s the official synopsis for The Vault below:

“Two estranged sisters are forced to rob a bank in order to save their brother. The heist begins smoothly, but mayhem ensues when the defiant bank manager sends them to a basement-level vault–home to something truly evil.”

The Vault also stars Q’orianka Kilcher, Clifton Collins Jr., and Scott Haze.

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Watch Trailer for Jess Franco Inspired Psychodrama S&M: Les Sadiques


German Jess Franco homage S&M: Les Sadiques releases official trailer

We just got an eyeful of a wild arthouse German thriller made by filmmakers who truly get the often confounding cinema of late Spanish exploitation legend Jess Franco called S&M: Les Sadiques. Directed and photographed by Alex Bakshaev, the film is a quasi companion piece to Franco’s 1971 Soledad Miranda film, Eugenie De Sade, both films being inspired by the writings of that marvelous pervert the Marquis De Sade and even sharing some key Berlin locations. It’s a stylish, super sexy little marvel of a movie and we have the trailer to share below.

Synopsis: S&M: Les Sadiques stars Sandra Bourdonnec as Sandra, a Sadean dominant figure who manipulates teenage runaway Marie (Nadine Pape) into commiting an atrocious act of violence to prove her fidelity. Kevin Kopacka co-stars as Corrado, a naive musician whose chance intrusion tips the already twisted relationship between the two women further off balance. Veteran New German Wave actor Harry Baer (‘Mr. Scarface’, ‘Gods of the Plague’) makes a cameo as uncle Franz. Set in wintry Berlin and partially scored with Daniel White cues familiar from 1970’s and 1980’s Eurociné and Jess Franco films, ‘S&M: Les Sadiques’ will appeal to those who like their eurosleaze atmospheric and stylish.

We’ll have more on the film soon but in the meantime, check out the wicked little, hyper-voyeuristic trailer below…

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First Trailer for ‘The Institute’ Thriller with James Franco & Lori Singer

The Institute Trailer

“I assure you, our dear Isabella is in safe hands.” Momentum Pictures has debuted the first trailer for a thriller titled The Institute, co-directed by James Franco and Pamela Romanowsky. Franco also stars in the film as one of the doctors at the “institute”. Set in the 19th century, the story is about a young girl who checks into the Rosewood Institute, only to discover their methods for curing patients are totally twisted and violent. In addition to Franco, the film stars Allie Gallerani, Lori Singer, Tim Blake Nelson, Eric Roberts, Josh Duhamel, Topher Grace, Pamela Anderson, Beth Grant, and Dominic Rains. I’m intrigued to see Franco directing a 19th century thriller, but this just looks instantly forgettable. Take a look. ›››

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