There are few writers that were more important to the overall landscape of television than Norman Lear. From the 1950’s to today, Lear has been a comedic genius and workhorse whose job it was to show the world different kinds of people, more realistic people, having discussions you wouldn’t see on other shows of the time. These characters would provide us with laughs, first and foremost but also deal with real issues concerning people of the day. The majority of his hits over the years have stood the test of time and become evergreen favourites. That is what makes the original One Day at a Time such a shocking misstep.
With The Disaster Artist set to hit theatres December 1st, I sat down with Greg Sestero, author of the novel on which the film is based, to talk about his friendship with Tommy Wiseau, writing the novel, and The Room after all these years.
I am sometimes taken to task by other reviewers and friends as being too easy on films that I see. I am often more able to find the positives in a middling movie than to outright trash a film. This may happen because of how many much worse films I have seen over the years, be them riffed with jokes on things like Mystery Science Theater 3000, my general ability to enjoy schlock or just knowing how hard it is to make the final product an absolute treasure. Filmmaking is a tricky art that sometimes needs a passing grade with a reliable fast food product style rather than the five star, five-course meal we often wish for.
Daddy’s Home 2 is not a reliable fast food product. Daddy’s Home 2 is gas station sushi, that was purchased on sale. And then left out overnight.
I sat down with the director of Sweet Virginia and got to ask him a few questions. Here is our interview, and please do go see Sweet Virginia, opens in Toronto on December 1st.