The Rider Review - Stunning; A Heartfelt Story of Loss and New Beginnings

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

The Rider, from Sony Pictures Classic, presents the story of a rising rodeo star on the South Dakota circuit facing a career breakdown after an injury leaves him facing life on the opposite side of the ring.

Written and directed by Chloe Zhao, The Rider stars family members Brady Jandreau, Tim Jandreau and Lilly Jandreau, along with Lane Scott and Cat Clifford.

The Rider opens with a close up of a head injury on Brady Blackburn, played by Brady Jandreau, who is just waking and is presumably just released from the hospital as the bandages are new with drops of blood and the stitches are fresh.

The tough guy, Brady, begins to take the bandages off which is when the audiences sees the steel plate stitched into his skull.

We meet Brady’s family, Wayne Blackburn, played by real life father, Tim Jandreau, and sister Lilly Blackburn, played by real life sister Lilly Jandreau, who has mild learning disabilities.


All The Money In The World Review – Four Stars, Flawless Filmmaking


A rodeo family whose lives center on riding, and breaking in horses, The Blackburn’s live on the opposite side of the pipeline. Brady we find out has limited formal education, no GED, is and is an expert at the one thing he can never do again.

Soon we learn he was a rising star in the rodeo circuit riding wild horses and his best friend, Lane Scott, who he often refers to as closer than a brother, rode bulls. No one was better, at 15 Lane was taking purses from older more experienced riders, and making a name for himself. Fearless, they both were hotshots and with good-natured, teenage, arrogance.

When we meet Lane, the first thought. of course, is a bull kicked him out, leaving him with a serious brain injury and then we learn it was a car accident that stole his dreams.

Brady, as we find out was kicked by a horse and left with life threatening injuries which meant an instant career adjustment. No more rodeo; the violence of eight jarring seconds riding a wild animal, and thrown to the ground, is equal to the concussion levels in the National Football league.

As they face hard financial times, Brady, who is recognizably famous on the Rodeo Circuit, takes a job stocking shelves at a local grocery store. Unable to turn his back on his passion, he is offered a gig breaking in some ponies, which is where the audience sees his skill.

The pivotal point in the film comes as Brady realizes no matter how tough he believes he is, his body can not take the shock. Already suffering a relapse, without immediate adjustments he might as well commit suicide.

Throughout the film the beauty of South Dakota, with wide open horizons and undeveloped land, the Prairie, badlands, rolling clouds and big sky is hypnotizing. The horses are stunning creatures, majestic, beautiful and willful.

There are moments in this film that I would ventured to say have never been experienced in film watching.

The Rider is capturing audiences with the heartfelt story and the breathtaking cinematography. The novice actors bring a genuine sense of realism to their roles, with Lane Scott and Lilly Jandreau each with challenges that are not hidden.

The Rider highlights life’s truths, in South Dakota, on the opposite of the pipeline construction which boomed during the recession and even now creating wealth for some and for others, the bleak financial times still abound, despite recent boosts.

The Rider has been nominated for four Spirit Awards including: Best Feature, Best Director, Best Cinematography and Best Editing. Director/Writer Chloé Zhao also won The Bonnie Award.


Maze Runner: The Death Cure - An Explosive, Solid, Wild, Sci-Fi Winner


Catching the festival fire The Rider has recently screened at as an Official Selection at Sundance Film Festival 2018, and over the past year at Cannes Int’l Film Festival 2017, Directors’ Fortnight, Best Picture; Telluride Film Festival 2017,Toronto Int’l Film Festival 2017 and the New York Film Festival 2017.

One of those rare stories, The Rider doesn’t have a neat happy ending just new beginnings. Leaving one wondering when the dreams, the passion, is snatched in some hateful twist of fate, is there something, a silver lining, somewhere, just waiting around the next bend in the road?

The Rider opens in theaters April, 2018. See it.

Haute Tease

  • Rare Blue Diamond Sells at Bonham’s for £2,685,000 in Fierce Bidding; Andrew Grima Jewellery Achieves Top Prices

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The pear-shaped diamond, weighing 4.03 carats, was widely admired by potential buyers around the globe and became the subject of a fierce bidding frenzy before it finally went under the hammer, selling to Graff Diamonds for $853,203 price per carat.

     
  • The Colony Review - Cannibalism in Apocalyptic Winter Leaves Me Cold

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    “The Colony,” from RLJ Entertainment and Sierra Pictures, brings to the screen a terrifying fast moving sci-fi apocalyptic winter thriller that captures the breakdown of society, the species and the lengths needed to survive.

     
  • Bienvenue Chez VousConcierge Auctions Announces Its First European Auction In Sexy Saint Tropez, France

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Leading luxury auction firm, Concierge Auctions, enters the European market in ultra sexy Saint Tropez, France,the 11th country in which the firm is now holding auctions, with the auction of Villa La Ponche, a prívate estate boasting French Riviera views.

     
  • 18 Penn State “Brothers” Arrested in Fraternity Murder

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Eighteen Beta Theta Pi Alpha Upsilon Fraternity brothers at Penn State University, still synonymous with pedophile cover up of football Coach Jerry Sandusky, have been arrested in the shocking hazing death of Timothy Piazza, a freshman pledge, during the annual Rush Week.

     
  • Corporate Review – French Thriller Captures Murky Ethics of Global Business World

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Corporate, showcased at the recent French Film Festival, presents the universal story of Darwinian's corporate jungle, of cloudy corporate ethics and sacrifice of the employee is acceptable only if the trail doesn't lead back to the boardroom.

     
  • Beltway Insider: Ukraine Russia Standoff Continues; G7, European Leaders Issue Statement; U.S. Homelessness Hits High

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    President Barack Obama continued to globally make his case to leaders of the G7 for unified and sectoral sanctions in response to Russian President Vladimir Putin's sustained violations of Ukraine territorial sovereignty and threats of prolonged aggression.

     
  • Beltway Insider: Trump Stumbles on Foreign Trip; Manchester; G7 Sours; Rome Earth Protests; Kaine Son Arrested

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    President Donald Trump pushed, shoved, and bullied his way through his inaugural foreign trip setting the tone for his presidency as he met with foreign leaders emphasizing his agenda wouldn't be set by previous agreements or administrations.

     
  • Welcome the New Year with Brilliant New Album from Brickwork Lizards

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Happy New Year! We are kicking off the musical new year with a new release. Haneen has stormed the stations with its unique blend of Hip Hop, Pre-War Jazz and Arabic Music, crazy maybe but what a sound.

     
  • NYBFW ’18 Rime Arodaky Review – Beautiful Styling, Avant Garde Designs, Embodies the Free Spirit

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Showcasing her signature rock'n'roll style, Arodaky sent a mix of dresses and separates down the runway.  Paired to the music that inspired the collection, models embodied the "French Rebel" mantra that glowed in neon at the top of the runway.

     
  • DOCASA, Inc. Secures New Coffee Shop Location in London West End's Iconic Arts Theatre

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    DOCASA, Inc. (OTCQB: DCSA), through its award-winning subsidiary Department of Coffee and Social Affairs Limited in the United Kingdom ("UK"), announces the securing of a new coffee shop location in The Arts Theatre situated in London's world famous West End.   

  • Foodies & Wine Enthusiasts: Food & Wine Festival at Capella Pedregal

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Capella Pedregal, located in Cabo San Lucas, offers culinary enthusiasts the chance to indulge in a delicious foodie experience at the hotels annual Food & Wine Festival from July 9 through July 13, 2014.

     
  • Collection Automne / Hiver Ziad Nakad de la Fashion Week de Paris - Ultra-Féminin, Romantique, Elégant

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Le designer international Ziad Nakad a fait ses débuts avec sa collection de couture Automne / Hiver 2019-2020 lors de la Fashion Week parisienne en dévoilant une collection époustouflante inspirée d'une mosaïque ancienne qui réunissait des motifs, des formes, qui créaient des images étincelantes à chaque défilé.  

  • UK:Terror Attack at Manchester Arena Kills 22, Injures 59

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Twenty-two people are dead, at least 59 injured, and a dozen still missing, after a suicide bomber detonated inside the Manchester Arena, just as the Ariana Grande concert had ended and concert goers were exiting the main floor leaving the venue.

     
  • The Weatherman Umbrella Review - Attractive, Sturdy, The Perfect Weather Accessory

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    As seasons change each day is a proverbial weather hazard and with events from red carpets to weddings to sunny sport Saturdays, weather instability from rain to sun to snow can turn the best days into a disaster.

     
  • Celebrity Photos: Reba Merrill Reports - Behind The Glam, Glitz and Glitter of Awards Season

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    In Hollywood, November through February is the most wonderful time of the year. In addition to holiday happenings it is the time of the year when Awards Season begins and the most interesting films open along with reminders of earlier great releases.