The Hero Review - Magnificent, Beautiful, Affecting

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

The Hero, from Houston King Productions and The Orchard, presents the story of the afterlife that most box office stars experience when agents send over commercial voice work, promises of deals, of offers soon and the intersection with fate.

Directed by Brett Haley, The Hero stars Sam Elliott, Laura Prepon, Nick Offerman, Krysten Ritter, Katherine Ross, with Patrika Darbo, Jackie Joyner, Andy Allo, Ali Wong, and Cameron Esposito and written by Marc Basch.

The Hero opens with Lee Hayden, played by Sam Elliot, a former Hollywood marquee name doing voice over takes with each one sounding the same as the voice supervisor continues to ask him “to do it again.”

On the drive home, Lee’s agent calls explaining while no real offers are coming in a group of the Western Society wants to give him a Lifetime Achievement award. Lee has one more stop before he heads back to his mountain oasis that keeps him sane in this world.

Lee has aged gracefully his white hair and rugged looks keep the women around and guessing and his reputation from his early days as the box office golden gunslinger with a heart has kept him over the years. Today, he is sitting alone in the doctors office, when the doctor played by Doug Cox, begins by saying “We had hoped for better results . . . “ the rest of course is a blur and unnecessary as the audience clearly understands cancer, who cares nothing for position or place, season or times, has arrived and it is bad.

Lee still lives the stoner life, a wake and bake guy, the next morning after drinking himself to sleep, with good cause, the weed is gone so it is off to his neighbor, a fellow actor who supplements the dry spells catering to his colleagues.

Finally sedated, Lee and Jeremy, played by Nick Offerman, are reminiscing over the season of The Hero that had promise. By mid-morning or afternoon, the doorbell rings and another artist in need arrives, Charlotte, played by Laura Prepon. She and Lee share a few words and she is off.

Lee is dealing with his medical news sedately, he is walking the beach and these scenes watching the Pacific are stunning, contemplating his news, the future, his unresolved relationships, the world and the brevity of it all, even now, after 71 years.


The Lovers Review - A Dramatic Comedy with Perfect Character Driven Performances


The Hero is shot entirely around LA and the food truck culture is so ingrained in life that nearly everyone, from the Mayor to the rich and famous, billionaires and street people, working actors and out of work talent, all have a favorite and today Lee is buying a taco from his. Suddenly Charlotte, the artist in need comes around the corner and the two begin to flirt over tacos.

Lee is dying, in his mind, the question is treatment, do I subject myself to the torture of treatment or do I resign myself to death. As she is doing her best to be suggestively subtle he asks her if she is busy Sunday and would she want to be his date for the Lifetime Achievement Award.

After asking his daughter, played by Krysten Ritter, who turned him down flat. We find she has deeply unresolved parental issues also, a production orphan, her dad was always leaving to work on location and then one day he just left and didn’t come home to his family any more. And she, as we find out, thought this was her fault.

We also meet his former wife Valeria, played by Katharine Ross, who now a successful modernistic photographer. The two share the scene which is poignantly delivered without words and the sorrow of the diagnosis can be felt even as the camera pulls back capturing and not interfering.


Dalida Review – French Bio-Pic Captivates


With one out of the way telling his daughter is next, and she is difficult to pin down, and he is as much to blame for her current attitude finally the two meet somewhere in Malibu overlooking the ocean. The scene, as everyone hopes that they’ll get a little longer, even when one is on bad terms, the hope is that we'll have enough time to make up, have a few more fights and finally leave at peace. This time it isn’t career that is robbing her.

Charlotte, the raven-haired beauty agreed to go to the event and soon the two are stoned and the party becomes the greatest night of recent memory. Lee, the gentleman performs his magic and suddenly his is trending and a trending celebrity is an in-demand celebrity and the next day after the two wake and realize a future, with an already dead ending, may start, things get a little shaky.

I enjoyed The Hero. The cast, who has won awards for the film, works beautifully together. It is important to mention the cinematography which I feel is a genuine leading character. From the mountains sunrises, oceans even the sprawling lights of LA from the hills, the beauty of Southern California is dominant, magnificent and gorgeous.

The Hero was good, the characters genuine, the dialogue unique. The Hero paints a picture of life in LA for a former box office name and doesn’t shy away from the baggage of the unresolved relationships, art imitating life, enough nature to forget teh present at least for a moment and of course the fact that fate will deal a cruel hand without consideration.

The Hero is in select theaters in New York and Los Angeles and expands to theaters everywhere in the next couple of week. Look for it. See it.

 

Haute Tease

  • Money News: Deep Chill Misses The Dow; World Markets Steady

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The four major US Markets didn't quite feel the freeze as the polar vortex ushered in February temperatures as the annual holiday shopping season, a make a break period for many retailers, launched early.

     
  • Unreal Creator Sarah Gertrude Shapiro Opens AFI Conservatory Directing Workshop for Women Showcase 2016

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, co-creator and executive producer of Lifetime's groundbreaking series UNREAL, delivered candid remarks on the state of women in Hollywood to a packed house of filmmakers and industry executives at the 2016 AFI Conservatory Directing Workshop for Women (DWW) Showcase.  

  • Paul McCartney's Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts Plays Host to an Exciting Spring Line-Up

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The 2ube is a weekly live music show that takes place on Friday evenings in LIPA Cafe where some of the most exciting bands from Liverpool's diverse music scene have been appearing. Every few weeks these live shows are streamed to an online global audience - the next live stream happens on March 20th when you're invited to embed the YouTube feed on your website.  

     
  • Apartment Troubles Review - Life in New York City 101; The Good, Bad and Ugly

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Apartment Troubles, from Gravitas Ventures, presents a dramedy into the scary journey of finding housing in New York City, complete with every possible nightmare, as life regurgitates enough lessons to keep any up and coming artist concerned.

     
  • Beach Boy Brian Wilson Selling Vacation Home

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    After Elvis and before the Beatles, the Beach Boys were America's favorite rock 'n roll group ruling the U.S. air waves with “Surfin' Safari,” “Surfin' USA” and “Surfer Girl” and virtually creating the California beach music sound.

Crime

  • Double Homicide Suspect Caught on Camera; Manhunt Widens

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The main suspect in the murders of Liberty German and Abigail Williams, the two Indiana teens killed while hiking on Delphi Historic Trail, has been identified and his image was captured on park surveillance.

     
  • Facebook Killer Dead of Self-Inflicted Gunshot

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Steve Stephens, the Cleveland man who went live on the social media platform while he committed a random murder of an elderly man, has died in Erie, Pennsylvania of a self-inflicted gun shot after a police pursuit.

     
  • Oregon School Shooting Brings Total to 74 Since Sandy Hook Massacre

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Freshman Emilio Hoffman was shot and killed when a lone gunman entered Reynolds High School in Troutdale, Oregon, yesterday, and opened fire killing the 14 year old before turning the gun on himself.

     
  • New Jersey Man Free After 30 Year Sentence Murders Again

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Steven Pratt, after completing a 30 year sentence for murder, returned to his Atlantic City home to a party in his honor only to turn the festivities into tragedy with the horrific murder of his mother who planned the celebration.

     
  • Breaking News: 13 Dead On Campus; 20 injured in Oregon Mass Shooting

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    A lone gunman opened fire on the Umpqua Community College Campus in Roseburg, Oregon this morning killing 13 students and injuring 20 in an all too common scenario that left the shooter “neutralized” and reportedly deceased at the scene.

Theatre, Music, Books

  • Joshua Tree Spring Music Festival - A Global Experience in the Magical Mojave

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Merging its funky desert style with an internationally acclaimed lineup of musical artists, this three day (and four night) family-friendly festival is truly a global music experience. The 13th Annual Spring Joshua Tree Music Festival melds the overwhelming spirit of desert freedom with powerful music from around the world to create a lighthearted oasis for music lovers.

     
  • Tyler Hilton Secues London's Blue Soap To Arrange Interviews and Airplay for US Tour

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    We're delighted to be working with musician and One Tree Hill actor Tyler Hilton to secure airplay and arrange interviews ahead of his upcoming 30 city American tour. The focus tracks from the album and advance dates are enclosed! Support is hugely appreciated!

     
  • Judi Dench's Exits & Entrances: A Celebration Of Shakespeare

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    A Shakespearean celebration, with readings by Dame Judi Dench, David Suchet, Emilia Fox and the late Jeffery Dench. Exits and Entrances commemorates the 400th anniversary on April 23rd 2017 of the death of the world's most celebrated playwright William Shakespeare.

     
  • Living A Life That Matters: A Memoir of the Marquis de Lafayette Review – Surprisingly Interesting

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Penned by renowned Civil Rights attorney David M. Weitzman, Living A Life That Matters will not jump off the shelf for the causal bookstore window shopper. The title, the image all suggest an intellectual read reserved for professors, scholars, politicians and the like.  

  • Blue Man Group Review - Fresh, Fun, Loud and Messy

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    I had seen the famed Blue Man Group Las Vegas show before albeit more than a decade ago. Even so, I recently proceeded to secure tickets to see what has since become a Vegas entertainment staple. I wondered how, or if, this show had evolved so it would seem fresh and new the second time around.