Fashion Reverie’s Fall 2021 Movie Roundup

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Blue Bayou

The pressing issues of immigration and fate of people brought to the United States as children comes to a head in “Blue Bayou,” a new film by director Justin Chou. With a wife, young stepdaughter and a baby on the way, Antonio LeBlanc struggles to find work in the small Louisiana town he’s lived in since age 3.  He never considered that a run in with police could result in his possible deportation to a country he doesn’t remember and whose language he does not speak. Will they be able to fight ICE to keep Antonio with his family?

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Dear Evan Hansen

The Tony Award-winning Broadway musical comes to the big screen with Ben Platt reprising his role as the titular Evan Hansen. Evan is a depressed high school senior suffering from social anxiety and working with a counselor to treat it. Due to a misunderstanding, Evan finds himself cast as the best friend of a classmate, Connor, who recently committed suicide, despite barely knowing the boy. The film stars Academy Award nominee Amy Adams as Connor’s mother and Academy Award nominee Julianne Moore as Evan’s mother.  Directed by Stephen Chbosky, the film keeps the songs from the original musical, so it will be interesting to see how this modern musical is staged on screen.

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The Many Saints of Newark

Campaigns for a “Sopranos” movie had to be scrapped when James Gandolfini unexpectedly died of heart attack during a trip to Italy in 2013.  Forced to rethink the film, plans were made for a prequel explaining how a young Tony Soprano became involved with the mafia as a teenager, when he was pulled into violent gang wars with the increasingly powerful DiMeo crime family. Caught up in the changing times by the uncle he idolizes, Dickie Moltisanti, the film explores how Tony will grow up to a powerful mob boss and leader of his own crime family.


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No Time to Die

Delayed due to COVID-19, this October we will see Daniel Craig’s final appearance as James Bond in this epic film with a mind boggling 250 million-dollar budget. Five years after Bond bids adieu to his job at MI6, he is called back by a CIA agent. A brilliant scientist has been kidnapped and is being used to build a weapon that could kill millions by supervillain Lyutsifer Safin (that name!) played with delicious malice by Oscar winner Rami Malek. The screenplay has 4 authors including the creator and star of “Fleabag,” Phoebe Waller-Bridge, so hopefully we’ll be looking at an amazing story to go with the eye-popping special effects. Daniel Craig will be going out with a bang!

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Dune

Frank Hubert’s classic science fiction novel last saw the big screen in David Lynch’s 1984 rendition, legendary for its awfulness, the most egregious faults being the effects that no one would ever call ‘special.’ But computer-generated graphics have come a long in the past 25 years. In the distant future, battles rage on the dangerous desert planet called Arrakis for control of its natural deposits of “Spice,” the most valuable substance in the universe.  Timothée Chalamet stars as Paul Atreides, a young man accompanying his father Duke Leto Atreides (played by Oscar Issac) to the planet to fight for control of mining operations. But what about Paul’s prophetic dreams?

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Last Night in Soho

Thomasin McKenzie plays Eloise, a shy young woman who has just relocated to London to study fashion.  She finds herself mysteriously able to enter 1960s London using the body of Sandie (Anna Taylor-Joy), a sexy nightclub singer as her avatar. Is she dreaming? Has she found a time portal? Or is she simply losing her mind?

As Eloise finds herself getting more lost in the past, she realizes something dangerous is afoot and neither she nor Sandie might not make it out alive. This sexy psychological horror film from Edgar Wright, the celebrated director of “Baby Driver,” was scheduled to be in theaters last year but had to be postponed due to COVID-19. It will arrive just in time for Halloween!

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Spencer

Diana, Princess of Wales, remains the star of the British Royal family despite having the distinct disadvantage of being dead for almost 25 years. It doesn’t matter. The public continues to adore this fascinating woman. Now comes this biopic from Pablo Larraín, the acclaimed director of “Jackie,” dissecting 3 days in 1991 during Christmas holidays with the royal family at Sandringham House. Kristen Stewart stars at the troubled Princess and despite not bearing a strong physical resemblance to the late Diana, critics are praising her performance as nailing the body language and presenting a strong lived in accent. Fashion Reverie will be in line opening day.  

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House of Gucci

If the film wasn’t based on a true story, people would be saying this over-the-top tale of money, fashion and murder is ridiculously unbelievable. Based on the book of the same name by Sara Gay Forden and directed by the legendary Ridley Scott, the film examines the 1995 murder of Maurizio Gucci (played by Academy Award-nominee Adam Driver) orchestrated by his wife Patrizia Reggiani Gucci. Lady Gaga plays Patrizia and while some are saying this is another Oscar bid, despite Gaga being Italian (there is a supercut on Youtube of her saying she’s Italian during interviews that goes for an hour!), more than a few critics have commented that her accent is terrible. Still, this will be a wild, fun ride as Patrizia is as noted in the film is “a real firecracker.” Convicted of the murder in 1998, she would serve 18 years for the crime. Offered an early parole on work release, Patrizia refused saying “I’ve never worked a day in my life, I’m not going to start now.”

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The Eyes of Tammy Faye

A new film from director Michael Showalter will depict the history of controversial televangelists Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker from their meteoric rise in the 1970s to their scandal soaked 80’s which ended with Jim Bakker’s conviction on fraud and embezzlement charges. Jessica Chastain (who also produced and does all her own singing in the film) stars as Tammy Faye in all her heavily made-up glory, from dealing with her battle with an addiction to prescription drugs to her controversial support of the LGBT community at the height of the AIDS crisis. When Tammy insisted on having AIDS activist Steve Pieters on her PTL show to dispel myths about the disease, fellow faith leaders were outraged. Vengeful PTL executives destroyed the footage, but thanks to VHS copies it lives on youtube.  

Tammy Faye lost her battle with cancer in July 2007 but Jim Bakker remains active in the televangelist community to this day. He was sued for selling fake COVID-19 cures in 2020.

—Cameron Grey Rose

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