J.K. Simmons (holy ‘stache!)
Um, yes? Yes indeedy? What’s the movie again? It almost doesn’t matter but in this case, it’s the next lovely script from Hollywood songbird and wunderkind director Lorene Scafaria. If there are four people in the movie industry who are better human beings than Lorene Scafaria, I’ll swim the English channel with a pig on my back.
We complain about the lack of female directors all the time, but even more rare is the female writer/director. This is one who’s scraping and clawing to say something personal and meaningful. When you read a script that Scafaria has penned, one thing that jumps out at you is the honesty. There’s a smallness and a quietness to certain moments of her work that can be hard to find in American cinema these days. In our current reboot tentpole hellscape of big movies with no soul, (see every TK review in recent memory) it’s refreshing to have a film come at you from the heart once in a while.
I remember hearing Scafaria speak after a premiere one time and she came out to Los Angeles with literally nothing. A dollar and a dream. She stuck it out, wrote like nine full screenplays before anyone would give her the time of day, and gradually worked her way up. Now she’s delivering her second feature.
This film looks charming as hell and I’m psyched for it. April 22nd. If you can’t get fired up for that ridiculously great women-led cast, get fired up for the filmmaker behind it. She’s one of the good guys.
Girls… Instead of redefining the standards of beauty, why not obliterate the idea of being valued for it at all?— Lorene Scafaria (@LoreneScafaria) December 13, 2015
Here’s the trailer for The Meddler.