This feature is where we discuss a topic of film and decide which three movies from that specific topic fit into the categories of ‘acquire, hire or fire’. We will be getting guests to do their versions too. Guests may include readers, fellow writers or even stars of film. Today, it’s Cineroom’s editor Adam Ray Palmer.
'Acquire' means a film you would buy, 'Hire' means you would rent it and 'Fire' of course means you wouldn’t give it the time of day.
Today’s theme is ‘Logan Lerman Films’.
My hire choice is a film that didn’t have a full release here in the UK. Indignation follows the story of Marcus, a working-class Jewish student from New Jersey in 1951 who attends a small Ohio college, where he struggles with sexual repression and cultural disaffection, amid the ongoing Korean War. It’s an intense drama with an excellent supporting cast in Sarah Gadon and Tracy Letts who aid this film to shine a light on difficult working-class and adolescent problems whilst also injecting comic wit. It’s not exactly a film to watch over and over again, but I think must-see for Lerman and Gadon fans.
This biblical tale should have been epic, fantastical and CGI heaven - sadly, it just didn’t work. The only thing going for Noah was the big screen at a cinema to watch it on, I feel sorry for anyone who has this on DVD. Russell Crowe and Emma Watson’s performances are harsh and nauseating; plus, Lerman didn’t reach his full potential here. It’s a wimp effort at an epic movie, and an extremely expensive, wimp movie at that.
There’s only one film that could even come close to my ‘acquire’ choice. It’s Logan Lerman’s best film so far in his career and that movie is The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Wallflower has it all. The acting is top drawer, the soundtrack is compelling, the writing is majestic and the dainty camerawork is as fragile as Stephen Chbosky’s vision of how delicate human beings can be. This film was my movie highlight of 2012. It also gave birth to two emerging stars. Logan Lerman is of course one of those, but Ezra Miller also stole the show. Miller is a phenomenal actor who is destined for multi-award stardom. If there is one film from Lerman’s back catalogue you need to catch, it’s this. Even if it’s just for the David Bowie ‘Heroes in the tunnel’ scene.