The Oscar Project
There are only two wide releases this weekend. You either get a look into the lives of strippers who try to take advantage of their wealthy clients, or a mystery centered around a boy who survives a bombing at an art museum.
I'm working on getting back in the flow with these posts, so look for them to come more regularly going forward into the major swing of awards season.
I honestly had not heard much about this film until setting up the post for this week, but it looks very intriguing. Ansel Elgort stars as Theo Decker, a man who experienced tragedy when his mother was killed in a bombing at an art museum when he was young. He explores various connections that resulted from the bombing including a girl that was at the museum the same day and an art dealer who was also there.
The trailer is mysterious, and I'm sure purposely so. The interesting part is the number of fairly big stars in the film. Elgort himself is still a rising star after appearances in the Divergent series and recent Oscar nominee Baby Driver. Other names include Nicole Kidman (Moulin Rouge!, The Hours), Sarah Paulson (12 Years a Slave, Glass), Luke Wilson (Old School, The Royal Tenenbaums), and Jeffrey Wright (Shaft, The Hunger Games).
It's time for a group of down and out strip clubs employees to take things into their own hands and get some payback on their wealthy clientele made up of Wall Street brokers. Led by stars Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu, the girls hatch a plan to embezzle thousands of dollars by drugging their clients while a journalist explores their plot and ultimately exposes them.
It's based on a true story which was actually reported on in New York Magazine back in 2015 in a story called "The Hustlers at Scores," by Jessica Pressler. I'm not sure this would be a good date night movie, and is surely isn't a family movie, the story seems interesting enough. The true test of a film like this will be if you are able to sympathize with the women perpetrating the theft and somehow also align with their victims.
I'm just a film buff who wants to watch great movies. Where else to find the best, than the list of those nominated by the Academy each year?