The Nashville Film Festival has arrived, and over the next week, I will be covering the festival and all of the films that I watch. From Short films to Documentaries to Featured Films and more, the festival is packed with movies that range from all sorts of genres.
Today I will be reviewing all the films that I watched yesterday.
The question, why in the world would a movie have someone speaking another language but not have subtitles?
Look, I love Willem Dafoe, and Kenzie is going to kill me for this but this movie is just terrible. There is legit no substance at all to it. It’s a jumbled mess, it’s uninteresting, its boring and if I wasn’t reviewing it, I would’ve turned it off around the 40 minute mark.
It was like a bad soft core porno for two straight hours. No substance, rough dialogue, and just nothing to make you invest into the movie.
One of These Days
We learn early on the movie’s concept, small-town contest, don’t remove your hand from the car, and win a brand new car.
Although we get the concept relatively fast, the build to get to the contest was a bit of a drag. We have a severe lack of substance to reel us in and even a lack of making us care about one of these contestants to root for them to win.
Two hours run time was about forty minutes too long. It overstayed its welcome on several occasions and just became redundant and continued for no reason.
Dramarama reminded me of a throwback episode of ‘The Goldbergs,’ but instead, it was a full-length film. For being a younger cast, the acting was relatively solid as each one held their own and kept you interested in what was happening.
However, the movie had many dull moments where I made the movie feel like a bit of a drag. The substance was there, but it felt like we were standing in the same spot throughout the film.
Lastly, the movie is a decent watch, albeit not an easy watch. A lot of Dramarama works, including the acting, the score, and the cinematography, but we have tons of mediocrity throughout.
The Donut King
He always wanted more for his kids than they had for themselves.
Ted Ngoy never let the adversity of life stand in his way of accomplishing goals. We learn that they came over with their bodies and few belongings. They arrive at Camp Pendleton, and that wasn’t enough for him. He wanted to push forward and get out of there.
Transitioning into understanding who he was but also what he created was magical. This man invented the famous ‘pink box’ for donuts is so awesome to find out.
Although the documentary is informative and useful, there are times where it felt like a drag. Once we transition into the troubling side of him, the documentary loses its magic, and it’s not to say it wasn’t necessary to hear it, didn’t like the turn.
The Donut King is a story that shows that no matter the obstacles placed in front of you, you can accomplish your goals with hard work and opportunity.
Jacob is a film critic and co-founder of the Music City Drive-In. He is a member of the Music City Film Critics’ Association and specializes in the awards season. You can find him on Twitter @Tberry57.