Please Stand By, an overlooked drama headlined by Dakota Fanning, hits Blu-ray and DVD May 1. If you’re a fan of Star Trek and also appreciate Fanning as an actress, this picture should be up your alley.
The story centers on Wendy (Fanning), a woman with autism who lives in a group home and works at a local Cinnabon. Life is very regimented for her, and by sticking to a daily plan, she is able to live a productive life.
Her life gets thrown a curve ball when she enters a 500-page Star Trek script into a screenplay competition but realizes that she will not be able to meet the mailing deadline. With her script in tow, Wendy travels to Los Angeles on a trek that has its share of bumps and minor victories. Alice Eve plays Wendy’s understandably concerned sister Audrey, with Toni Collette serving as the protagonist’s nurtured (yet harried) therapist. Patton Oswalt also chimes in, delivering some of the movie’s best scenes as a cop who bonds with Wendy’s Star Trek passions.
The Blu-ray and DVD versions come with cast and crew interviews, a making-of featurette, and deleted scenes. My favorite sections of Please Stand By deal with Wendy’s relationship with the Star Trek universe (her script is actually pretty good!), and hopefully one of these sequences will be one of the deleted scenes.
Star Trek fans may not have to wait too long for another Spock and Captain Kirk story, as PleaseStand By might do the trick.
Dakota Fanning plays a young autistic woman named Wendy who has a regimented day which includes working at the local Cinnabon and watching an episode of Star Trek. Determined to deliver her 500 page Star Trek script for a writing competition, Wendy leaves her caregiver and goes on a cross country journey filled with setbacks and (one would hope) life affirming moments. Patton Oswalt co-stars as the police officer who shares Wendy’s love for the Klingon language and, in a very clever stroke, Alice Eveplays Wendy’s concerned sister (Eve starred in 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness). Ben Lewin, who helmed the acclaimed flick The Sessions, is the director.
Please Stand By hits theaters and On Demand January 26, 2018.
On this week’s CinemAddicts podcast, we review three movies that are definitely worth watching.
This Beautiful Fantastic centers on a wannabe writer named Bella (Jessica Brown Findlay) who gradually befriends her cantankerous neighbor Alfie (Tom Wilkinson). Threatened with eviction if she doesn’t clean up her cluttered backyard garden, Bella is aided by Alfie, a man whose green thumb skills turns Bella’s life around.Though it doesn’t push any new boundaries, This Beautiful Fantastic is a feel good story that’s well told. A solid ensemble, including Jeremy Irvine and Andrew Scott, also lifts the material to another level.
Raw is a thriller about Justine (Garance Marillier), a freshman student at a veterinary school who is also a vegetarian. Eating meat for the first time, along with feeling peer pressure from her decadent fellow students, puts Justine in a tailspin and soon her eating habits lead her to cannibalism. This film, though not for the squeamish, is a hypnotic experience from filmmaker Julia Ducournau.
Running at 149 minutes, Brimstone is an ambitious Western about a frontier woman (Dakota Fanning) who has been hunted down by violent preacher (Guy Pearce) for most of her life. Directed by Martin Koolhoven, the project is definitely a must see for Western fans who don’t mind a lengthy running time to their cinematic viewing. Though not reaching the levels of a Sergio Leone (Once Upon a Time in the West, For a Few Dollars More) Western, Brimstone’s pure ambition and narrative scope makes this a worthy watch.
Arriving in theaters later this month, THE LAST OF ROBIN HOOD is a glossy behind-the-scenes Hollywood biopic that tells the story of the last lusty fling of notoriously lascivious screen idol ERROL FLYNN. KEVIN KLINE stars as the aging swashbuckling superstar whose affair with 15-year-old starlet BEVERLY AADLAND had 1950’s Hollywood all atwitter (before there even was a ‘twitter’). That the affair was sanctioned (to put it mildly) by her ambitious stage mother, Florence, made it all the more scandalous.
Co-written and directed by RICHARD GLATZNER and WASH WESTMORELAND, the film also stars DAKOTA FANNING and SUSAN SARANDON as well as a host of familiar faces playing prominent show biz personalities of the period. Striving for truth, the directors based the script partly on FLORENCE AADLAND’S memoir, THE BIG LOVE, as well as interviews with BEVERLY AADLAND and her high school classmate RONNIE SHEDLO.
During our interview a few days ago with DAKOTA FANNING she admitted that one of the reasons she wanted the role was that it is based on a true story and gave her the opportunity to work with Oscar-winners KLINE and SARANDON. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
THE LAST OF ROBIN HOOD opens in limited release 8/29
Although Stephen Dorff is featured in director Tarsem’s epic adventure Immortals, the actor has concentrated on character driven projects, a creative desire inspired by his work in last year’s highly overlooked Sofia Coppola feature Somewhere.
Dorff, who worked with Elle Fanning in Somewhere, co-stars with Dakota Fanning and Emile Hirsch in The Motel Life. Click on the media bar to hear Dorff talk about his experience shooting the indie: