November 4 2016 Drama Movies Newsletter
It's almost a given that when a filmmaker from a small country like New Zealand enjoys some success, he or she will be seduced by the omniverous Hollywood machine. Taika Waititi is no exception. His current project is the big-budget action fantasy from Marvel and Disney, "Thor: Ragnarok". Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins, Idris Elba, and Tom Hiddleston, the film is a huge departure from the small, offbeat character-driven films Waititi has previously directed. "Thor: Ragnorok" is filming in Australia and Sam Neill, who stars in "Hunt for the Wilderpeople", reportedly has a cameo role.
There is also news this week that Tobias Lindholm, the Danish director of "A War" and "A Hijacking" (both of which I reviewed for the Drama Movies Site), is going to be making his English-language debut. The film is a thriller titled "The Good Nurse" and is based on the true-life story of Charlie Cullen. Cullen is implicated in the murders of some 300 people during his 16-year nursing career. The script is an adaptation of Charlie Graeber's book "The Good Nurse", which I have read. It is truly shocking how Cullen managed to get away with his crimes for so long, and how willing medical professionals were to look the other way. Lindholm co-wrote "The Hunt", in which a man is falsely accused of a crime, so it will be interesting to see how he handles the opposite situation.
Here's the latest article from the Drama Movies site at BellaOnline.com.
Hunt for the Wilderpeople Film Review
A misunderstood 13-year-old foster child finds love and acceptance in this comedic gem from Down Under. Written and directed by Taika Waititi, this sleeper hit is the biggest box office success from New Zealand to date.
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