While most people look at the leaves changing color as a sign of cooler weather on the horizon, to me it always represents fantastic movies. While moviegoing is a year-round thing, Hollywood generally aims their award caliber films for release in the fall, with the hope of landing those coveted Oscars.
Which brings me to Ramin Bahrani‘s heart-wrenching look at the foreclosure crisis, 99 Homes.
Inspired by true events, the film stars Michael Shannon as a businessman who makes a comfortable living serving eviction notices and carrying out removals of people from their homes. Andrew Garfield is a single father who experiences Shannon’s work first hand, but is then given the opportunity to try and get his house back by working for Shannon’s character.
Besides the amazing performances by both Shannon and Garfield, what’s exceptional about 99 Homes is the way Bahrani lets scenes play out by refusing to embellish them. At times you feel like you’re in the middle of a documentary because Bahrani likes to use real people, and that authenticity works flawlessly in the film. Trust me, you want to see this movie. It’s one of my favorites of 2015. 99 Homes also stars Laura Dern, Noah Lomax, Tim Guinee, J.D. Evermore, and Clancy Brown.
If you live in the Los Angeles area, tomorrow night I’ll be moderating a Q&A with Michael Shannon after the 7:25pm show at the Landmark Theater (10850 West Pico, at Westwood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90064). If you’d like to see a truly great movie and get to see a insanely talented actor talk after the show, click here to buy tickets. Hope to see some of you there tomorrow night.
Here’s the recent trailer if you missed it: