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 the 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.
At the Los Angeles press day I spoke to Andrew Garfield. He talked about when he first realized he had to be part of this film, what it was like working with Michael Shannon, memorable moments from filming, how the script changed during production, and a lot more.
- How when he read the script he realized he had to do it.
- What surprised him to learn when researching the role?
- What was it like working with Michael Shannon?
- Memorable moments from filming.
- How much did the script change during production?