Movie Review: SAY MY NAME

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Rating: R Stars: Lisa Brenner, Nick Blood, Celyn Jones, Mark Bonnar, Alan Cox, Peter Davison Writer: Deborah Frances-White Director: Jay Stern Distributor: Electric Entertainment Release Date: July 14, 2019 Poor Statton Taylor (Nick Blood). A piano tuner on a small island of the coast of Wales, he has a very tamped-down existence. Statton decides to cut loose one night with pretty American Mary (Lisa Brenner), who he meets in a pub. He promptly forgets her name when they’re in bed together (his mnemonic trick produces the wrong moniker). She is offended. Then their already-interrupted one-night stand in a hotel room […]Read On »

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SAY MY NAME: Director Jay Stern talks about his quirky romantic comedy – Exclusive Interview

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The quirky, dark-ish rom-com SAY MY NAME (opening Friday nationwide) takes place on a small island off the coast of Wales. Here, a visiting American woman, played by Lisa Brenner (also one of the film’s producers), gets together with a depressed local man, played by Nick Blood, for what both will imagine will be a one-night stand. Things take a turn – and then many more turns – when their hotel room is invaded by a couple of thieves. Jay Stern directed the Electric Entertainment production from a script by Deborah Frances-White. Stern’s previous work includes the features THE CHANGELING, […]Read On »

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SAY MY NAME: Lisa Brenner chats about her new romantic comedy – Exclusive Interview

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In SAY MY NAME (opening Friday), Lisa Brenner plays a woman with a very complicated personal history (and multiple names to go with it). She finds herself in an equally complicated situation when she visits an island off the Welsh coast and attempts a one-night stand with downtrodden local piano tuner Statton (Nick Blood). She’s offended when he can’t remember the name she gave him, but before she can storm out, a pair of thieves burst into the rented hotel room. Brenner, who is also a producer on SAY MY NAME, previously produced the feature CHATTER. As an actor, Brenner’s […]Read On »

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TV Review: BREAKING BAD – Season 5 – “Felina” – Series Finale

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Stars:  Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Dean Norris, Betsy Brandt, RJ Mitte, Bob Odenkirk Writer: Vince Gilligan Director: Vince Gilligan Network: AMC, airs Sunday Nights Original Telecast: September 29, 2013 I’ve had some time to digest “Felina,” the series finale of BREAKING BAD, and while, like the series itself, this episode is a great achievement and has given me ample food for thought over the past week, I feel uneasy because I can only offer support for it that’s a mile wide but an inch deep. That the show’s creators had enough of a handle on their dense and […]Read On »

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TV Review: BREAKING BAD – Season 5 – “Granite State”

Bryan Cranston in BREAKING BAD - Season 5 - "Granite State" | ©2013 AMC/Ursula Coyote

Stars:  Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Dean Norris, Betsy Brandt, RJ Mitte, Bob Odenkirk Writer: Peter Gould Director: Peter Gould Network: AMC, airs Sunday Nights Original Telecast: September 22, 2013 Earlier in BREAKING BAD, at yet another juncture when Walt (Bryan Cranston) felt compelled to pull out all the stops to keep Jesse (Aaron Paul) from quitting their meth business because of his troubled conscience, Walt made the point that if there was a hell, they were pretty much both going there anyway, so what difference does a little more meth-cooking make?  In “Granite State,” BREAKING BAD’s penultimate episode, […]Read On »

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TV Review: BREAKING BAD – Season 5 – “To’hajiilee”

Dean Norris as Hank Schrader in BREAKING BAD - Season 5 - "To ha'jiilee | ©2013 AMC/Ursula Coyote

Stars:  Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Dean Norris, Betsy Brandt, RJ Mitte, Bob Odenkirk Writer: Vince Gilligan and George Mastras Director: Michelle MacLaren Network: AMC, airs Sunday Nights Original Telecast: September 8, 2013 Even if I were not a fan of BREAKING BAD and its characters, and not particularly interested in how the complex moral universe of this show is going to resolve itself in the next month, I’d still have to tip my hat to it only for the sheer skill and craft on display during the final half hour of “To’hajiilee.”  BREAKING BAD’s creators really put on […]Read On »

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TV Review: BREAKING BAD – Season 5 – “Rabid Dog”

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Stars:  Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Dean Norris, Betsy Brandt, RJ Mitte, Bob Odenkirk Writer: Sam Catlin Director: Sam Catlin Network: AMC, airs Sunday Nights Original Telecast: September 1, 2013 The latest BREAKING BAD episode “Rabid Dog” concerns itself entirely with the question of what action Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) will take next.  Specifically, now that he’s finally seen through Walt’s (Bryan Cranston) mask and knows what kind of person is hiding behind it, what is he actually prepared to do to bring Walt down?  And while the answer to that question seems pretty straightforward at the beginning of […]Read On »

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TV Review: BREAKING BAD – Season 5 – “Buried”

Bryan Cranston in BREAKING BAD - Season 5 - "Buried" | ©2013 AMC/Ursula Coyote

Stars:  Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Dean Norris, Betsy Brandt, RJ Mitte, Bob Odenkirk Writer: Thomas Schnauz Director: Michelle MacLaren Network: AMC, airs Sunday Nights Original Telecast: August 18, 2013 If there were any doubts as to where Skyler’s loyalties belong in the looming showdown between Walt and Hank, “Buried” removed them completely, and did so in a way that made you believe, with Skyler’s help, Walt could actually get away with all his crimes, (whatever getting away with it means when you’re dying of terminal cancer).  But just as one door has opened for Walt, another one is […]Read On »

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TV Review: BREAKING BAD – Season 5 – “Blood Money”

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Stars:  Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Dean Norris, Betsy Brandt, RJ Mitte, Bob Odenkirk Writer: Peter Gould Director: Bryan Cranston Network: AMC, airs Sunday Nights Original Telecast: August 11, 2013 BREAKING BAD set the bar incredibly high for itself with the first part of its final season, which culminated last September and left everyone wanting more.  Given that those eight episodes built up to one of the most gripping and fascinating crescendos in TV history, it would have been a great shock if “Blood Money” the premier episode of its fifth season’s second half, could live up to what […]Read On »

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TV Review: BREAKING BAD – Season 5 – “Gliding Over All” – Midseason finale

Anna Gunn and Bryan Cranston in BREAKING BAD - Season 5 - "Gliding All Over" | ©2012 AMC/Lewis Jacobs

Stars:  Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn Writer: Moira Walley-Beckett Director: Michelle MacLaren Network: AMC, airs Sunday Nights Original Telecast: September 2, 2012 “Gliding Over All” wraps up the first half of Season 5 of BREAKING BAD, and sends us into the (suddenly all too long) break between the Season’s first and second halves asking questions we thought we’d reasonably be asking at this point anyway.  In the past 8 episodes Walter White (Bryan Cranston) has successfully risen to the top of criminal underworld in the Southwest, become a ruthless killer, and eliminated or neutralized anyone who could stop him […]Read On »

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