Bay City’s Hells Half Mile Fest wrapped about a week ago and I’m back with some coverage from the final day. The past couple of days I had attended movies that were more tension filled and suspenseful. On the last day I wanted a taste of something different so I ended up attending a comedy and a drama that I found particularly interesting. We’ll start off with “The Go-Getters”.
“The Go-Getters”, directed by Jeremy Lalonde, is one of the most heartfelt, extremely vulgar, and entertaining comedies I have ever watched. The premise is simple, in order to fix up their extremely messed up lives Owen (Aaron Abrams),a drug addict, and Lacie(Tommie-Amber Pirie), a prostitute, must raise 98 dollars in order to buy two bus tickets out of town. Try as they might, this simple task proves to be an extremely impossible, dangerous, harmful and hilarious task in more ways than one. I found this movie immensely enjoyable. Although it isn’t for the easily offended, it was very charming similar to the tv series “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”. The characters are nasty and deplorable, but through good comedic acting, direction, and writing(Aaron Abrams, Brendan Gall) you are rooting for them all the same.
I give this film 5 out of 6 reels.
Next up is “Hearts Beat Loud”. Directed by Brett Haley, we are introduced to Frank Fisher ( Nick Offerman) a record store owner and single father. His daughter Sam Fisher (Kiersey Clemons) is also a music lover and is weeks away from entering medical school. Due to higher rent he is forced to close his record business but before this happens him and his daughter make a discovery during one of their weekly jam sessions. They realize that together they are amazing songwriting duo. They record a couple songs and what ensues is an incredible journey through Frank and Sams relationship with not only each other but with friends and family along the way. What a fantastic movie. Great performances, superb script, and phenomenal music. These characters will stay with you long after you get done watching this film. It’s that good.
6 out of 6 reels.