Biography, Drama, History

Director: Jay Roach Cast: Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane, Helen Mirren, Michael Stuhlbarg, David James Elliott, Louis C.K., Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Ellen Fanning, John Goodman, James DuMont, Alan Tudyk, Dean O’Gorman, Christian Berkel, Dan Bakkedahl, Brichard Portnow, Roger Bart, Johnny Sneed, Mattie Liptak, Becca Nicole Preston, Mark Harelik, John Mark Skinner

Oscar Nominations: Best Actor in a Leading Role (Bryan Cranston)

Synopsis: In 1947, Dalton Trumbo was Hollywood’s top screenwriter, until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs.

Quotables: FRANK: You wanna call me a “pinko” in the papers? Do it! None of people that go to my fucking movies can read!

A Word from the Guise: This has probably been my favourite film of the year. Bryan Cranston finally gets a chance to shine on the big screen. And boy does he ever! Helen Mirren is a formidable leviathan. Diane Lane, Louis C.K., Alan Tudyk, John Goodman, Michael Stuhlbarg, Elle Fanning, Roger Bart, and Dean O’Gorman are all testaments that there are no small parts. Most of them have limited screen time, but they give their respective roles everything they’ve got. Rounding out the film nicely is a brilliant screenplay by John McNamara, who captures the paranoia of the Cold War and the “Red Menace”, emphasizing that the only villain in this tale is fear.