“When I was small, I only knew small things, but now I’m five – I know everything!”
The Next Reel’s Speakeasy is a new ongoing series of ours in which we invite an industry guest to join us and bring along one of their favorite movies to talk about. In this month’s episode, actress Dee Wallace joins us to talk about one of her relatively new favorites, Lenny Abrahamson’s amazing film “Room.” We talk about the brilliant performances of Jacob Tremblay and Brie Larson and the fascinating exploration of this pair forced to live in the titular room. We talk about Abrahamson’s work, paired with DP Danny Cohen, to tell the film from 5-year-old Jack’s perspective and how well that works for this movie. We chat about the other actors, notably the trio of ‘villains’ played by William H. Macy, Sean Bridgers and Wendy Crewson. We touch on the origins of the story and how it translated to the film. And we debate the strength of the Oscars when a performance like Tremblay’s doesn’t get nominated. It’s a movie that can break you if you’re wusses like us, or at least can move you if you’re made of stronger stuff like Dee, so check it out then grab a drink and join us in the Speakeasy!