Review: The Harder They Fall

The Harder They Fall is a classic Western – except it’s not. The main cast is Black, based on real Black people who lived in the old West. However, they never lived this story, which is all fiction. Now on Netflix, the film tells a story of gang rivalry, revenge, and love.

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Watch This: Me and Earl and The Dying Girl

Connie Britton seldom tweets, so this tweet from her caught my eye.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl looks exquisite and beautiful. It’s a film about dying, obviously, but it’s also a film about making films. It was a winner at Sundance. The “Me” in the story is Greg (Thomas Mann). Earl (RJ Cyler) is Greg’s buddy and filmmaking partner. The dying girl is one of Greg’s high school classmates Rachel (Olivia Cooke).

Greg is forced by his mom (Connie Britton) to try to cheer up the dying girl.

The film is an adaptation of a book by Jesse Andrews. Andrews also did the adaptation for the film. The director is Alfonso Gomez-Rejon.

The official description:

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL is the uniquely funny, moving story of Greg (Thomas Mann), a high school senior who is trying to blend in anonymously, avoiding deeper relationships as a survival strategy for navigating the social minefield that is teenage life.  He even describes his constant companion Earl (RJ Cyler), with whom he makes short film parodies of classic movies, as more of a ‘co-worker’ than a best friend. But when Greg’s mom (Connie Britton) insists he spend time with Rachel (Olivia Cooke) – a girl in his class who has just been diagnosed with cancer – he slowly discovers how worthwhile the true bonds of friendship can be.

The release date is June 12 for Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.