Gayle On Film: Four New Releases This Holiday Season

The Darkest Hour: A

In "Darkest Hour,” Gary Oldman gives a commanding performance as Winston Churchill as he is made prime minister of England in 1940 as the island nation once again faces world war. He doesn't have the complete support of the crown or his own party, but what director Joe Wright shows is how Churchill had the unmistakable statesmanship that eventually galvanized his king and country. I recommend a "Darkest Hour"/"Dunkirk" movie night for fellow history buffs. 

The Disaster Artist: A-

Imagine, if you will if the guys from "Dumb & Dumber" had millions and millions of unlimited funds? That's the feeling some may come away with watching James Franco star in "The Disaster Artist" which he also directed. You'll alternate between cringing and guffawing of this drama-mentary about the making of the 2003 film "The Room." 

"The Room" is a notoriously bad film written by and starring Tommy Wiseau, featuring a plum part for his friend Greg Sestero. It has garnered cult film status, with crowds heading to theaters to recite the famously laughable dialogue much like devotees of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." Wiseau and Sestero meet in acting class. Striking an instant friendship not long after, the vampiric looking Wiseau invites Sestero to move to Los Angeles to live in one of his apartments and follow their dreams to stardom.
 
Wiseau is an oddball of enigmatic origins. He claims to be from N'awlins, but he's more from across the pond than across the swamp. Wiseau is also unbelievably wealthy enough to fund his own film. Franco is decidedly fascinating and hilarious in the role. Seth Rogen is solid comic relief as part of Wiseau's production team dumbfounded by the fact that the writer can't remember his own lines or can make payroll. And the film is so well done, one need not see "The Room." Definitely one of the years quirkiest, enjoyable films. 
 
Roman J. Israel, Esq: B

If you're a fan of Denzel Washington, there is much to like in "Roman J. Israel, Esq." Washington is the titular character who finds himself on the uncomfortable end of change. Israel is a legal dilettante, and the audience can infer he is likely someone who could be classified as high-functioning on the autism spectrum due to his ability to quote legalese chapter and verse. While the trailer makes this film seem as if it is some kind of action drama, it's merely the story of one unusual man making a life-defining ethical compromise in response to the disappearance of the familiar. Washington is the strongest part of a story that leaves some elements unexplored and includes some that are unnecessary, but it is solidly engaging.

Wonder Wheel: C+

One of the few reasons to see Woody Allen's "Wonder Wheel" is Kate Winslet's performance as a failed actress turned Coney Island waitress. She's disappointed in her working-class husband and has a firebug young son. Having a beautiful stepdaughter doesn't help the situation. Enter a younger, dashing lifeguard (Justin Timberlake) and a rather benign drama of a love triangle begins. While shot quite nicely, this is movie seems to be working out something of the Allen mystique that falls flat.

Take the Challenge

Just Admit It, You Know Nothing About Your State!

Just Admit It, You Know Nothing About Your State!

It's another edition of Condé Nast Traveler's "Culturally Speaking" series, reminding us again that we really need to revisit our history and geography knowledge from school! This time, 50 people are asked about their state capitols. Do they actually know what they are? What about the state bird, flower and when it was founded? We're not sure if we would do any better, honestly! View Now
Latest Dance Challenge Is So Strange You Can't Resist

Latest Dance Challenge Is So Strange You Can't Resist

Finally, a dance you can actually do! A new dance craze started by Russian band Little Big is so catchy you won't be able to resist. Say what you want about the weird moves, the song and dance are going to be stuck in your head for the next month. You're welcome. Send us your version of the latest internet dance craze. Upload here.  View Now

Animals

11 Puppies Rescued From Tight Storm Drain

11 Puppies Rescued From Tight Storm Drain

The Dallas Street Dog Advocates wanted to rescue a dog they nicknamed Susie for months, but she didn't know how to be around people and would always run when someone approached. When the rescue group realized she had a litter of puppies, they knew they had to help them, along with another stray dog family (Susie's mother Chansey and her new babies!). Rescuers were able to grab 11 puppies and Chansey from where they were hiding in a storm drain, and Susie was finally captured the next day.  View Now
Doggie Companions Make Vacations More Fun

Doggie Companions Make Vacations More Fun

Dogs make everything better, so a cute idea totally makes sense! Did you know that many Fairmont Hotels around the world have "canine ambassadors?" The specially trained pooches function as full-fledged four-legged concierges. In this Great Big Story video, good boy Marcus shows us life at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise in Canada where his duties range from greeting and loving on guests to exploring the Canadian Rockies and just simply making people feel at home.  View Now

Celebrity

Rapper Post Malone Goes Undercover

Rapper Post Malone Goes Undercover

The last person in the world who should be going undercover is rapper Post Malone. Still, he tried it anyway at a record store when he pretended to be an employee. His fans spotted him almost immediately, but everyone else was kind of clueless. The prank was part of the plan to promote the new contest from Omaze where you could meet Post Malone AND walk away with a brand new Bentley. So if you'll excuse us, we have a contest to enter. View Now
Chance The Rapper Is Your Lyft Driver

Chance The Rapper Is Your Lyft Driver

With a disguise, it's easy to see how celebrities might appear to be regular people. Especially when they're behind the wheel, posing as your driver! In another edition of "Undercover Lyft," Chance the Rapper is surprising unsuspecting riders. While one guy recognized him right away, the others definitely did not! View Now
Ed Sheeran Serenades Bruno Mars With Special Birthday Song

Ed Sheeran Serenades Bruno Mars With Special Birthday Song

When you're a super famous singer like Bruno Mars you can hire another super famous singer to sing you "Happy Birthday!" In this hilarious video posted on Bruno's Instagram, we see the star sitting by a cake filled with cupcakes being serenaded by the one and only Ed Sheeran. Bruno even has Ed add in that he's "Two-time Super Bowl-performing Bruno." We guess when you're a celebrity, you can definitely change the lyrics! View Now

Love is in the Air

Cop Has Important Question For His Girlfriend

Cop Has Important Question For His Girlfriend

When the cops show up outside your home with their lights flashing, it's rarely to give you some good news. However, an officer stopped by his girlfriend's home so that he could let her know that she had "that right to remain single." Still, she chose not to and said yes to his proposal. View Now
Going The Extra Mile For Marriage Proposals

Going The Extra Mile For Marriage Proposals

Jesus and Yuli have been dating for 10 years and decided to celebrate in Kau'i, Hawaii. As many of you can probably guess from the epic drone shot of the cliffs, Jesus decided it was time to propose. Proposing after a decade of dating? Why are they rushing into this? Then, when the cops show up outside your home with their lights flashing, it's rarely to give you some good news. However, an officer stopped by his girlfriend's home so that he could let her know that she had "that right to remain single." Still, she chose not to and said yes to his proposal. View Now
100-Year-Old Marries The Love Of Her Life

100-Year-Old Marries The Love Of Her Life

Love is love at any age, and a cute couple is proving that! Norah and Malcolm Yates just tied the knot at 100 and 74 years old respectively. They've actually been together since the 1980s but only recently decided to get married, according to BBC News. The bride arrived at the ceremony to the tune of ABBA's "Dancing Queen." All the best to this happy pair! View Now

RTM Hall of Fame

Best Guess: Who's In There, Car Man, And Hallway

Best Guess: Who's In There, Car Man, And Hallway

We've been at this viral video game a long time, but can our RTM hosts guess how a random viral video will end? That's what the man, the myth, the bearded legendary producer Jack Moran wants to know in the latest edition of "Best Guess.” Today we have a mysterious hole, a man attending to his car and a school hallway. Video 3 via Viral Hog View Now
 Mr. Eugene Surprised By What's In The Gym - Joins RTM

Mr. Eugene Surprised By What's In The Gym - Joins RTM

When Moody Elementary's custodian, Mr. Eugene, heard that one of the students had an "accident" in the gym, he thought he was prepared. When he entered the gym though, he found the school's entire third-grade class there to surprise him for "Custodian Appreciation Day." Just like Mr. Eugene himself, we were very touched by all the love from the students. We just had to hear more, so our RTM hosts spoke to Mr. Eugene via Skype about how much this day meant to him. View Now
What Happens Next? Cat & Rat, Motor Madness And Freakout

What Happens Next? Cat & Rat, Motor Madness And Freakout

Nobody has the ability to see the future, but we can all have a lot of fun guessing what it will be. That's where RTM's "Office Viking" Jack Moran comes in. He has three viral videos for our hosts, and they have to guess the ending. Today we have some cats and a rat, an out-of-control motorbike and a freakout. Video three via Viral Hog View Now