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.

Animals

Wildlife Puts On Adorable Show

Wildlife Puts On Adorable Show

Up in Saskatchewan, Canada, Brandon White captured some incredible footage of wildlife being downright adorable at sunset. From beavers and river otters to stunning birds — everyone's showing up to the party. Lucky us! View Now
Dog Jumps Out The Window & Dogs Meets Spider

Dog Jumps Out The Window & Dogs Meets Spider

This hilarious dog is literally so nervous trying to run through this house! He didn’t recognize his owner and went into instant panic mode and leapt out a window in the back of the house just to get away from who he thought was a total stranger. Next, to another few dogs whose owners are curious what their reactions will be to a big remote-control-spider. They seem a little cautious at first and ultimately they just play around in a mindset of confusion and playfulness! View Now

Recipes

Cook Old-School Italian Meals With Nonna

Cook Old-School Italian Meals With Nonna

I'm sure most of us can remember great times of helping your grandmother cook or maybe skipping the helping part and just eating her amazing food. Nonna Elda is an 81-year-old great-grandma who loves to share her recipes. Her granddaughter Alessandra films and runs her accounts, and she's super popular on TikTok! View Now

Celebrity

Gayle Bass And Christian Vera Visit The Cheech Center

Gayle Bass And Christian Vera Visit The Cheech Center

If you thought Richard Anthony "Cheech" Marin — yes, the Cheech — was just an actor, comedian, musician and activist, then think again! Cheech has passionately collected Chicano art for years, and became the owner of the largest privately owned collection of Chicano art in the world. View Now
Tia Mowry Sings The Songs That Mean Something To Her

Tia Mowry Sings The Songs That Mean Something To Her

Fans probably know Tia Mowry best from her iconic sitcom “Sister, Sister,” where she starred with her twin Tamara. However, fans might not know that Tia is big into music. InStyle asked the star to sing some of the songs that had the biggest impact on her life. From Tupac Shakur to Celine Dion, her musical taste really runs the gamut. View Now
Fans Sing ‘You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling’ To Tom Cruise

Fans Sing ‘You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling’ To Tom Cruise

Usually, it’s Tom Cruise who is surprising people with his big movies and even bigger stunts. This time, however, while he was filming Mission Impossible 8 in South Africa, it was Mr. Cruise’s time to be surprised by his fans. A large group of fans serenaded the megastar with “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling” by the Righteous Brothers, just like that iconic bar scene from the original "Top Gun." View Now

Love is in the Air

You’re Kidding…Right?

You’re Kidding…Right?

Leave it to your closest friends and family to prank you even on one of the most important days of your life…your wedding day. When Dontae turns to his brother and best man Shadon for the ring, he gets nervous when Shadon is fidgeting like he forgot the most important thing he needed to remember. When he pulls out a ring pop, everyone is cracking up besides the groom himself. But don’t worry…he didn’t actually forget the real ring! via ViralHog View Now

RTM Hall of Fame

Chicken Sandwich With A Side Of Independence

Chicken Sandwich With A Side Of Independence

An advocate mom, a patient employee and a hungry teen are the recipe for a heartwarming trip through the Chick-fil-A drive-thru. The 17-year-old Ste'ce is sitting in the backseat. He has autism and is nonverbal. His mom Shayla knows her job is to help instill indepence in her son and here she does just that by reminding Ste'ce to ask for what he needs. In this moment all that's required is a picture menu and the few extra moments it takes to teach inclusiveness. Ste'ce's smile speaks volumes! View Now
Notice Anything Unusual About This Guy's Tongue?

Notice Anything Unusual About This Guy's Tongue?

Kobe Freeman was enjoying a hamburger when he felt a sharp pain in his mouth. Somehow, a bee had gotten onto Kobe's burger and it stung his tongue while he was eating! His tongue swelled up to massive proportions, so he took to social media to find a remedy that worked. You can keep up with Kobe Freeman on Instagram and TikTok. View Now
Home Invasion Captured Live On Zoom!

Home Invasion Captured Live On Zoom!

What started as just a normal Zoom classroom meeting turned into a call for action to help a fellow student. A woman in Ecuador was robbed while she was taking part in the virtual classroom, her laptop capturing the whole thing. Other students and the professor sprang into action, contacting the police right away. Fortunately, nobody was harmed and the suspects were arrested soon after the incident. The cellphones they stole led the police right to their location. View Now