Sidney Hall (Logan Lerman) is a brilliant writer.

As early as 5th grade, his teachers realized his potential even though they did not always agree with his subject matter.

In high school, one of his teachers, Duane (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II), encouraged Sidney to try not to fail another teachers class, and maybe write a novel.

Meeting the love of his life shortly thereafter, Melody (Elle Fanning), Sidney wrote that novel.  “The Suburban Tragedy” which quickly became a best seller thrusting Sidney into the spotlight he really did not want.

The book was brilliant but controversial.  At a book signing one day the moody Sidney signed a book for a teen who later took his life based on his interpretation of the book.  Sidney was devastated, causing him to cross over the thin line he had been tight-roping: The line between sanity and insanity.

As his insanity takes over, Sidney disappears (for 5 years) wandering the country setting fire to his books. But one person, The Searcher (Kyle Chandler), was tracking Sidney trying to find him. He finally does…….

“The Vanishing of Sidney Hall” moves between high school, Sidney in his 20’s when he was navigating success, and the present (Sidney at 30).  The movie is brilliant. Devoid of special effects, loud noise, and flying super heroes, but, absolutely spellbinding. The cast is perfect: Logan Lerman, Elle Fanning (the most talented Fanning, in my opinion), Kyle Chandler, and Michelle Monaghan as Sidney’s somewhat demented, evil, mother, are all tremendous.  FYI…..Kyle Chandler can act rings around anyone, and does (watch “Bloodline” on Netflix if you don’t believe me).

Go to IMDb for more information.


Drive Safe! Never Forget.

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Posted by Mike Pihlman

I am the Director of ForCarol.com a 501c3 non-profit that awards college scholarships to Tracy, CA scholars in honor of my daughter's best friend, and our part-time daughter, Carol Phan who we lost on Sept 18, 2010. I am a: Book Review (TracyReaderDad.com), Technology (TechyMike.com), and Movie Review (ForCarol.com) blogger.

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