Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by Ken_McAlinden, Dec 8, 2014.
Just finished my copy of the Blu-ray. Loved it !!!
The Trials of Muhammad Ali (2014)
Syriana - good movie
From the players brokering back-room deals in Washington to the men toiling in the oil fields of the Persian Gulf, a political thriller with multiple storylines that weave together showing the human consequences of the fierce pursuit of wealth and power. As a career CIA operative begins to uncover the disturbing truth about the work he has devoted his life to, an up-and-coming oil broker faces an unimaginable family tragedy and finds redemption in his partnership with an idealistic Gulf prince. A corporate lawyer faces a moral dilemma as he finesses the questionable merger of two powerful U.S. oil companies, while across the globe, a disenfranchised Pakistani teenager falls prey to the recruiting efforts of a charismatic cleric. Each plays their small part in the vast and complex system that powers the industry, unaware of the explosive impact their lives will have upon the world.
I love this movie!
I, Tonya, with Margot Robbie and Sebastian Stan. I didn't buy Robbie as a 15 year old Tonya Harding, or really at any other age, so that kind of took me out of the movie in spots (plus the weird accent). It's an incredibly unflattering (and throughout, profane) portrait of Harding, and I find it hard to believe, according to reports, that she liked this movie. It is truly one of those truth-is-stranger-than-fiction stories, and I'm surprised there hasn't been a movie made prior to this. Technically the way they superimposed Robbie's face on a stunt skater's body was remarkable-it really looked like she was doing those jumps. But the villain of the year, hands down, is Tonya's mom Lavona, played with delicious glee by the masterful Allison Janney. Just give her all the awards now. But this was a tough movie to watch.
The Beatles Movie The Ron Howard one...it's disappointing.
I picked up both of the Star Trek movie collections yesterday. I watched “Star Trek - The Motion Picture” this evening. I don’t recall ever seeing it before!
^ Ive always liked that film. The epic nature of it always appealed to me. Still does.
It Comes At Night
"Wanted" - James McAvoy, Angelina Jolie & Morgan Freeman
Re-watched Terminator Salvation. I really like this one.
The Dark Valley.
A mystery western set in the alps.
Red Rock West. Cage, Hopper, JT Walsh, and anorexic Laura Flynn
Pretty good thriller, but had too many only-in-Hollywood coincidences. Cage was pretty good, I was surprised. Walsh brought his A Game as usual.
I'd call it 2.5-3 stars
The reviewer here said the same thing about Alison, who we adore on 'Mom'. The wife isn't sure she could sit through the movie, even as a rental. We're gonna really be stuck, if she gets the Oscar--Do we watch it or not? Your review encapsulates the wife's struggles, I think.
"Lord of War" (2005, Niccol.)
A near-brilliant film about the profits of war, filled with black humor amidst the seriousness, "LoW" is an adult, no-holds-barred look at gun trafficking.
Nicholas Cage plays a successful arms merchant from humble Ukrainian roots, and it is startling to see and remember how good he was then. Yes, he has a certain recognizable style, but here he gives a subtle, funny, real performance far removed from the over-the-top jokery that has made him such a laughingstock in later years.
The start is pure fun, with the Ukrainian family living in NY, but soon the tone changes as the main character finds his life's work.
The film has a matter-of-fact quality about its subject that rams home both the incredible profits that make gun runners do it, and the real-politik consequences of selling to absolutely anyone who can pay.
In this world, there are only "clients", no "good or bad."
Eamonn Walker plays a classic African despot, a flashy, callous high-roller who is really the expression of what Cage's character could become: completely comfortable with the chaos he helps create.
Director Niccol loses his grip from time to time; a few scenes get preachy, but the devil-may-care tone holds up to the end with an astounding wrap-up that drives home the main point of the story.
"LoW" is an enormously entertaining film that is appalling for all the right reasons.
always liked Cage still do...recently got this on BR...
My wife & I enjoyed this very much. Very hard to watch at times as it was simply unrelenting. We both felt a great deal of empathy for Tonya, the poor thing never had a chance. Allison Janney was remarkable as Tonya's mom. Margot Robbie (Tonya), was no slouch either. She was fantastic.
anyone see Annabelle Creation? does one have to watch the first Annabelle before Creation?
Alien: Covenant (2017)
I have no words for how atrociously bad this is... it's devastating!
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