Sunday, February 24, 2019

King of Thieves




Director: James Marsh

Starring: Michael Caine, Jim Broadbent, Tom Courtenay, Ray Winstone, Michael Gambon, Paul Whitehouse, Charlie Cox, Francesca Annis

With a sterling cast and the best of male British film actors, what could possibly go wrong? Mediocre script by Joe Penhall, and meandering direction turn what should have been another blockbuster like Sexy Beast, into a pedestrian stroll through a heist movie based on Britain’s biggest jewellery robbery (estimated haul of $250 million) in London’s Hatton Garden in 2015. Aged villains get together to do one last job by hitting the safe deposit boxes in what appears to be in impenetrable bank vault. The cunning old lags, with the help of a young skittish, security/electronics expert called Basil (Charlie Cox), do the business over a long weekend, and in the immediate aftermath fool authorities into believing the well-executed robbery was the work of a professional syndicate of European robbers. Greed and distrust are the old codgers eventual downfall as no crime goes unpunished. Sadly, King of Thieves’ absence of suspense and clear identity leaves the audience. robbed.


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Sunday, January 27, 2019

The Mule




Director: Clint Eastwood

Starring: Clint Eastwood, Alison Eastwood, Dianne Wiest, Taissa Farmiga, Laurence Fishbourne, Bradley Cooper

Set in the 80s, and based upon a true story, Earl Stone (Clint Eastwood) was a successful horticulturalist and War Veteran, who falls on hard times and has had to close his business. Alienated from his daughter (Alison Eastwood) and former wife (Dianne Wiest), he tries unsuccessfully to make amends with his grand-daughter (Taissa Farmiga) for being a neglectful husband and father. Being penniless however, he is unable to offer her much consolation. In dire need, the 90-year-old is given the opportunity to drive contraband across the US border. At the same time, the DEA lead by (Laurence Fishbourne) and DEA agent Colin Bates (Bradley Cooper) are desperate to catch drug traffickers. The canny old man continues oblivious with his deliveries until the cartel realise they have a prize asset and increase his cargo. Fate takes a turn and as the DEA close in, and the drug gang becomes more aggressive, as Stone deals with family matters. This is a nice movie with no depth other than pure entertainment. It is not Gran Torino but, Clint Eastwood is always, a joy to watch.


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Sunday, January 20, 2019

Green Book




Director: Peter Farrelly

Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Ali Mahershala, Linda Cardellini

From the Bronx, Tony "Lip" Vallelonga (Viggo Mortensen), has gained a steadfast reputation as reliable small-time nightclub bruiser but becomes a chauffeur to brilliant African-American pianist, Dr. Don Shirley (Ali Mahershala) on an 8-week concert tour through the Deep South in 1962. Based on the true story, Peter Farrelly's film explores the unlikely friendship between the two men on a backdrop of racism. As Shirley is cool, the epitome of high culture, a genius and an educated artist lacking in street smarts, ‘Tony Lip’ is a vulgar, hot tempered lout but with a loving wife, Dolores (Linda Cardellini) and extended family. Throughout their travels and mis-adventures both men learn from each other bonding to become lifelong friends. Excellent performances from both leads with great dialogue and superb score make this a standout movie.


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Saturday, December 29, 2018

Vice


Director: Adam McKay

Starring: Christian Bale, Sam Rockwell, Amy Adams, Steve Carell, Tyler Perry, Eddie Marsan, Justin Kirk, Shea Whigham, Jesse Plemons, Alison Pill, Lily Rabe

A superb black comedy of contemporary American politics based on a fictional account of the life and times of the Machiavellian, Dick Cheney (Christian Bale). The brilliant cast and clever writing make this a challenging movie which is both thought provoking and highly entertaining. The bio element follows a young Cheney, Yale drop out and roustabout who picks himself up to become a White House Intern, then wilfully rising through the ranks to become the Vice President to George W Bush (Sam Rockwell). Cheney is ruthless in his pursuit and exercise of power, driven by the unrelenting expectations of his wife, Lynne (Amy Adams). In almost Shakespearean style, we witness the power behind the thrown as well as the man behind the monster who contrived to change world history. Cheney was responsible for dismantling environmental and banking regulations, organising a system of state-run kidnapping and torture, and rushing into the fraudulent war that gave birth to the Islamic State. Among many other things. The film is narrated by Kurt (Jesse Plemons).


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Friday, November 23, 2018

Widows


Director: Steve McQueen

Starring: Violet Davis, Liam Neeson, Brian Tyree Henry, Daniel Kaluuya, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Cynthia Erivo, Robert Duvall, Colin Farrell

The Hollywood film version of the TV series by Linda la Plant, lacks both depth and characterisation despite some good actors left to make their best of a poor and meandering script. A female heist movie set in Chicago, about a group of desperate women, led by Veronica (Violet Davis), left in dire financial trouble by their robber husbands and partners, who are killed in a botched robbery planned by Veronica’s husband and criminal mastermind, Harry Rawlings (Liam Neeson). After Veronica finds a notebook outlining the gang’s next job, instead of selling this to other criminals she convinces her fellow widows, Linda, a harried single mother (Michelle Rodriguez), Alice the emotionally fragile trophy wife (Elizabeth Debicki), and Belle (Cynthia Erivo) a moonlighting babysitter, to do the robbery on their own. Now this is where the UK series is left behind as the plot thickens to involve political intrigue with corrupt politicians (Robert Duvall and Colin Farrell), killer henchmen (Brian Tyree Henry and Daniel Kaluuya) and a dog (Olivia) . Sub plots and clichéd incidentals give the movie an unintentional comedic experience , but otherwise, this is the worst movie I have seen this year.

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

The Old Man & the Gun

Director: David Lowery

Starring: Robert Redford, Casey Affleck, Sissy Spacek, Danny Glover, Tom Waits.

Based on a true story of a serial bank rubber now enjoying his eventide years, Forrest Tucker, (Robert Redford) continues the criminal habits of his lifetime. Now a septuagenarian, and on the run from his latest stick up caper, he meets (Sissy Spacek), and together they form a loving relationship. Aided and abetted by partners in crime, Tom Waits and Danny Glover, Forrest is compelled to rob banks. Casey Affleck is the cop determined to put a stop to his nonsense before someone gets hurt, but as time passes. He develops a sneaking admiration for the elderly rascal. The languid narrative gives ample time to ponder the aging process of the once beautiful faced, matinee idol. Look oput for Lowery’s pastiche of Arthur Penn’s Bonnie and Clyde, when the two main characters get to know each other in the café.


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Saturday, November 3, 2018

Bohemian Rhapsody


Director: Bryan Singer (finished by Dexter Fletcher)

Starring: Rami Malek, Gwilym Lee, Joseph Mazzello, Ben Hardy, Lucy Boynton

A sanitized version of the story of Queen and Freddie Mercury (Rami Malek), charts their rise in 1970, through the successful years, then their inevitable break up, before a triumphant return at Live-Aid. This could have been a very unique, gripping, and complex saga, but instead the audience is presented with a shallow drama. The movie has a soundtrack from the original band which makes the bio-flick difficult to dislike but sadly the script is bereft of anything new or insightful about the iconic vocalist. Convincing performance from Malek makes the film almost credible in places but otherwise the plot is thin on detail and full of clichéd montages. Good visual performances from Gwilym Lee as Brian May, and Joseph Mazzello makes a credible John Deacon, but Ben Hardy is pail as Roger Taylor. The villain, Paul Prenter (Allen Leech) is Freddie's personal manager, who insinuates himself into the role of Freddie's personal manager, and systematically engineers Freddie out of the band to pursue a solo career. Without support of Mary Austin (Lucy Boynton) and Queen, the singer inevitably becomes engulfed in a self-destructive mess of drugs, drink and partying. The final 20 minutes is however, worth the price of the cinema ticket, and faithfully depicts Queen's set at Live Aid.


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