Set against the backdrop of the 2008 financial crises and the Obama/McCain campaign that stuff plays like a depressing soundtrack for this film. It’s a narrow story about two small time gangsters who rob a mob card game. Not even sure where it is set but it is not a pretty film. One of theContinue reading “Killing them Softly (Andrew Dominik – 2012) B+”
I had not clue what this was about and had no idea about this real story it is based on. It’s very good and one hell of an excellent performance for Hugh Jackman.
Expected more from this Japanese legal drama. I think It is making a statement about the Japanese criminal system with the story of a factory worker who apparently violently killed his boss and robbed him. A lawyer is trying to figure out if that happened exactly like that and perhaps try to save his clientContinue reading “The Third Murder (Hirokazu Koreeda – 2017) B-“
Of course it was about oil. It always is I suppose and it doesn’t matter. I really enjoyed this classic. Basically, Robert Redford is a CIA analyst in New York. He goes to the deli and comes back to find everyone in his station killed. He’s just an analyst though, from his perspective he justContinue reading “Three Days of the Condor (Sidney Pollack – 1975) A-“
I so admire this film. It might not have stuck to landing exactly but this along with Unbreakable and Split make for an ambitious trilogy and a fantastic slow low budget climb out of director’s jail for Shyamalan. I sure hope he keeps going in that direction.
Stranger than I expected and really fascinating. From the first few minutes this immediately places us in San Francisco that seems a bit surreal. It’s seems too cheesy perhaps to say this but this film with it’s emotional connections, beautiful music and foggy sunny setting is like a poem. It’s a scene after scene ofContinue reading “The Last Black Man in San Francisco (Joe Talbot – 2019) A”
It tries to thread the needle between the comedy, slapstick at times, drama and a thriller. By and large it works and the two leads of Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively do a great job. It does feel like it goes around and around in the last 20 minutes and does not quiet come together.
Solid B movie if there ever was one. Thoroughly entertaining and well made thriller and Elizabeth Moss acting basically by herself (cause, you know, the bad guy is invisible) does a tremendous job.