Working as a Hollywood ‘Fixer’ is a thankless but necessary job. For Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin) solving every problem involving Capitol Studios, is all in a day’s work. The big production on set is “Hail, Caesar”, starring Baird Whitlock (George Clooney). The sword and sandals epic (akin to Ben-Hur) that is eerily similar to the 2016 Sony release ‘Risen’, is nearly finished. The final scene, where Baird gives his final monologue remains to be shot and Baird is nowhere to be found. Abducted by a group known only as ‘The Future’, Mannix must produce a ransom of $100k. That’s only the beginnings of his troubles.
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After the accidental death of her father Richard (Dermot Mulroney), India Stoker (Mia Wasikowska) must deal with her long-lost uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode) moving into the family home with her and her mother Evelyn (Nicole Kidman). Charlie has been away for much of India’s life and wishes to reconnect with his family. This would sound like a normal family if the acclaimed South Korean director PARK Chan-wook weren’t behind the lens. With PARK, nothing is ever as it seems. Park has made his name testing the limits of human emotions. His Vengeance Trilogy is the best example of such works. He manipulates emotion as if it were a marionette, while only allowing the audience shards of reality, that would be revealed later. Continue reading “Movie Review – Stoker”
Fifteen year old Lena Duchannes (Alice Englert) is new to the sleepy southern town of Gatlin, South Carolina. The normal inadequacies of transitioning to a new school aside; Lena has bigger issues. But this isn’t Lena’s story. Ethan Wate (Alden Ehrenreich) hasn’t had much sleep lately. Dreams of a civil war battle in which a long haired woman that he feels that he needs to save; gets killed before he can reach her. When Ethan and Lena meet for the first time in school, there seems to be a connect that borders on magical. Is it puppy love for Ethan and Lena? Is it something greater?
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