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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The 24th installment in the James Bond movie franchise, is far from finished. Probably. Daniel Craig is back as Bond and director Sam Mendes is also back in the director’s chair, after the highly successful Skyfall. As Skyfall took a more personal, reflective look at Bond; Spectre continues this tone with Bond traipsing through Mexico City. Armed with a name, Marco Sciarra and a few choice weapons, Bond (Daniel Craig) is on the hunt for a terrorist who may be apart of a bigger criminal organization.
Meanwhile, MI6 is under fire and still reeling from the events of Skyfall. The new M (Ralph Finnes), is in the midst of a power struggle with C (Andrew Scott), the current head of the Joint Intelligence Service who wants to shut down the “00” program and transition from agents in the field to a multi-national surveillance network known as ‘Nine Eyes’. Nine of the world’s most influential countries would have to agree to use the system and C is lobbying for the United Kingdom’s participation. Bond, who was officially suspended is on the hunt for the answers surrounding a peculiar ring with an engraving of an octopus. Continue reading “Movie Review – Spectre”
‘A place calling itself Rome’ looks a lot more like war-torn Serbia in Coriolanus, Ralph Fiennes’ version of the politically charged Shakespeare tragedy. Not as much an update of the play as an application of the script to a more relatable era (with a treatment by Gladiator and Hugo screenwriter John Logan), the film replaces the archaic battle implements of ancient Rome with the automatic weapons and Kevlar of modern warfare. Initially bearing a visual resemblance to something like Green Zone, with which it shares cinematographer Barry Ackroyd (The Hurt Locker), Coriolanus is a film altogether different in its mixture of elements. But the politics and language, for all intents and purposes, remain the same. Continue reading “MOVIE REVIEW: Coriolanus”
In order to tell a good story you need to start off with an interesting plot. You have to weave together the stories and backgrounds of all of your main characters and supporting characters into something that works well. But something most people forget is that you have to know where the end of that story exactly will be. Author J.K. Rowling, a brilliant writer knew right from the start her story would end. We would see Harry, Ron, and Hermione grow up before our eyes, all the way till the end of their schooling. And this, the final film in the Harry Potter series takes us to that very conclusion.
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