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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From a young age, Amy (Amy Schumer) and Kim (Brie Larson) have told by their father Gordon (Colin Quinn) that monogamy is unrealistic. After a hilarious euphemism for Amy and Kim’s parent’s divorce, we fast forward 20 years to a hard drinking, promiscuous, writer for a sleazy mens magazine. Happy to shun commitment, especially with in the form of her sisters happy marriage to Tom (Mike Burbiglia); Amy is secretly in a rut. Her primary boyfriend Steven (current WWE U.S. Champion John Cena) seems nice, but their relationship is unfulfilling. Work isn’t that much better. Working for S’Nuff magazine has its perks but writing articles ranking the ugliest celebrity babies is beneath her. Amy’s boss Dianna (Tilda Swinton) has a proposition. If Amy, who knows nothing about sports can write a fluff piece on a top surgeon to elite athletes, she’ll get promoted to executive editor.
Unexpectedly, Amy falls for the likable Dr. Connors (Bill Hader), in a way that’s more significant than her usual one night stand. Could this be what adults call love? Was her cantankerous father wrong so many years ago? Continue reading “Movie Review – Trainwreck”
We Need To Talk About Kevin is a serious film. More serious than any film in the year it was released (2011), a year in which much of our attention was taken away by the conclusion of an eight-film wizarding series, more sparkly vampires, and yet another few entries in Marvel’s Avengers pantheon.
Well, at least there wasn’t another Saw movie.
Anyway, an adaptation of a novel of the same name by Lionel Shriver, Kevin speaks to the heart of our voyeuristic culture so ravaged by scandal and shock – a culture that deceased news anchor Christine Chubbuck’s old boss claimed to want “blood and guts”.
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