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Monday, November 30, 2015

Bridge of Spies (Directed by: Steven Spielberg; Written by: Matt Charman, Ethan Coen, and Joel Coen)

In the cold war, A lawyer, James B. Donovan, was recruited by the CIA to negotiate the release and exchange of a CIA U-2 spy-plane pilot, Francis G. Powers - who was arrested after his plane was shot down by the Soviet Union during a mission - for a KGB intelligence officer, Rudolf Abel, who was arrested for espionage in the US.

Starring: Mark Rylance, Domenick Lombardozzi, Tom Hanks, Joshua Harto, Alan Alda, Amy Ryan, Jillian Lebling, Noah Schnapp, Eve Hewson, Austin Stowell, Jesse Plemons, Michael Gaston, Dakin Matthews, Stephen Kunken, Scott Shepherd, Jon Curry, Will Rogers

Why I loved this film: Bridge of Spies is an absorbing true-life espionage tale very smoothly handled by old pros who know what they are doing.
I went to see it expecting a political drama about the cold war, and while indeed it was that, I had seen so many related documentaries that I was not expecting to still be entertained and kept interested throughout the movie.
The Coen brothers writing a movie Steven Spielberg would direct just sounds like a winning combination and it really was. A great performance by Tom Hanks just seemed to seal the deal.
Watching Hanks play Donovan who is just swept into an overwhelming situation (go back to when the Berlin wall was being built and try to picture the terrifying lives of those people and what they must have felt) and still manages to keep his cool and his charm is just priceless.
I must say that I totally loved Bridge of Spies and highly recommend it for historical and entertainment purposes.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Steve Jobs (Directed by: Danny Boyle; Written by: Aaron Sorkin and Walter Isaacson)

His passion and ingenuity have been the driving force behind the digital age. However, his drive to revolutionise technology was sacrificial. Ultimately, it affected his family life and possibly his health.

This revealing film explores the trials and triumphs of a modern day genius, the late CEO of Apple inc. Steve Jobs.

Starring: Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Jeff Daniels, Michael Stuhlbarg, Katherine Waterston, Perla Haney-Jardine, Ripley Sobo, Makenzie Moss, Sarah Snook, John Ortiz, Adam Shapiro, John Steen

Why I loved this film: After watching the Ashton Kutcher film 'Jobs' two years ago, this really felt like a continued version of that movie.
It consists of something similar to a three-act play where we get to see the life of Steve Jobs during the unveiling of a new product at three different times of his life.The first act consists in Jobs working for Apple as a member of a Macintosh R and D group whose company is about to release the new computer called Macintosh, in 1984.The second act consists in Jobs,who was fired from Apple, now working in his new company called NeXT Computers, which is about to unveil the new computer called 'Cube', in 1988. The final act consists in Jobs back at Apple working as the CEO, whose company is to release a new computer called the iMac, in 1998.
At the centre of it all is his relationship with his daughter Lisa whom he first refused to acknowledge when he had early success in life; later on, they reconnected during the humbling moments of his life; and finally formed a father-and-daughter relationship when he found a renewed success after getting back to his former company.
In terms of acting, Fassbender provides us with a marvellous portrayal of Steve Jobs being both an innovator and a monster alike. We see him as someone that is extremely difficult to get along with due to being an arrogant egomaniac, but at the same time, whose thinking and ideas for innovation and marketing have led the computer industry into greater heights.
Definitely worth seeing!

Friday, November 20, 2015

She's Funny That Way (Peter Bogdanovich and Louise Stratten)


On the set of a playwright's new project, a love triangle forms between his wife, her ex-lover, and the call girl-turned-actress cast in the production.


Starring: Imogen Poots, Illeana Douglas, Owen Wilson, Rhys Ifans, Richard Lewis, Cybill Shepherd, Debi Mazar, Jennifer Aniston, Will Forte, Ahna O'Reilly, Kathryn Hahn, Jake Lucas, Sydney Lucas, Nora Jobling, Tatum O'Neal, Jennifer Esposito, Joanna Lumley, Quentin Tarantino


My thoughts on this film: "Blows my mind to think that just like Lana, a chance encounter changed my life." Isabella is a call girl who aspires to be an actress. When Arnold, a playwright, hires her for the night he gives her a present that changes her life. As Arnold starts casting his next play, Isabella shows up to read with his wife. This starts a chain reaction of events that ends up affecting the lives of everyone involved.
We have many different characters here with their own story while at the same time being involved with everyone else. This is not a main stream comedy but I thought it was funny. The dialogue is very witty, although the pacing could have been better, the interview makes it a little boring at times, although I love her Audrey Hepburn line, as it is one of my all-time favourites.
Overall, this movie is not for everyone, but it is worth seeing if you are into this type of comedy.

Suffragette (Directed by Sarah Gavron; Written by Abi Morgan)


A drama that tracks the story of the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement, women who were forced underground to pursue a dangerous game of cat and mouse with an increasingly brutal State. These women were not primarily from the genteel educated classes, they were working women who had seen peaceful protest achieve nothing. Radicalised and turning to violence as the only route to change, they were willing to lose everything in their fight for equality - their jobs, their homes, their children, and their lives.


Starring: Anne-Marie Duff, Grace Stottor, Geoff Bell, Carey Mulligan, Shelley Longworth, Adam Michael Dodd, Ben Whishaw, Sarah Finigan, Lorraine Stanley, Romola Garai, Adam Nagaitis, Helena Bonham Carter, Meryl Streep


Why I loved this film: Solid performances, great period design, and a historical event worth telling.
Getting involved in Suffragette activism upends the life of Carey Mulligan's character, Maud. It cuts her off from her work, her husband, her child, and her community, but it introduces her to a wider world of ideas and of people of a higher social class who she would never otherwise have known.
We never do find out what happens to Maud after the tragic event at the Epsom Derby (spoiler alert... or maybe not) but we do see actual newsreel footage of the thousands of women who attended Emily Davison's funeral — the true-life quiet dignity of her supporters outshines the perhaps misguided over aggressive militancy of a fictional Maud.
Suffragette features a number of both fictional and non-fictional supporting players that give one a flavour of those involved in the women's suffrage movement. Carey Mulligan does well as Maud Watts, adroitly capturing the intensity of the composite character Gavron and Morgan have served up here.
Definitely worth seeing. Maybe now women will realise the importance of voting.
I'm so sick and tired of people saying it's not worth it!

Burnt (Directed by: John Wells; Written by: Steven Knight and Michael Kalesniko)

Chef Adam Jones had it all - and lost it. A two-star Michelin rockstar with the bad habits to match, the former enfant terrible of the Paris restaurant scene did everything different every time out, and only ever cared about the thrill of creating explosions of taste. Now, to land his own kitchen and that third elusive Michelin star he will need the best of the best on his side, including beautiful Helene.

Starring: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Daniel Brühl, Omar Sy, Matthew Rhys, Stephen Campbell Moore, Emma Thompson, Uma Thurman, Alicia Vikander, Lily James, Sarah Greene

My thoughts on this film: I found this to be a fun movie! All the food looks delicious. The meticulous preparation and presentation of all the dishes make them look mouth watering. Bradley Cooper is outstanding as Adam Jones. Cooper portrays the chef's vulnerability, aggression, and attention to detail flawlessly. Sienna Miller is brilliant as Helene. They both seem to have great chemistry on every movie they make together. Omar Sy is great as Michel, which was a surprise as I am more used to seeing him in French movies rather than American ones. Emma Thompson is spectacular as Dr. Rosshilde, but then again, she is great in every movie.
Burnt is a must watch for all foodies and aspiring chefs. But even if you are not one, you should go and feast your eyes on some delectable food!