I’m writing a book. I’m trying to learn basic video creation. In the hope of interacting with more people, I’m trying to get better at social media. With all the meds, memory fails and so I study study. It’s a lot of work. Most of it deals with mental health, so I relive the pain and need a break. Books and movies for me serve that purpose. But I don’t want to watch junk. I want to come away from the film with something. So …even though there is a crop of new movies I will be studying on Friday, I wanted to polish up my list and get it out there.
Movies: New and Notable.
“Our Brand is Crisis” Sandra Bullock as a campaign manager working for a candidate in Latin America who needs to stage a major comeback as her boss is many points behind in the polls. Working for the other side is Billy Bob Thornton.
Spotlight: Roger Slattery, Lieb Schreiber, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, Stanley Tucci and Billy Crudup. It’s about the ongoing pedophilia situation concerning the Catholic Church. It was about the journalists at the Boston Globe finding out about a big coverup.
Steve Jobs with Michael Fassbender Jeff Daniels Kate Winslet (titanic and revolutionary road) with Seth Rogen. I expected more out of director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) and writer Aaron Sorkin. Jobs was very hard to sympathize with, even just a little. I found it dull with too much dialogue and not enough flesh and bone. Not much emotion.
The Intern with DeNiro and Hathaway. De Niro is the intern. Heard that it’s cute and funny.
The Invisible Woman: Older film. Ray Fiennes and Kristin Scott Thomas to name a few. It seems to be about Charles Dickens and an affair he had for a long time. Scarlett Johanssen (sp?) also stars. Older film, 2013. May be streaming already.
“Truth” with Cate Blanchett, Robert Redford Dennis Quaid and Elisabeth Moss. Should come out this weekend. Comes out in November.This is about a piece of CBS journalism dealing with the preferential treatment given to the Bush family member who got to play National Guardsman instead of being sent to a war zone. This piece managed to get the female producer (Blanchett) Fired, and Dan Rather retired over it. The interesting things now is that CBS refuses to allow any
advertising of the movie on its’ airwaves. NBC has gotten half of the advertising dollars. Talk about cutting off your nose to spite your face!
99 Homes with Michael Shannon, the iron door to door salesman turned bagman for Nucky Thompson in Boardwalk Empire. He’s a foreclosure predator/realtor who buys and flips. He mentors a guy that he evicted.
Bridge of Spies: Directed by Speilberg, it’s said that this does not disappoint. But it’s a Cold War/Spy/prisoner/Lawyer film and it might be over my paygrade.
Experimenter: I think it’s Indie, it stars Winona Ryder and Peter Sarsgaard and is being compared to Stanley Kubrick.Famed social psychologist Stanley Milgram, in 1961 conducted a series of radical behavior experiments that tested ordinary humans willingness to obey authority. Actress Taryn Manning “Pennsatucky” from “Orange is the New black” is in the film. It may never come to a theatre near you so you might have to write it down for later video distribution.
Pawn Sacrifice with Toby McGuire and Live Schreiber. It’s about the famous chess match between a Russian world champion and upstart Toby McGuire (sp). Toby has a few quirks. He is managed by the actor Michael Stuhlbarg, who played brainy gangster Al Rothstein in Boardwalk Empire. He was the one who always looked like he had powder or makeup on to make his skin look white. Anyway, he is a gentle and manipulating manager of Toby McGuire, who definitely needs managing and could use a pscychiatrist too. This one was good, it’s gone but rent it on video.
Sicario: The always underemployed Benicio Del Toro (the usual suspects) Emily Blunt and James Brolin. A joint organization task force between FBI and CIA is actually a black op to deal with the head of the warring drug cartels (recent) who used terroristic violence to mark their territory and silence citizens. Their mission is ok, but it’s off books and Emily Blunt wants to ‘play by the rules.’ The Carnage in Ciudad (City) Juarez was so horrific that the Mexican border town below El Paso has lodged a defamation suit. They don’t want their city portrayed that way. It’s that kind of violence that is fun to look at but god awful. It makes the middle east look tame in terms of being graphically depicted. Brolin’s eyes are fathomless as he runs things in a ‘need to know’ way. This movie is almost gone but worth a rent.
Iceman with James Franco, Winona Ryder, Ray Liotta & Michael Shannon again. Streaming and on video. Shannon got an Oscar Nomination for his performance as a devoted husband and father yet ruthless hitman in this organized crime movie. Ray Liotta has a big part. But he never gives us that trademark laugh. This is not new but it’s certainly notable. Winona Ryder plays a true old fashioned Jersey girl who likes traditional values, babies, money and a devoted husband, which Michael Shannon’s character is. Based on a true story about Richie Kuklinski, a contract killer who served 2 life sentences. He is said to have been suspected of carrying out over 100 killings. About Winona Ryder: she mastered the accent, the behaviorisms, expression etc masterfully. For all the celebrities who get caught doing something morally ambiguous or illegal, I think she suffered way too much for her shoplifting gig. Shit, even I shoplift from time to time.
Listen Up Phillip Elisabeth Moss about a struggling writer. This is sort of new. Put on list for streaming later.
Listen to Me Marlon Documentary Indie I think I saw an ad that Showtime was going to air this.
Room with Joan Allen (new) From a description of Room, as a story about a mom locked in a room with her child, I expected allegoric fantasy or over-the-top horror, like Saw. Neither of those expectations came close to this movie’s genre. It is two movies in one. Indie may never come.
Missippi Grind This is Ben Mendelson from Bloodline (the n’er do well brother) and Ryan Reynolds as a couple of traveling gamblers looking for that last big score.
Labyrinth of Lies..;.Germans questioning Nazi’s.
Ashby with Mickey Roarke Xfinity
Darwin Paul Bettany
“Trumbo” “Breaking Bad’s”Cranston about a screen writer during the McCarthy communist witch hunts.
Shanghai Gong Li John Cusak old but new they say it’s great. It’s released in New York and LA but most of us will miss it.
Pay the Ghost Nicolas Cage…Xfinity
The Forger: John Travolta. Right now it’s between film and video but it might be streaming.
Join me over the weekend for a run down on TV and a list of the new movies culled mainly from the Newspaper reviews and listings locally and in New York Times Weekend Entertainment section.