I luv Jeremy Irons, Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Stanley Tucci &Tarantino

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Can’t wait for Quentin Tarantino’s “Famous 8” also his 8th film. He often is nostalgia driven in his choice of song, camerawork, choice of actors who haven’t worked in years. (he revived Uma Thurman and John Travolta in 1993’s “Pulp Fiction,”  Michael Keaton in 1999’s “Jackie Brown” and also the career of black actress Pam Grier from blacksplotation films like “Foxy Brown.” He also works with Samuel L Jackson, Kurt Russel, Germany’s Christopher Waltz (a two time academy award winner for best supporting actor) and Brad PItt.

 

Just for kicks yesterday I watched a movie about a financial crisis at an investment company. Their risk-benefit equation was off, and their stock was worthless. It featured Demi Moore, Paul Bettany, Kevin Spacey (for comic relief of the tension) Stanly Tucci, Jeremy Irons and Simon Baker. There was a priceless scene after 80% of workforce on the floor was fired summarily, security guards, instant disconnection of cell phone and internet access etc. It’s grave and tense. Paul Bettany walks into Kevin Spacey’s office. Spacey had worked their thirty years. His head was laying on his desk and you’d think it was work related anguish. Bettany says “What’s wrong?” Spacey looks up tearfully and says, “My Dog’s Dying, She’s at the vet, bla bla I’m spending a thousand a day to keep her alive” and I just burst out in hysterical laughter for five minutes.

 

Then at the end, when Jeremy Irons has told them to sell all of their worthless shares supposed to be worth trillions of dollars and bankrupt all the other people on wall street and their investors, there is this scene where he is fine dining with a white tablecloth in an exclusive restaurant in the building. He is hunched over his table, drinking his wine like a vulture. He is doing a very dishonorable thing, saving his ass and bankrupting others. He’s like a lion dining on the carcass of the investment world. It’s great work.

Movies about what it means to be French.

I was doing movie listings and mini reviews, but had a huge flare up of back pain and had to cut back. I will pick it up again soon…like in a few days. The list is enormous because it’s the holidays. I try to weed the most obviously marketing action adventures out unless they have redeeming qualities.

The New York Times has now reviewed Amazon Prime’s “The Man in the High Castle” three times. It’s a ‘what if’ Holocaust tale about America in the early 60’s, after the Nazis and Japanese won WWII. The Japanese have the west coast and the Nazi’s New York. Times Square has swastikas on all the glaring neon lights. Amazon Prime has promotions where you get a credit card with a 50 buck credit and a reduced rate. All said, we spent a total of 20 bucks for our annual membership.

Netflix’s original series, based on a Marvel Comic book, “Jessica Jones” does not disappoint. The character is multidimensional and even though she has superpowers, her active alcoholism is her Achilles heel.

The New York Times paid homage to Paris Friday in their movie section by listing some French Movies that show what it means to be French.

They are:

“Girlhood”

“Days of Glory”

“A prophet”

“Of Gods and Men.”

 

Movies about what it means to be French.

I was doing movie listings and mini reviews, but had a huge flare up of back pain and had to cut back. I will pick it up again soon…like in a few days. The list is enormous because it’s the holidays. I try to weed the most obviously marketing action adventures out unless they have redeeming qualities.

The New York Times has now reviewed Amazon Prime’s “The Man in the High Castle” three times. It’s a ‘what if’ Holocaust tale about America in the early 60’s, after the Nazis and Japanese won WWII. The Japanese have the west coast and the Nazi’s New York. Times Square has swastikas on all the glaring neon lights. Amazon Prime has promotions where you get a credit card with a 50 buck credit and a reduced rate. All said, we spent a total of 20 bucks for our annual membership.

Netflix’s original series, based on a Marvel Comic book, “Jessica Jones” does not disappoint. The character is multidimensional and even though she has superpowers, her active alcoholism is her Achilles heel.

The New York Times paid homage to Paris Friday in their movie section by listing some French Movies that show what it means to be French.

They are:

“Girlhood”

“Days of Glory”

“A prophet”

“Of Gods and Men.”

 

Bipolar disorder diversions: New and Notable films

“Trumbo” with Bryan Cranston in November. Seems to be about a writer someone in Hollywood who was blacklisted in the McArthy (sp?) anticommunist witch hunt but still managed to work under cover..maybe.

“Steve Jobs.” (founder of Apple..you know) Michael Fassbender is an incredible actor. Seth Rogen plays his co founder and he says to Steve, “Your products are better than you are.” Jobs responds, “That’s the idea.”

“Bridge of Spies” Tom Hanks. Steven Speilberg. The Cold War? Not sure.

“Sicario” it’s a very interesting take on anticartel black ops designed to upset the system and hierarchy of the Mexican cartels. It’s very tense, violent, lots of horrifying carnage in Ciudad Juarez on Texas border. Underground tunnels, absolute deniability. Benicio Del Toro is a shadowy character that helps the US Cia-FBI joint venture with his knowledge of the whole deal. It’s obvious he was once a Cartel guy and paid for it dearly.

Labyrinth of Lies  Looks to be a German film or at least about Germans after WWII

Mississipi Grind (did you see Bloodline? The ne’r do well druggie Ben Mendelson takes a star turn here.) Ben Mendelson and Ryan Reynolds are down and out gamblers traveling cross country for a big score.

Ashby….know nothing except it’s a Mickey Roarke Film

99 Homes is a downer because all these people are being kicked out of their homes but it fills in the information gaps about all those horrible, variable rate mortages and bad loans given to people who could not afford them. It’s based in Florida and stars a guy from BoardWalk Empire, Michael Shannon.

Our Brand is Chaos: Sandra Bullock as a campaign manager in a South American Country, working for a guy who has no chance at winning the election

Listen to Me Marlon  A documentary and it looks like Showtime is going to broadcast it soon.

Truth   Robert Redford plays Dan Rather.

Carol  Cate Blanchette and Rooney Mara (Girl Dragon Tattoo) Older lady falls in love with shopgirl.

Am I working out too much? Trying to beat the system!

I want to be a healthy weight, flexible and strong. Go ahead and add in ‘toned.’ I obsess on a belly I’ll always have. So since I don’t like to work out every day, what I decided to do is turn my body into a rapid metabolizer all by its own so I don’t have to run off to the gym every day!!!!  So I do all this work and then the next day, I am worthless, too tired, have to cancel appointments. So now, I am cutting the weight lifting regime to once every three days, because there are things I love much more than lifting weights. But doing Cardio and reading the New York Times is a Big Pleasure. Especially when working on my movie and TV list.