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Movie Review: True Grit (2010)

Genre: Western Director: Ethan and Joel Coen Writer: Ethan and Joel Coen Stars: Jeff Bridges, Hailee Steinfeld, Matt Damon, and Josh Brolin Premise: After an outlaw named Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin) murders her father, feisty 14-year-old farm girl Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld) hires Rooster Cogburn (Jeff Bridges), a boozy, trigger-happy lawman, to help her find Chaney and avenge her father. The bickering duo are not alone in their quest, for a Texas Ranger named LaBoeuf (Matt Damon) is also tracking Chaney for reasons of his own. Together the unlikely trio ventures into hostile territory to dispense some Old West justice. The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly This version of True Grit — a remake of the John Wayne version (1969) — stars Jeff Bridges in the role of Rueben (Rooster) Cogburn, the Marshal hired by the true hero of this story, Mattie Ross. Wonderfully played by the very able, Hailee Steinfeld. Who, for my part, outshines her male counterparts. They certainly play second fiddle to her, as she steals every scene she’s in. Whether …

Movie Review: Ant Man (2015)

Genre: Comic Book Action Director: Payton Reed Writer: Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish Stars: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lily, Michael Douglas Premise: Armed with a super-suit with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, cat burglar Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, plan and pull off a heist that will save the world. The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly I bought Ant Man (along with two other movies) from the bargain basket last month, and so, colour me surprised when I finally got around to seeing it recently, because, I loved it! No, really, it was simple popcorn fun. Not overly ambitious in its reach, and not totally reliant on FX from beginning to end. And when those FX came, they were not only neat, but a couple were laugh out loud funny. Never mind seeing Paul Rudd running with the Ants (not the Bulls) was pure silliness. And I think it’s thanks to that air of innocence that Paul Rudd gives off …

Movie Review: Darkest Hour

Darkest Hour, starring Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill and Kristen Scott Thomas as his wife, Clementine, is another (IMHO) masterpiece, beautifully filmed and wonderfully acted by a great cast. This British coproduction from Focus Four Films and Working Titles Films, directed by Joe Wright, concentrates on a very brief segment and moment in history—literally weeks from the moment when the then sitting Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain is forced to resign through a vote of no-confidence, through to a few days after the evacuation of 300,000 British troops via Dunkirk. This is not an in-depth look at that moment in history, nor the people in power making all the decisions. But another well-crafted, cleverly told and thoroughly entertaining ‘snap-shot’ that is, once again, poignant and at once, very personal. Gary Oldman is brilliant. I’ve not seen him in many movies prior to this, the only one that comes to mind is Tinker, Taylor, Soldier, Spy — the John Le Carré penned novel turned movie. In which he starred along side another excellent cast of character actors. …

Movie Review: Victoria & Abdul

Victoria and Abdul is a moving, poignant, heartfelt, laugh-out-loud funny film and yes, tearful at the end. Every heartstring and every emotion possible is pulled and plucked, while the dialogue is, as you would expect from a BBC coproduction with Working Titles Films, funny, acerbic, scathing, observant, and so much more. The asides and back chat, the whispers and hushed conversations, as important as every wonderful moment between Dame Judi Dench, as Victoria, and Ali Fazal, as Abdul Karim, her beloved Munshi [teacher] and, over the years, a trusted advisor. He gave her daily lessons in Urdu (how to write and speak the language) and counselled her on Indian Affairs, much to the consternation of her other advisors at the time, including Bertie — later to become the short lived King Edward VII. Their 14 year friendship is squashed into a near two hour movie, so I’m sure a great deal has been sacrificed to give us this ‘snap-shot’ of their time together. But what a glorious snap-shot of a movie. Beautifully filmed and acted …

Oscar-Worthy Movies #2

It’s done. I watched DUNKIRK this weekend—the last of the four Oscar-nominated movies I bought—and, well, to put it bluntly, that’s several hours of my life I will never see again! In the spirit of the Mini Book Review trending about the web right now, I thought to write my own (rather sarcastic, or it that, scathing?) mini movie reviews. You’ve been warned.