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Captain Phillips (2013) – Review


Robert S. McNamara, former Secretary of Defense of the USA in the 1960s, said that the proportionality should be a rule in war – always retaliate an attack with a reaction to height – but the country, in its hegemony armaments, today has never been so far from putting this into practice. Captain Phillips, first job of director Paul Greengrass since Green Zone, 2010, it is a great movie about disproportion.

The movie adapts A Captain’s Duty, book written by Captain Richard Phillips, who in 2009 had its cargo ship, the Maersk Alabama, being held hostage by Somali pirates. Tom Hanks interprets Phillips, and the disproportion is already laying down since the first scenes: the captain is concerned with their workload, as well as their mariners, while in Somalia the relations of work – if it is that the pra call so the convening the military action that we have witnessed in the beginning – are very distinct.

The whole film if structure from this opposition: on the one hand Phillips, their safety standards, its established order and well Octopus cooked in olive oil with potatoes, and another Muse (Barkhad Abdi) mambembe leader of the pirates, and his desire to enter into suicidal capitalism which Phillips is the immediate representative.

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Side Effects (2013) – Review


Side Effects is a movie that blindsided me. From its subdued opening to the far-reaching and nearly over-the-top conclusion, this is a film that never steps wrong, not for a scene or line of dialogue. Perfectly capturing the tone that has eluded the likes of Brian Depalma, and even lesser filmmakers for the last 40 years. Steven Soderbergh has quietly delivered one of the year’s best films, and if this is his last feature (as widely reported), it’s a graceful bow-out. Two years ago Contagion appeared on my Top 10 Best of the year list, I have a strong suspicion that Side Effects may top-line that list this year. Featuring a star-studded cast doing career best work, Soderbergh has concocted a twisted crime-thriller that delivers one of the years best head-trips.

Emily (Rooney Mara) is severely depressed due to a loss of lifestyle that has sent her into the dark recess of her mind. Things should be brightening up, her husband Martin (Channing Tatum) has recently returned home from a four-year prison sentence and the couple appear to be headed back to financial and marital bliss. Yet, Emily attempts suicide by running her car into a concrete wall. She survives the ordeal and is ordered to undergo psychiatric care under the watchful eye of Dr. Jonathan Banks (Jude Law). Sensing that Emily needs different medication her prescribes a new anti-depressant hitting the market.

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“Saw 3D” Movie Review

“Saw VII is a film which paid out within what has been this franchise. The film does not approach what was its original version but it is much better than the sequels that will follow … So you went you your movies, Saw 3D is what are you waiting for, although it could be the favor of skipping the 3D . Screen Rant

“After seven Halloweens, the Saw franchise comes to an end with applause in this release, however, something tells me that Jigsaw never have had so many sequels.” – Mack Rawda, Cinema Blend

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After six years of continuous delivery after another of the Saw franchise, we have reached the final game, one we can clear all the unknowns of this ruthless and deadly game that many fans and detractors managed to accumulate.

The final chapter has just become the biggest opening box office weekend in the United States with a collection of more than $ 24 million. As many know, the film has heightened expectations as the first of all the consequences which is displayed in 3D.

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“The Town” Movie Review

The Town (2010) – IMDB

Ben Affleck Has he found a new calling since he is the director’s cap? This seems to be the case in “The Town”, a film by thieves who shines with solid scores of his interpreters. The classicism of structure and lack of nuance in the characters may, however, to play against him.

In a city like Boston, crime is bequeathed from father to son. Doug (Ben Affleck), James (Jeremy Renner) and their cronies are flying on behalf of Fergie (Pete Postlethwaite). When the bad guys fall in love with the beautiful Claire (Rebecca Hall) is the beginning of problems. Especially since the police are never far away.

Watch a feature film like “The Town” is like putting an old pair of slippers. From the first minutes, the viewer feels comfortable because he knows exactly what to expect: a bunch of thugs that will be divided, a nice anti-hero who ardently seeks to escape a love affair a bit pointless, of improbabilities, some clashes muscular, touches of humor and that’s it until its predictable but satisfying conclusion, awash in some rhetoric here. As is usually the case in this type of subject, the maxim remains unchanged: the weight of the family is heavy, and to get out alive, they will often get rid of his chains and leave the port before it is too late.

Having impressed the gallery with “Gone Baby Gone” (which has suffered from comparisons with the much higher “Mystic River” by Clint Eastwood), Ben Affleck did it again carefully by transposing the novel “Prince of Thieves” by Chuck Hogan. His staging, precise but routine alternates between aerial views of the city of Boston and underworld dives into this universe where money is easily obtained by robbing a bank. There is indeed a study of the environment, but still a bit too superficial, in contrast with many more trials met (such as “Heat” by Michael Mann and complete filmography of James Gray).

We must rather look to the actors to experience a real pleasure to the story. Although it starts in constant value, Ben Affleck has rarely seemed more lit and comfortable. It illuminates the screen of its strong presence, alongside Jeremy Renner (the protagonist of “The Hurt Locker”) into a dog dangerous madman who recalls his game a certain Edward Norton. A little more unassuming, Rebecca Hall nonetheless credible, like the always excellent Chris Cooper, who has unfortunately too few scenes to leave a great impression.

Effective if not transcendent, “The Town” shows a filmmaker and writer who has the talent to make very good movies. There is still much work to do, but by dint practice (and dropping its participation in interchangeable romantic comedies), it will probably happen. Hoping that the next a little less typical than the latter.

Wall Street Money Never Sleeps – IMDB

“The best aspect of Money never sleeps is his agility. Continuous Gekko hungry and have fun with that but where failure is that the fun goes to melodrama. ” – Perry Seibert, Allmovie

“Michael Douglas in his role as Gekko makes it better as it did 23 years ago.” – Stephanie Zacharek, Movieline

“This movie works best as an escape contundante attractive as a social critique of the financial crisis.” – Robert Denerstein, Moviehabit

“Wall Street is not nearly represent the original but moves in the same waters despite having over two decades and changing market. Test the return of Gekko is a new phrase “greed is good.” – Brad Brevet – Ropeofsilicon

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Though 22 years sounds too, opens at the right time

Wall Street’s small street in Manhattan become the world’s financial center and home to the New York Stock Exchange are the symbol of power and ambition. Behind the walls of the huge skyscrapers whole groups of lawyers and stockbrokers have become the ones who truly hold the reins of the country. With speculation at the right time to have shaken the economy of many, while small and powerful groups consolidate their finances in a perverse and Machiavellian game that translates into a juicy commission or fee.

All this dark world filled with temptations, competitive was that led to Wall Street in 1987, a landmark film of the genre and the time it was directed and co-written by Oliver Stone and Michael Douglas also allowed in his unforgettable role Gordon Gekko, will take the Oscar for Best Lead Actor.

It means then that this new movie, 22 years later, joins the long list of films which have been adopted in the trunk of memories for the studies, however, after what has been constituted as the second Great Depression, no I remember a sequel to be released at a better time.

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps begins just as Gekko (Michael Douglas) is released from prison after paying for 20 years in prison for being convicted of crimes of money laundering, securities fraud and organized crime. On leaving no one appears to meet him, not even his daughter Winnie (Carey Mulligan), but far from being out of the market, this business fox preparing a new book that arouses the interest of Jake Moore, a young seller of property that is left seduced by the knowledge of the veterans and the father of the daughter who is getting married. Thereafter nothing shall be equal to the rookie of the bag.

The acquisitive spirit, the essence of the original version, still present in this new version. Hundreds of jobs lost by pressure or professional honor suicide, companies to benefit from the bankruptcy law are part of the dynamic of the story and script that recreates the drama suffered after the declaration of financial and real estate crisis of 2008 in United States .

With the presence of the former cast of Douglas also has a small share of Martin Sheen (Bud Fox), there are players that refresh and modernize the film as Frank Langella, Susan Sarandon, Shia La Beouf (Transformers) and Carey Mulligan (An Education .) In these two young and renowned actors lies the most sentimental and love of history that probably many will not like.

Incorporating these two actors in this thriller it does is allow a wider audience go to see the movie, especially those who feel antipathy for silent films such exclusive intellectual or knowledgeable about economic issues and language.

Wall Street Money Never Sleeps is a cool film, entertaining but then lacks the ferocity and cynicism of their original story to spare but not in relation to treason, lack of moral ethics and Stone because it aims to make it very clear with the character of Gekko “who has been, no longer.”