I tend to enjoy Alex Gibney’s work but this didn’t really work for me. It certainly starts as a fantastic thriller but it quickly devolves into a fact heavy but largely uninteresting documentary about a guy who started with good intentions that have slowly gotten away from him. Even the security experts talking about the fall out from the release of top secret information didn’t do much to cement the effects of the leak. I also couldn’t figure out if…
I’ve been struggling with getting my thoughts on “Man of Steel” together, something which surprises me more than anyone else considering I fully expected a spectacle from Snyder with little in the way of emotional pull or coherent storytelling, basically anything that would inspire discussion beyond: it looked cool but, in the days since seeing Snyder’s take on Superman, I’m still knee deep in reading through interpretations, thoughts and general chatter in hopes of clearing up some of my own…
I must admit I wasn't particularly interested in seeing this even though I am a fan of Juan Antonio Bayona's "The Orphanage" and was very curious to see the director's follow-up. I don't care much for "based on true events" movies, particularly ones that sound as saccharin as this one which tells the true story of a family who survive the 2004 tsunami.
Bayona more than delivers. Once the waves come crashing through the resort, "The Impossible" is stupendous. Not…
Steven Soderbergh's biopic on Liberace is run of the mill stuff, exactly the kind of story you'd expect to see as a weekend special. What makes it stand out from others of its ilk is Soderbergh's keen eye which mixes opulance with just a slight edge of creepy and fantastic performances from Damon and Douglas. It's certainly a bit much at times but there's a real sense that Liberace's life was exactly trhat: over the top. The costumes, the decor, his specific approach to entertainment... he was always "on" even when off the stage.
Hugely entertaining and really a must see for Douglas' performance.