Very enjoyable couple of hours (plus) spent in the company of Jessica Chastain playing the part of Molly Bloom, ex-competitive skier and famed illegal poker game arranger with no prizes for guessing what the main topic of this story is concerning. Chastain plays Bloom confidently, complementing the cool, monied and sophisticated environs in which she finds herself. No surprise either that the script is tight as a nuns' privates, given that Aaron Sorkin is calling the shots here, employed with…
Sweet coming of age love story with a mysterious twist. More mysterious, even, than you might at first imagine. Despite taking more money globally, this is not quite up there with the likes of Spirited Away, but it is thoroughly watchable throughout, even through skewed, western eyes. Definitely worth a watch.
I was hooked by the time the opening narration from Lester Burnham was over. As the camera tracks down the street where Joe Anybody lives in the comfortable, safe, predictable burbs of white, middle class America, we learn that this is the last year of Lester's life and from beyond the grave, he is going to tell you what he's learnt about just what life should really be about. Too late for Lester, but not for us.
American Beauty simply…
At some point, and I'm not sure exactly where, Tarantino lost his cool. It was hard to spot because it wasn't for long, but by the time Basterds came along after Deathproof had been and gone, it was a blessed relief, if not an actual proper return to form. Christoph Waltz was a gem of a find there and here too, Tarantino wisely utilises him as fully as he should.
A revenge/rescue tale told in the way only Tarantino really…