Brock: Had a week of long overdue rewatches of excellent films. Starting off with Ang Lee's wonderful Sense and Sensibility (1995), and then three of the all-time great gangster movies: The Godfather (1972), The Godfather Part II (1974) and Goodfellas (1990).And afterwards, I
relistened to the guys excellent reviews of The Godfather movies and Goodfellas, which you can find here.
Jakob: "Apparently, Guy Ritchie has a new movie out, Wrath of Man. And for some reason, my interest in a film is still piqued when attached to his name (well, maybe not with his Aladdin remake) despite the fact I haven’t been satisfied with one of Ritchie’s films in over 20 years. So, I went back to revisit his last great film, Snatch, since I saw it in theaters. Glad to find the comedy-crime caper still holds up extremely well. I was really taken in by the humor this time around. The dialogue is quick and snappy (turn on those subtitles, yanks!). His effective use of repetition and quick cuts feel like an early version of a technique Edgar Wright would perfect. The plot is as complex as you want to make it, but that doesn’t matter, because this is a fantastic comedy."
Stuart: "A-List Actresses In Jeopardy are the stars of this weekend's streaming selections. First,
Angelina Jolie tries to outrun hitmen and a blazing forest fire in Those Who Wish Me Dead, the latest noir offering from Hell Or High Water and Wind River director Taylor Sheridan. Then New York shut-in Amy Adams thinks she saw The Woman In The Window get murdered, but may be
confusing the alleged crime with her drunken late night re-watch of Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window."
Jason: "I'll never forgive Oscar voters for denying Burt Reynolds the award for Boogie Nights, but now I see they never forgave him for 1981's Sharky's Machine. Despite its awesome title and a good start, Burt's self-directed crime drama drags along for two hours while he and his squad of vice cops try to connect the dots between Rachel Ward's high-priced hooker and a gubernatorial candidate. Of course, Burt falls in love with Ward, but then out of nowhere he's throwing her a beating -- I'm shocked they it fly in '81, it definitely doesn't fly now. Not much style here, no surprises (Henry Silva's in it, obviously he's the killer), and no fun. Not recommend."
Heath: "It's an unpopular opinion, but I think the superior of 1997's two lava extravaganzas is the Tommy Lee Jones-led Volcano (1997). I don't dislike Dante's Peak, but I much prefer the Los Angeles setting of Volcano and while it might be typecasting, you really can't do better than Jones in a role like this. The effects are still solid for what is now a 24-year-old film, and the film has a matter-of-fact tone that is much more preferable than the overly-cheesy feel of Peak. Throw in a great Alan Silvestri score, and you have one of my favourite disaster films of the 90s."
Santiago: "The Secret in their Eyes (El Secreto de sus Ojos, 2009): one of the best movies in Argentine film history, this Oscar winning thriller has an intriguing story, a good balance between humor and drama and great performances by Ricardo Darín and Guillermo Francella in his first (and best) dramatic role. While the historical context plays a part in the film, viewers unfamiliar with the history of Argentina will still be able to follow along. Also, beware of the rape scene near the begginning of the film, while it's short, it may be hard for some viewers. If you're looking for a good thriller that's also a good gateway into Argentine cinema, give it a watch."
Adam: "Watched Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (2015). Some good set pieces and a great new addition to the cast in Rebecca Ferguson, sadly none of which capture the raw thrills of the Burj Khalifa scene in the prior film. This weekend I’ll check out Together Together (2021). It promises to be a “different” kind of comedy. Different good or different bad, we will find out next week!