The Ocean’s Films: Then, Then and Now

Hopefully, once they get past the #metoo stain, they can include Damon and the rest of the cast in a future film.

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The Big Short (****) counts on us not liking bad news

The Big Short - 2015 Director Adam McKay Screenplay Charles Randolph and McKay Starring Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt, Marisa Tomei, Tracy Letts, Hamish Linklater, John Magaro, Byron Mann, Rafe Spall, Jeremy Strong, Finn Wittrock, Melissa Leo There are a whole bunch of facts being spit out in The Big Short. Director and writer … Continue reading The Big Short (****) counts on us not liking bad news

Fury (***1/2) Rolls over familiar ground

Fury - 2014 Written and Directed by David Ayer Starring Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Peña, Jon Bernthal, Jason Isaacs, Scott Eastwood How to get a coward to fight late in the last days before VE Day? This is the question that Fury spends its time trying to answer. Pvt. Norman "Machine" Ellison (Lerman) is a young man with a "conscience" who … Continue reading Fury (***1/2) Rolls over familiar ground

The Rules of The Counselor

The Counselor - 2013 Director Ridley Scott Starring Michael Fassbender, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem, Brad Pitt, Dean Norris, John Leguizamo Written by Cormac McCarthy Rule 13: A spec script, or non-commissioned screenplay, is not solicited by anybody.  It must be sold. Rule 25: A good opening scene, with remarkable visuals and as a bonus incredible sound, gives the viewer hope that they … Continue reading The Rules of The Counselor

12 Years a Slave: Real Real Gone

12 Years A Slave - 2013 Director Steve McQueen Actors Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Lupita Nyong'o, Sarah Paulson, Brad Pitt, Alfre Woodard Writer John Ridley based on the book by Solomon Northup I have owned a copy of Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ for 10 years, and have yet to watch the film.  In my heart, it is easy … Continue reading 12 Years a Slave: Real Real Gone

World War Z: Carefully plotted and executed

World War Z - 2013 Director Marc Foster Starring Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Fana Mokoena, Daniella Kertesz, James Badge Dale, David Morse, Ludi Boeken, Matthew Fox, Abigail Hargrove, Sterling Jerins, Fabrizio Zacharee Guidoas Screenplay by Matthew Michael Carnahan, Drew Goddard, Damon Lindelof There is a point in World War Z where Brad Pitt's former UN Employee Gerry Lane … Continue reading World War Z: Carefully plotted and executed

Killing Them Softly, because it wasn’t named Hitting one for Ira

Killing Them Softly - 2012 Writer and Director  Andrew Dominik Starring Brad Pitt, Andrew McNairy, Ben Mendolsohn, Richard Jenkins, James Gandolfini, Ray Liotta, Sam Shepard, Slaine, Vince Curatola, Max Casella, Trevor Long When I was dating my wife, I took her to see the movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.  Afterwards, at dinner, I asked her what she … Continue reading Killing Them Softly, because it wasn’t named Hitting one for Ira

I Don’t Have A Vote: Cool Papa E Picks The 84th Oscars

2012 Academy Awards Please don't let this be the year that the gimmicky French film wins.  I would prefer that the real masterpiece that took place in Paris, France take home the gold.  The rush to crown The Artist as Best Picture feels a little like the time we anointed Brokeback Mountain the movie of our times.  If it … Continue reading I Don’t Have A Vote: Cool Papa E Picks The 84th Oscars