The Death of Stalin (****): A demo of socialists

The Death of Stalin - 2017 Director Armando Iannucci Screenplay Armando Iannucci, David Schneider, Ian Martin, Peter Fellows based on the book by Fabien Nury and Thierry Robin Starring  Steve Buscemi, Simon Russell Beale, Paddy Considine, Rupert Friend, Jason Isaacs, Olga Kurylenko, Michael Palin, Andrea Riseborough, Paul Chahidi, Dermot Crowley, Adrian McLoughlin, Paul Whitehouse, Jeffrey Tambor I have little desire to learn the inner workings of failed experiments. Soviet Russia and Kurt … Continue reading The Death of Stalin (****): A demo of socialists

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The November Man (*): Is about as smooth as a Movember Man

November Man - 2014 Director Roger Donaldson Starring Pierce Brosnan, Luke Bracey, Olga Kurylenko, Eliza Taylor, Caterina Scorsone, Bill Smitrovich, Will Patton Screenplay by Michael Finch and Karl Gajdusek based on the Bill Granger book, There Are No Spies About 30 minutes into The November Man, Pierce Brosnan's Devereaux, fresh off of saving Kurylenko's Alice from certain death, informs her in the most defeated … Continue reading The November Man (*): Is about as smooth as a Movember Man

Vampire Academy Action, Exposition, Action, Exposition vomit.

  Vampire Academy - 2014 Director Mark Waters Starring Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry, Danila Kozlovsky, Gabriel Byrne, Dominic Sherwood, Joely Richardson, Olga Kurylenko, Sarah Hyland Screenplay by Daniel Waters based on the book by Richelle Mead There is a moment in the hyper-kinetic story Vampire Academy when, in the midst of some crucial exposition between the two protagonists, a crow flies … Continue reading Vampire Academy Action, Exposition, Action, Exposition vomit.

Oblivion: A nice, unoriginal Sci-Fi story with great visual flair

Oblivion - 2013 Director Joseph Kosinski Starring Tom Cruise, Olga Kurylenko, Andrea Riseborough, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Melissa Leo, Morgan Freeman Screenplay Joseph Kosinski, Karl Gajdusek, Michael Arndt So many elements are borrowed from other sources in Oblivion, it's remarkable that it ends up as cohesive as it is.  That the sources all derive from the more contemplative sci-fi of the 1970's may have something to do … Continue reading Oblivion: A nice, unoriginal Sci-Fi story with great visual flair

Seven Psychopaths: Sam Rockwell out-Walken’s Walken.

Seven Psychopaths - 2012 Written and Directed by Martin McDonagh Starring  Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, Christopher Walken, Tom Waits, Abbie Cornish, Olga Kurylenko The craziest notion in the film Seven Psychopaths is the idea that Colin Farrell is any sort of writer.  I can buy the alcoholic part, even if it's a cheap stereotype … Continue reading Seven Psychopaths: Sam Rockwell out-Walken’s Walken.