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Whatever Works

Posted by the editors on Thursday, 10 November 2011

Whatever Works (2009)(DVD)  Directed by Woody Allen (Take the Money and Run (1069), Sleeper (1973), Annie Hall (1977), Radio Days (1987), Everyone Says I Love You (1996), Match Point (2005), Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)), starring Larry David, Evan Rachel Wood (King of California (2007), Patricia Clarkson (The Untouchables (1987), The Pledge (2001), Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008), Shutter Island (2010)) and others.  This comedy could be called “old-school” Woody Allen in that Allen says he wrote it in the 1970s, which one would hardly doubt, and in the very strong impression one has is that the main character, played by Larry David, seems so very autobiographical, which, for some reason, Allen denies; sixty-something year old, Jewish intellectual New Yorker marries a 21-year old, from, shall we say, another culture.  Rachel Evan Wood is quite good, as the 21-year old Melodie, and rather amusing, Patricia Clarkson, as her mother, is also good.  Nevertheless, and perhaps due to it having been written in the ’70s and being a particular product of the era, Whatever Works is rather flat, rather boring and rather formulaic, despite some very funny lines now and again. (PR)

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Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

Posted by the editors on Sunday, 9 October 2011

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010)(DVD)  Directed by Oliver Stone (Platoon (1986), Natural Born Killers (1994), W. (2008)), starring Michael Douglas (The China Syndrome (1979), Wall Street (1987), King of California (2007)), Shia LaBeouf (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2010),  Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)), Josh Brolin (No Country for Old Men (2007), W. (2008), True Grit (2010)), Carey Mulligan (An Education (2009), Never Let Me Go (2010)) and others.  Whatever else may be said about Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, the sequel, 23 years later of the award-winning Wall Street (for which Michael Douglas won the Oscar for Best Actor), it must first be said that Michael Douglas, as a post-prison Gordon Gekko, is really very good.  Of course, having said that, there is not a great deal more to be said for the film, except that, given the 2008 crisis (and its never-ending implications) it treats a subject that must be treated.

Oliver Stone’s direction, however, lacks consistent punch, Shia LaBeouf, as Jacob Moore, is flat, at best, Carey Mulligan, as his fiancee, Winnie Gekko, is rather ridiculous, Josh Brolin, as the evil Bretton James, is passable, though the story, as a whole, and in many of its parts, is poorly written, regarding motivation, character development, and dialogue.

After all that, is it worth watching?  Yes, for Douglas’s acting, and to remind oneself, if necessary, of the ill beast that Wall Street and banking have come to be. (PR)

See our posts on The Game (starring Michael Douglas), No Country for Old Men (starring Josh Brolin) and An Education (with Carey Mulligan).

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The Game

Posted by the editors on Sunday, 25 September 2011

The Game (1997)(DVD) Directed by David Fincher (Alien 3 (1992), Seven (1995), Fight Club (1999), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), The Social Network (2010), The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)!), starring Michael Douglas (Traffic (2000), King of California (2007), Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010), Haywire (2012, in post-production, and, of course, Wall Street (1987) and many others)Sean Penn (Mystic River (2003), Milk (2008), and many others)Deborah Kara Unger (Crash (1996), White Noise (2005), 88 Minutes (2008) and others.  The Game, called a “neo-noir psychological thriller film”, was directed by Fincher immediately following his excellent film Seven (starring Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Morgan Freeman) and is, in fact, a twisty, thrilling, visually rich ride.  Michael Douglas is just perfect, and, as Roger Ebert has said, ” He can play smart, he can play cold, and he can play angry. He is also subtle enough that he never arrives at an emotional plateau before the film does, and never overplays the process of his inner change”.  Entertaining and edgy. (PR)

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