I saw a bit of Rambo or Rambo II as a kid and honestly thought he was supposed to be mentally disabled. In fairness, Stallone certainly sounds mentally disabled, his repeated plastic surgery seems to be there to bring his looks into step with his voice.
Haha!That's his official line on that story.I read it in his biography when I was a teenager. I was on a journey to London and found it on a seat.I didn't get past the part where he was sent to Switzerland, to try to sort out his bad behaviour and not to dodge Nam.
Martin Scorsese‘s new epic The Irishman could end up being one of the best-reviewed films of the Oscar-winner’s career. Following its Friday night premiere at the New York Film Festival, The Irishmanstands at 100 percent “Fresh” on Rotten Tomatoes, with critics praising the three-and-a-half-hour film as a yet another mob drama masterpiece by the Goodfellas, Casino and The Departed director.
The Goldfinch: Much better than many of the critics suggest. Based on the novel by Donna Tartt it's long but the running timeis necessary to get a multilayered story across. The narrative cuts back and forth in a non-sequential manner. Central to the story is survivors guilt, Thirteen year old Theo was at an art gallery with his mother, Audrey, because she had to see his principal, he notices Pippa who is with her uncle, Welty, interested in Pippa he remains in front of The Goldfinch while his mother wanders off. A bomb explodes killing Audrey and Welty, injuring Pippa and leaving Theo shell-shocked. The outcome results in Theo's unrequited love for Pippa and his meeting with Welty's partner Hobie who restores antique furniture. Secretly Theo has takeb the Goldfinch painting from the gallery after the explosion.
The adult Theo is Hobie's partner but now there is something of the The Talented Mr Ripley about him. The Goldfinch has defined his life choices. There are crazy scenes as Theo gets into drugs at an early age. His chance of adoption by a wealthy family are dashed by the reappearance of his wastrel father. His most important relationship is with Hobie who becomes his mentor and surrogate father. A complex story satisfactorily delivered by director John Crowley working from a script by Peter Straughan, 8/10.
Thunder Road: cheap as chips indie, starts with an amazing 12 minute take of the main character at his mother's funeral, then he spirals into a breakdown.
Sounds depressing? It's weirdly funny, like "if you didn't laugh, you'd cry", storming central performance from a guy called Jim Cummings (he also wrote and directed), and paints a picture of a tragic world where too many people are on the verge of mental crises that nobody is able to cope with, either because they're in the same boat or just don't know what to do. It's not perfect, but it makes an impact. A talent to watch, I think.
Hitman Redemption (Asher): Asher (Ron Perlman) is a hitman, good at his job but getting old, some of the more lucrative jobs are being assigned elsewhere by his booking agent. His health isn't the best either, he passes out in a corridor when he's after a target. Through this serendipity he meets Sophie (Famke Janssen) and a romance results. Sophie also has her travails, she cares for her dementia stricken mother. Nothing runs smoothly as the assassin profession becomes ridden with infighting. (Jacqueline Bisset). Good thriller, reminiscent of 1970s hitman/paranoia films. Nice touches by Perlman as he carries an umbrella to keep himself dry when he sets off fire alarm sprinklers to bring his victims to their apartment doors. A poignant love story as well, with quite a few violent scenes though. 8/10. On Netflix.
Luce: Complex psychological thriller. Luce (Kevin Harrison jr) is a former Eritrean child soldier, adopted by a white couple he is now a star at the track, has a great academic record and is an accomplished high school debater. Worried at a paper Luce has written voicing the views of Frantz Fanon his teacher (Octavia Spence) searches his locker and finds fireworks. This teacher has previously destroyed the future of another student after finding weed in his locker. Things spiral from that point forward. A story about middle class expectations and a black teacher expecting perfection from her black students, willing to be ruthless against those who do not conform. Spence is literally a woke liberal monster, part of the establishment, who sees the concept of physically resisting oppression as being beyond the pale. The misrepresentation/misunderstanding of what Fanon stood for detracts from the film's worth (imho) but Harrison is outstanding as Luce who uses his decolonised mind to wage psychological guerrilla warfare against Spence, a campaign that psychiatrist Frantz Fanon would have approved of. Directed by Julius Onah from a script By J.C. Lee. 8/10.
Knives Out: A wonderful homage to the classic Agatha Christie Whodunits. Famous mystery writer Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) is found dead, an apparent suicide at a family gathering. Consulting Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) suspects foul play and as we soon discover many of the protagonists have motives. Great comedy/thriller with an ensemble cast, Ana de Armas shines as 'nurse and Craig appears to channel Foghorn Leghorn in both his accent and actions. Written and directed by Rian Johnson. 8/10.