The wave of love and appreciation for movies today is interesting. When Captain Phillips was released you would have thought Tom Hanks was the greatest living actor and now today most everyone has dialed it back to "well, it was a pretty good final 15 minutes." Perhaps maybe once people watch it again at home they'll finally come around to agreeing with me that Danielle Albert also delivers a great performance. Maybe, but I'm not holding my breath.
It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (Criterion Collection)
I've never seen Stanley Kramer's It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World and Criterion calls it "the most grandly harebrained movie ever made" and a "sobering investigation of American greed". This Criterion release includes a new 197-minute extended version of the film making it sound like anyone that has yet to see it finally has a reason to do so along with a massive list of additional features. Click here for a complete look.
In a World...
I have still yet to see this and most everyone that has discussed it gives good reason why I should remedy that. In the film, written, directed by and starring Lake Bell, an underachieving voice coach finds herself competing in the movie trailer voice-over profession against her arrogant father and his protégé.
I can understand why people are impressed by Cate Blanchett and Sally Hawkins' performances in this film, and Andrew Dice Clay is great as well, but the film itself is so dour I have a hard time believing I'll ever have the desire to watch it again. I'm sure Blanchett will go on to win the Oscar as that seems to have been written in stone since it was released, but I would say there are other performances just as compelling from this last year.
Eh, a needless sequel proved it was needless. No surprise, though at home I don't doubt anyone that wants to watch this and does will have a little fun with it.
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Lucy calls to mind any number of ideas addressed in other films, but in typical Luc Besson fashion, he puts action and entertainment first allowing for bigger ideas to coexist within a fun, mindless actioner.