IMDb: The Counselor (2013)
A lawyer finds himself in over his head when he gets involved in drug trafficking.
“I love the director,” I said. “And all the cast. So why do FiOS On Demand viewers rate this only two stars out of five? It can only be for the writing.”
And so it was. I even admired the cinematography, but all of that together can’t save a movie from a lousy script. This one is plumped up with philosophical musings — Now, I am a philosophical muser myself; but this stuff is just pointless pontificating. And whatever cleverness there is in the storytelling comes apart towards the end. I checked my clock on three occasions—I found it that boring to watch even in my living room.
So much talent. Such a waste. It’s better than McCarthy’s “The Road” but just as pretentious. Doesn’t match up to his “No Country for Old Men” (with the Coen Brothers) which I still admire very much.
P.S., I rented the extended, unrated version. Which I guess accounts for the apparently pointless sex talk in the first five minutes between Fassbender and Cruz. With his short, dark hair Fassbender was nearly unrecognizable compared to earlier roles I’ve seen him in. I think he should stay with the blond hair. What a difference hair can make; viz. Brian Cranston in and out of “Breaking Bad.”
Sheesh. It even has a motorcycle! And yet, even with Ridley Scott, this rates only…
== PT, iPaddict
IMDb: The Fifth Estate (2013)
A dramatic thriller based on real events that reveals the quest to expose the deceptions and corruptions of power that turned an Internet upstart into the 21st century's most fiercely debated organization.
The two of us got lost at different points for different reasons. But in the end we both got lost together.
A well-made movie, with some interesting visuals to illustrate some technical concepts that I thought were well done. I suppose a second viewing would leave me with more clues.
P.S., For those unacquainted with the term “Fourth Estate” (i.e., the press), see:
== PT, iPaddict
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Maybe this is how it gets started. Which I could forgive except that scare tactics are all negative and no positive at all.
[One] cause of cynicism is pretty simple: our brains are hard-wired to pay more attention to negative experiences. The more negativity we see in the world, the more likely we are to share that disposition with others. Over time, that tends to make us more cynical. In severe cases, you’ll find yourself hating on pretty much everything without giving it much thought.
It’s getting to where the US looks to me like a lot of angry (old) (white) men, armed to the teeth, paranoid and frightened of nearly everything that happens anywhere in the world and ready to react by shooting first and asking questions later— if there’s anybody left to question after that. And they keep this jazz stoked with all the lies and misinformation they forward around in their crackpot emails.
I used to think this was the best country in the world. Now, I’d say, it’s better than most. But we still get into way too much mischief—especially in foreign affairs.
== PT, iPaddict