Matt Damon’s latest crime/thriller Stillwater has him as a skilled oil-rig labourer who gets on a plane to Marseille, France, after reciving a call from his daughter. An estranged daughter (Abigail Breslin) who’s in prison for a murder she claims she didn’t commit.
Directed by Tom McCarthy; additional key cast includes Camille Cottin, Deanna Dunagan and Ginifer Ree.
Based ob this trailer, I wasn’t sure about my level of interest in this movie at first. But then I remembered that it’s Damon,. Also, it’s from teh director behind the Oscar winning Spotlight (2015).
There’s also the fact that this trailer reminded me a lot of the real life story of a certain Miss A. Knox; not that I followed that particularly closely. I’m in to see the direction this story takes. Especially since I suspect we may find ourselves quite surprised; at least I hope.
Robert Peters, April Warren, Lena Harmon, Moussa Maaskri, Justin France, Ryan Music, Eric Starkey, Gary Sievers, Thomas Rivas and Leesa Neidel also star.
Director James Mangold’s action/drama about the battle between car manufacturers Ford and Ferrari to win Le Mans in 1966 is a movie I’m glad to have finally watched. Especially considering that post-viewing, I don’t have anything negative to say about it.
Starring two of my favourites, Christian Bale and Matt Damon, it’s ultimately the verbal gymnastics in Ford v Ferrari that I enjoyed most. The well-written dialogue between the key characters resulted in plenty of entertaining testosterone, ego and passion-fuelled wordplay.
Additionally, there’s the beautiful friendship between Damon’s Carroll Shelby and Bales’s Ken Miles. And lest not forget the high adrenaline, edge of your seat and excellently captured driving footage.
Mangold’s ensemble cast which includes Jon Bernthal, Caitriona Balfe and Noah Jupe is fantastic. As are the several standout scenes. Including the all-important meeting with Enzo Ferrari.
If you haven’t already, watch Ford v Ferrari because you too may just find yourself with the words, ‘Well, that was super badass and sexy’ escaping your lips.
I remember watching Martin Scorsese’s The Departed when it was released in 2006. A film I just had to see because of Scorsese, but also thanks to the triple A-list acting talents of Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Wahlberg and Matt Damon.
It’s been more than 10 years since then, and Scorsese’s highly rated crime/thriller about an undercover cop and a mole in the police who are trying to identify each other, while infiltrating an Irish gang in South Boston remains a notable film.
As good as it is, I’m not sure if The Departed is the kind of movie that loses a portion of its shine over time. Or, myself being caught up in ‘Leo Mania‘ in 2006 made me rate it a little more highly than it may have deserved, because I did rate it VERY highly indeed. It could also just be that this isn’t the first time I’ve seen the film; therefore, chances are, I won’t feel it’s as great as it was at first viewing. Either way, today I’d say that the first half of the movie is good, but it’s really in the second act that things get most thrilling.
Can I continue to call The Departed my favourite Scorsese movie? Maybe not. Even though I still think it’s one of his best. And besides the example of what a good crime/thriller can look like, I’ll also remember The Departed for being the first time I heard a croissant referred to as ‘a French doughnut.’
For anyone who’s never watched The Departed, part of what makes the movie notable, besides the great story and cast is it doesn’t end the way you expect. Thank goodness that ten-plus years was enough for me to forget the ending, almost entirely. I mean, I did remember the rat on the window sill, but that’s it.
Watch it because it’s good and it is definitely a classic after all.
2001’s cult classic Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back has a sequel coming. This time the two friends Jay and Silent Bob are returning to Hollywood to stop a reboot of ‘Bluntman and Chronic,’ a movie about their alter egos.
Written/ directed by Kevin smith; this movie, Jay and Silent Bob Reboot stars much of the original cast including Smith himself, Jason Mewes, Ben Affleck, plus new faces Chris Hemswoth, Matt Damon…
I don’t believe I’ve watched the original movie but I am curious. I’m also always intrigued by movies with a star-filled cast list.
Melissa Benoist, Joe Manganiello, Val Kilmer, Rosario Dawson, Grant Gustin, Justin Long, Jason Biggs, Kate Micucci and Jason Lee also star.
Within a few minutes of starting to watch director / co-writer Alexander Payne’s comedy / drama, Downsizing, the thought ‘Oh, no… thisisn’t going to be ridiculous, is it?’ crossed my mind. Starring Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz, HongChau and Jason Sudeikis, Downsizingis a social satire about a man who decides that he’d have a much better life if he were to shrink himself.
I definitely had a good time watching this movie. This is true even though the film didn’t really get properly exciting for me until it began to deliver on its ‘part-comedy’ categorisation promise; something that finally happens approximately thirty nine minutes in. Everything before that point is ‘kind of engaging’ but it felt slower than one might prefer.
I laughed a pleasing amount in the film and many of the wonderfully funny scenes featured Damon’s clueless Paul Safranek character. I found Paul particularly amusing because he seems to suffer from a kind of ‘blindness’ that I haven’t seen played / written quite as well as it is in this movie for a while. I laughed mostly at him and his apparent cluelessness in several situations.
Beside the memorable comedy performances, I enjoyed the sci-fi aspect of the story and how, knowing the challenges of modern life as well as I think I do, one might actually decide that shrinkage was a good idea.
As engaged as I was with the story as non-action movie, there were moments nearer the beginning where I couldn’t help but half expect Damon’s character to suddenly burst into action-movie-star mode and start running and punching. That didn’t quite happen here but I’m certainly not disappointed either. Though slow in parts, the humour – also delivered well by Waltz and Chau combined with the story plus the moving moments made sure I stayed in my seat.
I say give it a chance, you may just find it as laughter inducing (in parts) as I did.
Directed and co-written by Alexander Payne, Downsizing is a movie / social satire about a man who realises that he’d have a better life if he were to shrink himself. Kristen Wiig, Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz and Brigette Lundy-Paine star…
The cast is great and the above synopsis seems perfectly ridiculous and a great predicament for potential humour.
Niecy Nash, Jason Sudeikis, Laura Dern, Neil Patrick Harris and James Van Der Beek also star.