My favourite thing about the latest Dakota Johnson, Zazie Beetz and Armmie Hammer horror / mystery Wounds is how well writer / director Babak Anvari captured the tension; especially in the first thirty minutes.
All about the the strange things that start happening to a bartender after he picks up a phone left at his bar, I found that things started to go wrong for me when Hammer’s character made / didn’t make a decision that seemed so obvious to me. And because the rest of the story hung ever so loosely on his character’s decision – one that I did not buy, the film simply lost me and my trust.
In light of this, the real main issue with Wounds is that it barely makes sense. By the very end, I decided that Anvari’s movie is based on a script that needed much more work. Yes, there are moments that were well written and acted but the glaring gaps in the script were simply that, far too glaring.
If you’re a die-hard Hammer and Johnson fan, then sure give it a chance if you’re especially curious, and also if you don’t mind swarming bugs. I definitely watched the swarming bugs scenes through my fingers. Otherwise, it’s very much the tension in the first half of the film that’s most notable.
Have you seen Wounds, the film with the ‘very appealing’ name? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
On The Basis Of Sex, the Mimi Leder directed biopic about US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and her notable achievements especially in her fight for equal rights is… it’s a movie I’m disappointed to say isn’t quite all I’d hoped.
Prior to viewing and thanks to the trailer, I had a certain idea of what this movie might be like. However, my bubble of great expectations burst quite early on, thanks to the rather annoying opening song. And not too long after that, it became quite clear to me that something important was missing from Leder’s movie. The missing element (better script and / or execution) made a big chunk of On The Basis Of Sex feel quite flat and unexciting.
Bearing in mind the huge impact of Ginsburg’s work in the United States and beyond, I really expected a more ‘epic feeling’ finished product. Instead the thought that ‘an opportunity has definitely been missed here’ entered my mind and never left.
The scene in the US Supreme Court at the end is certainly the best. Especially because of the words and delivery of the all important rebuttal. I also couldn’t help but notice how wonderful it surely must have been for Ginsburg to have a support system as great as those in her immediate family. Namely, Martin Ginsburg and their daughter Jane. I really did want to love this one, but it simply wasn’t to be.
Watch it for the US Supreme Court scene, the clothes worn by Felicity Jones and if you’re really, really curious. Just know that the documentary RBG (2018) is better.
Written / directed by Stanley Tucci, Final Portrait tells the story of Swiss painter and sculptor Alberto Giacometti. Set in Paris, France, Geoffrey Rush is Giacometti and Armie Hammer plays critic and old friend, James Lord. Lord sits for a portrait and so begins the creation of one of Giacometti’s masterpieces…
Geoffrey Rush is always memorable and that’s my main reason for watching. I’m also open to discovering another artist’s genius. Lastly, I don’t think I’ve seen a movie directed by Tucci before so hopefully this will be good.
Exposed to the elements, battling the physical and psychological toll of being stranded in the desert, Mine is the story of a soldier who must find a way to survive the very real dangers before him. Writen / directed by Fabio Guaglione and Fabio Resinaro, Mine stars Armie Hammer, Annabelle Wallis, Tom Cullen…
Most of us can very easily sit quite still, but to stand in one place, unable to move one of your legs? That’s something else entirely. How on earth will Hammer’s character do it? That’s the question.
Clint Dyer, Geoff Bell and Juliet Aubrey also star.
A shootout between two gangs in a deserted Boston warehouse, in 1978 is what happens in director Ben Wheatley’s new movie Free Fire. Starring Cillian Murphy, Armie Hammer, Brie Larson and Sharlto Copley, we hopefully have a rather stylish movie on the way – specially if we’re to believe the well edited trailer before us…
Right Away, Guy Ritchie’s style of film making came to mind as this trailer played – from Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels (1998) to The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) and beyond. I’m just hoping that Wheatley’s movie is as good as the style and great stories that inspired it. Bring on the thrills great camera work, story and all else, no pressure.
What great choices Mr Copley makes in the roles he plays. So many pleasant surprises…
Michael Smiley, Jack Reynor, Babou Ceesay and Sam Riley also star.