Crime / drama Lying & Stealinghas Emily Ratajkowski as an aspiring Hollywood actress with debts, and Theo James as a gifted art thief who wants out of the game. To get straight to the point, I neither love nor hate Lying & Stealing. I was drawn to it mainly because I like the two lead actors.
The premise of Lying & Stealing is nothing new and this is part of the reason the movie isn’t especially notable. What I did like right away about director Matt Aselton’s film is the Yiddish proverb shown at the very beginning: ‘When a thief kisses you, count your teeth’. The second highlight for me is the scene with the bloody nose in the car towards the end – because it’s satisfying and nicely executed. Everything else in-between simply wasn’t bad enough for me to stop watching. In fact, the film seemed to become that little bit more engaging as the conflicts the protagonists were facing got closer to a resolution.
As for the parts of Aselton’s movie that stood out in a bad way, that would be the camera work at the very start of the opening party scene; ‘Unnecessarily dizzying’ is the phrase. So much so that I literally had to shield my eyes. Then there’s the movie’s single sex scene which had me convinced that the filmmakers must have been thinking something along the lines of: ‘OK guys. We have two incredibly attractive people here. It would be madness to miss out on featuring them in at least one intimate scene – even if it is gratuitous.Theo, Emily, let’s get to work!‘
Last and not necessarily least, the hue of the red wine in the movie. Is it me or was that particular hue of red especially unconvincing? I confess that I actually don’t drink alcohol, so maybe I shouldn’t be the one to comment – but still!
Theo James and Emily Ratajkowski’s latest crime / drama Lying And Stealing is co-written and directed by Matt Aselton.
A gifted art thief who wants out and an aspiring Hollywood actress with huge debt team up to pull off the ultimate con / heist. All so they can can be free of their troubles…
I’m hoping to be pleasantly surprised by this one.
A part of me kind of needed to see more of an example of the consequences for James’s character if he were to just abandon his criminal lifestyle. I think that such a clip would have made me buy into the villainy of Fred Melamed’s Dimitri character a tad more.
Fred Melamed, Aris Alvarado, Fernanda Andrade, Tim Bader and Ray Ray Chase also star.
Directed by George Ratliff; Emily Ratajkowski, Aaron Paul and Riccardo Scamarcio are the stars of Welcome Home; a thriller about a couple on a weekend at a vacation rental home in the Italian countryside. Falling victim to the homeowner’s sinister plans, their attempt to repair their relationship is derailed…
I’m not sure how good this one will be but I do find myself quite curious. There’s also the fact that this movie is set in the beautiful Italian countryside; a part of Italy I last saw on screen and adored in season two of Master Of None (2017).
In Darkness is a London-set thriller about a blind musician who finds herself down a dark path into London’s gritty criminal underworld. A change that happens after she hears a murder committed in the apartment upstairs.
Directed by Anthony Byrne and co-written by both Byrne and Dormer; Emily Ratajkowski, Natalie Dormer and Ed Skrein star…
I think the music / sound effects did a little too much to make this movie seem more exciting. Nevertheless, I look forward to what is hopefully a great thriller. I excited to seeing an example of just how resourceful a blind person can be.
Joely Richardson, Lexie Benbow-Hart and James Cosmo also star…
I Feel Pretty is a brand new comedy starring Amy Schumer, Michelle Williams and Emily Ratajkowski.
Written / directed by Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein, the story centres around a woman who suddenly has an extraordinary amount of self confidence following a head injury…
I rather like the sound of this story. Especially the new found confidence part, not so much the head injury.
Full disclosure, I of course had the lyrics for the classic West Side Story (1961) song ‘I feel Pretty’ playing in my head as I typed this post. That leaves little else to say except… All together now: ‘I feel pretty, oh so pretty, I feel pretty and witty and gaaaaayy!’
Naomi Campbell, Busy Philipps, Tom Hopper and Laura Hutton also star.