A fascinating look at Sherlock and the strength of acting from Martin Freeman, Amanda Abbington, and Benedict Cumberbatch. Unencumbered by an overwrought score and with minimal albeit still evident ostentatious cinematography, this show could be a lot darker, a lot more serious than it actually is.
Doesn’t mean I’m not still one of the biggest fans of Sherlock, just it would be a different, more grownup show if the window-dressing was toned down.
In a procrastinating meander through Wikipedia, I noticed that Roses Gabor was responsible for Noodle’s vocals on Gorillaz’s “Dare,” one of my favorite songs from one of my favorite (fictional) bands. And so, I happened upon “Stars” as the first single I’ve ever heard from Roses Gabor. I’m already obsessed.
Grade: B for Besides the questionable heroism of Ron Woodroof, especially the one depicted in the film, I can’t deny how spectacular Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto’s performances are. It was a disappointment to learn Rayon and even Eve are composite characters. Also, who was the black woman who also worked for them/ran everything? We never really find out. Nevertheless, I did really like how mysterious Ron’s flashback to how he contracted HIV/AIDS was. Was it from drug use? Was it from unprotected sex? Was it from unprotected sex with a man? Hmmmm…maybe I’m reading more into it than was there, but I enjoyed it to a certain extent.
If the Internet has taught us anything, it’s that people love cats. And that cats are weird. While we may joke by saying that a “domestic cat” is an oxymoron — can you really “own” a cat? — they have been enjoying a symbiotic…
Grade: A for Ah, this movie is like a warm bath. It’s comfy, fun, and super relaxing. Plus, there’s a gaggle of hot guys in it, which doesn’t hurt and damn, that would be a really good warm bath now that I think about it.
The new U.N. report includes drawings based on a victim’s memories.
Harrowing depictions of what really goes on behind the walls of a North Korean prison camp. North Korea isn’t just a joke of a backwards society — it’s a totalitarian government as brutal as any dystopian society depicted in books. The main difference — North Korea is real.
Grade: A- for I had a vague idea of the twist already since the movie is almost twenty years old. Nevertheless, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Colorful characters, actors chewing their scenes and spitting out gold (Benicio del Toro’s accent is unreal!), and a taut screenplay that plays with audience assumptions and expectations. Who doesn’t love an unreliable narrator?
Grade: C+ for Hitchcock is packed with a star-studded cast (oh yeah and Jessica Biel) and hints at the complexity of Hitchock’s psyche and relationship with wife/collaborator Alma Reville. Unfortunately, it doesn’t dig any deeper than hints of his depravity and genius. Of course, any movie that allows for Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren to spar as equals is one that you can’t quite say is bad. (Even better — how hot were Helen Mirren and Danny Huston?)