Lawless (2012)

Directed By: John Hillcoat

Written By: Nick Cave (screenplay) and Matt Bondurant (novel)

Starring: Tom Hardy, Jessica Chastain, Shia LaBeouf and Guy Pearce

Synopsis:

If you make inebriating substances illegal, people will die.

Musings:

This film comes at time where the public seems to be interested in the bootlegging of 1920s USA. Is there some kind of comparison that can be made between the organized crime of that time and the modern day drug cartels? Just make it all legal or tax the hell out of it and people will sort themselves out. Good solution? I have no idea, but it seems to work with the devil’s brew.

What this film does differently is cover the life of bootleggers not in the big city but rather in the depths of the country. This gives the film an interesting angle on the roaring ‘20s and different than the one we’re used to (think Boardwalk Empire).

What surprised me most about this film was that I didn’t hate Shia LaBeouf or Shia The Beef, as I like to call him. He was okay and that is good enough for me. He couldn’t touch Tom Hardy, Jessica Chastain or Guy Pearce who we all amazing.

I give John Hillcoat a nod because I think he’s a great director. I don’t think Lawless is nearly as good as his film The Proposition, but I could see why he’s going in this direction and I like him and Nick Cave working together. They will do some damage in the future.

I’ve managed to say absolutely nothing. Enjoy!

Problem: The Beef was in a few too many scenes

Mood for watching: Drunk

What to eat and drink: Kale and Moonshine

If I made it: More Gary Oldman and cowbell

Why watch: Because liquor is quicker

Prometheus (2012)

Directed By: Ridley Scott

Written By: Jon Spaihts and Damon Lindelof

Starring: Noomi Rapace, Logan Marshall-Green, Charlize Theron, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba and Michael Fassbender

Synopsis:

Evolutionists had it all wrong.

Musings:

How come it’s difficult for me to be positive about these films that spend a bazillion dollars on special effects and have gargantuan sets? The difficulty with reviewing blockbusters is that it’s all been said. The story is weak but the movie is visually stunning, blah… blah… blah…  How many conversations can we have about the films’ overt commentary on religion and evolution, that’s as sharp as a butter knife handle? As I ponder these questions that sit heavy on my bosom, I will suck it up and take a leap.

The world that Ridley Scott creates is pretty, pretty, pretty cool. His mix of high-end computer graphics and real world Kubrick aesthetic, a la 2001, while somehow remaining true to Alien circa 1979, was real tasty. It reminded me of where Lucas went completely wrong with the new Star Wars. A slow clap is in order.

The performances were pretty good. The standout was Michael Fassbender who again had a very Kubrick feel to his acting. There are elements that scare me in his performance and remind me of what could go wrong, as we continue to build computers that are more powerful than our brains. Isn’t it funny to look back at books and movies that describe dystopian futures where elements have some how come true? 1984? Back to the Future? Must be some kind of prophecy or are we just creating history based on these elements?  Let’s hope Prometheus isn’t indicative of what’s to come.

Problem: The new Ripley isn’t as rad as Sigorney Weaver

Mood for watching: Paranoid

What to eat and drink: Bread pudding and cola

If I made it: I wouldn’t half ass the philosophical elements

Why watch: To see how Ridley makes coin