Happy 2018, folks! I trust everyone had fun celebrating this most arbitrary day of all? It was pretty much the usual here, except, I heard fireworks at Christmas! And I’m pretty sure it wasn’t gunfire 🙂 Hey we’re not that bad here on the east coast… at least not yet. Armageddon is yet to come—I’m sure the Orange One has more fun in store for us before his grand finale. Never a dull moment anymore, it seems, right? And now, down to business!
MOLLY’S GAME is a well-shot flick. From Jessica Chastain’s lovely… high cheekbones and pretty gowns, to the gorgeous hotel rooms, to the lovely New York cityscapes—it’s just such a feast for the eyes. Nice dialogue too, when it’s not jargon. Jessica’s incredible talent brings Molly Bloom to wonderful life. We see how Molly’s childhood influences her future decisions, and how she eventually gets into hosting high stakes poker games and profiting off them. All very nicely done.
But, exactly why should we care about any of this? I’m surprised at this problem with the script, especially since it comes from someone this well qualified—and a host of a Master Class for screenwriters, no less. Methinks Mr. Aaron Sorkin was a bit too taken by his own ideas 🙂 I mean, it’s not like someone held a gun to Molly’s head and forced her to host those games. She could’ve simply walked away from it all, had she so desired. That’s where this flick lost me. And it may lose you too, if you’re not really, really into watching Jessica… and ooohh yes… Idris Elba as the lawyer defending Molly. Kevin Costner is also excellent as Molly’s dad. Here’s the trailer:
INSIDIOUS: THE LAST KEY
In this (fourth) installment of the Insidious series, the new owner of the house Elise (Lin Shaye) grew up in has problems and calls on her to assist, and she obliges, taking along the two dimwit assistants. Is it scary? Well, if this is your first time with this series, then yes, there are a couple of nice jump scares. But if you’re a seasoned horror fan, it’s quite possible the only thing you’ll find interesting in this regression story is Shaye’s excellent acting talent. Have I ruined your weekend? I really hope not. It’s not me, it’s Adam Robitel! They should’ve had James Wan helm instead. Just wait ‘til I’m overlord 🙂 Check out the trailer here:
Before I go, here’s a quick cure for your winter blues! A wonderful comedy tell-all book titled Fire And Fury. It’s bound to make you laugh—even if you’re a Trump fan (not that there’s anything wrong with that. Everything has its place, and everyone helps in some way, even if it’s not immediately evident).
And that’s it for me. It’s always so lovely writing for you! I have the best job in the world 🙂 A bientot!