Those of you who refuse to compromise your high values and instead stubbornly hold out for the perfect person or thing—bravo! This is a perfect example of why you should continue. Charlie Hunnam turned down a big paycheck from FIFTY SHADES because he was holding out for something like this—a brilliant, complex script that would showcase his acting talent. The guy’s not just a pretty face, nor is he subject to the foibles of Hollywood. Now that’s hot.
THE LOST CITY OF Z
Percival Fawcett (played by Hunnam) was in fact an actual British artillery officer in the Royal military during the time of colonial rule. While mapping the Bolivian border, the discovery of pieces of elaborate pottery and complicated markings piqued his interest. Despite the derision of the scientific society at the time, he returned to the Amazon a few times (sidekick played awesomely by Robert Pattinson) to prove his theory about a past civilization far more advanced than any existing.
Nothing will make you feel more lonely than the gorgeous cinematography, no matter what the subject—a decked-out ballroom, WW1, or the Amazon thickets… especially the thickets. As Fawcett’s obsession slowly removes him from the lives of his wife (Sienna Miller) and his son (Tom Holland), his only companion seems to be time, laughing at him as he tries repeatedly to find his lost civilization.
And yet this is not just about Fawcett’s craziness—it’s as much about the horrors of slavery and war, the scientific thought at the time, and the silly intricacies of society in Ireland and England in the early 1900’s. This is one of those richly constructed flicks that you’ll find something new in every time you view it. It’s weird, but in the end you may even end up finding comfort in the fact that life is really just one huge question mark. Struggling against an indifferent universe, we’re all… ants. Or dust. Or—nothing. Now watch these luscious wide shots and tell me how they make you feel:
FATE OF THE FURIOUS
The next (forgettable) installment in the Furious series, starring hot cars. Also, Dominic (Vin Diesel) has hooked up with Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) when Cipher (Charlize Theron w/ dreadlocks) shows up with some info. The most important thing to note is that Paul Walker’s replacement is Scott Eastwood. Otherwise, it’s more of the same. The action goes all around the globe. Stunts galore. Cars, guns, chases, Kurt Russell, Dwayne Johnson, Tyrese, Ludacris, heck—they even threw in a submarine. Why not? When you can make swarms of cars attack with a laptop, a submarine is not that hard to write in. It’s called suspension of disbelief, people. Find out just how much you need to suspend here:
The concept that your inner demons can manifest outwardly was nicely explored in the X-Files. It’s hilariously explored here with Anne Hathaway, in which she plays a young woman who loses her job and boyfriend to various excesses… and suddenly there’s a Godzilla-style monster in Seoul which mimics her physical movements—exactly. Fun, lighthearted, and with a soul. Nicely done, Mr. Nacho Vigalondo! View the trailer here:
And that’s it for me! See you lovelies at the theater!