Okay, so I saw a few movies for the first time recently.
Inside Man - This was screening in an artsy cinema near me as part of a selection of screenings done to celebrate Spike Lee’s 60th birthday. This was a good movie, not a great one, but compared to the only other movie of Spike’s that I have seen, this is a marked improvement. No points at guessing what that film is.
Christopher Plummer’s role and performance here have me excited to see him in the new Ridley Scott film, even if this was over ten years ago.
Black Hawk Down - I’ve somehow never seen this, and now that I have I’m left to wonder why it’s brought up so often. Maybe it s just dated poorly, or been oft-imitated, but I didn’t get much out of this film aside from a surprisingly good cast (I knew about Renton, but I didn’t expect Spud, or Bane) and about forty seconds of Voodoo Child. Josh Hartnett was surprisingly good though.
Molly’s Game - The latest Aaron Sorkin script, this time directed by Sorkin himself! I liked this quite a lot, enjoying Jessica Chastain’s performance and that trademark Sorkin dialogue very much. Considering that he’s not a director in the way that David Fincher and Danny Boyleare, it’s no surprise to say that this is visually a step-down from The Social Network and Steve Jobs, but I didn’t find it too much of a hindrance. The runtime of over two hours didn’t drag for a second, and I had a lot of fun seeing Michael Cera in a movie again. This isn’t special in the way that Steve Jobs felt, which had a strong visual component and a really strong resolution to justify its interesting structure, but it’s good and I’d certainly watch it again.