I recently started watching Wu-Tang: An American Saga series on HULU. I love behind the scenes in general whether with film or music. Ray and Walk The Line, the story of Johnny Cash, won Oscars even the fictionalized group The Five Heartbeats has sustained a cultural impact spanning over two decades. This episode is directed … Continue reading Wu-Tang: An American Saga Episode 1 Review
The film shows why capitalism doesn’t work fairly. It reminded me why I am closer to a democratic socialist and can’t stomach the idea of systematically destroying your opponent just to gain more for yourself. My only gripe with this film was the framing of the protagonist. I admit this film isn’t a Wolf of Wall Street style romp that shows his life as a conquering hero instead there leave it up to the audience to decide if what Ray Kroc did was worth it. I feel it could give others the wrong idea of feeling they could gain the wealth and access shown at the end ignoring the lives Kroc destroyed to get there.
Posthumous is the first feature written and produced by The Farewell’s Lulu Wang. When I really like a movie I go and try and found out everything I can about the project and the creators who made it. So after watching The Farewell I ended up watching a video interview where Wang mentions her first … Continue reading Posthumous Review
Bobby Axelrod is the founder of Axe Capital and an eccentric billionaire played by Damian Lewis. Axe is seen and treated like a god among men. His ability to bet off of information, find the trends of the market and recall specific details of events makes him a serious asset to anyone who’s entrusting him with their fund. He has power, he knows it and uses it for both good and unsavory means. Chuck Rhoades in a way is his opposite. Though he came from money his wife now makes the lion share of the income from her job as a therapist for Axe Capital. Instead of taking risks for high reward as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York he only takes cases that he know he’ll win and his undefeated streak is something he takes pride in.
The cast is a powerhouse Rachel Brosnahan as Midge is so darn likable it’s no surprise she took her the gold at last year’s Emmys and Golden Globes. Tony Schalhoub as Abe brings a character I’ve never seen on television. Though he can be absentminded he’s not portrayed as a dullard instead he’s an accomplished professor. Marin Hinkle’s Rose Weissman has a grace about her that just oozes off screen. And even when chaos arises she can be cool and collected but as seen last season she has a limit and isn’t afraid of voicing her opinion. Joel though he’s no longer with Midge he still isn’t grating in fact I rather like him and am looking forward to what happens this season with Michael Zegen’s character. And of course Alex Borenstein as Susie Myerson is phenomenal. The jokes about her being mistaken for a man don’t bother her at all instead her character is so determined to make it as Midge’s manager. Her chemistry with Midge is second to none. It’s like our generations Lucy & Ethel.
If you know anything about me you know that I am enthralled with the concept of “love” and how that manifests can be from rooting for two celebrities to be together (Niley forever) or in my consumption of romcoms. So going into the series I was intrigued by the protagonist being not only a man but a fellow lover of the genre as well. I do wanna say that not every male who enjoys romantic movies including romantic comedies are secretly stalkers who obsess over strangers but within seeing the first episode I felt it did a great job of building up who Joe is and why he has his worldview.
This week I saw Adam McKay’s film VICE. Most known for his comedy classics Step Brothers, Anchorman & Talledega Nights he’s recently made a shift to bring his style to more serious topics. His film The Big Short earned him an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. This showed he could succeed out a Will Ferrell lead project and he’s continue to expand with his most recent film looking at Bush’s right hand man, Dick Cheney.