Hail, Caesar! (Joel & Ethan Coen, 2016)
The Coen brothers are held in high esteem by many. But not this chick. For those unfamiliar with the pair, their joint directorial/screenwriting work includes Fargo, The Big Lebowski, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Intolerable Cruelty (it really was), No Country for Old Men, Burn After Reading, True Grit, and Inside Llewyn Davis among others. Though I haven’t seen those first big three, I have never overly enjoyed a Coens brother creation. So despite Hail, Caesar! involving a tap dancing Channing Tatum, I had my reservations. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Hail, Caesar!
Sicario (Denis Villeneuve, 2015)
Sicario is likely to appeal to a very niche audience. Concerning the Mexican drug crisis, it doesn’t go the patriotic route of putting America up on a pedestal, but nor will it be entirely accessible for all. The first comment from a guy in my row at the conclusion of this film was “it was a bit pretentious”, and while I wouldn’t describe it as such, I get where he was coming from. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Sicario
Everest (Baltasar Kormakur, 2015)
Based on the 1996 Mount Everest disaster, during which eight climbers were killed attempting to reach the summit, Everest is possibly the most depressing film of the year, and is accompanied by a pervasive sense of dread. Rob Hall (Jason Clarke) is the head of Adventure Consultants, an expedition company that leads high-paying clients to the top of Everest. Among his clients are Doug Hansen (John Hawkes), who had failed to reach the summit one year prior; John Beck (Josh Brolin), a wealthy doctor who used his climbs as an escape from his depression; Yasuko Namba (Naoko Mori), a woman attempting to reach the last of the world’s seven summits; and journalist Jon Krakauer (Michael Kelly). Over the course of their journey they team up with another company, Mountain Madness, led by Scott Fischer (Jake Gyllenhaal). Meanwhile back at base, Helen Wilton (Emily Watson) checks in via radio, and Hall’s pregnant wife Jan (Keira Knightley) anxiously awaits his return back home. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Everest