Baby Driver: Some Expert Driving to an Awesome Soundtrack

BABY DRIVER

DIRECTED BY: Edgar Wright

STARRING: Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Eiza González, Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx, Jon Bernthal

GENRE: Action Comedy

YEAR: 2017

COUNTRY: United States, United Kingdom

Baby is a young and partially hearing impaired getaway driver who can make any wild move while in motion with the right track playing. It’s a critical talent he needs to survive his indentured servitude to the crime boss, Doc, who values his role in his meticulously planned robberies. However, just when Baby thinks he is finally free and clear to have his own life with his new girlfriend, Deborah, Doc coerces him back for another job. Now saddled with a crew of thugs too violently unstable to keep to Doc’s plans, Baby finds himself and everything he cares for in terrible danger. To survive and escape the coming maelstrom, it will take all of Baby’s skill, wits and daring, but even on the best track, can he make it when life is forcing him to face the music?

Alright, Edgar Wright, what do you have for us this time? The newest film to add to his already impressive catalog, Wright introduces us to Baby Driver, where he sure as hell takes us for one wild ride. The main cast performs rather well, even while being supported by a less than stellar supporting cast. There is a nice balance between action and somewhat vulgar comedy, so neither genre actually surpasses the other. By far the best element is Wright’s usage of the score as a character development tool, everything syncs up perfectly and it is a highlight of the experience.

However, no matter how much we like Baby Driver, there is still a glaring flaw. Our biggest issue is the motivation for Baby and Deborah’s relationship. Sure they met a few times and went on a date, but was that nearly enough to turn into a less murderous Bonnie and Clyde? The relationship definitely receives the action movie treatment, as it doesn’t even feel like a satire. Wright, you excel at satire? What is going on?

PROS:

  • Nice balance of comedy and action.
  • Main cast performance.
  • Use of score for character development.

CONS:

  • Supporting cast performance.
  • Baby and Deborah’s relationship.
  • Lack of satire.

SCORE: 8 / 10

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House of Cards (S4)…An Underwood Presidency

Hello everybody! As with each of the preceding seasons, it is time we checked out season 4 of House of Cards!

HOUSE OF CARDS (S4)

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DIRECTOR:   Carl Franklin, Jodie Foster, James Foley and Robin Wright

STARRING: Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright, Michael Kelly, Michel Gil, Molly Parker, Gerald McRaney, Mahershala Ali, Sebastian Arcelus

GENRE: Political, Drama

YEAR: 2013- Current

COUNTRY: United States

After recovering, Doug rejoins Team Underwood to take out Heather Dunbar in the Democratic Nomination. Frank may win the nomination to go against the potential Republican candidate. Meanwhile Claire has left Frank. So Frank must find a way to rekindle his marriage or will her leaving be his downfall? Also near the end of Season 3, Doug had attacked the only loose end to Frank, Gavin Orsay. Will Gavin want revenge on Doug and take actions against Doug and Frank? How will Frank handle Claire’s movement? And at last, who will be the new president?

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I have been waiting for you for a long time…House of Cards. I wasn’t overly thrilled with season 3, since it felt like much of a set up season. How did season 4 do? Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed it, easily renewing my love for House of Cards. I was surprised with the sheer amount of newcomers this season, luckily most of them hit it out of the park. I mean it should be expected…you are on freaking House of Cards. Unlike season 3, season 4 had quite a handful of callbacks to events in previous seasons, establishing a more solid campaign than Frank Underwood’s political career. Lastly I have to mention Robin Wright…damn she has the best performance in the entire season. I used to hate you Claire…but now that you are as deceiving as your husband I love you. Unfortunately, the easiest way to describe season 4 without any major spoilers is that this season is INTENSE.

House-of-cards-peter-russo-zoe-season-4For the most part, season 4 is perhaps the best season since season 1. Unfortunately though, nothing can be perfect. While Robin Wright absolutely nailed every scene throughout the season, I thought it was an odd choice primarily focusing on Claire. While I understand that it makes rather interesting content (I mean, I enjoyed it) and it further’s Claire’s character, I would have taken a different approach that was evidently decided on in the season. Claire…go smoke a cigarette for the both of us. Just remember you don’t need no man.

PROS:

  • Newcomers performances.
  • Robin Fricken Wright.
  • Intense and uncomfortable scenes.
  • Intriguing story.

CONS:

  • Primarily Claire-focused.
  • Could have taken a different approach.

SCORE: 9.0 / 10

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Se7en: Name the Seven Deadly Sins

Hello everybody! For this week’s movie club we decided to check out the thriller classic Se7en.

SE7EN

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DIRECTED: David Fincher

STARRING: Brad Pitt. Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey, John C. McGinley, Gwyneth Paltrow

GENRE: Psychological Thriller

YEAR: 1995

COUNTRY: United States

whatsinthebooox_se7enA film about two homicide detectives’ desperate hunt for a serial killer who justifies his crimes as absolution for the world’s ignorance of the Seven Deadly Sins. The movie takes us from the tortured remains of one victim to the next as the sociopathic “John Doe” sermonizes to Detectives Sommerset and Mills — one sin at a time. The sin of Gluttony comes first and the murderer’s terrible capacity is graphically demonstrated in the dark and subdued tones characteristic of film noir. The seasoned and cultured but jaded Sommerset researches the Seven Deadly Sins in an effort to understand the killer’s modus operandi while the bright but green and impulsive Detective Mills scoffs at his efforts to get inside the mind of a killer…

Believe it or not, I had actually never seen Se7en until this week’s movie club. What the hell was I waiting for? I have been a fan of David Fincher’s work since I started learning about film, as his films make me think on a deeper level. That is exactly what Se7en accomplishes. Beyond that, the entire main cast performances are phenomenal and I wouldn’t have expected anything less from an ensemble cast such as this. Even further beyond that, Se7en is shot beautifully. Fincher plays with the darkness and the light so well its like he commands it.

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Hey fans, can’t I just keep talking about how great of a movie Se7en is? No? Fine. There really aren’t many drawbacks or failures that I could find in Se7en. Initially, I didn’t like any of the characters, yet I was intrigued by each one. It was enough to keep me completely interested in the events that unfolded on screen.

PROS:

  • Deeper level of thought.
  • Main cast performances.
  • Command of light and dark.
  • Beautifully shot.

CONS:

  • Dis-likable yet interesting characters.

SCORE: 9.0 / 10

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