Snowden: Releasing All of the Secrets

SNOWDEN

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DIRECTED BY: Oliver Stone

STARRING: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto, Tom Wilkinson, Scott Eastwood, Logan Marshall-Green, Timothy Olyphant, Ben Schnetzer, LaKeith Lee Stanfield, Rhys Ifans, Nicolas Cage

GENRE: Biographical Political Thriller

YEAR: 2016

COUNTRY: United States, Germany

Disillusioned with the intelligence community, top contractor Edward Snowden leaves his job at the National Security Agency. He now knows that a virtual mountain of data is being assembled to track all forms of digital communication — not just from foreign governments and terrorist groups, but from ordinary Americans. When Snowden decides to leak this classified information, he becomes a traitor to some, a hero to others and a fugitive from the law.1600x800-snowden-film-2016-43-jpg-cb6de713

Courtesy of The Australian:

“Gradually Stone increases the suspense with a climax of a sort being reached when O’Brian, on a giant video screen, reveals personal details he knows about Lindsay. Like another CIA operative, Chris Boyce, who back in the 1970s was horrified to learn of the agency’s efforts to destabilise the Whitlam government — as recorded in the book by Robert Lindsey and the 1984 film The Falcon and the Snowman, directed by John Schlesinger — Snowden makes the agonizing decision that the public needs to be made aware of the extent to which the government is invading the privacy of the world’s citizens.

19543336_303Some Stone films, such as JFK, Nixon and Born on the Fourth of July, have been bombastic in approach; Snowden is surprisingly low key, and all the more effective for that. Gordon-Levitt’s characterisation of the geeky idealist convinces on every level, and Woodley’s role as his more progressive partner has more depth than this kind of role usually allows. The film will start debates and raise questions, but its revelations are troubling and well worth delving into.”

PROS:

  • Main cast performance.
  • Steady pacing.
  • Not too much truth stretching.
  • Fantastic score.

CONS:

  • A “safe film” for Oliver Stone.

SCORE: 9.0 / 10

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Flight: Let’s Roll the Plane!

Hello everybody! Today we have Denzel Washington’s drama Flight.

FLIGHT

DIRECTOR: Robert Zemeckis

STARRING:  Denzel Washington, Don Cheadle, Kelly Reilly, John Goodman, Bruce Greenwood, Melissa Leo

GENRE: Drama

YEAR: 2012

COUNTRY: United States

Whip Whitaker is a commuter airline pilot. While on a flight from Orlando to Atlanta something goes wrong and the plane starts to fly erratically. With little choice Whip crashes the plane and saves almost all on board. When he wakes up in the hospital, his friend from the airline union introduces him to a lawyer who tells him there’s a chance he could face criminal charges because his blood test reveals that he is intoxicated with alcohol and cocaine. He denies being impaired, so while an investigation is underway, he is told to keep his act together. However, letting go of his addiction is not as easy as it seems…

Flight follows the story of Whip Whitaker (Denzel Washington) who is an alcoholic, drug addict pilot who crashes a plane, but kills 6 people. Flight analyzes Whip and his addictions and we are allowed to see what his life is like. This analysis is done expertly, even if the film doesn’t ever reach the pace or excitement of the plane flight (the first act). The film is shot amazingly in the first act (especially when the plane is upside down), but then there isn’t anything special in the remaining acts. Denzel Washington, Don Cheadle, and John Goodman performed spectacularly and they definitely were the right actors for their characters.

Flight suffers from a huge pacing problem after the first act. Zemeckis intends to give us a slightly more depraved version of Washington’s usual charismatic hero, then pull the rug out from him. But Flight‘s true downward spiral is its own loss of momentum. Flight turns out to be a disappointingly standard addiction story in its second half also serves as a reminder that Hollywood tends to be more invested in these types of self-serious movies than most actual audiences.

PROS:

  • Character analysis.
  • Perfect cast choices.
  • Amazing shooting during first act.

CONS:

  • Second and third act pacing.
  • Too little coverage on controversial themes.

SCORE: 8.0 / 10

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Charlie Countryman: Death Leads to Love!

Hello again everybody, and welcome to my first film review. So far on this site I’ve only done reviews of Wrestling, so I have decided to do my first film review, and for this review I have chosen to cover a movie done by my favorite actor Shia LaBeouf. So without further to do, let’s get started!

Charlie Countryman

Director:  Fredrik Bond

Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Evan Rachel Wood, Mads Mikkelsen, Rupert Grint, Vincent D’onofrio, Melissa Leo

Genre: Romantic, Comedy, Action.

Year: 2013

Country: United States

Shia LaBeouf is Charlie Countryman! A boy who just lost his mother, and is struggling to cope with it, until his mother appears in a vision and gives him some advice upon request! She tells Charlie to go the Bucharest. Charlie encounters a fellow passenger on the plane which leads him to find Gabi (Evan Rachel Wood), who Charlie falls in love with. Charlie runs into some trouble when he learns of Gabi’s past, including her ex-husband Nigel who has no intention of letting Gabi go.

Now before I actually start this review, I have a big of a confession! I said in the beginning, Shia LaBeouf is my favorite actor, so I will try to be as unbiased! With that being said this movie is far from being praised by most critics, so allow me to be the first! Charlie Countryman is honestly a great movie with a great cast! Every single person in this movie fits there role to a charm. The connection between LaBeouf and Wood is there. Watching these two go from complete strangers to lovers was a joy to me! LaBeouf really stole the movie here if you ask me, as it seemed like he played two different characters. In the begging he was lost and never stood up for himself, but towards the end he did a complete 360 and now knew who he was and fought for his friends and love! Speaking of love Evan Rachel Wood played Gabi, the love interest of the movie, and at first I was not loving her as the love interest, but throughout the movie she grew on me, and I found myself falling in love with Countryman and Gabi!

Than you have these two Carl (Rupert Grint) and Luke (James Buckley). These two serve as the closest thing Charlie Countrymen has to friends! It was always a comedic scene when these two were on the screen. From Carl’s (Grint) huge erection or both Carl and Luke’s (Buckley) backs being pasted together. These two together I comedic gold!

and Mads Mikkelsen as Nigel was brilliant! He really knew how to make you hate him, as he played Gabi’s crazy ex perfectly!

All in all I believe this was a great movie! Call me bias, or say I have bad taste in movies, but I enjoyed this movie, and I would definitely sit down and watch it again!

Pros:

  • Shia LaBeouf’s and Evan Rachel Wood’s performance as an on screen couple.
  • A Great Cast!
  • Comedic gold with Rupert Grint and James Buckley
  • Mads Mikkelsen plays a great bad guy!

Cons:

  • Can be confusing at times.
  • A left out sex scene when Countryman (LaBeouf) gives Gabi (Wood) Oral Sex!

Score: 7.5\10- A Great movie with a fantastic cast, but nothing to blow you away. I know I praised it a lot in the review, but this was not a perfect movie. A great movie, but not perfect, it does have its flaws, but I would recommend everyone give Charlie Countryman a chance!

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