Pain & Gain
A Michael Bay film I didn’t hate! A bunch of moronic, roidal Miami bodybuilders take self-help videos a bit too seriously and become gangsters; it doesn’t end happily. Distastefully executed when compared against the real-life stories that inspired it, but an entertaining ride skilfully executed.
A pretty strong based-on-true-life biopic of mob assassin Richard Kuklinski, played to full chilling effect by solid journeyman Michael Shannon. Nice turns from the likes of Robert Davi, Chris Evans, James Franco and even David Schwimmer. First film of Ariel Vronen’s I’ve seen, very promising.
A not very exciting biopic about John Curtin, Prime Minister of Australia during World War Two. William McInnes seems okay in the lead, but it’s all very hagiographic and pedestrian.
All the long con flicks are essentially the same, but at least this one throws in an interesting Greek tragedy curveball. What’s not to like about the John Cusack/Annette Bening/Anjelica Huston triangle? And great support from the likes of JT Walsh, Stephen Tobolowsky and Pat Hingle at terrifying gang boss Bobo.
No movies, but plugging away through various Aussie crime dramas, such as Killing Time and Janus – now to work backwards through Phoenix…
Hot Tub Time Machine
I like this movie more than I should. I think I just respect the honesty of the title.