Monuments Men: an admirable flop?

If George Clooney has a passion project there’s a fair chance it will get made. He’ll recruit a good cast and pick a good story to tell. All these things you can consider crossed off. Done. Dusted. This time round he chose to adapt a book: The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History by Robert M. Edsel. The … Continue reading Monuments Men: an admirable flop?

Buckle up for a Flight with Whip Whitaker

How time flies! It’s hard to believe it’s been 13 years since Robert Zemeckis last directed a live-action movie in Castaway. A film that involved a monumental plane crash in the first act and had a compelling male lead wrestling with his mental demons. Loneliness and survival in the case of Tom Hanks, alcoholism and addiction in the case of Denzel Washington. In those terms, … Continue reading Buckle up for a Flight with Whip Whitaker

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Argo, Affleck and a hard-hitting Hollywood tale

I saw Argo the other night and thought it was great. Really tense throughout, with a few lighter moments to keep from getting too heavy. I said as much to friends and got told rather firmly that the film was historically inaccurate and missed the point. When I queried this I was told it didn’t fully explore the political situation behind the stand-off between Iran … Continue reading Argo, Affleck and a hard-hitting Hollywood tale