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After visiting The Third Man Museum in Vienna, it’s kind of obligatory to eventually (re-)watch the movie that inspired the museum.

But.

Be ready to be disappointed.

Sure, it’s a classic movie. It’s really well filmed. The cinematography is great. There are several beautiful scenes that have influenced the work of many future directors. The acting is solid too and the setting (post-war divided Vienna) is intriguing.

However, the story is very predictable. When the movie was released, the big surprise was a big surprise to audiences around the world. But seventy years later (7 decades!) the surprise isn’t a surprise anymore. Especially if you know that the movie stars Orson Welles and he’s not onscreen for the first hour. Somehow there is no tension at all in this ‘thriller’. Even when you see it for the very first time.

But still. Worth the watch.

www.imdb.com/title/tt0041959

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German television thrillers aren’t really made with big budgets and the stories are pretty predictable, but sometimes when you’re in a lazy mood and there’s nothing else on while you are flipping through channels in a German hotel room, then it’s a good 90 minutes of fun.

Tatort has been going on for a long time, but the main leads have changed over the course of the years. This episode has two female leads, who are pretty sarcastic, especially in their remarks to their pseudo macho chief. As you are introduced to them, you want to see how this duo is going to solve the crime. Both are great, but actress Karin Hanczewski has this sassy Amy Adams look and her character is really feisty. A real treat.

The story is set in Dresden where a famous schlager singer is found murdered, a few days before a big folkore festival will take place that had him on the line-up. The setting of the story makes the episode a bit more fun as well, as the schlager world is often depicted as a world of the intelletually challenged, both on and in front of the stage. Even though that leads to some funny scenes, it also leads to a big sigh at times as it’s ‘cheap bullying’.

www.imdb.com/title/tt4982674 

No trailer, but you watch the episode online. If you understand German of course.

 

This is quite the surprising indie-action thriller !

Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughan are detectives who get suspended after one of them was filmed using an unorthodox technique during a drug bust. They are in financial need – at least Mel Gibson’s character is – and decide to steal money from a criminal. Little do they know that they will get caught up in a horrifying heist.

It’s a very entertaining movie. The acting is solid. Mel Gibson gets rave reviews for this part and with reason. Vince Vaughn and Tory Kittles are excellent too. But the directing is excellent. It’s a slow movie and the scenes are long, but that’s sooo important right now. There’s a whole new generation who will find this incredibly boring, because of its pace and superfluous scenes, but it’s quite nice to see a new movie that shows scenes and not one second fragments. That one scene in the car during the stakeout where Vince Vaughan enjoys eating a sandwich and Mel Gibson then says, after 4 minutes or so, that ‘a single ant could have eaten it faster’… Well that scene is typical for the movie.

There’s also a scene in which a guy tries to swallow an important key to hide it from others. What happens next is predictable, but also done in a very detailed way. It’s pure gore, but clever and detailed and just totally fucked up. But hey, that’s what cinema should be.

Yup. Recommending this. Even though most viewers will find it pretentious.

www.imdb.com/title/tt6491178/ 

Life Of Crime – *(*)

Posted: March 19, 2019 in 2013, Comedy, Crime/Detective, USA, X1/2

This came on and looked intriguing. Two amateur criminals decide to kidnap the wife of a rich businessman. However, they didn’t prepare the job that well. They had no clue that the rich businessman has an affair with a younger starlet and is filing for a divorce. And they also had no clue that the wife has an affair with her neighbor, who shows up at the moment of the kidnapping.

The first 20 minutes are okay. The movie feels a bit like a Coen-brothers production. It has all the elements of a dark satire. But then somehow things get serious. And the story becomes a mess. The jokes aren’t funny anymore. The end is okay again, but by then, it feels like they had to wrap it up fast. Too bad. It had potential.

www.imdb.com/title/tt1663207

 

Ten minutes into this French television movie, you’re wondering if the tourist office of Lille has financed this detective crime story. The drone shots of Lille are fabulous. Perfect for any city trip destination commercial. Then, after some research, it turns out this television movie is part of a French series of ‘murder mysteries’ that take place in tourist destination. And each story is linked to some local legend. It’s a great concept. And this episode makes you want to watch others. Not so much for the acting or the stories, but for the getaway experience.

In this movie, the body of a sculptor is found inside of one of his sculptures, at display in the excellent Piscine of Roubaix (an art museum in a former art deco swimming pool). The local police captain gets the help of a superior from Paris, who grew up in Lille. She’s standoffish and cold and reluctant to revisit the city in the north, where she is confronted with her past. In fact, one of her best friends was an assistant to the sculptor.

The crime story is silly. It’s not exciting or thrilling at all and the finale is a disappointment. But the acting is quite good and again, the location scouts did an excellent job. Too bad it’s not the pilot of a series, because both the captain and his supervisor are great characters. The captain’s assistant is also intriguing.

But it’s a television movie. And when it’s over, it’s over and you only remember how great Lille can look.

Recommended by a lot of people (and almost all over them are 40+), this high school mystery drama is quite the guilty pleasure. The fact that the parents of these kids have almost as much screen time as the teenagers has got something to do with its success. But in the end, it’s just a high school mystery drama though. A fast-paced mystery drama. A big contrast with a series like The Crown, in which a 45 minute episode feels like 4,5 hours of your time. Here there’s a plot twist every 5 minutes. It’s crazy. Best friends swear to never speak to each other again one minute and then try to solve a murder mystery 5 minutes later. Suddenly out of nowhere, secrets from the past are revealed; characters appear out of nowhere; girls who are sworn enemies support each other one moment and then later hate each others’ guts; cool characters are introduced, who end up playing no important role at all in the next episodes, etc… It’s a mess, but it’s fun.

Not sure about watching season 2 though. It’s not that good.

Oh, it’s about a teenager who was found murdered in the summer and a group of ‘friends’ trying to solve the murder in the first quarter of the new school year.

www.imdb.com/title/tt5420376

Jessica Chastain is excellent as Molly Bloom, a former freestyle ski champion who started running illegal gambling nights. First in Los Angeles (with tons of celebrities) and later in New York (with several mobsters). Two years after she quit the gambling game, she gets arrested by the FBI, who wants to put her in prison or at least get information about the gamblers that visited her games. Molly refuses to co-operate and wants to plead guilty. No lawyer is interested in backing her, apart from one man who is intrigued by this powerful woman.

Apart from the lawyer, played impressively by Idris Elba, all of the previous paragraph is based on true facts. Which is amazing. This woman did exist. She did run those games and did encounters lots of celebrities and several mobsters.

It’s an entertaining movie. Captivating as well. The dialogues are brilliantly written. They are tough to follow as they contain so much gambling/court/FBI vocabulary, but they are uttered with such an ease by the aforementioned stars that it feels like this is really how they talk on a daily basis. Remembering those lines and saying them out loud in a convincing way deserves all possible credit.

It’s a fast paced drama. Until the last 20 minutes or so when the story drags on a bit. There’s a lot of dialogue throughout. There’s no time to just enjoy the images. But the editing of the movie is well done and it’s visually interesting as well. Worth the watch!

www.imdb.com/title/tt4209788