A viewing month much disrupted by the 2016 Rio Olympics. We're kind of sports freaks in our house, so most evenings were devoted to watching the Olympics when I could have been reading or watching a few flicks.
That said, I enjoyed what I watched. Shame about the empty stadiums and a shame Ireland only won a couple of silver medals in rowing and sailing. A bit disappointing boxing-wise, but hey hoh!
|Annalise Murphy - Silver in sailing!|
|O'Donovan brothers - Silver in rowing!|
Most of what we watched was in the last week of the month......some good, some ok, one absolutely bloody awful!
|Absolutely bloody awful!|
I do like Marion Cotillard usually, I don't know Michael Fassbender - based on this neither do I want to either. Visually it was ok. I needed subtitles for the affected Scottish accents, and I needed subtitles for the Shakespearean English. Call me a philistine - I don't care. Thought an end to my pain was imminent when he gets it on the battlefield at the end, but fuck me no - he takes about a fucking week to die. A week that seemed like a month.
A decent film - best ever? No, but enough here to entertain myself and the wife on a weekend afternoon!
|Currently viewing - a 4 part BBC drama.|
1 or 2 episodes watched in August. I'm up to episode 3 now with the climax airing this week.
|Knight and Day (2010)|
Enjoyable enough thriller with Cruise as a spy and Diaz inadvertently caught up with him. Best film ever? No, but easy enough viewing. Not one I'd have wanted to shell out money to watch, but I wasn't bored either.
|A top film!|
Public Enemies is a 2009 American biographical mob drama film directed by Michael Mann and written by Mann, Ronan Bennett and Ann Biderman. It is an adaptation of Bryan Burrough's non-fiction book Public Enemies: America's Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 1933–34. Set during the Great Depression, the film chronicles the final years of the notorious bank robber John Dillinger (Johnny Depp) as he is pursued by FBI agent Melvin Purvis (Christian Bale), Dillinger's relationship with Billie Frechette (Marion Cotillard), as well as Purvis' pursuit of Dillinger's associates and fellow criminals Homer Van Meter (Stephen Dorff) and Baby Face Nelson (Stephen Graham).
Given my love for most things gangsterish I'm kind of surprised it has taken my so long to get round to watching this one. Really enjoyable. Johnny Depp and Christian Bale were very good. I can't recall enjoying Depp in a film as much as this one. Best performances though I felt were Stephen Graham as a manic Baby Face Nelson and Stephen Lang (the nasty one in Avatar). I would say Marion Cotillard redeemed herself after Macbeth, but we watched this one first.
A detective in post-Katrina New Orleans has a series of surreal encounters with a troop of friendly Confederate soldiers while investigating serial killings of local prostitutes, a 1965 lynching, and corrupt local businessmen.
Book over film for me.