REVIEW: The Ides of March (2011)

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Release Poster – Columbia Pictures

The following is a quick review of George Clooney’s The Ides of March

George Clooney’s The Ides of March – which is based on Beau Willimon’s play Farragut North – follows Stephen Meyers (played by Ryan Gosling), a junior campaign manager for a Democratic presidential candidate, Governor Mike Morris (played by George Clooney).

Meyers is a very talented and respected campaign manager who is sought after by Morris’ competing campaign, which is managed by Tom Duffy (played by Paul Giamatti). But when Meyers makes a critical mistake, his loyalty is brought into question. Continue reading “REVIEW: The Ides of March (2011)”

REVIEW: Westworld – “Chestnut”

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The following is a spoiler review of the second episode of Westworld – Developed by Jonathan Nolan & Lisa Joy

In the second episode of HBO’s Westworld, which was released early (apparently, to avoid clashing with a US presidential debate), we experience the park from the perspective of a first-time visitor named William (played by Jimmi Simpson). Meanwhile – behind the scenes – Elsie Hughes (played by Shannon Woodward) fears that whatever happened to Abernathy may be contagious.
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REVIEW: Westworld – “The Original”

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The following is a spoiler review of the first episode of Westworld – Developed by Jonathan Nolan & Lisa Joy

Westworld – produced by Jonathan Nolan, J. J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk, among others – is based on the science fiction film of the same name from 1973, which was written and directed by Michael Crichton. It takes place in a futuristic theme park, where guests – or ‘newcomers,’ as they are called – can interact with robots – or androids – in any way they see fit.
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REVIEW: Into the Forest (2016)

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The following is a review of Into the Forest, a Patricia Rozema film.

Patricia Rozema’s Into the Forest, not to be confused with Rob Marshall’s Into the Woods or Jason Zada’s The Forest, had its premiere at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, but wasn’t released theatrically in Canada and the United States until 2016. Just the other day, I saw it pop up on a Danish video on demand service, but the film didn’t quite live up to my expectations.  Continue reading “REVIEW: Into the Forest (2016)”