Baby Driver (2017)

Baby Driver
Director: Edgar Wright
Writer: Edgar Wright
Cast: Ansel ElgortKevin Spacey, Jon BernthalJon HammJamie Foxx, Eiza GonzálezLily JamesCJ JonesSky FerreiraFlea
Seen on: 1.8.2017

Baby (Ansel Elgort) loves music (that drowns out his tinnitus) and driving, at which he’s also very good. A fact that Doc (Kevin Spacey) is using to his own advantage: he coerced Baby to drive during the robberies he meticulously plans. But Baby will soon have worked off his debts with Doc and is looking forward to a free life then, maybe with Debora (Lily James). But Doc isn’t willing to give Baby up all that easily.

Baby Driver wasn’t bad, but I expected it to be more than just nice. It’s well-made but there are quite a few things that didn’t work for me. I can’t help but feeling disappointed about it.

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The United States of Leland (2003)

The United States of Leland
Director: Matthew Ryan Hoge
Writer: Matthew Ryan Hoge
Cast: Ryan Gosling, Don Cheadle, Jena Malone, Lena Olin, Chris Klein, Michelle Williams, Kevin Spacey (and about 2 minutes of Michael Peña)

The distant Leland (Ryan Gosling) just stabbed a mentally disabled boy and is sent to prison. Nobody really understands why he did it and his prison teacher (and aspiring writer) Pearl (Don Cheadle) is so intrigued that he wants to write a book about him. So he starts interviewing Leland about his life and tries to figure out what moved him to such a desperate act.

The United States of Leland has a wonderful cast but despite Ryan Gosling giving his best, Leland as a character just doesn’t work at all. Nevertheless the film is interesting, if completely predictable.

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Margin Call (2011)

Margin Call
Director: J. C. Chandor
Writer: J. C. Chandor
Cast: Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Zachary Quinto, Stanley Tucci, Jeremy Irons, Demi Moore, Simon Baker, Penn Badgley, Mary McDonnell
Part of: Viennale

Peter (Zachary Quinto) and Seth (Penn Badgley) are junior risk managers in a flagging investment bank. During a round of mass firings, their senior risk manager Eric (Stanley Tucci) is let go as well. Eric gives Peter a flash drive before he leaves and tells him to look at the things on there. Peter does and discovers a major crisis approaching. He tells his boss Will (Paul Bettany), who tells his boss Sam (Kevin Spacey) and soon the entire investment bank is struggling to get a handle on the situation.

The film had an interesting and different perspective. Add that cast to it and it has all the right ingredients to be brilliant. But somehow, it just doesn’t work out that way.

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The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009)

The Men Who Stare at Goats is the newest movie by Grant Heslov, based on the book by Jon Ronson, starring Ewan McGregor*, George Clooney, Jeff Bridges and Kevin Spacey.

Bob (Ewan McGregor) is a journalist for a small paper. After his wife leaves him, he tries to impress her by going to Iraq. By chance, he meets Lyn Cassady (George Clooney), an ex-soldier who says that he’s on a mission. Desperate for a story, Bob tags along and slowly uncovers the nature of Lyn’s military training: psychic…

I thoroughly enjoyed The Men Who Stare at Goats. The cast is awesome, the story is just crazy enough and the story moves along at a good pace and with a very nice sense of humour. Great entertainment.

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Moon (2009)

Moon is Duncan Jones‘ first feature film and stars Sam Rockwell and the voice of Kevin Spacey.

Sam (Sam Rockwell) is an astronaut working on the moon space station by corporation Lunar Industries. They harvest helium-3 there as an alternate power source. He has a three year contract and for these three years, he’s completely alone on the space station, except for talking computer GERTY. Now his time on the moon is coming to an end but it seems that Sam is slowly going crazy.

Moon really blew my mind. While the plot twist didn’t surprise me, I didn’t care about that because it was strong enough without the surprise part. It was beautifully shot and perfectly acted by Sam Rockwell. The soundtrack was a perfect fit (well, it is by Clint Mansell after all). *gush* 

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