Focus (2015)

Focus
Director: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa
Writer: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa
Cast: Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Adrian Martinez, Gerald McRaney, Rodrigo Santoro, BD Wong
Seen on: 13.3.2015

Plot:
Nicky (Will Smith) is a con man in the second generation and in the game for a while, when he meets Jess (Margot Robbie). Jess is young, aspiring to be a con artist herself and trying to rip off Nicky. Nicky plays along for a while, but ultimately reveals himself. Jess asks for a lesson, they hit it off and team up, only for Nicky leaving Jess behind after their job is done. Years later they run into each other again – on opposite ends of another con job.

Focus was not a great film, but it was a thoroughly entertainign one. I like con/heist stories, even if the cons here weren’t awesome, and it was nice to have it paired up with a RomCom.

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300: Rise of an Empire (2014)

300: Rise of an Empire
Director: Noam Murro
Writer: Zack Snyder, Kurt Johnstad
Based on: Frank Miller‘s comic Xerxes
Sequel to: 300
Cast: Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Headey, Hans Matheson, Callan Mulvey, David Wenham, Rodrigo Santoro, Jack O’Connell

Plot:
Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) and his army have defeated King Leonidas and his army, and now they’re heading for the rest of Greece. War hero Themistocles (Sullivan Stapleton) seeks an alliance with Sparta and its Queen Gorgo (Lena Headey) and leads the defensive forces and has to face Xerxes’ sister and commander of the navy, Artemisia (Eva Green).

300: Rise of an Empire is a problematic mess that can’t be taken seriously. Unfortunately we had too little alcohol with us in the cinema. Nevertheless there was some enjoyment to be had.

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I Love You Phillip Morris (2009)

I Love You Phillip Morris is a movie directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, starring Jim Carrey, Ewan McGregor, Leslie Mann and Rodrigo Santoro*.

Plot:
The movie tells the story of con artist Steven Jay Russell (Jim Carrey). Steven was a police officer who had a wife (Leslie Mann), kids and was obsessed with finding his natural parents who gave him up for adoption. But when he actually does find his family, his world falls apart and he decides to live life to the fullest. So, he finally tells his wife that he’s gay and becomes a con artist to support his new lifestyle. Unfortunately that way, he ends up in prison, where he meets the man of his life: Phillip Morris (Ewan McGregor). And that’s only the beginning.

I Love You Phillip Morris is a great comedy, albeit not a perfect movie. One has to wonder why this story was never told before (probably due to TEH GAY!) – it lends itself wonderfully to the film format.

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