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Going In Style

Movie:  Going In Style

Rating:  4 1/2 Stars (Out of 5)

Review:    The Wexler Steel Company, a major employer of the community, has gone belly up and moving the operation to Vietnam.  Not only has that meant its employees are now out of a job, but through some dubious restructuring of the company’s debts, the bastards have sucked the money out of the company pension fund.  That leaves retirees like Joe (Michael Caine), Willie (Morgan Freeman), and Albert (Alan Arkin) up the creek without a paddle.  Joe is about to have his home repossessed by an unsympathetic bank, and Willie’s kidney is giving out and needs money for his medical bills.  The three best pals meet for lunch at Nat’s Diner every day as their funds dwindle, desperate for answers but don’t see a way out of their dilemma.

Then one day Joe is in line at the bank when a gang of masked gunmen burst into the bank and rob the place.  The hold-up goes like clockwork, and the obviously professional gang get away with a great deal of money.   The robbery plants a thought in Joe’s head.  What if we were able to rob a bank?  It would solve our problems.  After much debate, the trio decide to go for it.  What have they got to lose?  But they need help from a real criminal who can train them.  And they need a plan, a foolproof plan.  Because at their age, they can’t afford to get caught….

This movie is a joy to watch.  With three old pros like Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, and Alan Arkin, all Academy Award winners, how can you go wrong?  The chemistry with this cast is perfect, with additional help from fine actors like Ann-Margret, Christopher Lloyd, Matt Dillon and John Ortiz.  Along with the great actors you get a first rate heist caper with a plot that holds water and entertains the viewer till the very end of the movie.  Do yourself a favor and go see this film.

Mini Trailers:   Bank Robber – “Ladies and Gentlemen.  Thank you for your attention.  We’ve come to make a withdrawal!  Please do not call the police for 90 seconds.  A shootout never ends well.”

Steel Company Spokesman – “The company pension fund is being dissolved.”  Joe shouts – “Thirty years of hard work means shit to you people!”

Albert – “You could have been shot!  Or worse.”  Joe – “What’s worse than being shot?”  Albert – “Being shot twice.”

Waitress to Depressed Geezers – “No pies?”  Willie – “We’re watching our waistlines today.”  Albert – “Plus we’re shit broke!”

Joe – “We hit a bank and we get away with it, we keep out dignity.”  Albert – “What if we don’t?”  Joe – “We’ll get away with it.  We got experience and smarts.”  Willie – “And arthritis, shingles, and gout.”

Supermarket Security Officer to Geezers – “Look what you did to Cindy.  She looks like a Colombian drug mule!”

Criminal Tutor – “You have to be in great shape.  I realize you guys are 4000 years old, but under those masks you have to look in great shape.”

Bank Robber – “It is a culture’s duty to take care of its elders.”

 

 

 

 

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Interstellar

Movie:  Interstellar

Rating:  4 Stars (Out of 5)

Review:   Earth, the foreseeable near future.  Climate change has turned the United States into a dust bowl worse than the Great Depression of the 1930s.  There is world wide hunger, and the quality of air is degrading at a rapid pace.  It looks like it’s curtains for the human race.  Still, life goes on as best it can, and Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), a former NASA pilot, is surviving by raising corn on his farm with his dad Donald (John Lithgow) and daughter Murphy (MacKenzie Foy).  Then one day after an especially bad dust storm, Murphy shows Cooper a strange phenomenon that appears to be a form of communication, but from where?

A series of events leads Cooper to hook up again with the remnants of NASA, where he meets the eminent physicist Dr. Brand (Michael Caine), and his daughter Amelia Brand (Anne Hathaway).  Unbeknownst to the rest of the world, there is a plan in the works to launch a spaceship from Earth that will leave our solar system with the mission of finding a habitable planet for humans.  Thus begins the voyage of the Endurance, with it’s crew:  Cooper, Amelia Brand, Romilly (David Gyasi), and Doyle (Wes Bentley).  It will be an amazing adventure of danger and discovery.  The human race will “rage against the dying of the light.”

This is a blockbuster movie, no two ways about it.  Nearly three bladder-busting hours long, it is packed with plot turns and impressive special effects.   I expect the film will get a Best Picture nomination.  Definitely worth seeing.  However, unless you are a science geek, you might want to get a copy of Quantum Physics For Dummies, and brush up on your knowledge of gravity, polarization of photons, qubits, quantum entanglement, string theory, and the fifth dimension.

Actor To Watch:  Michael Caine, always a pleasure to see him in any role.  He has had an amazing career.

Huh?  What the….:  If you know anything about black holes, don’t think you can power around their gravity field.  Anything near by gets sucked in and squished.  Just saying….

Unless you have the hearing of a bat, there are scenes in the movie where the background noise is just too loud to easily hear the dialogue.  Very frustrating.

Dialogue Nuggets:  “We didn’t run out of planes and machines; we ran out of food.”

Cooper:  “You don’t believe we went to the moon?”

Cooper:  “We used to look up in the sky and wonder.  Now we just look down in the dirt.”

Dr. Brand:  “We’re not meant to save the world.  We’re meant to leave it.”

“Everybody ready to say goodbye to our solar system?”

Crew Member:  “You’ll do that?”  TARS:  “Before you get all teary, remember that as a robot, I will do anything you say.”