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Deadpool

Movie:  Deadpool

Rating:  4 1/2 Stars (Out of 5)

Review:   Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) is a scruffy former special forces soldier who is making a living as hired muscle.  You need someone to get ass-kicked and you’re willing to pay, Wade is your man.  Not much of a do-gooder, but Wade draws the line at excessive violence.  On his down time, Wilson hangs out at a sleazy bar frequented by rough trade, and their dubious betting game is on who will kick the bucket first.  Oddly enough, in this very den of iniquity, Wade meets Vanessa (Morena Baccarin), the love of his life.  Wade and Vanessa find themselves skipping through life in their own version of Love Story, until one day, the merry-go-round comes to a screeching halt….

Enter Deadpool, a reincarnation of Wade Wilson.  Deadpool wears red spandex and a mask (for good reason) but is he a superhero?  Eh, not so much.  Can he kick major ass?  You bet.   Deadpool has acquired unique powers that make him a formidable fighter, and he is on a mission to find a certain individual who calls himself Ajax (Ed Skrein).  A couple of X- Men types, Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (seriously, Marvel, is this the best name you could come up with for this kid?) pop up trying to enlist Deadpool into their X Men club.  But old Deadie, as previously stated, will not be deterred, and plenty of mayhem and destruction will take place until that itch he has gets scratched.

How can I put this?  This movie reviewer was blown away by this marvelous Marvel action movie.  From the opening sequence of the film, there is an incredible action scene that is just mesmerizing.  But what really separates this movie from other “serious” movies like Batman, Superman, and even Iron Man is the constant witty and irreverent dialogue put out by Deadpool at a machine gun pace.  OMG, Ryan Reynolds has a goldmine franchise starting with this film.   When you consider this movie has some of the most awesome action sequences ever put on film, with what I believe is the best snappy dialogue that I can remember, this movie is a must see.  Yowza, start filming Deadpool 2 immediately, puh-lease!

Dialogue Nuggets:  Colossus – “When will he see the benefits of joining X-Men?”  Negasonic Teenage Warhead – “What, matching leotards and a house that blows up every few years?”

Deadpool (DP) – “I only have twelve bullets, so you’re going to have to share.”

Wade to Bar Buddy – “Wow, you bet on me to die!  You’re the world’s worst friend.”

Wade to Vanessa – “What can I get for $275 and a yogurt dessert card?”  Vanessa – “48 minutes of whatever the f*ck you want.”

Wade to Mystery Guy – “How can I help you, besides luring children into a panel van?”

DP to Garbage Guy – “Sorry about bleeding on your garbage.”

Cameo to Watch For – “Give it up for Chastity!”

DP – “I pity the dude that pressures her into prom sex.”

DP  to Colossus & NTW – “A big house!  It’s funny that I only ever see two of you.  It’s almost like the studio could only afford two X-Men!”

Best Scene:  There are so many.  I kind of liked the Zamboni scene, short as it was….

Actors:   Yes ladies, you will get to ogle Ryan Reynolds and his six pack abs several times.  The guy has about 1% body fat, for crying out loud.  But Morena Baccarin, of TV”s Gotham is pretty darn hot as well.  I was a little disappointed we didn’t see more of Gina Carano, a former UFC fighter who’s sexier than the attractive Ronda Rousey.  Nice to see Leslie Uggams get a part as well, and of course, keep your eye peeled for Stan Lee to sneak in his usual cameo appearance.

Opening Credits:  Almost everyone blows off the credits, but sometimes there is gold to be mined there.  Deadpool has the best opening credits ever!  For you lazy sods, I’ll list them.  You can figure out who they belong to:

God’s Perfect Idiot   –    British Villain   –   Moody Teen   –   A CGI Character   –     Gratuitous   Cameo    –   Some Douchebag’s Film   –   Produced By Asshats   –   Directed By An Overpaid Tool

Closing Credits:  Yes, of course there is something after the last credits.  This is a Marvel Comics movie, after all.  Something about them was reminiscent of the Pink Panther movies.  But don’t expect to see Ferris Buehler….

 

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Self/less

Movie:  Self/less

Rating:  3 Stars (Out of 5)

Review:   Damian (Ben Kingsley) is a mega star in the world of real estate deals.  He is a mover and a shaker, and always wins on every deal.  He lives in fantastic luxury, including an apartment gilded in gold.  There is just one problem in Damian’s life:  he is dying.

Damian is approached by a mysterious person named Albright (Mathew Goode), who promises the one thing Damian desperately desires, which is, a long life.  There are conditions, of course.  Damian will acquire a healthy young body to live in, but he must forsake his name and former life, and cut off ties with everyone in his former life, including his estranged daughter Claire (Michelle Dockery), and his right hand associate Martin (Victor Garber).

What a brave new world for this young and vital Damian.  He is handsome, athletic and rich.  Young and beautiful women are drawn to him like a magnet.  A life of pleasure awaits Damian like an open road, except…there are residual memories in his new mind.  Especially of a woman named Anna (Natalie Martinez).  And Damian feels an irresistible urge to know what these mental images signify….

This starts out as an intriguing film.  It asks us to consider whether accumulating obscene wealth brings happiness in itself, or is something more required?  Is the ability to utilize wealth to achieve an end justify any means necessary?  These are serious questions that confront Damian, and as viewers we have to make our own decision as to what limits we would be willing to go to get what is most important to us.  Ben Kingsley is perfect in his portrayal of a rich man in crisis.  Ryan Reynolds is good as well as the younger version.  It was great to see Natalie Martinez, last seen in TV’s Under The Dome, getting another big screen role.  The film unravels a bit at the end, but still a good choice to see in blockbuster season.

Dialogue Nuggets:  Damian – “Cancer is eating me alive, and I am worried about allergies.”

Damian to young rival – “You say I am the reason you got into this business.  Now I am the reason you’re out.”

Albright – “You thought you were buying a new car, and it turned out it had a few miles on it.”

Albright – “Just think of all the great minds this world has lost because their bodies failed them.”

Film Tidbit:  The film credits the Trump Tower for their cooperation, so apparently that amazing apartment of dazzling gold furnishings is in Mr. Trump’s building, appropriately enough….

Woman In Gold

Movie:  Woman In Gold

Rating:  4 1/2 Stars (Out of 5)

Review:   Around 1938 in Austria, it is a bad time for the Jewish population.  Nazi Germany has annexed Austria, and the Jews are being subjected to the same brutal tactics as in the Fatherland, especially where the wealthy are concerned.  The Altmann family is very rich and live in a fine house full of expensive art works.  One in particular, Gustav Klimt’s masterpiece Portrait Of Adele Bloch-Bauer, is stolen by the Nazis and never returned to the family after the war.  Sixty years later in 1998, a feisty 80 year old Maria Altmann (Helen Mirren) marches into a Los Angeles law office and asks for help to force an art museum in Austria to return her family’s painting, commonly referred to as The Woman In Gold.  A young American lawyer of Austrian ancestry, Randol Schoenberg (Ryan Reynolds) takes on the case.

So begins a quest that goes on for several years, taking Maria Altmann back to Austria, a country she vowed to never return to.  Randol Schoenberg believes in the merits of the case, despite the career and financial hardship it costs him to pursue the matter.  Their David and Goliath legal fight took them all the way to the United States Supreme Court (Austria v. Altmann) before it was decided.

This is one of those wonderful small films that come along just a few times a year that have a great cast and a compelling story.  This one has the added benefit of being true.  I would urge movie goers to see this picture before it is squeezed out of theaters to make room for the action laden summer blockbusters in May.

Actresses To Watch:  Of course Helen Mirren is magnificent in this role, as she always is.  She is one of the grand dames of films along with Judi Dench and Meryl Streep.  But pay attention to the 29 year old actress Tatiana Maslany that plays Maria Altmann as a young woman.  She is truly an up and coming star, and you should watch her amazing television show on BBC America, Orphan Black, where she plays at least five separate characters.

Dialogue Nuggets:  Randol to Maria – “Against my better judgment I like you.”

Maria – “The Austrians welcomed the Nazis with flowers and open arms.”

Austrian – “The Woman In Gold is Austria’s Mona Lisa.  They will never let it go!”

Austrian Man to Maria – “Why don’t you just go away?  Everything is not about the Holocaust!”