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A cryptic message from the past sends James Bond on a rogue mission to Mexico City and eventually Rome, where he meets Lucia Sciarra (Monica Bellucci), the beautiful and forbidden widow of an infamous criminal. Bond infiltrates a secret meeting and uncovers the existence of the sinister organization known as Spectre.
This one seemed to split Bond fans, but one thing that cannot be denied is that Daniel Craig’s James Bond films always come hard with spectacular action sequences and very cool villains. That may make this sound like a very generic Bond film, but when it delivers all that you’ve come to expect and are a huge fan of the franchise, upon repeat viewings, Spectre will more than satisfy. What is a little disappointing is the lack of special features. There’s a video blog that’s standard behind the scenes fare. BUY THIS (if you’re a major Bond fan)
Witness the founder of Apple like never before. Steve Jobs paints an intimate portrait of the brilliant man at the epicenter of the digital revolution, backstage in the final minutes before three iconic product launches. Directed by Academy Award winner Danny Byole (Slumdog Millionaire), written by Academy Award winner Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network) and starring Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogan and Jeff Daniels.
Behind a masterful script by Aaron Sorkin, Steve Jobs might have fallen out of a lot of people’s favor by way of it being the umpteenth movie about Steve Jobs since his untimely death. This story isn’t a typical biopic though, so it’s unlike any Steve Jobs movie out there, plus it’s directed by Danny Boyle so it’s going to have it’s own distinctive visual flair to go with Sorkin’s witty and lengthy prose. Buy This
In 1947, Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston) was Hollywood’s top screenwriter until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs. Trumbo (directed by Jay Roach) recounts how Dalton used words and wit to win two Academy Awards and expose the absurdity and injustice of the blacklist, which entangled everyone from gossip columnist Hedda Hopper (Helen Mirren) to John Wayne, Kirk Douglas and Otto Preminger. The film also stars Diane Lane, John Goodman, Louis C.K., Elle Fanning, and Michael Stuhlbarg.
Trumbo does a great job at showing how interesting Old Hollywood was, and it would have been nice if there would have been a more overall focus on the movie industry at this time in history. It’s not that Dalton Trumbo’s story isn’t interesting, but the movie has a really uneven way of exhibiting that fact. It would have also been nice if there were more of an effort made to include more special features. There’s barely on this disk. Queue This if you want your Oscar experience to be complete since Bryan Cranston was nominated for the Best Actor award.