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Review – The American #BIFF

Yes ladies, I am a paranoid, lean, mean, emoting machine.

Showing as part of the Brisbane International Film Festival was the advanced Australian screening of The American. This film tells the story of an assassin, on the run from those who recently tried to kill him. Tortured and paranoid as the result of his choices, Clooney’s character Jack/Edward lives a sheltered life – sometimes entering society, occasionally to bond but always busy (he takes on another assignment). His choice of relationships are a strong reflection of his own life choices, and the analogy of his own life to a noticable and endangered butterfly is nicely rounded out. This is a long con movie, with sporadic bursts of action or plot driving.

Pluses:
Italy – I want to go there now.
Clooney’s understated acting.
The slow burn.
Clara’s misunderstanding of Edwards behaviour for love, and him fooling himself into believing it.
The lack of dialogue – so very character and emotionally driven.
Beautifully shot.
Clooney going against type – it isn’t that hard to remember he is actually a very bad man. He is actually too bad to even call him an archetypal Byronic Hero.

Minuses:
Somewhat predictable. I guessed the every major plot point – though I did expect him to have something to do with the spate of murders (not the ones we actually saw him commit).
It is the standard hit-man plot.

I rather enjoyed this – it wasn’t outstanding, but it was on the mark. I can see this movie being a lot more popular with women than men – not just for Clooney, yes ladies you see a fair bit of him – but because it deals with the emotions that drive people’s choices and outcomes, not the large scale events – the action here is incidental.

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Review – Castle – The Mistress Always Spanks Twice (aka Castle Bondage)

This week:

Castle The Mistress Always Spanks Twice

Yes, Mistress.


Random person finds a person dead. Only the dead person is in restraints and smothered in caramel in a playground. Beckett teases Castle mercilessly. Castle fantasises endlessly. Cheer leading.  Lots of time with Mistresses. Sexual tension. Red herrings. Solution.

Pluses:
Fillion’s protrayal of Castle was just delicious.
Esposito and Ryan buddy cops.
Banter was slightly predictable but highly enjoyable.

Minuses:
Felt staged (but that is to be expected).

At least with this bondage ep of a show I am not scrubbing the images out of my brain as I did with Smallville. It was done as tastefully (?) as you can without going for mass scene of people in leather hanging from the ceilings. This was a remarkably funny episode. Well worth catching it on repeat.

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Review – Castle – He’s Dead. She’s Dead.

 

Castle He's Dead, She's Dead

This thing between us, I believe it is called "sex-u-al tension." Did I mention I am ruggedly handsome?

 

 

This week:

Someone is murdered. Castle helps Beckett. Beckett gets annoyed with Castle’s witty banter. Castle flirts. Sexual tension ensues. Twists, turns and red herrings. They solve the case.

Pluses:
Back story of the Castle Family.
Nice tie in with personal stories and episode plot.
Great clue development!
Super fun!

Minuses:
Ummm. Will get back to you.

All in all this was a hugely enjoyable romp around NYC with the Castle and Beckett Dynamic Duo. For me, Castle is my fall asleep to on Sunday night show, but this new season seems to have stepped it up and made the old formula fresh again.

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Castle – A Deadly Affair (Season Return)

 

My what sensible cop shoes you have there Beckett!

 

He is the kind that pays more.

Yes, Castle is back.

This week:

Castle is thought to be bad. Turns out he isn’t. Then thought to be bad. Turns out he isn’t. Beckett and Castle make a bet. Sexual tension ensues. They solve the case.

Pluses:
Nathan Fillion.
Esposito staring down Castle.
Reasonably Ok dialogue.
Nice murder piecing.
Escapism teev.

Minuses:
Stupid wardrobe choices for a police officer.
Lack of sandwich for Beckett.
Formulaic.
Still is Jessica Fletcher: Murder She Wrote with sexier and younger people.

Not bad for the same story every week – though I would like to see Castle go up against Flecther.

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