Mini-Reviews #13

Here we go again. This time, a near endless supply of franchise sequels and mediocrity in the movie department and a small selection of TV show with mixed results.

Film

Lawless
Powerful cast, semi-interesting story. It’s OK, but nothing special.
Shushi Girl
List of interesting actors, but unfortunately in a very uninteresting story. Low-budget Wanna-Be-Tarantino; skip it.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Better than the first one (which I found terribly boring and overhyped, but I’m not in the target audience either), but it’s still the kind of factory-made franchise film that I’ll catch only on the seventh rerun on TV, if at all.
Ted 2
Seems I’m sucker for punishment, why else would I view this crap? Part 1 was already bad (except for maybe 3 ½ funny scenes), this is worse (with an overly positive view on it, there’s ½ funny scene). Reminder to self: Do not watch a part 3!
Ant-Man
*yawn* And here’s this week’s episode of another bland Marvel superhero. A slighty lighter tone than other movies of this franchise behemoth, but other than that, pretty unremarkable. You can watch this, or an episode of “The Six Million Dollar Man”, won’t make much of a difference (well, you’ll probably be better entertained by the latter).
Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation
And yet another entry in yet another franchise. But the action, stunts and quips are entertaining enough for what this series is.
Jane Eyre
I know, I’m a cultural illiterate, but I knew this only by name, never read the book or watched a movie adaptation. I somehow thought this would be a mystery story, uhm, no, it’s not. Not my cup of tea.
Nightcrawler
Recommended; not much else to say.
Minions
A string of some funny ideas and moments, but as a movie with something resembling a plot, it doesn’t work particulary well. Watchable on a rainy sunday afternoon.
Everest
Based on a true story — five dreaded words. And even if, this added nothing to the 947 other mountain dramas that are already out there: The story goes as expected and the characters are not very involving… skip.
Cold in July
I read a (one) positive review some time ago about it and now catched up on seeing it. Wow, what a mess. Plotholes galore, crappy characterization, lacking motiviation for the things that (all) the people do in this film, and it also looked like a cheap TV movie.
Skip it, burn it, never say its name again!
James Bond 007: Spectre
Franchise movie no. 657. And certainly the worst of all Daniel Craig’s Bond flicks (haven’t seen the older ones in a while, so can’t compare them); even “Quantum of Solace” was better. At times, I tought I’d see an overlong advertising film for a french parfume. Revels in the past, but encases it with a look that is way to slick for its own good. Plot? What plot? And Craig acts as if he was tranquilized while shooting this.

TV

Hell on Wheels — Season 2 + 3
For now, the second-best of the two recent western shows that I know of. But by all means not bad; and these seasons were a step above the first one.
Fargo — Season 2
Alas, can’t say the same for “Fargo”. The first season, despite its deeply disappointing third act, was a wonderful mix of black humour, violence and crime. This season lacks the humour completely, action/violence is also very much reduced (except for the one or two occasions, but’s that’s OK, it fits the tone) and the crime aspect wasn’t that exciting either. The media hyped this to no end, but to me it was ‘only’ good.