All the Money in the World

Directed By: Ridley Scott
Written By: David Scarpa (based on the book Painfully Rich: The Outrageous Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Heirs of J. Paul Getty by John Pearson)
Starring: Michelle Williams, Christopher Plummer, Mark Wahlberg, Charlie Plummer, Romain Duris

It’s become impossible to divorce timthumb.phpthe onscreen story of All the Money in the World, from the offscreen story which has since enveloped it. With production complete and a release-date sweat inducingly imminent, director Ridley Scott played cattle wrangler and impossibly lassoed his crew back together for extensive reshoots. Swivelling on a three-week dime, Scott somehow purged his film of the disgraced Kevin Spacey, and in the eleventh-hour, subbed in Christopher Plummer to assimilate one of the film’s most substantial roles. Then came the editing process, and the unenviable task of transposing new footage into an Continue reading “All the Money in the World”


Baby Driver

Directed By: Edgar Wright
Written By: Edgar Wright
Starring: Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm

Few filmmakers demonstrate baby-driver-postersuch a command of the cinematic artform as Edgar Wright does with Baby Driver, a wondrous symphony of romance, violence, vitality, funk, comedy and untethered imagination. Wright, a cinephile of Scoresesian proportions, grants every tool of the medium its own time to shine: the wowing stunt work seen in the film’s many car chases, the endlessly creative application of music (not just background noise, the music maps the action), the director’s trademark sudden burst editing, smooth and seamless photography (the film’s opening credits are accompanied by a herculean long take that would make Robert Altman’s eyebrows raise), a brand of dialogue which finds Continue reading “Baby Driver”