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MOVIE REVIEW | Focus (2015)

In a nutshell, Bored & Dangerous says:Focus tries to do a whole lot, it succeeds at very little of it, yet it’s entertaining anyway.”

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“I can convince anyone of anything. I once convinced a man that an empty warehouse was the federal reserve, so I’m good.”

Con man movies are all about conning the audience watching it as much as they are about conning the characters in it.  Movies like Ridley Scott’s Matchstick Men and David Mamet’s Heist work so well and deliver such an impact because they make you feel like you’re in it, watching from the outside, seeing angles that the characters can’t.  Then they pull the rug out from under you, and you realise that you were being suckered the whole time too.  Good con movies do it so well, when you watch them a second time, you can’t believe how many little hints of the truth you missed that first time around.  Focus tries to do a whole lot of that, it succeeds at very little of it, yet it’s entertaining anyway.

Sitting alone in a swanky hotel bar, Nicky (Will Smith) is quickly seduced by the gorgeous Jess (Margot Robbie).  Getting down to rumpy pumpy business, they’re interrupted by her jealous, gun wielding husband.  Only, it’s not her jealous husband, it’s her partner in crime, scamming and robbing people like Nicky after they’re lured to her room.  Only, Nicky’s not being scammed, he’s actually a world class con artist himself, who recognised this low rent scheme immediately and went along with it out of pure curiosity before easily thwarting their plans. (more…)

MOVIE REVIEW | Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016)

In a nutshell, Bored & Dangerous says: “It’s just kind of shapeless, with any moments of character growth and audience satisfaction seeming a little too tacked on or forced in.”

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“There’s only so much any of us have any control of, good or bad. If you didn’t learn that in Afghanistan, you were not paying attention.”

Tina Fey is one of the smartest, funniest voices in comedy right now, and has been for a solid decade or so.  She had such a strong voice as the Head Writer of Saturday Night Live, that for the first time in my life, I actually knew who the Head Writer of Saturday Live was.  She starred in and co-created 30 Rock, one of the best and most original sitcoms of the new millennium.  Which is a list that her latest sitcom effort, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, is also pretty much assured a place on once it gets a few more episodes under its belt.  And while I may have thought it was just OK, I can’t deny that she wrote a movie that has an important place in cinema for an entire generation with Mean Girls.  Yet for all of that, for some reason, Fey is yet to really crack it as a bankable, big screen star.  Which is something that likely and unfortunately won’t change with Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.

With a career behind the scenes for a cable news network in New York, Kim Baker (Fey) has found professional success, but not real satisfaction.  With US forces invading Afghanistan in the fallout from 9/11, she jumps at the opportunity to move there as their on-camera correspondent.  Landing in Kabul, she enters what more experienced journalists call the “Kabubble”.  These more experiences journalists, including British reporter Tanya Vanderpole (Margot Robbie) and Scottish photographer Iain MacKelpie (Martin Freeman), introduce Kim to a world where western reporters party hard and bang their security guards in the safety of their oasis like compounds, in between reporting from active war zones in the field and just outside of their protected front doors. (more…)