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All the Money in the World (2017)
Wanted to watch this one for a while. This also have initially been Kevin Spacey movie, but he got involved into scandal, and got replaced with Christopher Plummer. Well, no matter the drama around it, let's look at the drama in the movie.
Movie makes a point to write, right at the start, that it is inspired by true events. Which is the usual way to say that it's not exactly true to the events themselves. It also makes point to confirm that some events were changed for dramatization. It's a nice touch. Now, I didn't find my usual site article, but here is the Time article comparing the movie and real events. From what it says, we can make some assumptions. Old Getty really was a horrible miser, trying to save money everyone he could, including all legal technicalities he could, and he was prone to collecting a fuckton of art. He also only paid ransom after the ear was send. So we can believe that this character is pretty correct. Chase character is a real person, and he was involved in ransom exchange. And while the starting scene of the kidnapping is somewhat realistic, the rest doesn't seem to follow true events, from start and to conclusion, so I guess that's the part that is the most over-dramatized.
All in all, the movie is somewhere in the middle in terms of truth - not exactly truthful, but not all that wrong either.
The Post (2018)
This one is about Katharine Graham - woman owning The Washington Post newspaper - and her decision to go ahead with publishing of some closely held government secrets about Vietnam. The newspaper went to court for this, but managed to win the case. There, spoiled it for you.
So, what is this all about? Now, my usual site for fact-checking says that most of the story is actually true. The Washington Post got their hands on government secret report, and there are a lot of true details thrown into the movie like organizing it all at Bradlee's house, flying papers on the second plane seat, and even Katharine receiving the call while making a party speech. And, of course, the main story is true to the facts - Post got into the game after Times, got to court over it and managed to survive the case while being in the process of becoming publicly traded company, which added some financial stress on the events.
Specific thing that is pointed out as wrong in this movie is overly evil representation of Nixon, but I think pretty much everyone demonizes Nixon in movies. Also, while now exactly an error, movie concentrates at the Post while their involvement in actual scandal reveal was not all that major - Times were the first to break the story, after all. It is quite possible that the reason for movie's point of view is that Post had female owner at the time, and her struggle is in the center of the movie.
All in all, not bad picture, detailing scandal during the Nixon administration, that happened even before Watergate, and something I didn't really know off.
Greatest Showman (2017)
Great musical movie with Hugh Jackman as a main actor... wait, that reminds me of something... Well, nevermind. This one is about Barnum - the showman that brought people the really weird and freaky stuff. And who also wasn't above some swindling.
Now, this was to be expected from musical film, as really, it's all a fabulous show, but goddamn, the usual fact-checking source claims that almost all movie is quite untrue. Well, except for the main line - Barnum opened and operated a literal freak-show museum, which later burned down, so he moved to a proper circus.
Other than that? Barnum financial situation and age are wrong, the whole scandal with opera singer is false, and he was probably not as likeable person as he was portrayed. Also, the whole story of his partner and his feeling for trapeze artist girl is entirely made up, as are both characters. Though, interestingly enough, several of the 'freaks' presented in the movie are references to the actual Barnum performers, including, of course, the famous bearded woman.
So, like some of the Barnum acts, the movie is mostly not true, and does what it does just for show. Still, good show it is.
This one is somewhat melancholy, but pretty good. Anime is Mahou Tsukai no Yome which I haven't seen yet, but planning to, and song is 'Crystals' by Of Monsters And Men. The world in the anime looks highly bizarre, which works good with the song if you know how bizarre Of Monsters And Men music videos usually are. In any case, got nice feeling from this.
So, fucking hell, haven't been writing here in a while. But the thing is... it really doesn't feel like we have much happening now. I mean, sure, we have war, and politicians are fighting each other, and there's like 5 plans to overthrow government per month... but it all gotten so old, we stopped paying attention. Survival, that's what people are concerned with.
Still, I did notice one funny bit which I want to share today.
I mentioned Savchenko before. Ukrainian military woman, was on trial in Russia, attained near-saint status in Ukraine during that time, and membership in political party, got exchanged for some people, returned back to Ukraine, started being politically active here, and pissed everyone off, cause she was much better as icon in Russian prison, that as actual politician of this country, cause we really have more than enough retards here already.
Well, she got arrested recently. Two days ago, actually. Something like 30 minutes after government revoked her diplomatic immunity. Reasons for the arrest? She is being 'suspected' of planning terrorist act in parliament.
In fact, it's more than that. Apparently, government 'discovered' what was the plan of a terrorist attack. And listen to this, this is what they claim, seriously. They claim that Savchenko was planning to:
1. Bombard center of Kiev using mortars placed on barges in Dnepr (river going through Kiev).
2. Shoot at president Poroshenko's car using rifle produced on Donetsk (yes, that last detail is super-important, because shooting at someone with something produced in Donetsk is like 5 times worse than just shooting at someone with anything else).
3. Personally throw grenades at the parliament building.
All 3 points probably were to happen at the same time. Now, I am no fan of Savchenko - she is a crazy bitch that should have been kicked out of the parliament long time ago. But even I can say that the accusation is as retarded as it can be, which is exactly what you would expect from my country.
Currently Savchenko is placed under arrest for 2 months without the right of bail. What does she do about it? Well, the same thing she did when she was under arrest in Russia - she went on hunger strike, as if somebody cares about her well-being.
Still, retarded as it is, this is somewhat big event, as Savchenko, as hyped up as she was, became a very outspoken political member, so removing her like that is a very strong move, too. And, I guess, that was something parliament managed to agree on, for once. Rare occasion.
Now, of course, the trial will be a total shit show. Right now everyone already accusing Savchenko of working with Donetsk, of being flipped on Russian side, and all sort of such rubbish, so, while everyone, naturally, claims that the trial will be as lawful as can be, I expect it to be sort of a circus in itself. Will see, I guess.
The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017)
So, this one is about the making of the famous Christmas story. Or rather, it's about the author, Charles Dickens, trying to get his inspiration back after several bad runs. And all that, styled in a Christmas tale style of its own.
The usual site reveals a lot of details to be actually true. Charles' father was horrible with money, which caused much trouble for a long time, several prior books were flops, he published book himself, wrote it in about 6 weeks, and had to work in a factory as a young child... Pretty grim harsh stuff, actually, and a lot of stress. And a lot of obsession over the story.
The movie presents characters in the story, as it is being written, as almost real, which certainly can be true for really obsessive writer. And sometimes characters do what they want, not what you want them to do. And at the same time, many of the secondary characters in the movie seem to be references to other characters from his other books, which is logical as Charles did draw inspiration for his characters from real people.
All in all, pretty entertaining story, and even though this story didn't exactly invent Christmas, more likely just helped it rise again faster (royal family was already celebrating it, I believe), it's worth to watch.
Darkest Hour (2017)
Holy hell, fat Gary Oldman! But not to worry, that's just a lot of makeup, he had to don for playing the role of Churchill.
The movie deals with basically the first month of his rule as Prime Minister, during the seemingly unstoppable German march. It's all very dramatic, and, interestingly enough, Dunkirk events are also part of this, as this is the military operation they were concerned with the most at the time.
Now, the usual site tells us, that while there are many relation with true events and general feeling of the time, a lot of over-dramatizations were made. Most of the movie, actually, as Churchill's secretary, given strong role in the movie, was not in his employ at the time, yet, they didn't, again, at that time, use the underground war rooms, and if the meeting with people ever took place, it was not like it depicted in the movie. Many things were over-dramatized, many were sped up for the narration purposes, so this movie cannot really be shown as true representation. They do say, that the man really did have a nasty personality at times, so there's that.
Still, big movie, and interesting for what it is. Also, really, fat Gary Oldman, gotta watch it at least for that.
Do you like magic shows? I do enjoy a good trick ocasionally, and one day I was watching one of the videos of Penn and Teller show, and the guy there was pretty goddamn amazing. So, turns up, he really is damn good, and he got his own life-story movie documentary.
So, there you go. Pretty much all you need to know is in the trailer. The guy himself is amazing. More amazing that any person on this site, for sure, and actually more amazing than most people out there. And he does cards. And he struggles with disability that would have stopped any other person from doing what he did.
Now, the movie itself isn't really about any specific events, or history. It's about this one guy, who he is, what he does, how he lived and lives his life. It may not be for anyone, and there is also obvious big emphasis on the disability itself, so if you are going into this movie to see mostly card tricks... well, no, there are some, but you won't see much of it. If you want to know about that guy, then it's a movie for you.
I'd recommend this for any fans of magic shows, and for all who like stories of overcoming personal limitations.
Only the Brave
Firefighter movie, telling story of Granite Mountain Hotshots and Yarnell Fire.
The movie here is told mostly from two perspectives. One is Eric Marsh, leading the crew, and he is a natural choice for a lead character. Another is Brendan McDonough, recovered junkie, for whom joining firemen was what turned his life around. And while second one looks like Hollywood way to treat the story, that part is actually true, and Brendan makes the obvious choice for perspective as he is the survivor of the later tragedy and the one who wrote the book about it.
Now, the true story site tells that most of the events are pretty accurate. Some characters were changed around, some unneeded dramatization was added towards the end, and other minor Hollywood details. But other than that, this was a municipal-based crew, they did fight those fires, and the final fire story seems to be accurate enough. In fact, this movie doesn't look like fictional firemen movies I saw - in those every fire is like some dramatic event, in this one fire is mostly work. Dangerous, but work. So it is interesting in that regard, and has additional bonus of having true event behind it.
The Red Strings Club. This is a cyberpunk bartending simulation game. And yes, immediately you can have throwbacks to this game. However, which those words can describe both games, both are very distinctly different in style. And at the same time - so similar... Goddamnit, this is gonna be hard. In any case, I haven't finished it yet, but I already got hit with a strong impression.
The story of a game is, of course, a story of The Red Strings Club - an old-style melancholy bar. The bar is run by Donovan, who is a real magician of a bartending world. His thing is, apparently, mixing drinks based on emotions. And, seeing how that gives him certain control over his clients, it's no wonder that he also works as information broker. Game centers on him, but he is not the only playable character. Other two main heroes are hacker Brandeis, overzealous with anti-corporation activism, and android Akara, who is already one huge spoiler and is probably the best artificial intelligence in existence. This group gets mixed up in event, that makes them pursue a very specific and dangerous information.
So, what is the gameplay here? Well, basically, it's a chain of minigames, out of which the bartending game seems to be most prevalent. Your goal is to move the marker over one of your client's emotions, and you literally do it with drinks. Mechanics get added with allowing to mix drinks in a shaker before pouring them, and with drinks that allow to rotate the marker. Of course, you aren't doing it just for fun. After putting your client into the certain mood, you start asking questions. And who knows, maybe they will slip up and give you some info when they are paranoid, or when they are ecstatic.
Another mini-game I saw was the implant-crafting game, which is akin to making clay pots. You click mouse repeatedly to get the wheel spinning, you select a tool, and you carve. Easy as that, and you can roll-back the changes. Interestingly enough, mini-games never rush you. You are allowed to properly craft, whatever craft you are performing, and it gives a nice feeling.
And, saying all that - there's no saving in this game. Checkpoints allow you to leave the game and continue, but you can't change your choice unless you go for another playthrough.
Speaking of playthrough, game definitely plays with multiple choices. And it even gives you visual representation in a form of - yes - red string that you can view and see all the important turns of events. At the same time, the string is still linear - it's like a road with several nodes every once in a while, and you may pass by a specific node, but you are still moving forward anyways. So I am not sure how important my choices would be.
The unfolding story, though... Yes, it is good. It's damn good. It's melancholy like cyberpunk story must be, and at the same time it got just a little hint of supernatural to make you wonder about this world more. Also, it feels like there is actually not much idle talk - you have a feeling that your every client directly progresses the story, so the whole feeling is quite determined.
Art is, as you can see, the good old pixel style, which works nice, and it's a good style for what is going on. Music is also very nice, giving you the slow, a little bit melancholy mood. You cannot select the soundtrack, but I never really felt like doing that anyways.
All in all? I love this game style, and it's a great game to relax and think about things. All while mixing drinks to maybe save the world. Or something.