Mini-Review: Assassin’s Creed

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Release: December 21, 2016

Story: A secret society called the Templars rescues a suspected murderer (Callum, played by Michael Fassbender) from execution. The Templars are searching for the Apple. It contains the genetic code of freewill, and the Templars hope to use it to rid the world of evil. Callum is the descendant of Aguilar (also Fassbender), a member of the Assassins during the Spanish Inquisition. Through a devise called the Animus, Alan Rikkin (the head of the Templars played by Jeremy “I’m way too good for this movie” Irons) and his daughter and lead scientist (played by Marion “I won an Oscar now look at me” Cotillard) want Callum to relive the genetic memories of his ancestor, who knew of the eventual whereabouts of the Apple. But there may be more to what’s going on than meets the eye, and the other Assassin descendants, who are being used by the Templars, warn the morally questionable Callum against what he’s doing. Continue reading

And the Oscar Goes to…All About Eve

All About Eve hits a number of landmarks. It’s the first Best Picture winner to be primarily about women, it received an unprecedented 14 Oscar nominations, and well, watch my review to find out the rest. It stars Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, Celeste Holm, and George Sanders. It’s directed and written by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. It’s the Best Picture winner of 1950. It’s a tale of the theater like no other. It’s All About Eve.

Scrooge (1951)

scrooge-5Yesterday, my wife and I watched two versions of Charles Dickens’s immortal classic. One was the 1999 TV movie starring Patrick Stewart (my review is here), and the other was the much acclaimed Alastair Sim film released in 1951 under the title of Scrooge in the UK and A Christmas Carol in the United States. I had seen the Sim version many years ago. I remember liking it, but most of the details were pretty hazy in my mind. So coming to it again, it was almost like I was watching it for the first time, which lent itself really well to a review. Continue reading