Almost Famous [50 New-Old Movies for the 51st Year #22]

Earlier this year, I turned 50 years old!  And to add to all the real life goals and challenges that that brings, I’ve created at least one as it relates to movies and this blog–watch a film I’ve never seen before which came out in each year of my life (thus the “Old-New” terminology), and then write a bit about it.  This is Post #22.  Spoilers ahead.  

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A Most Wanted Man

A Most Wanted Man is apparently the late Philip Seymour Hoffman’s final film performance (although the next Hunger Games movies is still on its way), and certainly in it he doesn’t look at all well.  I have no idea how much of that is acting and how much (if any) is actually failing health, but from a film performance point of view it doesn’t matter, because Hoffman does a solid and praiseworthy job playing Günther Bachmann, the head of a small group of investigators operating out of Hamburg, where the 9-11 attacks were apparently planned, charged with the task of making sure that such a thing never happens again in that city.  When they become aware of the illegal arrival of a suspicious Chechen with a violent past, they see an opportunity to take down a respectable Muslim statesman who is secretly laundering money to terrorist organizations.  Continue reading A Most Wanted Man

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

There are friends of mine for whom this movie was the most anticipated film of the year – even more than Man of Steel, which I found incomprehensible.  But it turned out…they were right!  At least insofar as this was a better movie than the Superman reboot, or at least, less disappointing. Continue reading The Hunger Games: Catching Fire