* * * ½
(Clever Heist Movie)
Giancarlo Esposito stars as the leader of a mixed-bag gang he recruited to rob his former partner, no arch enemy, of $7 million in bonds that are hidden in a secure safe underwater.
The series is identified by a variety of colors and shown out of order. We jump from the members of the gang years, months, days, during and after the heist, which takes a while to follow, but is done cleverly.
They are pursued by a relentless FBI agent, who slowly gets closer to their clever planning.
There is violence, close calls, deceit and death. Is there a mole?
Netflix has a 12-minute segment that wraps the series up in chronological order. You may wish to view it that way.
* * ½
(Weird, Satirical, Absurdist Comedy)
There are some very funny moments in this absurdist comedy about the fear of death and how one family deals with it, but it is a bit too disjointed and far out for general audiences.
Adam Driver plays a college professor of Hitler studies, married to a woman taking part in an illegal clinical study on death anxiety (Greta Gerwig).
They have four eccentric children who spend their time arguing and discussing obscure subjects.
The best line in the movie is “Family is the cradle of the world’s misfortunes.”
Their first misfortune happens after a nearby train crash that causes an “airborne toxic event” that calls for the evacuation of their town.
After a disastrous road trip, they end up at a Boy Scout Camp where more absurd events happen.
When they return home Jack discovers that his wife, Babbette has had one major discretion, which explains her odd behavior.
The movie then goes completely downhill.
If you like weird, you may enjoy its absurdity.
THE PALE BLUE EYE
* * * ½
( Eerie Mystery)
This eerie mystery takes place at West Point in the winter of 1836.
Retired and widowed detective Augustus Landor (Christian Bale) is summoned to solve the mystery of who hanged a young cadet and cut out his heart.
Landor makes the acquaintance of another cadet, poet Edgar Allen Poe (Harry Melling). They become friends and Poe joins him in the investigation.
A second cadet is hung and castrated.
A doctor, his wife and daughter become involved in the investigation, and the situation becomes a bit eerie, leading to secrets being revealed and a weird ending.
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