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molly's game (2017)

A film by Aaron Sorkin

Cast: Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner

She was nicknamed the poker princess and when she was in a room she was in total command. She made a fortune running high-stakes games for the wealthy and powerful. Inspired by Bloom’s memoir of the same name, “Molly’s Game” bounces back and forth in time between Molly’s arrest by the FBI for running an illegal gambling operation and the  efforts to persuade a New York lawyer  to represent her and flashbacks to how she built her  empire.


Molly moves to LA to continue her studies but she stumbles into a game of a card from her boss who wanted her to manage a poker game every week. We even go back further when she was a kid the time she was rebellious against her father. Her first game you will get the narrative voice over of how the game works, who is coming, the terminology , the strategy. As she tries to convince a lawyer played by Idris Elba, you continue to see the flashback and you beginning to see that Molly was dominating her game in a work of powerful men? however the chemistry of the two actors dazzle on-screen. The film is a bit long and entertaining as hell. The scene with her father where Molly is reached her low point is priceless. The thing is the film moves well a the beginning maintains its speed slows down a little and the kill shot is sent. A woman in a man’s world where Molly has done very well and the thing is also those kind of illegal games and Molly being good at her job will bring some unwanted attention.






A film by Byron Howard, Rich Moore

Cast: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba

Zootopia, a fantasy set in a city where predators and prey live together in harmony, is a funny, beautifully designed kids’ film with a message that it restates at every turn. And yes the massage here does not fall apart it keeps on coming. Discrimination is wrong, but stereotypes are stereotypes for a reason and it is not easy to overcome the reason but you will have to be patient.

Ginnifer Goodwin  who voices Bunny Hops, a small town rabbit who’s told that she can’t be a police officer in Zootopia because there’s never been a rabbit police officer.The job tends to be done by rather large predators. and yes Hops makes it through police training anyway and gets assigned to meter maid duty which she does not like, she wants real work.  Well her carrot farmer parents (Bonnie Hunt and Don Lake),  gave her fox repellent as a going-away present. Nice. Well of course you have guessed it, Hops ends up partnered with a red fox named Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman), a small-time hustler who reluctantly helps her investigate the disappearances of a dozen predators. Like I said here is a disney animation with a message asking its characters to look past species stereotypes.  And yes  there are acknowledgments of the destructive self-hatred that discrimination can cause. May of the animals makes jokes at the expense of stereotypes about their species. The thing is Wilde became a hustler because other animals hazed him as a pup while repeating anti-fox stereotypes. So he became the hustler to him there were no other choice. But Hops is optimistic if you want it bad enough you are going to work as hard if not harder than the other. The thriller’s plot, borrows from 48 HRS and every cop drama involving governmental conspiracy, is smartly written here. Here is a cool animation that will become a classic before we know it. And yes it is for kids as well as for adults.






A film by Guillermo del Toro.

Cast: Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Rinko Kikuchi.

When monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end. Massive Robot (Jaeger)  was constructed to fight the creatures, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose mind are locked in a neural bridge. This works for a while but soon the humans have to think of something else to defeat the creatures. So on their last chance mankind turned to 2 individual a wash out pilot Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam) and a trainee Mako Mori (Rinko kikuchi) who are teamed up to drive a one of a kind Jaeger. Will they succeed ?

First this remain me of the Japanese film were they are monsters ( Kaiju) destroying human race, But there the story takes us where human have constructed Jaeger massive giant robot to combat them. The story has emotion in it not this mindless emotionless action Sci-Fi picture. The pilots don’t share just responsibilities they share each others memories, and must struggle not just to control their thoughts during combat, but to avoid being thrown off when their co-pilot lets a distracting or traumatic image slip through. Raleigh who lost his brother thought that the bond that he had with his brother ca not be replicated until he meet this young woman named Mako.  Idris Elba is a father figures for Mako who saw her parent died from a Kajiu. Also Del Toro made Elba wear a suit in most movies they were a military uniform or a jump suit of sme kind that came to a surprise for me. They are many great shot in this film and the special effect are great. Over all it has a good story a great director and a nice ensemble cast.




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