VICE (2019)

A film by  Adam McKay

Cast:  Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Steve Carell 

Dick Cheney managed, without making a fuss, to be elected vice-president alongside George W. Bush. Become the most powerful man in the country, he has largely contributed to impose a new world order whose consequences the American feel today …

Dick Cheney here started as a young man not too in the hurry to get where he was going, well nowhere. He failed at yale, got into fight and drank to death and got a job as an utility man. When fiancé Lynn has enough she makes him choose this way of life that you are leaving now or me. At that moment Dick (Christian Bale) looks Lynne (Amy Adams) in the eye and swears he’ll never disappoint her again.

And that is how Adam McKay start the film and you can tell he was not a fan of our protagonist. The dark satire is kind of scary because here Dick though he was doing the right thing. Dick here was thirsty for power and somewhat abused it. Christian Bale as Dick Cheney, is performance was outstanding you don’t quiet recognize him right off the bat, it takes you awhile to seek in.  Amy Adams as Cheney’s demanding wife, who gives her unfocused husband an ultimatum will have an effect on you as you are watching her performance you do not recognize as well. Steve Carell fits like a glove into Donald Rumsfeld while Sam Rockwell as a young George W. Bush looks the part. Let’s not forget the good old Jesse Plemons’ character too funny but not he does the narrator here. Of course the directors uses , mixed media, archival footage and some flashbacks. Cheney became the most powerful vice president of all time. scary .

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BATTLE OF THE SEXES (2017)

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A film by Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris

Cast: Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Andrea Riseborough

The publicized true story about the on-court face-off between Grand Slam winner Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and former World Number 1 Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) is not simply about the sport.

The film is not just about that match it is about a male chauvinist, gay right, legality pay for women it is just scratch the surface in the early 70’s.. It is a funny film at times and the dynamism between the two tennis player makes it entertaining. For me however the film is missing something. I got out of the theatre feeling ok about it. Do not get me wrong the film is entertaining but not the big film either. It has history in it. Billie Jean King has fought all her life so the women could have better pay as equal to the men tennis player to top it all off she is trying to hide the fact that she is gay. Back then there were too much male chauvinism and the women could do well if not better than man. The two actors here are on top of their games. To even put Bill Pullman as Jack Kramer that was brilliant. Bobby Riggs is a gambling addict and a chauvinist pig. Smart as she is Billie that is was training her ass off meanwhile Riggs was putting on a show little did he is going to eat his words. Billie is good under pressure some people are and she was wearing him out to death. Riggs is out of shape. The film comes together toward the match between the two with the tension, thrills and the ridiculous moments . And the winner is.

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THE BIG SHORT (2015)

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A film by Adam McKay

Cast: Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling

In the big short someone did the math and even said the bubble is going to burst. Other people checked the numbers and eventually found to their surprise and disgust that not only was that person right, but the system was corrupt ,very corrupt.The film is a darkly funny story of the credit and housing financial crisis of 2007-2010 and how different groups of people made money off of the dishonesty and misery of others. That housing financial crisis was far worst than the one in 1930.

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Too make it not so boring McKay we are guided through the world of finance by an unreliable narrator, Jared Vennett (Ryan Gosling) who is based on a real person (Greg Lippmann) and has other characters from hollywood to explain the financial jargon in english to the viewer.The man who began crunching the numbers was a brilliant, but socially awkward man Micheal Burry (Christian Bale) and to top it all he has a glass eye. He is an American hedge fund manager. Burry studied medicine but instead started to take a turn start Scion Capital. At Scion Capital the employees does research and came to a conclusion that the bubble of the financial world and housing market is going to burst. The title is the slang expression that refers Wall Street going short. The thing is that everyone that Burry warned about the bubble nobody believed him. Although it got the attention of Mark Baum (Steve Carell) in a presentation with Jenga blocks that will visually simplify the problem for most viewers. Baum always knew that the system is broken and corrupt that just confirmed him even more. A terrific performance by Carell here. He is a man who is completely depressed about this and broken down that the system let him down. Christian Bale got under the skin of Burry who was on the set to advise Bale, he even lend him some clothe, he is very particular by the way he was dressing. Ryan Gosling who incarnates a person also has done an outstaying job here even when he was narrating. Well in this story I hate to say there is no hero here and it is difficult to even like the characters and the people who surrounded them. The thing is big financial company are consumed with greed and greed drives them to disaster. Yes we need to be regulated if the regulator are not corrupt themselves.

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FOXCATCHER (2014)

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A film by Bennett Miller

Cast: Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo

Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) an Olympics  gold medalist after winning a gold medal has nothing going on with his life no girlfriend, just an apartment and a car. He trains in the morning and in the evening with his brother then goes home. Until one day a certain John du Pont (Steve Carell) calls and wants to meet him. He want Mark to train and live in his facility named Foxcatcher in his prime real estate in Newtown Square, Pa. But john wanted Mark’s brother Dave (Mark Ruffalo) to come but Mark’s brother decline the offer, John din’t like that as you see his expression of his face. John has a dark side we all do but he goes downhill after that. John was never accepted by his mother she don’t even like wrestling and he never had any friends he didn’t know how to integrate himself into society. Sometimes wealthy people are a little out there well you will see why when you see the film.  I will stop here and talk no more just in case you didn’t see the film. I heard the story back in the 80’s and I could not believe it. Terrific performances from all the actors especially Carell you don’t even recognize him at all,with his pasty skin and large prosthetic nose. Even Tatum the way he walk like an ape to me nay way the way his body moves the same way Mark Ruffalo does it I guess all wrestlers moves like that. The cinematography is perfect, the estate is breath taking Do Pont had vast property a Mansion, with several houses on it. A terrific film not to be missed.

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CRAZY STUPID LOVE (2011)

A film by Glenn Ficarra, John Requa.
Cast: Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore.
Cal (Steve Carell) and Emily (Julianne Moore) have the perfect life together living the American dream… until Emily asks for a divorce. Now Cal, Mr Husband, has to navigate the single scene with a little help from his professional bachelor friend Jacob Palmer (Ryan Gosling). Make that a lot of help.
CRAZY STUPID LOVE is a nice little comedy about good people With Steve Carrell not too crazy about him but he out done himself in this one and their is Julianne Moore’s character who is cold and distant who has two adorable teenagers. Marisa Tomei enters the movie as a tornado of warm comic energy.cBut the surprise is Ryan Gosling. He is a terrific actor? he is getting getting better and better every time? he plays a lounge lizard /pickup artist Yea! I remember those days (the Russian you can stop laughing now) and he sells a lot of bull shit.
after hearing the news of his wife wanting a divorce cal sinks is sorrows in a lounge drinking cranberry juice and watching the ladykiller makes his moves on pretty women. Soon He meet up with him and teaches cal to dress and to pick up women as he call it to take back your man hood. Here is a great comedy that you wife will love Masahiro. This film will leave you satisfied.