If you’re familiar with Tumblr, The Avengers and a certain God of Mischief, you might have noticed the insane amount of fangirls flocking to “Loki’s Army”. Tom Hiddleston has gotten quite the following, and I believe there are very good reasons for that. So, to really get to the bottom of this, I decided to view everything he’s ever been in, as I am wont to do whenever I “discover” a new actor. Luckily for me, I had already seen most of it, except a certain movie that is not at all about genetically modified sharks.
This week’s radio review is of the Russian film Elena, a rather drab and sad attempt at an arty, “lingerings scenes without purpose” type of film. I don’t have anything against arty films or lingering scenes, it should be said, but Elena needs a translator of some sort, because they were all speaking Greek to me.
Dice roll: 2
Movie: Drive (2011)
I had heard nothing but good things about this film, and many have urged me to check it out. Turns out, it’s actually quite polarizing. A trip to metacritic’s user reviews turns up a score of zeros and tens, with practically no middle-ground. Drive is essentially a stylized – what some would call artsy – film with no substance, at least none I could find. So, I guess you’ll like it if it’s your style.
This week’s radio review is the curiously entitled Martha Marcy May Marlene. Even more curious: there’s an Olsen in it, specifically Elizabeth Olsen, and she’s really good. If only the film hadn’t spent all of its time on moody shots of her on a lake, it might have bumped it up to a fiver.
Dice roll: 4 (or a 4++ if such a thing is possible)
I saw this movie right after Christmas, but since I’ve been taking a break from everything remotely work related, the writer in me was nowhere to be found. Perhaps waiting a bit has allowed me to really think about this movie. Read on if you’ve yet to decide to see it.
Put as succinctly as possible: you will enjoy watching this movie if you enjoyed the first one, with some reservations depending on a few details we will get to below. If you didn’t enjoy the first one then I don’t know why you’d bother, except perhaps to see Robert Downey Jr. in a dress and Stephen Fry in his birthday suit, if that’s your cup of tea. I found it was mine.