Monday, November 21, 2016

Miss Sloane

Jessica Chastain is Elizabath Sloane, a big time lobbyist who has everyone in Congress in the grip of her hand. The NRA approaches her firm to help kill the Brady Handgun Bill- a provision that would require waiting periods for handgun purchases and background checks.

But Miss Sloane, as unethical as her practices may be, cannot take on this case. As news circulates the opposing side hires her on to take down the NRA and get the bill passed. With all the odds, and dollars, against her she's fighting for a win no matter the cost. Gloves off and nothing off limits, Miss Sloane is taking on the fight of her career.

Miss Sloane premieres in a very appropriate time, while our country battles one another on gun control, or the lack there of. The film is seat-clenching excitement and will keep you enticed until the end. There's a lot of information to consume, as this political-drama takes you through the battles of getting a billed passed, especially one this controversial. 

Chastain is joined by other notable stars likes Mark Strong, John Lithgow, and Sam Waterston. But the stand out performance comes from Chastain who plays a pill-popping neurotic and deceiving powerful lobbyist who is obsessed with winning and won't take no for an answer. I was reminded of Chastain's role in Zero Dark Thirty, a strong character who takes no s**t from anyone.

I highly recommend this film. It's my favorite genre, drama meets deception.


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The Crown on Netflix

The new Netflix series The Crown just debuted all 10 episodes of the first season. I was skeptical about it at first but was determined to watch the first episode. Let's just say I was not very productive the rest of the weekend. I couldn't take my eyes off the screen, as I finished the season in just a matter of three days.

The Crown tells the real life story of how a young 26 year old Elizabeth becomes the queen of England. Queen Elizabeth is 90 years old today and still rules the monarchy. There has been many controversies and misfortunes along the way. The entire series takes places in the 1940's into the late 1950's. While each episode leads into the other, each one stands on its own. Each episode showcases a different dilemma or scandal the monarchy was faced with in it's early reign of Queen Elizabeth.

Claire Foy is beautifully casted as Queen Elizabeth. Her supporting casts lets her shine. John Lithgow plays Winston Churchill very appropriately. Lithgow humanizes a man which stood out as one of the most stern and brash leaders of the 20th century.

The Crown is dialogue heavy and not a lot of physical action. But at the same time, the series will keep you captivated, as it's stunning to see the inside of Buckingham Palace and other sets. The set and costume designing was done astonishingly also. You can see how much effort and time went into creating each outfit and set design.

The Crown will hopefully be nominated this upcoming awards season. It's best you watch it now.