Recommendation: Ocean’s Eleven (2001)

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Tess: You know what your problem is?
Danny: … I only have one?


Steven Soderbergh’s remake of Ocean’s Eleven is easily one of the best movie remakes of all time. Many are actually unaware of the 1960’s Ocean 11 that starred the Rat Pack of the day including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr.

The Chemistry Between The Cast Is Infallible

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Every single person cast in Ocean’s Eleven is essentially a perfect fit. The titular Danny Ocean is portrayed by the embodiment of charisma itself, George Clooney. His right-hand man Rusty Ryan needed to have the same amount of charm, if not more, and Brad Pitt manages to excel in his role. My husband in my dreams, Matt Damon, portrays the perpetually nervous Linus Caldwall with enough humour and appeal that causes the viewer to feel sympathy for him while also wanting to shake the hesitation out of him.

Every other character that makes up the eleven of Ocean’s crew is cast wonderfully, you truly feel the connection between them and the various histories shared between certain characters… You know, I could’ve done with Julia Roberts but that’s just a personal preference because I’m not exactly the biggest Julia Roberts fan.

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“Does He Make You Laugh?”

Regardless of my feelings for Julia Roberts, the one scene she shares with Danny when he is released from prison is one of my favourites of the entire film (the whole trilogy, really).

It is obviously intriguing to see two A-list stars interact with each other, however the subtext shared between Tess and Danny is why I love the scene as much as I do. The tension is felt immediately when Danny touches her shoulder and as they execute that quick dialogue you’re left wondering about their marital life prior to the film. Not to mention, the absolute gorgeous lighting is just ridiculously enjoyable to watch.

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I highly recommend watching this film if you are looking for an incredibly well-acted and sharp comedy. They ultimately are criminals who are looking to steal millions of dollars and yet, I still find myself rooting for them.


The Nitty Gritty

Release Year: 2001.
Director: Steven Soderbergh (Traffic, Syriana, Magic Mike).
Stars: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, Bernie Mac, Scott Caan, Casey Affleck, Carl Reiner, Elliott Gould, Eddie Jemison, Shaobo Qin, Andy García and Julia Roberts.
Run-Time: 1 hour and 57 minutes.

 

Are Audiences Suffering From ‘Bourne’ Fatigue? Matt Damon Suggests “Maybe People Are Done With The Character”

The handsomely talented Matt Damon became an action film superstar with his leading role as the Treadstone agent with amnesia, Jason Bourne. He appeared in the critical and financially acclaimed Bourne trilogy from 2002-2007 and returned to the role following a nine-year hiatus in last year’s disappointing Jason Bourne.

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Although the film is the second highest earning Bourne installment worldwide behind 2007’s Ultimatum, critics noted that the redundantly bland plot and overall generic feel of it easily made Jason Bourne the worst of the Damon films.

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‘The Bourne Supremacy’ [Credit: Universal Pictures]

Damon Talks Bourne

During the press tour for Damon’s latest The Great Wall, he was (of course) asked about a return for a possible Bourne 5 and what would need to be done in order for the franchise to continue:

“It would have to be a pretty incredible story to get us all back on the horse… This last one didn’t do as well as the one we did 10 years ago, so maybe people are done with the character.”

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‘Jason Bourne’ [Credit: Universal Pictures]

Damon notes the importance of having “a good story” is key in order to continue with the franchise and does mention how enjoyable creating the films are:

“Look, we all love working together and those movies are a lot of fun to make so we sure would be happy to do it… If we can figure out a good story… I think everybody is leaving the door open, as we did at the end of this movie, in hopes that we can come up with an intriguing story for the next one.”

Where Have We Heard That Before?

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‘The Bourne Identity’ [Credit: Universal Pictures]

Now many Bourne fans – including yours truly – were ridiculously ecstatic at the prospect of Damon returning to the Bourne franchise following the less-than-stellar Jeremy Renner take in The Bourne Legacy. We all vehemently refreshed various movie news sites in order to see what the latest was on the film and felt immense jubilation at the idea of Damon and Paul Greengrass, the director of Supremacy and Ultimatum, collaborating once again.

Fans of the series were well aware of the idea that Damon would only return if a) Greengrass would return to direct and, b) if the right story was going to be told. He stated back in 2007 that they could “get the gang back together” for a fourth Bourne if “there was a great idea behind it.

With news that the supremely fantastic Academy Award winner, Alicia Vikander would star and Julia Stiles and Greengrass were set to return, many could not wait to see the next installment of this beloved franchise!

And then ‘Jason Bourne’ released…

By no means was it the worst action film ever made, it just severely disappointed from the immense hype it generated and the final product that was riddled with its terrible utilization of shaky cam – the same camera style used virtually flawlessly to film its predecessors – and dialogue cliches that were abhorrently outdated.

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“Jesus Christ, they used the term enhance” [Credit: Universal]

Whether we see a return to Bourne with Damon at the helm, someone completely new, or scrapping the whole franchise for another ten years, let’s hope the story for the future Bourne installment is one worth being told.

Source: Toronto Sun

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Saving Private Ryan (1998)

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Private Reiben: I got a bad feeling about this one.
Captain Miller: When was the last time you felt good about anything?

Saving Private Ryan earned director Steven Spielberg his second Academy Award for Best Director (his first being for Schindler’s List) and if you’ve seen the movie, you know that honour is incredibly deserved.

The Nerdwriter’s Video Essay On Saving Private Ryan

The YouTube channel The Nerdwriter is one of my favourite video essayists on the ‘Tube and he recently created a video entitled “Saving Private Ryan: How Spielberg Constructs A Battle Scene.” In the video, Evan dissects the famous Omaha Beach scene and I highly recommend checking it out for all you film buffs.


Starring: Tom Hanks and Captain Miller, Tom Sizemore as Sgt. Horvath, Vin Diesel as Private Caparzo, Edward Burns as Private Reiben and the beautiful Matt Damon as Private Ryan, dir. Steven Spielberg.

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Cinematographer: Janusz Kaminski (Schindler’s List, War Horse, Bridge of Spies)

Jason Bourne (2016) Movie Review

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The entirety of Jason Bourne felt like the beginning of one of the previous Bourne movies.

On my 13th birthday, I pleaded to my parents to buy me a pony. They surprisingly rejected my birthday wish (thanks guys).. My other wish was to watch the newest and (at the time) last EVER Bourne movie, The Bourne Ultimatum… For my 22nd, my best friend took myself & the crew out to the resurgence of Bourne with Jason Bourne, one of my most anticipated movies of the year/my life.

I’m not even mad at the final product…
I’m disappointed.


 disclaimer: I won’t be discussing The Bourne Legacy in this review. Any mention of the previous Bourne films refer to the original three (Identity, Supremacy, Ultimatum) starring Matt Damon.

It wasn’t the worst action movie in the world. Far from it. The action set pieces were quite entertaining and honestly, it was just so nice seeing Matt Damon in the role that made me fall in love with him… I don’t mind so much that they focused on Bourne’s past again because those kind of new revelations could be enthralling af and, in the first half of the movie new revelations arose that made me genuinely intrigued, but the entire plot felt very paint-by-numbers and not up to the Bourne standards we are used to. There were one or two twists/turns that felt interesting and a few scenes that were great but overall, the story just really wasn’t that invigorating.

Alicia motherfucking Vikander was the shining light in this dreary hole. She is easily the best part & addition to the franchise. I truly loved her portrayal of the young and naive yet cunning Heather Lee and I believe this woman can do no wrong. Matt Damon gives a relatively neutral performance with nothing too spectacular coming out of him which was a major disappointment since one of my favourite aspects to Bourne in the Trilogy was Damon’s ability to emote with his eye movements… This scene from Supremacy pops up in my mind where he’s completely stone faced yet his eyes gradually look up at the CIA Agent on the phone and he knows he has to conjure up a plan to escape. This was in the second film though, so maybe if another Bourne is made he’ll be able to gauge that performance again if the material is there. Tommy Lee Jones is also in the movie. He’s just there. I honestly believe he gave up on acting like 20 years ago so now he just shows up on set when he’s around and speaks the words on the paper.

As I mentioned, the action set pieces were entertaining but not engaging. There was a ton of shit happening on screen that definitely pleased the eye, but I probably won’t ever feel the need to revisit it again, save for a scene or two. I actually didn’t mind the staple Paul Greengrass shaky cam since I really loved that aspect in the latter two Bourne films. The shaky cam for Jason Bourne was enjoyable, although I could have done without the shaking when characters looked at their phones and that final fight scene… Ooh boy. Our climactic final fight scene was reduced to When Shaky Cam Goes Bad and the editing cuts were everywhere. The dialogue was a bit clunky at certain parts and during a particularly important fight sequence more should have been said! Also the fucking hacking, dude. It was honestly laughable at times.

Any self-respecting movie, TV series, book, alien manifesto, whatever should never use the words “enhance” or “mainframe” in their works when dealing with the hacking.

I don’t want to bring up the previous Bournes too much but another aspect of the Trilogy I admired were the antagonists. The people who wanted to bring Bourne down. What I loved so much about the Trilogy was the fact that these damn people weren’t mustache-twirlers who wanted to see him burn. They had legitimate concerns with Jason Bourne surfacing and were actual characters with flaws and difficulties that were multiplied when faced with dealing with him. There was also a social media/privacy subplot that I actually didn’t mind as much as others, however I honestly think they could’ve cut down virtually every scene about it and only focused on the Technology Convention, leaving more room for Bourne & co.’s development… MILD SPOILERSThere was also a blatant slap in the face that occurred toward the beginning of the movie that was shoehorned in ONLY to create a “gasp! Drama!” moment. The entire fucking movie would’ve had the same outcome had this not occurred and it truly upset me. END MILD SPOILERS.


If you’re a fan of the Bourne Trilogy and are looking for an addition to this beloved franchise that is at the same calibre of the previous three or better, Jason Bourne that is not. If you’re looking for a blockbuster with entertaining action sequences and would like to see where everyone’s favourite CIA asset has been for the past nine years, check out Jason Bourne.

Jason Bourne receives 3/5 Matt Damon heads.

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Ocean’s Eleven (2001)

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Danny: You gotta walk before you crawl.
Rusty: Reverse that.


Starring: George Clooney as Danny Ocean, Brad Pitt as Rusty Ryan, the disgustingly gorgeous and amazingly talented Matt Damon as Linus Caldwell, Don Cheadle as Basher, Bernie Mac as Frank Catton, Scott Caan and Casey Affleck as the Malloy Twins, Carl Reiner as Saul Bloom, Elliot Gould as Reuben, Eddie Jemison as Livingston Dell, Shaobo Qin as the little Chinese guy The Amazing Yen, dir. Steven Soderbergh

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Superbowl 50 TV Spot – NEW JASON BOURNE TRAILER

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So did anyone expect seeing a new Bourne trailer tonight? I SURE AS SHOOT DIDN’T and oh man am I way too hyped for July 29th. 

Just look

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At this

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SHIT, BRUH

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There is a reason why I rank my reviews by Matt Damon heads. Besides the fact that he is an incredible looking specimen, that man is a fan-fucking-tastic actor and his role as Jason Bourne was the movie that put him on the map for me. To see him team back up with direction from Paul Greengrass, who helmed Supremacy and Ultimatum, only works to heighten my expectations.

Seeing Matt Damon back in the role that made me fall in love with him and he appears to be skilled the art of complete bad assery (I’m sorry..) makes me feel every emotion a human can feel that is related to feeling good… HE PUNCHES A GUY OUT IN ONE SHOT, MAN. 


I need to calm myself down before I completely lose it and vomit all my Bourne Fanboyness everywhere. T-Minus 5 months.

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The Hype is Real