Dallas Buyers Club, Capote, The Lego Movie, Game of Thrones and more

Capote, The Lego Movie, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Valar Dohaeris (Game of Thrones Season 3, Episode 1), Star-Crossed, Dallas Buyers Club, RoboCop reviews and summaries at www.tveskimo.com.

CapoteCapote – “Nothing terrible ever happened to him before.” Laura Kinney is explaining Danny’s demeanor to Truman Capote (Philip Seymour Hoffman) and Nelle Harper Lee (Catherine Keener). Danny was the boyfriend of the Nancy Clutter, one of four family members killed by Perry Smith (Clifton Collins) and Dick Hickock (Mark Pellegrino). Laura’s description also describes on a macro level, what is happening to Holcomb, Kansas.  And that is exactly what Truman Capote wanted to explore when, accompanied by Nelle Harper Lee, he travelled to Kansas. The story would eventually become the singular sensation of the publishing world, his nonfiction novel, In Cold Blood.  Read more

Lego MovieThe Lego Movie – On the heels of “Frozen,” a mature and emotionally nuanced fairy tale, comes “The Lego Movie,” a joyful and artistic frolic through a world where the building-block toys many of us loved as children come to life.  Plot-wise, “The Lego Movie” revolves around an ordinary Lego figurine (voiced by Chris Pratt) who is mistakenly believed to be the “The Special” — the hero who can save the Lego universe from malicious forces. Read more

The Talented Mr. RipleyThe Talented Mr. Ripley – Mistaken for a Princeton graduate (because he has been loaned a jacket for his performance), Tom is enlisted by Herbert Greenleaf (James Rebhorn) to travel to Italy in order to convince Greenleaf’s son Dickie (Jude Law) to return home. Tom gets a delicious taste of the good life – Greenleaf has booked him first class on the Cunard and pays him $1,000 for his efforts. When he catches up with Dickie and his fiancé Marge Sherwood (Gwyneth Paltrow), he is enthralled with Dickie. Read more

GOT S3 E1 Mother of DragonsValar Dohaeris (Game of Thrones Season 3, Episode 1) – It’s a huge task to bring all story lines together in under an hour in a production as vast as Game of Thrones – but that is what this episode does.  The two biggest developments are that Jon Snow meets with King Beyond the Wall Mance Rayder (Ciaran Hinds) and doesn’t get killed; and that Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) and what’s left of her Dothraki horde have secured a boat and are on their way to Astapor to buy a battalion of ‘Unsullied’ (slaves that have been castrated and brutally trained and desensitized) with which to take back the Iron Throne. Read more

Star-CrossedStar-Crossed – The story begins, logically, with the crashing of an alien ship in small town, Louisiana. We are given a somewhat clumsy info dump about the tattooed alien race contained inside the fallen ship (the Atrians), and how they escaped a “dying planet,” coming to Earth for a new chance at survival. We discover (through voice over) that they are a peaceful, and educated people, who came to Earth hoping for an Earth style welcome wagon. Alas, what they get is a bit more violent, and well, downright “shooty.”  As humans hunt aliens, clearly overreacting based on their fear of being invaded, the underlying love story is set. The show is called Star Crossed, after all, and since that phrase always ends in the word “lovers,” a romance was inevitable. Read more

Dallas Buyers ClubDallas Buyers Club – This movie is based the true story of a man who discovers he has HIV and begins importing medicine from other countries because it isn’t yet approved by the FDA for use in the U.S. He then starts a “buyers club” to distribute the medication to other HIV patients in and around Dallas.  “Dallas Buyers Club” has earned praise for the performances of Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto, who have been nominated for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor, respectively. Read more

RoboCop – The original wasn’t bad at all (in fact, it was the rare action movie that critics actually liked), but this remake RoboCopdefinitely adds a few new things, making it an improvement on something that was already good.  First, there’s the cast. The acting wasn’t the strong point of the 1987 version, so the 2014 version’s powerhouse ensemble is a welcome improvement. Newcomer Joel Kinnaman plays the titular Robocop, a law enforcement officer who is turned into a cyborg to save his life after a mortal injury, but he’s about the only no-name in the cast. Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Keaton and Gary Oldman all have roles, as do critically acclaimed actresses Abbie Cornish and Jennifer Ehle. Read more