James Quillinan, known primarily for his expertise in the areas of Estate Planning, Probate, Trusts, Conservatorships and related Litigation is also an avid movie-goer. His reviews started in the Law Office around 1998 when associates and clients began asking him about the movies he had seen. He began sending his reviews by email to a list of friends and movie fans which now has grown to include world-wide distribution.
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Monday, December 15, 2014
The Imitation Game. Based on the real life story of Alan Turing, the film depicts the nerve-wracking race against time by Turing and his team of brilliant code-breakers. They are charged with breaking the German Enigma Code, the unbreakable code. Benedict Cumberbatch plays Turing perfectly as the odd but unrivaled cryptanalyst at Britain's top-secret Bletchley Park. Turing is by training a mathematician and uses his superior intellect to create the first computer, which allows his team to quickly run the permutations to decipher the ever-changing Enigma code. The film is both a thriller in the darkest days of World War II and a real human story of Turing and what happens to him when his homosexuality becomes public. Keira Knightley expertly portrays Joan Clarke, the sole woman on the team who tries to protect Turing, but can’t. A wonderful movie experience that will garner some Oscar nods. Rated PG-13 for some sexual references, mature thematic material and historical smoking. It is a Peggy’s Pick.
Casting By. This surprising documentary tells the tale of the Casting Director and their incredibly important role in the creation of modern film, TV and Broadway. Beginning with Marion Dougherty who has a keen eye and an incredible index of 3X5 cards, she uses her finely tuned taste and gut to bring unheralded actors to the attention of directors and producers. These unknown actors become super stars, many of whom are interviewed for the film. Marion launches the careers of not only actors but also many new Casting Directors who revolutionize Hollywood forever. Unfortunately the film industry does not give the Casting Directors their due, but this film does. This is a must see for all film buffs out there. Peggy and I need to thank Greg and Pat Plant who directed us to see this marvelous documentary. It is a Peggy’s Pick. Look for it on HBO documentaries.
Top Five. Chris Rock’s latest film adventure is a disappointment. Rock provides some comic riffs that are edgy and skewer our human foibles. But the film goes over the edge a few times with no real point other than to pander to our base instincts. Rock is Andre Allen, a comic actor with minor success as a crime fighting bear named Hammy the Bear. Andre is an alcoholic and drug user. He was drunk or high his whole career and now sober wants to do something serious. Rosario Dawson plays Chelsea, a reporter who is interviewing Andre. They bare their souls to one another as they wander around New York City. There are many cameos by Rock’s friends- Cedric the Entertainer, Whoopi Goldberg, Jerry Seinfeld and Adam Sandler, among others. But the film isn’t as funny as the previews make it look. Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity, crude humor, language throughout and some drug use.