When I flew from Frankfurt to Hong Kong (via Dubai) I had the time and opportunity to watch a few movies that were or were not on my bucket list.
Here are my thoughts:
Dear White People
Dear White People is a 2014 American satirical drama film, written, directed, and co-produced by Justin Simien. The film focuses on escalating racial tensions at a prestigious Ivy League college from the perspective of several African American students. It stars Tyler James Williams, Tessa Thompson, Teyonah Parris, Brandon P Bell, Kyle Gallner, Brittany Curran, Marque Richardson, and Dennis Haysbert.
This one was interesting and entertaining without being educational. Thumbs up.
The Man from U.N.C.L.E
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is a 2015 American action comedy adventure spy film directed by Guy Ritchie, and co-written by Lionel Wigram and Ritchie, based on the 1964 MGM television series of the same name, which was created by Ian Fleming, Norman Felton and Sam Rolfe. The film stars Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander, Elizabeth Debicki with Jared Harris and Hugh Grant.
Not sure if I had watched this one at home. Damn, I would have missed a funny flick. Highly recommended. And while you’re at it, watch the original TV show too!
Kingsman: The Secret Service is a 2014 British spy film directed by Matthew Vaughn, and based on the comic book The Secret Service, created by Dave Gibbons and Mark Millar. It follows the recruitment and training of a potential secret agent, Gary “Eggsy” Unwin (Taron Egerton), into a secret spy organisation. Eggsy joins a mission to tackle a global threat from Richmond Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson), a wealthy megalomaniac. The film also stars Colin Firth, Mark Strong, and Michael Caine.
Oh boy, I didn’t expect this movie to be this batshit crazy. When all those heads exploded like fireworks and 70s flowers, I was reminded of Mars Attacks! IDK.
Perfect Proposal 은밀한 유혹 (lit. Secret Temptation)
Perfect Propsal is a 2015 South Korean romantic thriller film written and directed by Yoon Jae-gu, based on the novel La Femme de paille (“Woman of Straw”) by Catherine Arley.
An indebted young woman gets a proposal from a handsome man: Apply for work on a luxury yacht with his boss, the difficult, old and infirm chairman of a large company, where they can then manipulate him to get their hands on his wealth. (IMDB)
According to Wikipedia, this is a romantic thriller. I think it’s a dark comedy. I’m pretty sure it was supposed to be both. Yoo Yeon-seok makes a sexy villain. Easy on the eye.