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FORD V. FERRARI REVIEW- FLICK FANATICS (K. Sides)

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FORD V. FERRARI

Starring:

Christian Bale- Ken Miles

Matt Damon- Carroll Shelby

Jon Bernthal- Lee Iacocca

Bale and Damon race to theaters with the new drama “Ford V. Ferrari” that tells the true story of how Ford Motor Co. enters the world of racing.

Carroll Shelby (Damon) was the best US driver and the only American to defeat Ferrari in the rugged road race the 24 hours of LeMans. Shelby was driving an Aston Martin on an English racing team. That race proved to be Shelby’s last as he retired and began a career in Car design. Enzo Ferrari is the king of racing in Europe and never lost the race at LeMans, except to Shelby.

 

Henry Ford II (Tracy Letts) walks into his factory’s assembly line hitting the emergency stop button and announced to the floor, “Walk home. Tomorrow bring me a new idea or don’t bother coming in ever again!”  Ford executive Lee Iacocca (Bernthal) takes the challenge on and tells Mr. Ford that they need to develop a sports car to entice teens and enter the racing game. Ford agrees and Iacocca lands Carroll Shelby to design the car that Ford would race at LeMans and beat Ferrari. Shelby agrees to get the car ready and race team together in less than a year to go to the 24 hours of Lemans.

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THE CURRENT WAR: DIRECTOR’S CUT- Karl Sides (The Flick Fanatics)

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The Current War: Director’s Cut 

Starring:

Benedict Cumberbatch- Thomas Edison

Tom Holland- Samuel Insull

Michael Shannon- George Westinghouse

Nicholas Hoult- Nickola Tesla

Benedict Cumberbatch “Shines a light” on a historic battle between the men who would power America in the drama “The Current War: Directors Cut”

Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon assembles an all-star cast to tell the tale of the battle between inventor Thomas Edison and industrialist George Westinghouse in the race to see who would illuminate America in his new film “The Current War: The Director’s Cut”. Benedict Cumberbatch is Thomas Edison, inventor who brought us the light bulb, voice recorder, phonograph, motion picture camera and the first method to deliver electricity to people a mile away from the generator. George Westinghouse (Michael Shannon) a business man who wants to work with Edison on improving the delivery of electricity by using direct current (DC) that will power homes father away and require less generators.

The film opens with Edison and his assistant Samuel Insull (Holland) unveiling their incandescent light bulb and a delivery system using AC (Alternating Current) to power numerous bulbs in a large circle, Edison lit the night and asked the business men, “Did you boys bring your check books?” J.P. Morgan did and paid Edison to develop a power grid for the country starting with New Jersey. George Westinghouse who also developed an incandescent bulb, inferior to Edison’s, but able to light up a room. Westinghouse set a dinner meeting with Edison to discuss a partnership with Edison and his bulb and Westinghouse’s delivery system using DC current. Edison had no desire to use the dangerous DC current that can kill if a person came in contact with the wires. So, a battle between the two men was born and they raced toward the World’s Fair in Chicago and to see who would “light up America”.

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DOWNTON ABBEY- Karl Sides “The Flick Fanatics”

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DOWNTON ABBEY

Starring:

Lady Mary Talbot- Michelle Dockery

Earl of Grantham- Hugh Bonneville

Lady Grantham- Maggie Smith

Mr. Carson- Jim Carter

The Crawley open the doors to their Yorkshire countryside Estate known as “Downton Abbey” to the Royal family in this continuation of the hit BBC series that will be enjoyed in theaters worldwide!

Julian Fellows has penned a grand conclusion to the Crawley family drama and the interactions with the staff that made Downton Abbey a monster TV series and the real estate Highclere Castle that served as the set for 6 seasons and now for the first feature film. Another amazing feet nowadays, Fellows has assembled 99% of the original cast that fans fell in love with in 2010 that includes Allen Leech (Tom Branson), Joanne Froggatt (Anna Bates), Brendan Coyle (Mr. Bates), Kevin Doyle (Mr. Moesley) and Phyllis Logan (Mrs. Hughes) along with all the rest of the familiar faces from the 6 seasons of the TV series.

Downton Abbey the film opens four years after the series ended with the Town of Yorkshire growing and becoming modernizing with car shops and trolleys running threw town and Lady Mary Talbot (Dockery) and the Earl of Grantham (Bonneville) continue to try to keep Downton afloat with full service staff, a leaky roof but mostly because the times are changing and the Large English estates are disappearing. A royal correspondence is delivered to Downton Abbey to the shock of Mr. Barrow (Robert James-Collier) who gives it the Earl…..The Royal Family is coming to Downton Abbey!

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ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD- Karl Sides (Flickfanatics)

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ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD 

Starring:

Leonardo De Caprio-Rick Dalton

Brad Pitt-Cliff Booth

Margo Robbie- Sharon Tate

Quentin Tarantino opens the door to Classic Hollywood’s back-lot to his fans and gives us a buddy flick with a huge twist in Once Upon A Time In Hollywood!

Quentin Tarantino directs his 9th feature film and this time he targets classic Hollywood in 1969. Tarantino has assembled an A-list ensemble cast headed by Leo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Al Pacino and Margot Robbie to show us what it was like in Hollywood as the 60’s ended and the 70’s were coming in with Hippies, drugs, Spaghetti Westerns were born and one of the most horrific crimes was committed in the Hollywood Hills.

 

Rick Dalton (DiCaprio) is the classic Hollywood leading man, but famous for his role in a TV western Bounty Law. Rick has been partnered with his stunt double and best friend Cliff Booth (Pitt) who continues to double him, drive and basically be Dalton’s person assistant. Dalton has been cast as the “Heavy” lately opposite young up and coming talent at the studio. Rick and Cliff take a meeting with agent Marvin Schwarzs (Al Pacino), who turns out to be a fan of Dalton and westerns. Schwarzs pitches a new genre to Rick, Italian Westerns called Spaghetti Westerns. Dalton not a fan of leaving Tinseltown but begins to see the end of the road and parts are harder and harder to get. Booth has a harder time to get work away from Dalton with a clouded past that has directors saying no to the accomplished stunt man.

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GLORIA BELL- Karl Sides (The Flick Fanatics)

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GLORIA BELL

Starring:

Julianne Moore- Gloria Bell

John Turturro- Arnold

Michael Cera- Peter

Julianne Moore shows the pitfalls for divorced women over 50 looking for love in the new drama “Gloria Bell”.

Julianne Moore is Gloria Bell, an insurance broker and divorced mother of two, that spends her time searching local dance clubs looking for a man and trying to find out how the neighbors cat keeps ending up in her apartment. Gloria is not the only one with her life messed up, her son Peter (Cera) is basically raising his daughter by himself with his wife absent for weeks “trying to find herself” just making the occasional call to check on the baby. Gloria’s daughter Anne (Caren Pistorius) runs a yoga studio and is dating a surfer from Sweden. Dustin, Gloria’s ex-husband, is remarried (Rita Wilson) b ut maintains a friendship with Gloria and tried to keep up with his kids.

Gloria is trying to find a relationship in this modern age with techniques she used back in the 80’s. Gloria combs the nightclubs running into old fiends and sometime makes new ones. Gloria was at the bar nursing a drink when she is approached by Arnold (Turturro), a recently divorced father of two girls. Arnold explains he doesn’t know how to date and asked Gloria how she does it. Following a few dances the two go back to Gloria’s apartment where they have sex.

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