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Venom- Karl Sides (The Flick Fanatics)

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VENOM

Starring:

Tom Hardy- Eddie Brock/ Venom

Michelle Williams- Anne Weying

Riz Ahmed- Carlton Drake/Riot

 

Tom Hardy lets loose his inner demon in the New film “Venom”

 

Eddie Brock, after failing to make it as a photographer in NYC, lives with his girlfriend Anne in San Francisco and makes his living as a TV “gonzo” journalist that excels in getting the truth and uncovering all the dirt in the world. Anne is a corporate lawyer and represents millionaire philanthropist Carlton Drake.

Drake is head of Life-force, a company that researches cures for disease and improving the human condition. Drake is now exploring space to find cures for cancer and ways to extend human existence, possibly on another planet. Life-force’s rocket is returning from a mission carrying a payload of 10 samples found on a comet. As the ship enters Earth’s atmosphere the ship begins to come apart. The ship crashes in Malaysia, as Drake and the Life-force scientists watch. Four of the 10 samples survive the fiery impact and one lone astronaut survives the crash. The astronaut was infected by one of the specimens and when a paramedic comes in contact the sample transfers to her.

Lifeforce recover the rest of the space samples that Drake explains they are symbiotes and he is going to join them with humans to make it possible for people to live longer and possibly on other planets. Dr. Dora Skirth (Jenny Slate), Drake’s chief scientist successfully joins the symbiotes with a rabbit when Drake orders human testing to begin.

Brock lands an interview with Drake and the Network wants a puff piece, but Eddie wants to expose him for the criminal he really is and finds a confidential email on Anne’s laptop that gives him the line of questioning he wants. Brock sets Drake up with some questions on Lifeforce’s space program but quickly turns to accusations about testing drugs on the homeless and killing them. Brock is thrown out and fired from the TV station. Anne is also fired from her firm and labeled and accomplice.

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All the Money in the World- Karl Sides (The FlickFanatic.com)

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ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD

Starring: Christopher Plummer- John Paul Getty

Mark Wahlberg- Fletcher Chase

Michelle Williams- Gail Harris

Charlie Plummer- John Paul Getty III

Romain Duris – Cinquanta

Greed is not always good, when you can’t spend to save your family.

All the Money in the World is the new film by Ridley Scott based upon the actual events surrounding the kidnapping of John Paul Getty’s grandson in Rome.

John Paul Getty is the richest man in the world. He explains to his head of security Fletcher Chase,” If you can count your money ..YOU ARE NOT RICH”. Getty is constantly asked for donations from strangers, including his son John Paul Getty II, his wife Gail and their kids ask Getty for an opportunity to work. The old man puts his son in charge in Europe and has his grandson John III help opening his mail.

Gettys son becomes a drug addict doing heroine with the Beatles in India and his wife Gail files for divorce. Getty and a team of lawyers comes after her and plans to buy her off. Gail takes nothing but her kids. Getty hates to lose and especially doesn’t like to lose family.

The mobs in Rome view kidnapping as an industry and see the Getty grandson as a way to make money. A group led by an Italian named Cinquanta takes the boy one evening and drives him to southern Italy. Cinquanta’s demands Millions for the safe return of the boy. Gail calls Getty to beg her father in law for the money to save her son. Getty is asked on the news “How much would you pay for the return of your grandson?” only to have the old man reply “NOTHING.”

Getty does care for his grandson and sends his head of security to monitor Gail and handle the negotiations with the kidnappers. The negotiations drag on and Cinquanta sells the boy to an investor that decides to move things along by sending the boys ear to his mother.

All the Money in the World is a fantastic film, telling the story of the world’s richest man and how he choses not to spend his fortune, not even to save his family. Michelle Williams and Christopher Plummer are locks for awards this winter. This is also one of Wahlberg’s best performances.

Go see All the Money in the World this week and learn about how greed is not always good!

Rating 6/6 bags of money