Movie Review: Shattered Glass (2003)

Fake news. A topic often brought up in our current environment, especially by a certain cheeto-colored individual. Sometimes what is referred to as “fake news” is just a certain asshole not agreeing with the truth. Other times the call is warranted.

Disclaimer: I know this thing is based on a true story, but I will not base my review on how perfectly accurate to the real situation it may or may not be, but I will instead judge it as a movie… which it is. Disclaimer over.

Ladies and gentlemen… “Shattered Glass”.

Stephen Glass (Hayden Christensen) is a young man who’s made quite a name for himself by writing very successful articles for various magazines, with his main base being the New Republic. But his life will soon get unraveled, when some other journalists start looking into one of Glass’ articles, finding clues to it potentially being fabricated. So now we have our fake news drama. And I was completely riveted by it. The plot here keeps a fairly brisk pace, but never do the degree where it skims over important details, which makes it both a dramatic, in-depth look at this situation and a generally enjoyable watch.

The characters in this are layered, interesting, and fairly realistic. First up we have Hayden Christensen as Stephen Glass, the man at the center of this story. He’s smart, charming, and excellent at bullshitting people in conversation. But when the pressure starts coming down on him, you start seeing the cracks in the glass. And Hayden Christensen is REALLY GOOD in the role. The reason why I emphasized that was because he’s caught so much shit for his acting in the “Star Wars” prequels, that I have to really be clear that he can be a really good actor. Next up we have Peter Sarsgaard as Chuck Lane, one of Glass’ co-workers. He is one of those that kind of partakes in unraveling some of the clashing aspects of Glass’ articles, and he’s just really interesting. And Sarsgaard is great in the role. We also get supporting performances from people like Chloë Sevigny, Steve Zahn, Hank Azaria, Rosario Dawson, Cas Anvar, and more, all doing very well in their respective roles.

The score was composed by Mychael Danna, and it was good. I wouldn’t call it that much of a standout, but it worked well enough within the movie, focusing more in smaller piano pieces than anything else, which I think just fits the various scenes well enough.

This movie was written and directed by Billy Ray, and I think he did a great job with it. What I like about his style here is that it often feels less like some small personal drama, as it often feels a bit more like a political thriller in execution. And that helps keep the movie feel a bit more exciting, it adds a bit of tension to it, which is nice as it makes it stand out a bit. But when it needs to slow down and focus more on the character drama, then Billy Ray’s direction delivers beautifully on that too.

This movie has been well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 91% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 73/100. Roger Ebert gave it 3,5/4 stars. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,2/10.

“Shatterd Glass” is a fascinating and engaging look into a very interesting situation/person. It has a great plot, really good characters, great performances, good music, and great directing. Time for my final score. *Ahem*. My final score for “Shattered Glass” is a 9,78/10. Which means that it gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.

My review of “Shattered Glass”.

Need a movie relevant to today’s society? Here you go.

Mary Elizabeth Winstead joins “Fargo” season 3

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Casting news, something I don’t do unless it is for something that I am genuinely invested in. And since I am writing this, I am of course invested in this shit. So let’s talk about it.

So the talented and beautiful actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead, known for “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World” and this year’s “10 Cloverfield Lane”, has joined the cast for the third season of “Fargo”. Now, if there’s anybody who’s not aware of what this is… let me get you up to speed, you cave-dweller. “Fargo” is a show from the FX network, created by Noah Hawley and based on the Coen brothers movie of the same name. It’s an anthology series where every season tells a new story with mostly new characters. Got it? Good. So why am I talking about this. Well firstly, Winstead is a very talented actress (who I’ve only seen in those two thigns I mentioned before). And secondly, I love “Fargo”! Some of you might be aware that I have done reviews for the first two seasons (#ShamelessPlug). So I am of course excited to hear about casting news for the upcoming season, especially when it’s about such a talented person joining it. She will apparently be playing a crafty parolee in the new season, so that’ll be interesting since this show has some very colorful characters. Winstead will be joining the already confirmed Ewan McGregor and Carrie Coon. While no specific date has been set, the third season of “Fargo” will be premiering at some point in 2017.

So what are your thoughts? Are you excited about Winstead joining the show? And are you a fan of “Fargo”? Leave any and all answers in the comments.
Have a good one!

Ten Thousand(ish) Views!

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Good evening, my friends and other possible people who may or may not be reading this. This is not a post I do very often (mostly because these types of things happening incredibly rarely). And if things continue going like it currently does, you won’t have to see these types of posts that often (self-deprecation, ain’t it fun?). So let’s talk about this.

So as the title (and image) above this text says, I have finally reached ten thousand(+) views on this blogerydoo! That’s right, a bit over two and a half years on wordpress and I NOW reach this milestone. To be fair, I’m sure some blogs might not reach this milestone at all, but that’s probably only because the bloggers on those sites give up too soon (no disrespect meant to those people)! But yeah, for the longest time I didn’t think I would ever be able to reach this. Sure, 10000 views is pretty much chump change for some bloggers, but for me it’s a pretty big deal. It shows that people are interested in reading about my opinions on stuff and things. It even shows that some people are willing to return to this damn thing every now and then and have a read. For those folks I say, thank you. For those who have only read my blog once and have never returned, thank you. For those who are coming here for the first time, thank you. Shit… I thank anyone who come here and read my things and possibly even liking posts, commenting on posts, and following me for even more posts. What I’m trying to say is that… I am thankful for all the people who have helped me get this far. I’ve made some really good friends thanks to this thing, and I hope to make many more. Thanks… all of you people of the internetz.

I guess now that I’ve reached 10000(+) views, I should aim to reach 200 followes. I guess that’s the challenge… reach 200 followers before the end of 2016. Can this be achieved? Who the fuck knows?
Have a good one! (Also, this achievement gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”).
Seal of Approval

Tom Felton joins Season 3 of “The Flash”

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Hello there, my friends! As you probably know, I rarely write about castings in film/television. The last time I did was for Tommy Flanagan joining “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” and Finn Jones being cast as Iron Fist in the show of the same name. And that was in… February. Yeah, I don’t do this too often. However, when a casting intrigues/interests me, I feel like writing about it. So let’s talk about this thing.

Yesterday it was announced that Tom Felton, famous for playing Draco Malfoy in the “Harry Potter” movies, has joined the cast for season 3 of the CW’s popular superhero show “The Flash”. As someone who grew up with the “Harry Potter” films, I know that Felton has some acting chops behind him. I also thought he was pretty good in his minor-ish role in “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”. This is also exciting because I am actually a pretty big fan of this show. Some of you might’ve noticed me live-tweeting some stuff from the show when I was catching up on it a short while back. So yeah… these are some exciting news. Apparently Felton will be playing the character of Julian Dorn, a CSI for the Central City police department who thinks that Barry (Grant Gustin) might be more than meets the eye. Also, season 3 will apparently be adapting the “Flashpoint” storyline from the comics… a lot of stuff going on for this thing. Season 3 is set to premiere on October 4th of this year.

So what are your thoughts? Are you a fan of the show? And are the news of the addition of Tom Felton exciting to you? Leave any and all thoughts in the comments.
Have a good one!

I have an idea

Hello guys, I am here to talk to you about something. I know what you’re thinking on your side of the screens; “Oh my god, it must be serious! What’s the matter, Markus?”. And don’t worry, I am not dying or sick. Well, I’m sick of a lot of bullshit in our world, but that’s a totally different story. No, what I’m talking about isn’t really serious but it is something I have been thinking about these past few days. Let me explain.

I’ve been thinking about (possibly) starting a new blog. And for those of you who are worried, I will not stop posting stuff here, this is my main space of work and will therefore not be abandoned. No, I am talking about a secondary blog that I would post stuff on every now and then. The theme of it? TV! And now I can see you rolling your eyes and saying “But Markus, you already make TV reviews here! What would you need a second blog for?”. And I am glad you asked that question, dearest reader! I wouldn’t use the second blog to simply review TV shows, that I would still do here, on that blog I would do episode guides (sort of) of different shows. I would talk about episodes (in order, of course) of different TV-shows. Of course I couldn’t do it of every show I watched because then I’d probably lose my mind. No, I would do it in a certain way which I will explain.

TV-guides?

I have some rules/guidelines I have set up that would make it easier.

1: Only shows I have watched before. By doing it that way I would have prior knowledge of the show and therefore it would be easier to write a summary of it.
2: I won’t write them as regular reviews. I will go into some spoilers (which I never do on regular reviews), analyze certain plot points and say if the episode holds up or not (as an episode).
3: If you think there is a show I could go through you are free to suggest it, but I’m not sure if I will actually go through with it because of rule number 1. So if I by any chance haven’t seen the show you requested, I will not do it.
4: If/when I get through a season/show I would review it, but it would be on this blog and not on the other one.

So that is sort of the layout I had in mind for it. The big question is though: Would you guys be willing to read something like that if I made it? That is the main thing I want to be clear on. If you would like it. So really it is up to you. Should I? Or should I not? Leave a comment and let me know. If I do choose to do it, I will let you know both when and where it happens.

Have a good one!

“Daredevil” renewed for second season!!!

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Hello people, I am once again in less than a week talking about this show. So let’s do it!

So Netflix and Marvel have renewed their recent show/collaboration “Daredevil” for another season. For fans of the show, such as myself, these are great news. For those of you who don’t know anything about the character of Daredevil (both as a show and the character in general), it is about lawyer Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) going out at night as a costumed vigilante… kind of like Batman. Difference is, he is blind, so he is technically mroe badass than Batman (Let the flame war begin!). But back to the news. Like I said, show gets renewed, yada yada yada, there is however one small catch. What is the catch I hear you ask, well I’ll tell you! The original showrunner Steven S. DeKnight will not be working on the show anymore. This is a little sad because when he was showrunner, the show was fucking amazing. But it seems like the second season will be run by Doug Petrie and Marco Ramirez who did writing for the first season of the show. So it looks like the show might be in good hands. It can’t at least be as bad as when Glenn Mazzara was chosen as showrunner during season 2 of “The Walking Dead”. But I do think the show will still be great if it at least keeps the dark tone and excellent writing.

The second season of “Daredevil” will air some time in 2016 on Netflix. So let me ask you, are you as excited as me for season 2 of “Daredevil”? And what are your thoughts on the first season?

Have a good one!