“THE BEST OFFER” is billed as an Italian suspense thriller. It is also an arty-farty one to boot.
You are able to detect a tonality of exotic mystique dressed within the film, treading precariously between the fine line of poetic loneliness and its impending gloom.
The protagonist is VIRGIL OLDMAN (GEOFFRY RUSH).
He is a supercilious middle aged auctioneer who could not care less about hurting others’ feelings.
He is very much the “lord of his own ring.”
Little does he realize that his arrogance would soon be put to test when he falls in love unbeknowst,for a mysterious woman (SYLVIA HOEKS) who will only communicate with him by phone, through closed doors.
It is a lesson for us to learn that attractive women may not what they seem. They can be deadly creatures with fangs.
This film uncovers a relentless world of shams and pretensions.
And for fans of the classical whodunit, there’s a smart plot with a twisted revelation in the end to challenge your mindset.
Either you win or lose.
Now, take your stake.
This is a touching tale of a middle aged art expert and auctioneer. He is an overly cultured man with few friends.
His only friend is Robert (JIM STURGESS) a young, skillful restorer of mechanical devices from any given era.
The day he turns sixty-three, Virgil receives a phone call from a young woman who asks him to handle the disposal of some family works of art.
But when Virgil comes for his first site visit, the girl fails to appear.
This happens more than once, and Virgil is tempted to bow out of what appears to be a thankless mess. But on each occasion, the elusive young woman, locked in her demented world, begs him to continue.
Now the old antique dealer’s life begins to take an unexpected turn.
It is Robert (JIM STURGESS) who shows him how to win the heart of the young woman (SYLVIA HOEKS) who is afraid of the real world.
Virgil soon finds himself traumatized by a passion that will change his grey existence forever.
“THE BEST OFFER” is beautifully directed by GIUSEPPE TORNATORE, with a raw touch of Alfred Hitchcock.
GEOFFREY RUSH as Virgil brings a striking depth of character to an Old World mystery set against the complex backdrop of Europe’s art auctions.
He’s an art collector, but all is not what it seems.
He also has a secret room stacked with masterpieces of a certain kind, portraits of women that he’s secretly acquired with the help of an accomplice named Billy (DONALD SUTHERLAND).
GIUSEPPE TORNATORE (Cinema Paradiso) wrote and directed this romantic mystery.
The movie is beautiful shot with a lilting score by ENNIO MORRICONE.
It exposes the wasted wealth of the rich, ripping apart the facade to expose the rot and lies beneath the elegant picture. All that glitters is not gold.
In summary “THE BEST OFFER” is a brilliant tour de force storming you through a world of deception masked by the rich and pompous.
An ambiguous title, this suspense laden film exposes the treacherous exploits of a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb (JEREMY RENNER) who leaves no table unturned and will snoop at all costs, just to get wind of a scoop.
Gary (RENNER) works for the San Jose Mercury News as staff writer during the mid-1990s.
Work is often not bliss as he and his boss never seems to get along.
So when an attractive woman named Coral (PAZ VEGA) calls to meet up somewhere to hand him a grand jury transcript file depicting the CIA’s shady drug deals with Nicaraguan Contras, Webb smells a golden opportunity for an unusual scoop.
He digs further and after doing some investigations which eventually leads him to Central America for a crucial interview with imprisoned drug lord Norwin Meneses (ANDY GARCIA).
After the unabridged interview, he finds he has enough content to write a three-part expose called “Dark Alliance”.
While his effort wins him a journalist of the year award and is besieged with media attention, he finds himself trapped in the aftermath of setbacks that threatened his freedom, his career as well as his family.
Two-time Academy Award nominee JEREMY RENNER handles his role with aplomb. He leads an all-star cast in this dramatic thriller based on the true life story of the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb.
Webb uncovers a story which leads him to the shady origins of the men who started the crack epidemic on the nation’s streets…He further discovers that the CIA was aware of major dealers who were smuggling cocaine into the U.S., and using the profits to fund the rebels fighting in Nicaragua.
Despite warnings from drug kingpins and CIA operatives to stop his investigation, Webb keeps digging to uncover a conspiracy with explosive implications.
His journey takes him from the prisons of California to the villages of Nicaragua to the highest corridors of power in Washington, D.C. – and draws the kind of attention that threatens not just his career, but his family and his life.
The film director sucessfully spins a mesmerizing combination of exciting story-telling and historical narrative that’s bound to keep you on edge.
“BLACK AND WHITE – The Dawn Of Justice (2014) 痞子英雄：黎明再起
These pretty boys can really bitch and clamor. Their antics and expostulations, which are spread throughout the entire movie, can wear you down at times.
Can all these be part of a package for a lover’s spat?
It seems like it. Unlike poles attract.
BLACK AND WHITE: THE DAWN OF JUSTICE expounds the story of how the characteristic duo Wu Ying Xiong (acted by Mark Chao) and Chen Zhen (acted by Lin Gengxin) laid aside their egos to cooperate. They were commanded by the higher-up authorities to save the city from further mass destructions.
A succession of bomb explosions has just taken place heightening citizens’ terror and unrest.
Naturally these two anti-heroes have to discard their “I-am-BETTER-than-you” personalities to fight terrorism. Together.
Ying-xiong, has been revered as a hero in the Harbor City before, ever since he outwitted terrorists on a Boeing airplane.
Unfortunately his conquest is short-lived.
Panic spreads over the whole city as more bomb explosions occur and this is just the start of a close-knitted conspiracy.
The impulsive WU now pairs with the arrogant CHEN to track down the mastermind behind the bombing incidents. During the investigations, they further uncover clues that lead to a freeway kidnapping case.
Worst of all, they are shocked to find that the next suicide bomber is XU Da-fu, a criminal who had aided WU with the airplane crisis. More complications follow.
WU and CHEN will soon discover that the bombings are just the prelude to a massive destruction.
Stolen military missiles are now aimed at the Harbor City.
Additionally a deadly virus is about to break out, which is so highly contagious that it can devour the whole world within 14 days.
All the mayhem is planned by the Nightwalkers—a secret assassination squad who once-upon-a-time served high ranking government officials.
Facing this unprecedented crisis, it is a race against time to reverse the life-and-death situation.
BLACK AND WHITE
This last installment of the police action series has total sum of SGD 3 Million budget for 3D post explosions and is therefore more spectacular in scope, with visual effects collaborations from Hong Kong, China and Thailand.
Regional actors are given cameo roles such as CHRISTOPHER LEE from Singapore and SHIOU JIE-KAI from Taiwan.
The movie opens with a dramatic car chase and several explosions that sabotage all of the roadways leading in and out of the city.
Collapsed buildings, airplanes and trains crashing on to city streets, a rocket attack and a biological weapon keeps the movie going at a frenetic pace.
The demented mastermind behind these events believes that only total destruction of the earth will bring with it a rebirth.
The apocalyptic mood, however, hangs in the balance and the plot could have been better layered with a tighter script.
Directed by TSAI YUEH-HSUN, the film is a fun, frolicking, explosive police dramedy.