Captain America: The Winter Solider (2014)
Cap finds it tough adjusting to 2014 but new friends, old enemies and a shocking discovery are set to rock SHIELD to the foundations. This was good: Robert Redford plays exactly the sort of character you think he does, Black Widow way overdoes the bronzer, the Winter Solider broods, an elevator fills up with mooks to try to take out Cap, Emily VanCamp of 'Revenge' shows up, Peggy is seen, ass is kicked in blurry action scenes, there are revelations and a really creepy set up for ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’.
Midnight In Paris (2011)
This uneven film opens with an unending beauty shot of Paris as Gil (Owen Wilson in full on nebbish mode) visits the city with his whining fiancée Inez (Rachel McAdams). The unfortunate and rampant sexism lets you know this is a Woody Allen film. Gil wants to experience Paris in the rain; Inez’s father (Kurt Fuller) hates Gil and Inez’s old crush barrowboy Paul (Michael Sheen) who is one of those faux-experts annoys. Gil bumbles and is sickeningly soppy and life embracing about Paris as the gang goes on a tour of Paris led by an annoying guide (Carla Bruni). Somehow they don’t run into a single Romanian beggar. But Inez is made the subject of opprobrium.
Gil gets into a strange car and ends up in 1920s Paris where he sees Josephine Baker dancing, listens to Cole Porter play piano, talks to a ranting yet doleful and misogynistic Ernest Hemingway and chats with Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald (Tom Hiddleston), Pablo Picasso, Dali (Adrien Brody), TS Eliot and Gertrude Stein (Kathy Bates). He has great fun with The Lost Generation and doesn’t miss the emasculating Inez who he ain’t got anything in common with. He flirts with Adrianna (Marion Cotilard) who wants to live in the Belle Époque. The concept of time travel doesn’t bother Gil.
Everyone in the past is famous, Gil can’t speak French but that doesn’t stop him and Adrianna heading back to the 1890s in a horse and carriage. They chat to Degas and Toulouse-Lautrec. Gil comes to a realisation about imagined golden ages. This was mediocre sexist tosh in which everyone reacted with dull surprise.
“In this traffic, nothing moves.”
“He’s a pseudo-intellectual.”
“All that’s missing is the tuberculosis.”
“My talent really lies in drinking.”
“Bring her back at a reasonable time.”
“What have you been smoking?”
“That’s why daddy says you’re a communist.”
“Life’s a little unsatisfying.”
“It’s called denial.”
“The past is not dead.”