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Ford V. Ferrari – Review

Ford V. Ferrari – Budget of $97.6 million – 2 hours and 32 minutes

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Henry Ford, II is furious.  Sales have been in a decline for years.  He wants everyone, from the factory workers to corporate guys, to come up with a plan to fix it.  Lee Iacocca, vice president of Ford, believes he has a solution.  For 2 decades, Ford’s style has stayed the same.  Lee believes 17-year-olds today don’t want to drive the same cars their parents drove.  They want something sleek and sexy like a Ferrari.  For the last 5 years, Ferrari has won the Le Mans – a 24-hour race in France.  Even though Ford builds more cars than Ferrari, Ferrari is more memorable.  But focusing on their racing team has left Ferrari broke.  Lee suggests Ford buys Ferrari.  In the deal, Ford will control 90% of manufacturing and Ferrari would control 90% of the racing.  Ferrari considers the offer until he reads that Ford will have control of if and when Ferrari could race.  Enzo storms out of the deal and sells Ferrari to Fiat.  Henry Ford II wants to destroy Enzo in Le Mans by building a car to beat Ferrari.  Lee calls Carroll Shelby – an automotive designer, engineer, and winner of a Le Mans – to build the car but Shelby’s heart problems won’t allow him to race.  Shelby knows the next best man for the job, Ken Miles.  Leo Beebe, senior executive vice president of Ford, doesn’t think Ken will tow the company line.  When Shelby approaches Ken with the offer, Ken hates it.  He knows Ford will try to control them every step of the way, and in turn, slowing them down.  Shelby and Ken will be tested for the future of Ford.

Get ready to have all the feels: happiness, anger, sadness, and pure adrenaline.  As Ken races, you can feel the pressure on your chest and will hold on to your armrest.  It takes time for Shelby to learn, but Ken was right.  It was the corporate honchos causing the problems in Ford.  So concerned with press and photo ops, they forgot about cars.  While Ford focused on the car, Shelby (a former race car driver) understood a great driver wins the race.  The car is just fast.  Seeing these men claw and fight for the purity of automotive engineering will give you pride.  See them pay the ultimate price will break your heart.  It’s true what they say, cars started to decline when accountants started designing them.  This movie has some strong language but kids over 12 will understand the words used in frustration.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

Tell him, he is not Henry Ford. He is Henry Ford the 2nd. – Enzo Ferrari

Frame this – Shelby

$200 a day? Are you nuts? – Mollie

Have you ever been on fire – Peter

Happy, Bill? – Ken

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Charlie’s Angels – Review

Charlie’s Angels – Budget of $48 – 55 million – 1 hour and 59 minutes

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Elena walks into her boss’s office with the hopes of convincing him to pull back the launch of their company’s new product, Calisto.  During testing, Elena discovered the clean energy device can be hacked and turned into an EMP for humans.  Elena asks Flemming to give her more time to fix it but he refuses.  He wants to present the product to the CEO for production.  Feeling defeated, Elena leaves the office and Flemming’s receptionist, Ingrid, tells her she dropped something.  It’s a business card for the Townsend Agency.  She contacts the number, meets with Bosley, and tells him everything.  However, an assassin attempts to kill Elena.  Before Elena can blink, the waitress springs to action and goes after the assassin allowing her and Bosley to retreat.  The waitress enters the car and introduces herself as Jane.  After a bullet-ridden car chase, Bosley, Jane, and Elena are in the car, upsidedown, submerged in water.   On the ground, Sabina stops the assassin from attacking the water-logged survivors but he distracts Sabina with a car bomb.  When the dust settles Bosley is dead.  Sabina, Jane, and Elena are approached by a new Bosley and she gets them to a safe house.  Bosley pulls Sabina and Jane to the side.  They believe the assassin wasn’t just after Elena because he had too much firepower for one whistleblower.  He must be after them.  Now, the angels must project Elena, get the Calisto before it gets into the wrong hands, and save themselves.  All in a day’s work, Angels.

Based on the hit TV series, this movie is better than expected (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  It’s not about babes in bikinis running on a beach.  It’s about spies using their wits and fists to fight.  It had the right amount of humor, action, suspense, and heart.  Don’t call this a remake.  They pay homage to all TV and movie Charlie’s Angels alike (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  If you keep your eyes open, you will see plenty of cameos.  You must pay attention to every character involved.  They all have a role in the story arch.  While this movie won’t make your Christmas list, it’s still a fun ride for the theaters.

I give it 3 out of 5 stars

Nothing wrong with being a housewife. Just not my choice – Sabina

I was just going to hand you the tablet when I was done looking at it – Jane

He doesn’t even know how it works – Elena

Don’t talk into the bracelet – Bosley

You have to go to the restroom – Bosley

Time for me to exit stage left – Bosley

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The Good Liar – Review

The Good Liar – Budget Unknown – 1 hour and 50 minutes

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After Brian and Estelle set up online dating profiles, they decide to meet face to face.  Brian hates lying so he tells Estelle the truth.  His name is Roy.  Estelle has a confession of her own.  Her name is Betty.  They reintroduce themselves and continue with their date.  After the date, Betty is picked up by her grandson Steven and offers Brian a ride.  Politely, Brian declines because his house is close by.  Betty rides off with Steven but Roy does not go home.  He goes to a strip club to meet other con artists.  They are setting up Russian marks to take $80,000 in a fake development deal.  Roy tells his partner Vincent he is setting up Betty also.  After their next date, Betty tells Roy she bought her car with cash and takes him to her house due to his bad knee acting up.  Looking at her house and car, Roy estimates she is worth $200,000.  When Roy has Vincent come to Betty’s and pretend to be a financial planner, Roy learns she has over $2 million.  He decides to take it all.  He only has one problem, Steven is on to him and will do anything to protect his grandmother.  It will take a good liar to help Betty.

Based on The Good Liar by Nicholas Searle, this movie is a true cat-and-mouse game (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  You have a sneaking suspicion that more is going on than meets the eye.  You just don’t know who and why.  Roy is willing to con anyone at any time.  While he says its for the money, Vincent knows he does it for the rush.  Vincent understands that Roy can never retire, he loves the con too much.  When all is revealed, you will have a smile on your face.

I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars

Fond? Such an English word – Betty

You paid cash? – Roy

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