Vice - this had been on my list for some time, as I love Christian Bale’s work usually, and Amy Adams, Naomi Watts, Fat Damon are all in this, so had decent expectations. Bale’s physical transformation into Cheney was very impressive. His “talking out of the side of his mouth” thing really came and went at liberty, though. Carrell as that lizard Rumsfeld was also impressive. Must be a chin prosthetic, as he really almost looked like him. Amy Adams was sadly unrecognizable, and Watts was only on it for a moment to play a cartoon version of a real person. Which, that’s pretty much what this entire film is - everyone playing someone’s idea of a real life Scooby-Doo villain. The writing is pretty silly in parts, and it wants to be Network so badly it’s embarrassing. Lots of completely invented things here, lots of completely incorrect things, all played for dramatic effect. Really, the film would have fallen apart completely without Bale’s performance, and certainly no one would be talking about it five years later. So Bale is kind of a red herring here - the movie isn’t worth talking about.
Heart Of Stone - this movie begins with a scene showing you how laughably ridiculous it’s going to be, so if you make it past the first few minutes, you deserve what you get (like me). The mythical “heart” - a beyond-imagination quantum computer - has the most ridiculous interface i’ve ever seen on film. There’s nothing practical or usable about how it works. We’re talking way worse than Minority Report here - this was designed by someone that said, “Hey, what if Cerebro was a computer”, and it takes a goddamn warehouse-sized room to use. Also, apparently it’s 100% cloud computing, enabling tons of people to use this ginormous, silly interface at once all over the world, so I guess let’s not even talk about the bandwidth required and how that works, since the computer flys around the globe in some sky-blimp lab at like 80k feet or something. It’s just so ridiculous. Then, the suspension of disbelief required to completely ignore the obvious question of “where the fuck are all these cameras that the computer sees everything from this perspective at any time, anywhere on earth” is just asking too much. It’s so bad. Then, Gal Gadot’s Stone character has a laptop, and the UI on her laptop is essentially all text-based - you know, because she’s a “hacker”. So that’s the spectrum of how computers work in this mythical world. The rest is all pretty ridiculous too - tons of that “Joan Wick” shit, where skinny women overcome the laws of physics repeatedly for two hours. I don’t know why I watched this. Move along.