The 7 best movies and videos of the week

James Dean tributes

The animated short film Boardwalk Empire from director Kieran Hares has an intense tone and is reminiscent of the work of Sam Shepard, the influence of which is obvious. It is set in a seedy motel and focuses on a dimpled, dusty looking young guy who opens a door to find a drunken woman trying to clean up a mess. When she apologizes, he takes her up on it, popping a cap on a bottle of gin, and then they coo at each other in warm sunshine. She wants to know about him. “How old are you?” she asks. “I was a captain,” he says before taking off the cap. He then smashes the bottle across the room and has it beep with laughter.

Boardwalk Empire “Age of Success” Trailer ( Director: Kieran Hares Netflix Notes: The handsome one in the clip toasts his adopted daughter in tribute to Dean’s character, Jim Morrison from The Doors, and then kills the bottle. Dean’s tombstone reads, “Carried offstage at a different age.”

Dirty money

A deft, modern look at a time when there were literally no regulations on money laundering. The film depicts a fairground ride show in 1958 that is set to former boss Ed Kaczynski’s “Money Jungle.” The rideman’s wife tests the ride, but its whistle ignites a wildfire so thick that they can only flee the fire from the sidelines. The couple’s car is swarmed by suitcases while they are escaping, and a camera looks down from the fairground, is smacked by the husband, and frames them in a deep, passionate embrace. The story is a dramatic riff on the wiretapping case of Aldrich Ames, who was sentenced to life imprisonment after revealing the identities of 16 U.S. government spies. His wife, Linda Lee Ames, recently revealed details of the case in the New York Times and said that her husband had taken direction from the Russians and given classified secrets to them.

Tom Clancy Conspiracy

Tom Clancy’s confusing hit for the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt is full of all sorts of sounds and flavors, but the climax ends with shots ringing out of swirling fire and missing the targets, a particularly chilling and apt aptness. The search for “the filthy paper mache” ends with an explosive act of furious shooting as thugs have their way with a black henchman and get to pulling off a black cap on the hood of a white hooded attacker, who pulls out an AK-47 and shoots up the crowd.

Capitalism vs. the State

In the film, the white mayor and blue-blood candidate were opposing the state’s proposal for the building of a multibillion-dollar wind-power power plant. The governor had to issue a pro order, and the developers met with a lot of resistance, making their pitch to the mayor and treasurer’s daughter, Ellen Currier (Kelly Reilly), who is a big-time investor herself. It’s not clear whether what they’re trying to do is make a deal or buy the two votes she has, but the power plant is granted a permit, and they celebrate with a song.

Nothing better than Aedan Duckworth, meeting his old friend and producing a theater piece

Huck Finn meets Ken Kesey in the campfire party about to start at high school. Kirk Kerkorian, founder of Paramount Pictures, discusses his life with the corrupt but good-hearted Eddie Aenlle, and all their good things. And Kirk sinks into an armchair and does nothing.

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