A few years ago, David O. Russell released a modern masterpiece with “American Hustle” – and the satirical thriller is not only tremendously good, but also impresses with a star ensemble that has washed up. If you’re into Hollywood name dropping, look no further: Christian Bale, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, and Michael Peña are just the tip of the iceberg.
You can stream “American Hustle” with an Amazon Prime Video subscription at no extra cost and as you might have guessed: it’s worth it! In the DashFUN review, we gave it the highest rating of five stars and are delighted in our conclusion: “The wonderful satire is a wild masterpiece, bursting with staging self-confidence with rough edges.”
» “American Hustle” on Amazon Prime Video*
And that’s what American Hustle is about: In 1970s New York, shady businessman and crook Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale) and his partner Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) and his partner Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) scam people who are already in financial trouble. But then FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper) finds out – and offers them a deal. If they help him expose a corrupt politician, he’ll let them get away with it. But things turned out to be more complicated than expected…
The next newcomer to Amazon Prime Video was only able to dust off half of the “American Hustle” rating with 2.5 out of 5 possible stars, but it serves a completely different genre and should therefore be of interest to fans of dark fantasy stories. Fantasy, sci-fi, dystopia and drama meet in “Franklyn”, and this is garnished with images that would also fit into a horror film – just look at the mask in our news picture.
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“Franklyn” by Gerald McMorrow consists of four stories in two dimensions that are brought together at the end – we don’t want to reveal too much at this point. But you can look forward to stars like Eva Green, who as a grieving art student is always looking for near-death experiences, Sam Riley, who is left at the wedding altar and sees his childhood love again, and Ryan Phillippe as a masked fighter against religious coercion in a dystopian mega-metropolis.
We would like to recommend two more of the many new additions to the Prime subscription. Anyone who doesn’t know Oliver Stone’s sports drama “Every Damned Sunday” can do so now – we don’t even have to be really interested in American football. Because in the film, which we rated 4 out of 5 stars, Stone takes a critical look behind the scenes of the sports circus and uses it as a parable for US society – and that with stars like Al Pacino, Cameron Diaz and Jamie Foxx.
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» “Essential Killing” on Amazon Prime Video*
And we also gave 4 stars to the disturbing war film thriller “Essential Killing” by Jerzy Skolimowski. Leading actor Vincent Gallo won the actor’s prize in Venice for his quasi-one-man show. Gallo stars in Essential Killing as Taliban Mohammed, who is captured in the war in an unnamed country and taken to an unnamed Eastern European country. There he can escape – and must make his way through the wilderness without a clue, doing everything he can to survive.
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