From Russia With Love
The second James Bond flick and a vast improvement over "Dr. No". SPECTRE kinda' steals the show, as they show off their "evil villain base" and create pretty much every action movie cliche of the 70's and 80's. Plus Colonel Kleb, who set the mold for "Frau" in the Austin Powers movies. You could call this an "essential Bond movie".
The main plot is SPECTRE trying to dupe Bond by using a pretty Russian chick. So, two movies in and Bond's skirt-chasing ways are already well-known. The story loses a little bit, towards the end, when the big villain they'd been building for the entire movie isn't quite the physical monster we expected. Still, this is a very good action movie for the time (1963).
Children of Men
I remember seeing ads for this, when it came out, and thought it looked cheesy. Or one of those "we're trying for an Oscar" flicks. I think it even had a good buzz, here on Da' Board, back in the day. Turns out, it's pretty good. Not everything is precisely explained, but what you do know and see is interesting. The main plot is all about the lack of fertility, but the subplot about illegal immigrants really adds to the menu. It's almost like there are two intersecting movies. It's not for everybody, but I enjoyed it for what it was.
This is probably where "What Happened to Monday" got its inspiration. Almost ripping it off, but going with over-fertility vs. no fertility. After watching "Children", I dislike "Monday" even more.
Also didn't realize that Charlie Hunnam ("Jax Teller" from Sons of Anarchy) was in it until I read the IMDB entry. I thought: "his posture looks familiar", when he walked over to shoot somebody, but couldn't place him.
Now You See Me 2
Wouldn't a better title be "Now you See Me, Again"? Anyways, I thought the first was complete dogshit and this follows in the tracks, err, droppings. 5 magicians who all, basically, have unlimited super powers. How can they do all this crazy stuff? It's magic, err...an ILLUSION!
Oh, and the climactic scene is ripped-off from the final season of "The A-Team", when they used "Dishpan" Santana to make a villain think they were flying a plane.
I prefer the type of "magic" done by guys like Penn & Teller. They pull back the curtain a bit,and laugh at themselves, but then still pull off some neat shit. Even "The Prestige" was pretty good. I hope to never see "Me" again. Total, total dogshit and I mean that in the worst way.