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Published January 17th 2022
Supervillains, diamonds and murder
My quest to watch (or re-watch) all of Sandra Bullock's movies continues with this second instalment. You can find part one here.
4. Ocean's 8
Ocean's 8 (2018) is a spin-off of the Ocean's series (Ocean's Eleven, which was a reboot of the 1960 film of the same name, Ocean's Twelve and Ocean's Thirteen). In it, Sandra plays con artist Debbie Ocean, the younger sister of the deceased Danny Ocean. On being released from prison, Debbie immediately seeks out another score, this time planning to steal a Cartier diamond necklace valued at $150 million.
In order to pull off the heist, Debbie recruits a team of talented women with the different skills needed. This is an all-star production featuring Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Rihanna, Mindy Kaling and Awkwafina. Also, there is a lot more of Sarah Paulson in this one!
The ensemble cast are wonderful, and there are twists and turns, action and comedy. The only thing I found mildly disappointing was that despite the apparent chemistry between them, Debbie and Cate Blanchett's character, Lou, are not a couple (at least, nothing happens between them on screen, but hey, a viewer can dream). Ocean's 8 is definitely worth watching if you love heist movies and Sandra.
Bonus Sandra fact: At one point in the movie Debbie Ocean is pretending to be German while undercover at the Met Gala. While on the red carpet she converses briefly in German with model Heidi Klum (who has a cameo as herself). I thought her German sounded pretty good. It turns out that this is because Sandra grew up speaking German, while living for twelve years in Germany and Austria. Bust that out at a trivia night, on me.
Minions (2015) is the third instalment of the Despicable Me franchise. It's an animated movie about little yellow creatures who work for a supervillain named Gru.
I wasn't sure whether I should count this one, but Sandra is technically in it, even if you can't see her. She plays the voice of Scarlet Overkill, the world's first female supervillain. Sandra does a fine job of the voice acting. I know some people find the little yellow dudes annoying, but I found this series to be some of the more enjoyable movies to watch along with my kids.
Minions is a fun, watchable movie for all ages. Could use more Sandra, though.
6. Murder By Numbers
Murder By Numbers (2002) is an American psychological thriller directed by Barbet Schroeder. Two teenage boys, Justin (Michael Pitt, from the US remake of Funny Games) and Richard (played by a very young Ryan Gosling) plan and commit "the perfect crime" together. They murder a woman and frame someone else for the deed. Detective Cassie Mayweather (Sandra!) looks past the obvious clues and suspects that the boys are involved.
Cassie Mayweather is the kind of character that Sandra later sends up in The Heat - competent, tough, and constantly criticised by her male colleagues for being unlikeable. While this movie isn't a comedy, Sandra still shows herself to be a master of deadpan delivery in parts of it. My favourite line, which is better out of context, is "He got a little rough with me, so I broke his nose with a cat".
Murder By Numbers is a tense, at times, nasty, thriller with a definite late 90s/early 00s vibe. It's worth watching purely for Sandra.