The Boston Crime Film has become a genre on its own much like the Western, or MGM Musicals − and the source material for “Killing Them Softly” was written by George Higgins, also known for writing The Friends of Eddie Coyle, whose adaptation many will cite as one of the earlier films in the genre. Andrew Dominik’s film, makes reference to the source materials setting early on, with one of the main characters having a Boston accent, and referencing that he’s from Somerville. But that’s the films only connection to Boston, from there it becomes a story that clearly is more focused on a theme of economic crisis, set at the end of the Bush Administration. [Read more...]
Ooooohhhh scaaaarryy!! A PG13 Abduction movie starring the douche werewolf homo from Twlight!! Yayyyy!! What really shocks me about this one is the other talent involved. I expect more from you, Alfred Molina…maybe not MUCH more, but more. And I am totally ashamed of you Sigourney Weaver. Yeah, I know…you gotta eat, but you were in the biggest movie of all time. What drew you to this movie? I’m guessing the paycheck, because from what I can see, this is another intellectually devoid dump that the big anus of Hollywood has squatted over and dribbled out onto YOUR (the average movie-goer) face. And unless you’re into coprophagia (Wiki it), then I would say PASS…pun intended.
PREDICTION: 1 star
Wow…are A-listers and award winners really hard up for cash this month? Morgan Freeman?? Okay…I will actually give him a pass for this because even though he is in his 70s, I’m pretty sure he has a kid that is like 8 years old. Maybe he wanted to be in a movie that this kid could see without seeing her dad being whipped by Gene Hackman or hugged by Tim Robbins…I get it. However, this still looks pretty crappy. I guess they find a dolphin with no tail and make a robot tail for it. I like animals, so aw cute, it would make a good Yahoo news article…but a whole movie? Yikes. And don’t forget the laugh riot of Morgan Freeman getting his back splashed by the dolphin. Zoinks!! Yeah…I will wait until my kid is 8 and then show him a better movie.
PREDICTION: 1 1/2 stars
Okay…I’m going to look like some adrenaline driven typical male fuckbag, but I actually think this doesn’t look too bad. Usually I hate these Crank, Bourne Identity, Transporter sort of movies, but something about the trailer for this made me want to see what happens next. I think Jason Statham sucks in everything except Snatch, so I could care less about him, but I do actually like Clive Owen a lot and something about the two of them fighting seems…well, kinda cool. And finally DeNiro looking sort of badass again. I was beginning to think he was letting Ben Stiller rim job him for so long that he was actually enjoying it. I’ve said it before on this site, DeNiro hasn’t made a really great movie since Heat waaaaay back in 1995, but lately he has been trying a bit more, it seems. I liked Everybody’s Fine, Machete and Stone…so perhaps he’s on a roll? I hope so. It would be good to have my former favorite actor back. I know we will never get another Taxi Driver or Raging Bull…but maybe we can get another Copland at the very least.
PREDICTION: 3 stars
MACHINE GUN PREACHER
At first, I thought this was a ripoff of Hobo With A Shotgun, but it’s nothing like it. I don’t like Gerard Butler. His attempt at gay porn (300) made me feel really uncomfortable and shaky, so I have been weary of his movies ever since. This looks sort of cool though. Mostly because I like Marc Forster and I’m waiting World War Z, so this being his film before that one, I can give it a hot. I also like that it’s a true story and I have always liked vigilante hero-type people. This could be solid, and the R rating really helps. As long as I don’t see Butler kissing the tip of a penis, like I swore I saw in 300, it’ll be okay in my book.
PREDICTION: 3 stars
So I’ve heard that this is possibly the first Oscar bait movie of the year. Bring it on! I have been a fan of Brad Pitt ever since Kalifornia. The guy has made some shitty movies (Ocean’s Twelve, thirteen, Mr and Mrs Smith) but overall, he knows how to choose roles. I’m not normally a sports movie fan, however, I do find the inner workings of sports to be very interesting. This movie intrigues me
for a few reasons: Pitt, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, the ACDC song “Money Talks” in the trailer (arguably their best song, and my favorite song by the band) and also the hilarious story of Jonah Hill’s character. In case you were unaware, the character he plays in the film is named Peter Brand. However, the guy he is portraying’s name is Paul DePodesta. The name was changed because DePodesta was so disgusted that fat Jonah Hill was going to be playing him, that he threatened to sue the producers unless something was done. So instead of re-casting, they just changed the name. I love that sort of shit. And if you actually saw what Paul DePodesta looked like in real life, you would sue the producers too. Jonah Hill should only portray two people in biopics: Jonah Hill and the Pillsbury Dough-boy (I know, that was an obvious joke but its fucking 11pm, and I’m out of material). Weirdly, the original person cast for the role was Demitri Martin, who looks a lot more like the guy. I bet Billy Beane is jacking off in the mirror knowing Brad Pitt is playing him. I would. This movie looks pretty good.
PREDICTION: 3 stars
Kevin Smith sucks. If you’re a big fan of Kevin Smith…you suck. Plain and simple. He sucks. He’s an awful writer. Not a creative director. And has an ego bigger than Billy Corgan (and I’m a huge Smashing Pumpkins fan). However, I do find comfort in a crappy director like Smith worming out of his comfort zone. Red State could be good, but I just don’t think it will be. I love the material and I love psycho religious cult figures, I just wish that someone more capable like William Friedkin or David Cronenberg would take on a project like this…not Silent Bob. As long as he maintains the level of dick and fart jokes (his words) and focuses more on story and also a world where not every single fucking person talks exactly the same like his lame View Askew universe, then this could actually be good. As much as I dislike Kevin Smith, I am looking forward to giving this one a shot…and if this sucks like his other movies, well…I guess I won’t be that surprised.
PREDICTION: 3 stars
The first new Sherlock Holmes movie hasn’t even opened yet but Warner Bros. reportedly is talking sequel. They’re reportedly happy with the movie, directed by Guy Ritchie and have asked the writers of “Justice League: Mortal,” to whip up something.
The other big rumor is that they’re talking with Brad Pitt to play Holmes’ nemesis Dr. Moriarty for the second film. In case you were unaware, Robert Downey Jr. plays Holmes and Jude Law appears as Dr. Watson.
If you’re like me, anything Terrence Malick does is worth seeing. (I once worked on a movie with some of the accountants from “The New World,” and I continually bothered them about stories and facts about him.) And, given the fact that he works is such silence, the release of a new Malick movie is always a welcome surprise.
Well, perhaps we will be surprised again. ScreenDaily is reporting that Malick’s latest, “Tree of Life,” will be released this year.
The movie stars Brad Pitt and Sean Penn. The movie is reportedly about a man who tries to come to terms with a childhood filled with sickness, pain, suffering and death.
Needless to say, I cannot wait to see this one.
We’ve been talking about it for some time now. But now it’s here. Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglorious Basterds,” had its first screening ever at the Cannes Film Festival in France. What’d people think? Here’s a sampling of reviews from across the internet:
Obsessed With Film: “Absolute F**CKING quality!…. It gets a bit silly for ten minutes at the end and the brit characters are a bit shit”
Total Film: “Not only did I love every minute, if the French projectionist wanted to cue it up and roll it again from the start, I would have sat through the whole film again, with the biggest grin on my face.”
Empire Magazine: ““rather brilliant. Every bit as idiosyncratic as the spelling of its title, it’s a wonderfully-acted movie that subverts expectation at every turn”
411: “most ambitious American movie at this years Cannes Film Festival and definitely the best in competition”
The Hollywood Reporter: “It’s a perfectly good action movie… (but) I think the script’s the culprit here, I don’t think he’s given the script those juicy characters and great parts. The parts are not too interesting.”
The Guardian: “…the director’s moderate reserves of narrative interest are exhausted way before the end. He should perhaps go back to making cheerfully inventive outrageous films like Kill Bill. Because Kill Adolf hasn’t worked out.”
No matter what anyone says, I’ll be there opening day. The movie opens August 21st. Also, the official web-site is up and active. Check it out here.
A new teaser poster for Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglorious Basterds” has been released. It’s spare, simple and gets me excited even more excited to see the movie.
“Inglorious Basterds” will play at the Cannes Film Festival, and then open nation-wide at the end of August.
Brad Pitt’s Plan B and Paramount Pictures have acquired the rights to John Le Carre’s novel, “The Night Manager.”
The story is about a night manager, (shocking, I know,) at a hotel in Europe, who is recruited to try to inflitrate the network of an arms dealer.
Some of Le Carre’s other novels have been turned into the movies, “The Constant Gardner,” “The Spy Who Came In From the Cold,” and “The Tailor of Panama.” Given his body of work, I am excited to see this one. -Sam
Empire magazine has a few updates about Terrence Malick’s latest movie. What it’s about is unclear, but it seems that it might be a combination of “Q,” a project Malick was developing in the late 1970s with a prologue set in pre-historic times. According to Wikipedia, the Malick project “Tree of Life,” is about a man in the 1950s dealing with a difficult childhood.
Now, here’s what Empire’s reporting. They’re quoting Mike Fink, the Oscar-winning F/X supervisor:
“We’re just starting work on a project for Terrence Malick, animating dinosaurs. The film is “The Tree of Life,” starring Brad Pitt and Sean Penn. It’ll be showing in IMAX, so the dinosaurs will actually be life size- and the shots of the creatures will be long and lingering.”
Did Malick combine the two projects? Did he steal the title of one for another? No matter what the actual film turns out to be, I know I’ll be there to see it. I love Malick’s work and this sounds incredible. -Sam