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* From Dusk till Dawn – Starring George Clooney, Harvey Keitel, Quentin Tarantino & Juliette Lewis, directed by Robert Rodriguez

Posted by the editors on Monday, 6 February 2012

From Dusk till Dawn (1996)  Directed by Robert Rodriguez (Planet Terror (2007), Predators (2010)), written by Quentin Tarantino and starring George ClooneyHarvey KeitelQuentin TarantinoJuliette Lewis and Salma Hayek.  From Dusk till Dawn starts out as film about two criminals, portrayed by Clooney and a deranged Taratino, on the run, after a bank robbery, with a hostage in tow, and, somehow, once across the border and into Mexico, morphs into a rip-snorting horror film, still with Clooney and Tarantino, but with the addition of a rather subdued Harvey Keitel, and, as his daughter, Juliette Lewis, not to mention a rather sizzling, and dangerous, Salma Hayek.  The first part of From Dusk till Dawn is sharp, cynical, nasty, violent and really not bad; in the second part, well, yes, all hell breaks loose, literally, and though there are, as one would expect from a Rodriguez/Tarantino collaboration, abundant, and seriously gruesome goings-on, the film loses its edge and drags on.  Definitely not a film for everyone, especially not children, From Dusk Till Dawn nevertheless is worth viewing if one is a fan of Tarantino, or Rodriguez, and of truly nasty, body-part, horror, and to see George Clooney in a film that, in the end, one would be hard-pressed to believe he ever acted in. (PR)

See our posts on the film Predators, directed by Robert Rodriguez and starring Adrien Brody, and the films The Americanstarring George Clooney, and Mean Streets, starring Harvey Keitel.

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Water for Elephants – Starring Reese Witherspoon, Robert Pattinson & Christoph Waltz

Posted by the editors on Saturday, 28 January 2012

Water for Elephants (2011)  – Directed by Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend (2007)), starring Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line (2005), Robert Pattinson (Twilight Saga film series)and Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds (2009), Carnage (2011)).  A romantic drama set in a traveling circus during The Depression, in the 1930s in the U.S., Water for Elephants, despite all the animals, is a rather formulaic film characterised by very poor dialogue, poor development and poor acting.  Of course, the problems with the dialogue and plot development could be due to the screenplay or the book on which it was based (screenplay by Richard LaGravenese based on the eponymous novel by Sara Gruen).  The poor acting, however, can only be attributed to the actors themselves and to the director, of course; Pattinson is rather hopeless, and Reese Witherspoon, at best, miscast. Christolph Waltz, who was quite good in Inglourious Basterds, directed by Quentin Tarantino, is not bad, given the limitations written into his role.  Nevertheless, as entertainment for relatively naive 13 to 15 year-olds, perhaps everything is just fine. (PR) (Note: in the U.S. it was considered that some material in the film may be inappropriate for children under 13 (PR13 rating))

See our post on the film Inglourious Basterds, with Christoph Waltz, and starring Brad Pitt, directed by Quentin Tarantino.

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Drive Angry – Starring Nicolas Cage

Posted by the editors on Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Drive Angry (2011)(DVD)   Directed by Patrick Lussier, starring Nicolas Cage (Leaving Las Vegas (1995), Adaptation. (2002)).  This action film, with clear grindhouse aspirations, starring cars, guns, gruesomely gratuitous violence, a pointless story, generally disappointing special effects, even in 3D, and bad acting all around, including on the part of Nicolas Cage.  Cage, whose acting has never been especially broad and deep (though he does have his fans), may have hit an all-time low here, but is in keeping with the rest of the film, which falls so far short of a Robert Rodriguez (Desperado (1995), Sin City (2005), Machete (2010)), raunchy, violent, campy, bad taste, yet edgy production that the only reason to write a review of Drive Angry is to warn potential viewers not to waste their time.  See the real Grindhouse (2007; Rodriguez’s Planet Terror and Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof) instead. (PR)

See our post on Quentin Taratino’s film, Inglourious Basterds.

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Seven Pounds

Posted by the editors on Monday, 24 October 2011

Seven Pounds (2008)(DVD)  Directed by Gabriele Muccino (The Pursuit of Happyness (2006), also starring Will Smith), starring  Will Smith (Ali (2001), I, Robot (2004), The Pursuit of Happyness (2006), I Am Legend (2007), Hancock (2008))Rosario Dawson (Death Proof (2007, by Quentin Tarantino, part of the Tarantino/Robert Rodriguez double feature Grind House))Woody Harrelson (Natural Born Killers (1994), The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996), No Country for Old Men (2007), The Messenger (2009))Barry Pepper (Saving Private Ryan (1998), The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005), True Grit (2010)), and others.   Imposture, goodness, love, a sizable dose of sadness, morality and even a bit of humour mark Seven Pounds, which, despite a mostly negative critical reception, was a clear box-office success.  It’s true that Will Smith, even as a character carrying a rather overwhelming emotional load, is charming, and Rosario Dawson is not only lovely but wonderful as Emily Posa.  Some quite effective special effects and a good use of fragmented flash-backs add an edge to this sad love story. (PR)

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Inglourious Basterds

Posted by the editors on Monday, 5 September 2011

Inglourious Basterds, directed by Quentin Tarantino, theatrical release poster

Inglourious Basterds (2009)(DVD) Written and directed by Quentin Tarantino (Reservoir Dogs  (1992)Pulp Fiction (1993), Jackie Brown (1997), Kill Bill (Vol. I & II) (2003, 2004)) ; starring Brad Pitt (A River Runs Through It (1992), Seven (1995) Snatch (2000), Babel (2006) and many more), Christoph Waltz (The Green Hornet (2011)), Diane Kruger (Troy (2004), Goodbye Bafana (2007), Unknown (2011)) and others.   Tarantino has said, it’s my “bunch-of-guys-on-a-mission film. [It’s] my Dirty Dozen or Where Eagles Dare or Guns of Navarone kind of thing”,  and, quite rightly, it is, indeed.  Brad Pitt is, as usual, quite good, and Christoph Waltz, simply award-winning (Best Leading Actor, at Cannes,and BAFTAGolden GlobeScreen Actors Guild Award and Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2009); Diane Kruger is just fine in the role of Bridget von Hammersmark.  Brutal, violent, funny and fantastical, Inglourious Basterds, may best be described as Anne Thompson of Variety did: “Inglourious Basterds is great fun to watch, but the movie isn’t entirely engaging… You don’t jump into the world of the film in a participatory way; you watch it from a distance, appreciating the references and the masterful mise en scène.” (PR)

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