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 Clooney, Harvey Keitel, Quentin Tarantino, Juliette 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 American, starring George Clooney, and Mean Streets, starring Harvey Keitel.
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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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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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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 BAFTA, Golden Globe, Screen 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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