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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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Predators – Starring Adrien Brody, with Laurence Fishburne

Posted by the editors on Saturday, 17 December 2011

Predators (2010) Directed by Nimród Antal, produced by Robert Rodriguez (Sin City (2005), Planet Terror (2007), Machete (2010)), and starring Academy Award-winning Best Actor Adrien Brody (The Pianist (2002)The Darjeeling Limited (2007), Midnight in Paris (2011)), Laurence Fishburne (The MatrixThe Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions (1999-2003))Topher GraceAlice BragaWalton GogginsDanny TrejoMahershalalhashbaz AliOleg Taktarov and Louis Ozawa Changchien.  In this science fiction action drama, the fifth in the series of ‘Predator’ films, a group of diverse and deadly human predators (mercenaries, murderers, assassins and such) find themselves parachuted onto a game reserve planet, and in their turn hunted, for sport, by true Predators.  From the free-fall opening, to the final struggle, except for a slower interlude with Laurence Fishburne which perhaps could have been left out altogether, Predators is without a doubt action-packed, with some very good fight scenes, sharp directing by Antal, with the impeccable production values brought by Robert Rodriguez of Grindhouse renown, bringing the film back to some of the style and impact of the original, which starred, of course, Arnold Schwarzenegger.  Adrien Brody, though not quite the taciturn hulk offered by Schwarzenegger, is surprisingly good, as are most of the rest of the cast.  The special effects are strong and one must say that, though it’s not much more than an adrenaline- and testosterone-filled entertainment, Predators is a tense, largely effective, action film. (PR)

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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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