This is a really underrated film. I admit that the opening drags a little bit and I was getting a little uninterested in it. Cassandra’s Dream is about two brothers who both have really horrible luck when it comes to money. Ian (Ewan McGregor) doesn’t have the funds to start his wild business adventures, where Terry (Colin Farrell) is down $90,000 in debt to poker. Where the film really starts to pick up and doesn’t slow down is when the central problem of the story comes into play. Their Uncle Howard is a wealthy man who can help solve their woes but at a hefty price. He wants his nephews to murder a man that has valuable information that can send him to jail for a very long time. Desperate for money they acquiesce to the idea. From there the film is really excellent and has a perfect ending in my mind, very Coen Brothers-esque. The writing is top notch as is the acting. Direction from Woody Allen is superb. Real glad I checked this out.
Strangers on a Train
I am slow to the game when it comes to watching classic films, especially the classic thrillers of Alfred Hitchcock. Strangers on a Train is a showcase of a unique, simple yet at the same time intricate idea. What if you wanted someone dead, and somebody else wanted a close one dead as well. What if you traded murders and did the dirty deed for the other person. Great thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat throughout. The acting was superb, the standout being Robert Walker as Bruno Anthony. His character was so topsy turvy crazy that it was literally fun to watch. Some of the shot selections were out of this world good. So innovative for it’s time. I need to see more Hitchcock ASAP.
We Own the Night
A truly surprising solid film that had it’s shock and awe value throughout. The film opens up with a bang… a fingerbang that is, as Joaquin Phoenix is getting hot and heavy with his girlfriend Eva Mendes. Things don’t last long as Phoenix is quickly summoned to oversee things going on in the night club he is affiliated with. He’s into it deep with some pretty nasty characters in the mob. Plot twist… he’s related to two cops, his brother (Wahlberg) and his father (Duvall) who just happens to be the police chief. The film is very dark and gritty, there’s no one scene that is bright and vivid. There’s a car chase that takes place during the rain that is one of the best filmed scenes of recent memory. Great acting was made by great writing throughout. I’m interested to watch the other films of director James Gray.
The Ice Storm
The Ice Storm just has a tone that is very unsettling throughout. You are thrown into these close knit character’s lives and you can tell from the get go that there is little to no harmony in any of them. Fueled by a great script and mesmerizing performances from the whole cast. The standouts being Kevin Kline and Elijah Wood. Real depressing film about suburban America.
This awesome local store had a buy one used get another for $1…. Here is what I got:
A Beautiful Mind (Blu Ray)
Revolutionary Road (Blu Ray)
Click (Blu Ray)
$1 (guilty pleasure blu ray for a buck? thank you.)
Silence of the Lambs
The Devils Advocate
The Foot Fist Way
I’ve always wanted to see this for years and finally got around to it. Damn can Josh Peck really act. A hard thing to do when you’re cast next to a former Academy Award winner in Ben Kingsley who also does a swell job in The Wackness. The film takes place in 1994 and you can tell from every single angle. The clothing, the attitude, the language, the music, etc. Such a good soundtrack to the film. Full character arch too which is nice to see. I really enjoyed it. Jonathan Levine has been a great director from the two films of his that I’ve seen.
Albeit a terribly flawed film it was still enjoyable to watch. Sure there are a lot of stupid parts to it but there were some actual funny scenes and I really enjoyed the ending, didn’t expect it out of a comedy. Casey Affleck is just too friggen funny in this. I cracked up at almost every line he said. I really wish they could’ve had this rated R so Murphy and Stiller could’ve unleashed their true talents. Decent flick to pass the time.