Halloween Season 2014

It’s hard to believe a year has passed since we did this last October but in the spirit of Halloween we will again be dedicating the month to watching and reviewing horror films. To check out the movies of this genre we have already done check out the Horror category to the right of the page.  You can also check this out to see what all we covered last year during Halloween.

Halloween is a fun holiday and we are looking for the right movies to get us in the mood for it as the month progresses. This year we have four set aside already for the season and may be doing more as time is available. As with last year we will only be reviewing horror films that fall before “O” in alphabetical order. That means we have just missed the mark for some good ones such as Poltergeist and The People Under the Stairs. You’ll have to wait until next year for those but in the mean time we will be reviewing Night of the Living Dead, The Cabin in the Woods, Devil, The Hills Have Eyes, Nightmare on Elm Street, and Halloween II at least. Of course we are open to suggestions if you have one that meets the prerequisites of starting with a letter before “O” and a horror film. Also, we will not review or watch any classic horror remake.  All films listed are the originals.

Our progress through the movie collection has slowed of late as life has been tumultuous. We have made it through the letter “N” with the exception of Night of the Living Dead which was held out until this month. After Halloween we will get back to business as usual with three “O” movies that are ready to go and just waiting editing. The films waiting to be published after the holiday are Office Space, Old School, and Orange CountyUntil that time enjoy the Halloween and check out our reviews if you are looking for movies that will set the mood right for the season.

 

Notorious

Year: 2009
Directed By: George Tillman Jr.
Written By: Reggie Rock Bythewood and Cheo Hodari Coker

RYAN’S REVIEW

This movie surprised me.  I did not expect much from it and I think Amber and I actually watched it on a whim one night because we had nothing else to do.  It not only surprised me but I found it exceptional enough to add to the collection.

I was still fairly young when Biggie Smalls was on his rise to the top but even at a young age I knew who he was.  Even in my household, of all places in the world, his music had been well received.  Although the edited version, supplied by Wal-Mart, who at the time only sold such.  I specifically remember my mom and step dad being really fond of “Big Poppa.” I find that perplexing even until this day but it serves as a glowing example of how overwhelming popular he was as an artist.

I was too young to understand the East vs. West feud that was brewing in the rap world in the mid nineties but I was starting to listen to both Biggie and Tupac around the time they were both killed.  I do remember some, but my understanding of it was vague and they were both gone before I really learned anything about the feud.

I do not know specifically how accurate this movie is but I think it covers the basics well enough.  I don’t think any film, no matter the content, should be taken as truth when it is “based on a true story,”  but I think they can offer an outline for the truth.  The story this one tells is a good one regardless where it might have embellished things here and there for dramatic effect.

The part of Biggie Smalls was a difficult one to play, but I think Jamal Woolard did as well as anybody could have.  In the part of the younger Biggie the part was played by the late rapper’s son Christopher Jordan Wallace. With such an iconic character as Biggie came to be it was a difficult role to play and I thought both held up nicely.  The same can be said about the role of Tupac Shakur.  Anthony Mackie didn’t look the part enough to sit right with me but his performance was good enough.  Derek Luke, in the role of Puff Daddy/Puffy/P. Diddy/Diddy/Sean Combs, didn’t look the part enough either but it wasn’t for a lack of trying.  He always has sunglasses on so he is doing the best he can but the guy just doesn’t look enough like Combs to me.  With a movie like this you can never find someone who looks enough like the person they are trying to portray but I do think they could have done better beyond Biggie.

Angela Bassett brought credibility to the film with her fame and she did a great job playing Biggie’s mom.  My favorite female role in the movie has to go to Naturi Naughton though.  She is just so smoking hot and does a fantastic job playing Lil Kim. I was never a fan of the actual Lil Kim myself.  I found her to be too vulgar, even in my immature and horny teenage years.  She is a very attractive woman but she was always too aggressive and obscene for my taste.  I will never forget her boob at the VMAs or whatever award show it was when she had one exposed breast covered only by a seashell or something.  I think it was Diana Ross who came on stage and bounced it up and down on live television.  This was before the Janet Jackson “wardrobe malfunction” at the Super Bowl that scarred the innocent eyes of Super Bowl viewers and led to a timed delay on live television.

This is a really great movie.  The only thing I can criticize is the casting which I’m just nitpicking about anyway.  I think a movie like this could have been bigger budgeted and more heavily promoted but I think what was ultimately produced serves well.  It surprised me the first time I saw it and it did exactly what it should have done by sparking a new interest in the rapper’s music.  Biggie Smalls was a significant cultural icon that maintains his big time status even nearly twenty years later.  This movie about him is worth your time to see.

AMBER’S REVIEW

I made Ryan watch this and now it’s in our collection. You have to understand, I get really excited about such things because Ryan doesn’t like to take my suggestions easily. He normally loves the things I suggest (imagine that after 13 years), but he doesn’t go into them with a smile on his face. I remember seeing this and stoping it, thinking Ryan should watch this with me. I think this a really good biopic movie. The characters are portrayed well, and I think the story is really interesting. Nobody really knows the full details about how close a movie like this is to the real truth, but the way this movie is laid out, is close to what my recollection is of how these events played out.

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I really, really like this poster. I think it is cool and collective, just like most people remember BIG being. I love the dark monochromatic coloration of the portrait, and how very important it was to show the pinstripped suit and the rings, and the glasses; mostly showing the things that made Notorious, BIG. I love the tagline, which is everything to his story, and the simple typography of Notorious is well played, simply because this picture does the whole poster justice, the typography of the title simply becomes a needed assets, instead of the main focal point or purpose. It’s also in gold. That’s the perfect color for Notorious. This is such a simple way to convey the message and is probably one of my favorite posters to date.

NEXT MOVIE: Office Space

Nothing To Lose

Year: 1997
Directed By: Steve Oedekerk
Written By: Steve Oedekerk

RYAN’S REVIEW

It wouldn’t be for almost another ten years before the name Steve Oedekerk meant anything to me, but long before I saw Kungpow I was laughing at this movie.  It was a popular film in my home after it came to video and many evenings of my early high school years were spent watching it. As it goes with comedies like this it’s a pretty simple film.  The strength lies in the chemistry of the men who play the unlikely companions in the film and this one does well enough.  The unlikely pairing of Tim Robbins and Martin Lawrence is pretty funny and I still enjoy watching it on occasion.

Back in the days before one, or two, or THREE Big Momma movies I thought Martin Lawrence was great.  I still think he is great but he never impressed me with his career as a leading actor.  My favorite role of his has always been his part in Bad Boys but this movie is a really close second.  This one takes me back to a time when I was younger and before I and my siblings grew up to move away. I think he has surprisingly good chemistry with Tim Robbins. While he never impressed me as a leading actor, I always felt the strength of Lawrence’s acting came in the supporting role.  Much like his role in this film or in Bad Boys where he isn’t the center of attention but the funny guy who brings his chemistry and comedy to the movie. I have not seen his new show where he is paired with Kelsey Grammer but I think that is an interesting duo with a lot of potential to be funny.  If anybody has seen this show I’d love to hear thoughts on how it is.

I have never been much of a fan of Robbins.  He is a great actor and there is no denying that. I think part of my disliking of him goes back to my younger days when I was simply jealous that this goofy looking guy got to go home to Susan Sarandon during his downtime.  They had a long time relationship that my ill place adolescent admiration of her took hold of my better senses.  I have long since though Sarandon was one of the most beautiful and talented actresses to grace the screen.  She is much older now but still doesn’t fail to be beautiful and even sexy in her later years.  It’s sad that with such a distinguished actor such as Tim Robbins that all I can do is talk about how lucky he was with the wife he had but like I said I’ve never been much of a fan.  He plays a different role in this movie and I do think he is quite funny at it.  He had surprisingly good chemistry with Martin Lawrence and it made for good comedy.

Now, to Steve Oedekerk.  I have said in many reviews now that I think he is hilarious and this has been a pleasant surprise because I had no idea until watching this film recently that he was responsible for it.  It makes sense though, when a movie is really funny as much credit goes to the man directing the show as it does to the talents of those playing the parts.  Oedekerk wrote a funny script for this movie and he did a good job directing it.  He plays a small cameo in the film to that I had also never noticed or made the connection with.  He plays the security guard that goes wild with his own personal and presumed to be private dance routine during the scene when Lawrence and Robbins are breaking into Robbins’ boss’s office.

Also worth mentioning is Irma P. Hall who plays Mama in the film.  I specifically remember Hall from her role in The Ladykillers and I thought she was hilarious in that part as well as this one.  This movie precedes Martin Lawrence’s Big Momma trilogy and I have to think that her role in this film was a significant influence on the idea Lawrence had when he started that franchise. If she wasn’t what influenced him from the get go then her performance in this film undoubtedly influenced Lawrence in his performance in the part.  Granted I only saw the first one, or at least part of it, but I can clearly see a correlation between Big Momma and Irma P. Hall.  Hall was a very talented woman who always fit the roles she was cast in appropriately.

If you haven’t seen this movie you really haven’t missed anything significant but you may have missed something you would enjoy.  I love the movie that came out in the later 90s when comedies weren’t made with the teenage market in mind.  We still have plenty of funny R rated comedies coming out today but not like we did in the late 90s.  Martin Lawrence is without doubt funnier when he has free reign on his vocabulary.  When you censor him down to a PG-13 rating you have take something away from him.  I wouldn’t go out of my way to see this film but if you get a chance to see it your time won’t be wasted.

AMBER’S REVIEW

This is one of those easy-to-watch movies that they usually play on TBS, or Comedy Central on repeat during certain times of the year. It’s always interesting when they put to people you normally wouldn’t see together and see how they play off of each other’s comedic abilities. This is a funny movie and I always like watching it, if even just listening to it while doing something else. It’s completely easy to follow.

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There isn’t anything special about this poster, but it’s not completely horrible either. I love how they play up the height difference between Lawrence and Robbins. The typography is simple, but a little offset, and I think that replicates the movie pretty well. I don’t know if “The Funniest Comedy Of The Year” is true or not, I am guessing not, but ultimately I hate this little retail plug. I don’t think the viewer cares at all about this opinion.

NEXT MOVIE: Notorious (2009)

Not Another Teen Movie

Year: 2001
Directed By: Joel Gallen
Written By: More names than I want to list.  Five different writers credited.

RYAN’S REVIEW

This is a low point of the collection.  Even in 2001 when I was seventeen I felt like I was above a movie like this.  Yet, at the same time, I had seen all the movies this one was making fun of and I found myself laughing at it.  I found that I liked it just enough to add it to the collection when I found it for a really cheap price. This movie is just funny enough and I enjoyed everything it parodied.  High school movies can define a generation, in the late nineties and at the turn of the century this was fully realized and everybody under the sun was trying to make the next high school classic. This movie, and truthfully many that it parodied didn’t make their mark quite like some of the real classics. Nevertheless you have to appreciate the effort, and this movie was a comedy about the efforts of so many to make that next John Hughes like film.

I just watched the movie last night and this should be easy, but in no discernible order here is a list of films this movie parodies that I noticed:

American Beauty
American Pie
She’s All That
The Breakfast Club
Varsity Blues
Cruel Intentions
Pretty in Pink
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Risky Business
Can’t Hardly Wait
10 Things I Hate About You
Grease
Footloose
Dazed and Confused
Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Porkys
Rudy
Road Trip
Sixteen Candles
Never Been Kissed
Bring It On

There are undoubtedly references to even more films that I either didn’t catch or didn’t recognize.  If you notice one not on the list feel free to leave a comment and add to it.  Obviously this isn’t a movie that I, or anybody for that matter, can take seriously.  It’s more stupid than funny too with lots of bad sex jokes and toilet humor.  I find it somewhat nostalgic despite this. I own several of the movie it references and I saw the large majority of them when I was younger.  I was in the target audience when this movie came out to and obviously it got me.  Today I would never see a movie like this.  These parody monstrosities continue to come out with a variety of different themes but I have seen enough with this one. I can honestly say that I have probably viewed this movie for the last time in my life because I can’t imagine ever watching it again for any reason.  It will only remain on our shelf simply as a reminder about another time when life was different.

On that note there are a few quick things I want to note about the movie because I am like to forget them otherwise.  Memory space stretches and makes room for everything but anything about this film will only be taking the place of something more valuable. First, I had completely forgotten Chris Evans was the star of this film. I didn’t even recognize him until half way through it with that black hair and because he looks so much younger. I like Chris Evans as an actor and it was cool to see him being funny long before he became Johnny Storm and then Captain America.

Secondly, I have never liked Jamie Pressly despite how hot she is.  I just literally find her to be a bit too scary as a woman and have never seen her play any other part than the ones kinda like she has in this film. She has a voice that can cut like a knife and just seems like the kind of woman I would never want to meet in person.  I find it hard to believe she is doing a lot of acting either, and that in real life maybe she is just a mean and bitchy beauty.  I know nothing of the sort, just an impression I get from her.

Third, Amber and I recently burned through the whole series of How I Met Your MotherSo something I never would have noticed in 2001 I saw last night for the first time. Josh Radnor has a small part in this movie.  What I find funny is how many of the things that he said seemed so much like something Ted Mosby would have said.  Given his limited acting career I think that maybe Josh Radnor is Ted Mosby and he is simply a guy that only knows how to play himself.  I think he’s funny but that’s just because of the attachment you develop to any character after you get invested in their show.

This is a forgettable movie and I don’t recommend it to anybody.  You will find some laughs here but I can’t say with a straight face that it is worth anything, especially the time it would take you to see it.

AMBER’S REVIEW

This movie can put me in a good mood every time I watch it. We still quote it today, randomly. It takes everything from all those cheesy movies we watched growing up in high school and shortly after and exaggerates them, and always taking it way too far, which I always love.

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There really isn’t much I can say about this poster, it truly just “is what it is.” It isn’t special, it isn’t groundbreaking design. It does what it is supposed to do. It’s a parody of a bunch f different teen movies, and they include all of those character and give them high school cliche titles. It’s nothing special. But the movie is great. If you have seen at least three to four of the movies that Ryan listed above, you should get a kick out of it.

NEXT MOVIE: Nothing to Lose (1997)

No Time for Sergeants

Year: 1958
Directed By: Mervyn LeRoy
Written By: John Lee Mahin (screenplay), Ira Levin (play), Mac Hyman (novel)

RYAN’S REVIEW

I am a proud southerner. More importantly I am a proud North Carolinian and nobody has ever been more beloved in North Carolina than Andy Griffith. He grew up here, he went to college at UNC, and he made it big time but always stayed true to his roots. I have driven the Andy Griffith Parkway myself and I have been to Mayberry (Mt. Airy). Since before I was old enough to talk I have been watching The Andy Griffith Show. I am a third generation fan as my dad is a big fan and to this day my grandfather still watches reruns of “Andy and Barn” on a daily basis  As I grew up, the wisdom of Andy Griffith, albeit via The Andy Griffith Show or Matlockwas ingrained into the principles that I live by today.

I came by this movie in the most obvious of ways I suppose; it was passed down to me through my family.  This is honestly the only movie that this kind of scenario applies to but my father watched this movie with his dad and he watched it with me. That makes it special for me but aside from that it would be obvious to anybody who watched it how funny it is.  Andy Griffith was a timeless comedian, one of the greats that will always be funny no matter how the times have changed.

This movie preceded Griffith’s run on his famed television show and was more or less what helped him make a name for himself.  Griffith broke into acting in 1955 with a role in a one hour teleplay of No Time for Sergeants adapted from the book for a TV special.  He later reprised the role for an expanded version created for Broadway.  He was actually nominated for a Tony Award for the role but didn’t win.  In 1958 he again reprised the role for this film and the rest is history.  This story was a significant factor in Griffith’s rise to success and it would also go on to inspire other media such as the Gomer Pyle show.

There is a small cameo from Don Knotts in the film. It wouldn’t be right without one right? This was actually the first collaboration between Andy Griffith and Don Knotts, who would go on to share a lifelong friendship afterwards. What I like most is just the opportunity to appreciate how funny Knotts was.  I have had the privilege of seeing Don Knotts work his talents many times in the role as Barney Fife.  I especially enjoy an opportunity to see him doing something different. I love the fact that in doing something different he still doesn’t fail to be funny.  Don Knotts was a very funny man and I think it is important we don’t forget the legends that make everything comedians do today possible.  Knotts was one of those men and I hope he is remembered for all time.

I love this movie and I enjoy each and every opportunity I get to see it.  It’s not a film I often have success talking people into because so many people my age and younger turn their noses up to a film so old.  It’s given me common ground to start conversations with older generations many times in the past though and I always appreciate the opportunity to get into a conversation with such.  I am a firm believer in giving seniors their due respect and I am always looking for ways to show it because I find it fulfilling personally.  When I can talk to them about popular movies from their generation it helps. More often than not they are surprised by my interest in them at all.

If you find yourself in position to see this film then seize the opportunity.  You won’t be disappointed and it will give you an idea of the value of older films.  Films have always been made to entertain and while times have changed rapidly some of them never lose the ability to make us laugh.  This is one of those films and it is worth you time to see it.

AMBER’S REVIEW

I am about to commit such a blasphemous act, according to anyone in the South, especially my home state of North Carolina, but I need to confess that I HATE The Andy Griffith Show. I cringe every time I even hear the whistle to the theme song. You have to understand though, everyone down here loves that show, they have a favorite episode and think Don Knotts was the funniest man that ever lived. I don’t even understand my reasoning, except that I just can’t stand it. I hate the goody-goodyness of the whole thing. The super thick southern accents, and the Aunt that cooks and has dinner on the table and the cleaning done all the time, it all just drives me nuts. I hate it.

Having said all of that, I don’t hate Andy Griffith. I think his life is really interesting and to make a career like he did is something to admire. This movie is actually really funny. I remember watching it the first time, going into it with a negative attitude assuming I would hate it. Although it is set in the same southern tone of most of the projects he worked on, I found it to be an interesting take on a military movie with a Southerner as the main character. His accent is THICK. Most movies even today still hate our accents down here. But Andy Griffith made a really impressive career for himself, despite that southern twang and good ol’ boy attitude.

And this video of Braid Paisley’s Waiting on a Woman, is one of my all-time favorite Andy Griffith appearances. SEE RYAN, I DO like Andy!

5414832_1_lFor the time, this poster is pretty creative. It uses Patriotic colors, and usually that can be hard to do without it being overly in-your-face Patriotic. I think it’s subtle, but important to the story line. I think it gets the idea across and makes people interested. Also, because this was such a popular Play and book before it made it to the big-screen, I think people already knew what the movie would be about. This gave more leeway for the design process. Andy was still a new kid in town at this point, so I think it was wise to leave his face out of the main scene.

 

NEXT MOVIE: Not Another Teen Movie (2001)

R.I.P. Robin Willaims, Thanks for the Laughs

Like so many others tonight we are fans in mourning.  This has been a significant loss of a beloved comedy figure.  Robin Williams was a legend, and in his day nobody brought it like he did.  The circumstances of his death are as shocking as they are unfortunate.  It’s hard to imagine what could have brought such an incredibly talented artist beloved by so many to such a decision.  It just goes to show us all that no matter who you are or what you have accomplished we all have demons to battle.  Sometimes after a long fight the demons can win and that seems to be the case here. I hate to think what kind of demons were eating at Robin Williams but at least his fight is over. I hope he is at peace now. Our hearts go out to the family he has left behind and we sympathize with all the other fans out there who are feeling the loss.

I will never forget Robin Williams as the Genie in the Lamp, as Professor Keating, as Peter Panning, or as Rainbow Randolf (Death to Smoochy is one of my favorite movies of all time).  My favorite of his many beloved roles is still the one he performed in The Birdcage. One of the funniest movies I have ever seen and he was terrific in it.

I’d also like to remind people of this awesome performance at the Oscars:

I will always cherish this man for what he gave us as an entertainer.  I am saddened by the loss. His career has not been what it used to be over the last decade or so.  I had always held out hope for a magnanimous comeback one day.  That will never happen now, but at least we will have what he left behind.  Great actor and comedian who I hope will be remembered fondly for what he did, and not how he ended.

No Country For Old Men

Year: 2007
Directed By: Joel and Ethan Coen
Written By: Joel and Ethan Coen (screenplay) Cormac McCarthy (novel)

RYAN’S REVIEW

2007 was a big year for the Coen brothers.  They won 4 Academy Awards for this film including Best Picture, Best Direction, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Editing.  This movie was a big hit with the Academy and it was a big hit with the audience as well.  Despite that I am not the biggest fan of it.  I think it is a great movie but I don’t feel like it was their best movie.  This seemed to be the time that everybody realized who the Coen brothers were and that bothered me on some level because I had long since been a big fan of their work.  As good as this movie is I still wouldn’t even categorize it as one of their top 5 films and I’m always annoyed when something becomes trendy and people suddenly understand something that had always been there had they taken the time to notice.

I also think this movie drags a bit too much at times.  I think it’s the lack of music that makes it feel so slow.  Music helps a movie move at a specific pace and the absence of any score in this one slows it down for me.  Tommy Lee Jones is incredible and I think he is great in this film but during one of his monologues later in the film I wanted to scratch my eyes out with boredom. The lack of a musical score did nothing to inhibit the movie and in truth the first time I saw it I was so enthralled I didn’t even notice until the second viewing.  I think though, once the shocks have been taken in that attempting to watch this movie again seems mundane.  I loved it the first time I saw it but the more I see it the less enthused I am about it.

So much of the strength of this film lies in the performance of Javier Bardem, and he was absolutely terrifying in the part.  When watching this movie for the first time you literally never know what he is going to do.  He is so intimidating and brutal.  It’s a role that deserved to win the Academy Award and it will live on forever as one of the baddest of the bad.  With his sudden ferocity and unique weapons Anton Chigurh ranks right up there with the greats like Bill the Butcher or Heath Ledger’s Joker. Nevertheless as much as I respect the Coen Brothers and appreciate the performance of Bardem I don’t love this bad guy or this movie.  I bought into it all 100% the first time I saw it but I find myself short of lasting love for the any of it and that is unusual for a Coen Brothers film. I’m a guy that loves a good bad guy and can’t get enough of him, but this bad guy hasn’t stood the test of time for me.  Anton Chigurh is a ruthless and capable hitman but he isn’t the badass boss type of bad guy that I usually find myself shamefully pulling for.

Around this the time this movie came out Josh Brolin suddenly seemed to be in everything. He was in a number of successful films in 2007 and he continues to be a player in the industry today.  I was puzzled seven years ago about it and I’m puzzled still how and why this Goonie suddenly popped into the limelight seemingly out of nowhere.  In 2007 he had significant roles in this film with the Coen Brothers, as well as Planet Terror with Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino, and American Gangster with Ridley Scott.  How did this happen so suddenly? These are big time directors all of a sudden casting important parts to a guy who had been around but hadn’t done anything significant for over twenty years.  I suppose I have to be wrong, I must have missed some performance that stood out among the rest.  I’m not really a fan of his work so I haven’t ever made any effort to research the matter but sometimes in the back of my mind this mystery needles at me.  If anybody knows the story behind Josh Brolin’s sudden rise into success please let me know.  I would love to satisfy that curiosity without having to actually do any digging to find out.  There is something about him I just don’t like and can’t quite put my finger on it.  He is well cast in this movie though because I think he fits the part perfectly.

I like what Woody Harrelson and Stephen Root bring to the film because they are both two of my favorites but there just isn’t enough of them in this one. Root has his typical pinch hit of a role but as usual he hits it out of the park.  You just never know where he is going to be but you can always trust that when you see him he will be doing great at whatever he is doing. As for Woody Harrelson you can just never have enough of him, and I feel like his part in this movie is altogether too short.

I have been too critical in this review and don’t get me wrong.  I think this is a great film, I’m not contesting that.  I just don’t particularly like it, anymore.  I felt then that it was a shame that most people came to know the Coen’s through this film because they already had a number of incredible films under their belt.  Despite their impressive filmography they weren’t well known by any means to the casual film watcher.  Their movies were never known in the past to be high grossing at the box office but they were often awarded for their work because despite the money it had made they were great films. When people talked about this movie I would tell them to go watch Fargo or The Big Lebowski. I would ask if they had ever seen Blood Simple or Raising Arizona.  I would mention classic scenes from The Ladykillers or Intolerable Cruelty. I know that I’m just an annoying know it all when it comes to films and I take stubborn stances on things from time to time but this one frustrated me.  I wanted people to know that they had been missing out on something great and that No Country for Old Men was only one of many incredible films from these two brothers.  They are smart filmmakers in a class all by themselves, and like many great filmmakers their movies don’t always reach the widest of audiences.  When things don’t involve explosions and special effects not enough people turn out to the theaters.

 

AMBER’S REVIEW

I think this film is incredibly original and extremely terrifying. It’s hard for me to watch a movie Javier Bardem is in because I think he just did such a great job of being a completely ruthless killer. So scary. Also, there was no music in this movie. That sounds like a crazy thing to do, and yet they did it, and it just adds to the creepiness of the whole thing. It takes a strong movie maker to make a decision like no music. I often think about the Coen Brothers and wonder if their creativity tank will ever dry up. I know that I get burned out doing creative stuff all the time, and it makes me wonder what their creative process is like. Wouldn’t that make an interesting documentary?

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I like this poster. It’s very much in the Coen Brothers style. Most important…DO you see how freaking scary he looks? Those dead eyes. This poster is filled with symbolism. The mouth appears to be consuming the body of the running man, and this supports the movie’s tagline…”There are no clean getaways.” The stacked typography is also a symbol for this tagline, and the meaning of the movie. It is staggered and unsupported. It could potentially tumble at any moment. I love this poster and the idea it gives for what the movie is actually about. If you haven’t seen this film, do.

 

NEXT MOVIE: No Time for Sergeants (1958)