Everybody has either a film star or character that they had a crush on during their formative years. So which…
Grosse Pointe Blank
Even a hit man deserves a second shot.
Martin Blank is a freelance hitman who starts to develop a conscience, which causes him to muff a couple of routine assignments. On the advice of his secretary and his psychiatrist, he attends his 10th year High School reunion in Grosse Pointe, Michigan.
At some point in the not-too-distant future, I’m probably going to get an invite to my high school reunion. I’m already dreading it. The only things that will have changed about me will be the colour of my hair and my eyesight. I’ll still be the bitter misanthrope I was in 2009. I’ll still be socially inept, I’ll still have a burning hatred for the majority of my classmates and I’ll still be able to drink every last one of them under the table. That or I’ll be dead, in which case I won’t have to attend the sodding thing in the first place. Either way, I won’t be able to tell them that I’ve spent the last ten…
Film 15 of The June Challenge
"If I show up at your door, chances are you did something to bring me there."
This has John Cusack being the most cynical and sarcastic person alive, an unbelievably funny script, some brilliant shootouts and fight scenes and one of the best soundtracks in existance.
And a scene where they dispose of a body to '99 Luftballons'. Which manages to be the funniest part in an often hysterical movie. More films should have a scene like that.
Officially the 4th best movie ever made.
Well, sadly not officially.
If ever a film has blossomed from the Internet revolution it' Grosse Point Blank. Released in 1997 to almost zero fanfare, it went largely unnoticed for nearly a decade. Rightly though, I now believe it to have a pretty large following of diehard fans.
Simple because it is brilliant.
Everything, about Grosse Point Blank is brilliant.
It is one of the true delights of 90's American cinema. Essentially a romantic comedy, and essentially a one joke comedy at that, it is unrivalled in its slickness, frequently clever, and very funny.
With a soundtrack by Joe Strummer also, there is so much going for this movie.
I cannot recommend it enough.
It's only flaw is its awkward title..
No, no. Psychopaths kill for no reason. I kill for MONEY. It's a JOB. That didn't come out right.
Quite possibly my favorite John Cusack comedy and considering his filmography that's saying something. It's a great black comedy with fantastic dialogue and a great premise.
The cast is fantastic too. John Cusack and Minnie Driver have great chemistry together on screen. From the moment they see each other you feel there's a connection there with history behind it. Dan Aykroyd is the best and most frantic he's been since the 80s. Alan Arkin is hilarious as Marty's psychiatrist. Finally Joan Cusack's telephone conversations with Marty are one of the films many highlights.
You add a fantastic soundtrack to the mix and the film ends up with a near perfect tone of comedy balanced with occasional violence.
Bloody brilliant. Like High Fidelity, John Cusack makes an on-paper hard to love character entirely his own with an affable, everyman quality which makes sure that the USP of the film doesn't sink it. With a great supporting cast and a wonderful soundtrack, this is a delight.
I used to love Grosse Point Blank, and I still have a soft spot for it. Revisiting it 10+ years later it still has its moments (and a great cast). On the negative side...I think there are scenes that go on way too long (radio station) and some of the humour is a miss. It's got an AMAZING soundtrack, but I think it's sometimes used as a crutch. Having said that, I'm a massive sucker for movies that feature prom's, reunions, weddings, etc. and the reunion sequence in this film is probably the best reason to watch. The film falls into the 90's batch of post-Tarantino knock-offs (they even shoot up a Pulp Fiction cardboard standee in the Ultramart shoot out), but it manages to mix in a John Hughes feel to help separate it from the 2 Days in the Valley's of its time.
Really good 90's fun with a really GREAT soundtrack. Also Minnie Driver and John Cusack have really great chemistry.
Rich in sociopathic empathy and winning '80s soundtrack, with a sunny cast willing to go Tarantino in verbosity. George Armitage became a surefire favorite of mine. Aykroyd and Cusack are duo magic. Hilarity and absurdity in the still of lifeless Grosse Pointe. A
"Kinda crept up on you, didn't it?"
"No, you drove us here"
One of my go-to feel good movies. I love the banter, the chemistry, the brief spurts of violence and the expertly-curated soundtrack. Also, this film makes me lament Cusack never getting a decent action vehicle to fully utilize his kick-boxing skills.
"You can never go home again, but I guess you can shop there."
I never noticed the video arcade game in the Ultimart is Doom II.
Seen this at least 10 times now. Non-stop terrific. And has one of the best onscreen fights of the past 30 years.
This is one of those films I can't stop going back to. Charming, funny, interesting, dark and slightly flawed, this film is exactly like it's protagonist. With Cusack and Driver (whom I have a big crush on in this film) on top form, with a script with insatiable one liners and great supporting characters, it's one action/comedy/romance I hold against all others.
Imagine High Fidelity + Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion + The Matador = this.
Completely baffled by Joan Cusack here. Seems like she's out of a completely different movie, but every scene that movie is different.
Minor entry in Cusack's filmography. But still a delightful trifle.
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