My six hundred favorite films (1940-2014); 615-635 are not ordered yet.
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.
Unlike his classmates, who became respected professionals, Martin Blank (Cusack) found a lucrative career as a professional killer, but things are not what they were and Martin faces an uncertain future. Now he is back to his homeland, Grosse Pointe, to the party of former high school classmates, and to complete one last "job" and try to win back the love of the girl who he took to the prom (Minnie Driver). Grosse Pointe Blank is a deadly black comedy filled with action and laughter.
Grosse Pointe Blank has repeatedly been compared to Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction, and even though they are both crime comedies, I don't feel the comparison has been justified. Obviously, the film's style is similar to…
John Cusack's heyday was definitely back in the eighties and nineties. He had wit, caustic and sarcastic that always made for excellent viewing, but lately the killer roles that endeared him to millions have dried up. Gone are the days of Lloyd Dobler, Walter Gib Gibson, and The Grifters' Roy Dillon. Those were all characters we loved and rooted for, but Martin Blank for me is the one unmissable role in Cusack's sometimes patchy filmography.
As a contract killer working through his issues with a psychiatrist who doesn't want to treat him, Cusack's Martin Blank is a complex character. After a botched assignment leaves him forced into a job near his former home town, he decides to face up to…
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…
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..
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.
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.
90's Minnie Driver though.
"Oh, the reason I called... Could you find out who else is in town? I've made two spooks and a ghoul already, so if they've double-booked the job, and/or they're going to kill me, I'd like to know. If you could find that out, that'd be great."
dumb fuckin' luck.
The plot feels a touch incoherent, but that might be because these people have zero interest in plots. They have an interest in dense, whip-crack banter and dark slapstick. This banter is a bit densely written and, at times, so stylized that it feels nonsensical. But it's also got some great dark humor, and wonderful performances from everyone involved (pretty decent American accent, Minnie Driver). John Cusack, why don't you do light, humanistic comedies like this anymore? Apparently you are unbearable to work with, which might have something to do with it.
Damn. It was so close. The writing is great. The acting: top notch. The chemistry between the leads, well gosh darn it, I wish there were more scenes between John Cusack and Minnie Driver. Sadly, although the central conceit of the film, the reformed thug kinda thing, is written and performed well, the filmmaking lets it down somewhat. Lets just say, I'm not surprised that A) the director did not write the screenplay and B) the director, George Armitage, has only directed one film since and it was apparently a critical and commercial disaster. What works in Grosse Pointe Blank works in spite of the director. It works so well in so many places that it's easy to look past…
Can't beat prime Cusack
Didn't get the positive feelings many have for this on first watch and chalked this up to not being old enough at the time to have experienced the whole ten year reunion thing. In subsequent years I've passed the magical "reminisce with people you didn't really like all that much to begin with" point, this has grown enough of a following to warrant a rewatch and... I still don't get it. Really smacks of Pulp Fiction envy if truth be told: too-cool-for-school-hitmen, irreverent dialogue, a light tone that doesn't quite balance the dark and comic. If it weren't for an effortless performance from John Cusack and legit chemistry with Minnie Driver this would be indistinguishable from the likes of anything…
My fiancé's favourite film and it's not difficult to see why. John Cusack has never been better, and with great supporting performances from Jeremy Piven, Dan Aykroyd, Alan Arkin and Joan Cusack GPB manages a near-perfect balance of Romantic Comedy and Action movie.
The script is equally witty, pithy and heartwarming. Every character gets their time to shine and the basic premise evokes similar feels in us all once we hit the age of school reunions and the pondering of where our lives could have gone.
And Minnie Driver. Jesus. What the hell happened to her? She's instantly likeable and provides an adequate foil for John Cusack all the while adding flavour to a character who could've remained very bland…
I wanted to like this a lot more than I ended up doing - though the soundtrack is fantastic and Cusack (John primarily, but Joan too) is great, it just didn't really work for me. I think there's just something about Dan Aykroyd that I find irritating outside of his work with Harold Ramis.
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