A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
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.
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…
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…
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…
I've had some movie star crushes over the years, but Minnie Driver in Grosse Point Blank is right up among the biggest of them. That hair, that smile, those lips as she speaks into that microphone, God she was sexy in this. Cusack does his usual, black suit, sunglasses, and coolness personified. With whip-smart dialogue, this is darkly comic, violent, and romantic, all in one brilliantly sound-tracked slice of greatness. Dan Aykroyd, Jeremy Piven, Alan Arkin, and Hank Azaria also buy into George Armitage's quest for laughs amid contract-killers and High School Reunions.
John Cusack improbably pulls off the affable moral bankruptcy/dilemma of his character in this quintessentially 1990s Pulp Fiction-"cool"-derivative romcom, and that improbably makes me like this much more than I think it deserves. It sets up a string of fun ideas that it never quite follows through on, including its central premise--yes, the hitman attends the high school reunion, but the enormous amount of hijinx available to that premise are only barely addressed. And the ending feels wholly unearned.
And yet, Cusack's central performance is so delightful, even when he's just talking to himself, that it's vey watchable. Driver manages a few fine moments with the few solid moments she's given (taking Marty to task on air being the highlight).…
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..
Wonderfully loose with some real emotional beats
Lot of fun
Apart from the abrupt ending and one questionable character choice, this is cinema!
Surprisingly good fun, enjoyable characters and Minnie Driver is as always amazing.
john cusack's mouth is so distractingly small
I love John Cusack. I love him in this film. I love him in most films before the mid nineties were over.
What happened to you John? Call up your sister and let her show you how it's done.
Come back to us John...the real you...*lifts up boombox*
My dad described this as being one of the best films released in the year I was born. Now I see why.
Genuinely laugh out loud funny in many places yet never played too broadly in spite of its seemingly outlandish central premise. It may take a while to get accustomed to its rhythm (the laughs don't immediately start rolling in until we get to Grosse Pointe itself) but once it kicks into gear it rarely ever lets up. John Cusack is both wonderfully deadpan and terrifically charismatic, the character-driven narrative makes a refreshing change from the more plot-driven comedies of recent times and the tone is excellently measured throughout, least of all in a finale that plays like a cinematic mash-up of John Hughes and John Woo.
All this and probably the most gut-wrenching use of Nena's '99 Red Balloons' that I can think of.
Not particularly funny or dramatic with average action and dialogue. There was nothing really bad about the movie but I just didn't find myself being drawn into any part of it.
If I want to watch a movie about a hitman I'd rather watch Leon: The Professional, if I want to watch a movie about a high school reunion I'd rather watch The D Train, American Reunion or Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion.
Blackly comic, highly quotable, endearingly self-effacing. Grosse Pointe Blank is nostalgic with just the right amounts trepidation and anxiety to prevent it from descending into sentiment. Plus, a fabulous soundtrack. Popcorn!
A movie that promises me my form of sardonic attitude would have fit right in with the cool of Clash-listening 80s-cynical Generation X (though I'd say a lot of my cynicism comes for the disillusionment of being part of the doomed generation afterwards, so who knows if I would even have the same attitude).
Or at least promises me I'd do well, if feel unfulfilled as an emotionless hitman, until I get hit by conscience based on past romantic regrets.
In any case, John Cusack is perfect embodying these promises to me in his career best and I swear it's the movie that made me realize he actually does have something going for him as an actor. And his chemistry with Minnie Driver is great too. The romantic comedy stuff in this is the beesknees, when the movie tries to be an action film is where it falls. But that's few enough not to keep me from loving this movie.