Peeping Tom, Night of the Hunter and a whole host of older films were ignored or given bad reviews upon…
Killing Them Softly
In America you're on your own.
Jackie Cogan is an enforcer hired to restore order after three dumb guys rob a Mob protected card game, causing the local criminal economy to collapse.
So this is a film about (WE'RE IN A FINANCIAL CRISIS!!) a couple of low life criminals that (WE'RE IN A FINANCIAL CRISIS!!) rob a poker game and get their come uppance. It´s also about (WE'RE IN A FINANCIAL CRISIS!!) the guy going after the two low life (WE'RE IN A FINANCIAL CRISIS!!) criminals that robbed the poker game. It's also about a guy with glasses (WE'RE IN A FINANCIAL CRISIS!!) who screws hookers and drinks a lot and serves (WE'RE IN A FINANCIAL CRISIS!!) no other purpose. It's also about another guy with glasses who (WE'RE IN A FINANCIAL CRISIS!!) sits in a car most of the time.
Beautifully shot, sometimes funny, sometimes very violent film that keeps screaming in my face that it has a message instead of making that message relevant.
(WE'RE IN A FINANCIAL CRISIS!!)
"Why are you being so fucking strident?
"Okay. Um, you should leave."
first time i saw this i was all, "lay off the horn, i get it with your neat little analogy." but on a rewatch that's quantitatively so little of the whole. instead, focus on the relentless momentum (both of words and actions), the efficient translation of Higgins' gangland socioeconomy, the ostentatious formal flourishes, and the idiosyncratic performances. yeah, smugly makes its themes thuddingly obvious, but compared to the current glut of AmerIndie crime thrillers this might even be another THE FRIENDS OF EDDIE COYLE, quite the novel jewel. using the Velvet Undergound's "Heroin" over the scene of the guy shooting heroin is simultaneously an incredible and incredibly mistaken set of balls.
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How this film plays with people will depend on whether or not you like your films subtle or not. Killing Them Softly isn't interested in letting its message sink in slowly. No, it's out to punch you. In the gut. Because you're fucking scum. And you deserve it, you worthless piece of shit.
Yes, Killing Them Softly is currently underperforming at the box office, and it also has a CinemaScore of F. But I'm not surprised. Killing Them Softly is an angry film. It's angry about politicians shoving bullshit down your throat. It's angry about how the economy sucks. It's a pissed off wild dog and it's about to shove its rabies down your throat…
Director, Andrew Dominik’s last film - Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford - was one of the finest movies of the last decade which makes his latest effort all the more disappointing. Brad Pitt plays an enforcer who is hired to sort out a problem when two opportunistic wasters rob a protected card game. The thought of Dominik tackling a contemporary and socially relevant crime film sounded like a potent and exciting mix yet Killing Them Softly is a film that is rarely as insightful as it believes it is.
As a film it is aesthetically reminiscent of the grimy ‘70s crime dramas rather than the modern glorification of gangster culture. Barring a stylishly choreographed slow-motion centrepiece…
Predicted that there would be five walkouts during the screening, but it turns out my prediction was too conservative. There were eleven walkouts during the film, the first two walking out almost immediately after the opening credits. Had these walkouts stuck around, they would've have been privy to a crime film that harkened back to the good old days of crime films, as well as one of the best movies of the year.
This, The Master, and Django Unchained will be the films from 2012 that will stand the test of time and feed the needs of future movie lovers that haven't even been born yet. I can guarantee that young Film Ape the 15th is going to have a poster of this film on his wall. Either that or he is going to be some mutant motorcycle gang leader/Prime Minister that rules the desolate desert wasteland that will be Canada. Either option makes makes me very proud.
A mediocre crime film that says "I AM UNSUBTLY BARKING A MESSAGE ABOUT HOW AMERICA IS GOING DOWN THE TOILET" at you for the duration of the film. Great cast, weak story. Some nice stylistic flairs, but I couldn't see myself watching this again. Maybe just the final scene.
Show off? Now I like In Bruges less too, somehow. This is kinda like Cosmopolis if the author had made his voice an easier task for the actor to sell. It is fun to watch someone try so hard to show he can direct. Most people only embarass themselves in showing off, but he's not bad at what he's doing which is trying to personalize his filmic heroes, I think. Same as PTA do. Totally gine with that.
I suppose it’s fair to say that this isn’t a typical crime, thriller. There’s action and the violence is stylized, but there’s a lot of talking. There’s a lot of talking about nothing. This is welcome though as it brings to light some of these petty criminals who are in the business of theft, drugs, and murder. They’re not good people, and they’re not too intelligent either, except for the decision-makers who walk away when it’s all over. Killing Them Softly is set during the backdrop of the financial crisis and 2008 presidential campaign. All of this is in the background through most scenes, and by the end of the film Andrew Dominik isn’t exactly subtle with what he wants…
This is to help me catalougue a list of movies, and if I have not reviewed them properly, perhaps I will after I've seen them again
I guess Killing Them Softly is a gangster movie, but slicked over with noir tones, attitudes, and ideas. And within those confines it tries to be Tarantino with long, meandering discussions, but without the razor-wit Tarantino displays.
Which is a long way of saying that Killing Them Softly is a comfortable movie. From Brad Pitt swagger to the hazy us of The Velvet Underground songs, you'll have seen much of what Killing Them Softly offers.
Luckily, while not original, these elements come together to be interesting. From the on-off opening credits, to the background-noise ending credits, Killing Them Softly showcases unpredictability and heart. Comfortably unpredictable.
(Which is much better than being Uncomfortably Predictable.)
The movie has a good flow to…
bad dialogue with some violence I guess
A little slow, but it had one of the most beautiful death scenes I have ever seen.
Pitt, a usually weak actor in my opinion, is actually good as a cooler than thou Mob enforcer. And the movie excels when it depicts the lowlife criminal world. But sometimes it's dragged down by the overwrought political references and showy directorship, like a slo-mo rendering of someone's brains being blown out.
-Worth seeing for one of Gandolfini's last performances as a self-pitying, past his prime, unlikable hitman.
- Eyes Wide Shut
- Speed Racer
- Marie Antoinette
- Spring Breakers
- The Captive
- Clouds of Sils Maria
- Goodbye to Language
- The Homesman
Originally a list made prior to Cannes 2014.
This is every Palme d'Or nominee since the festival began in 1946.…
- Once Upon a Time in the West
- Assault on Precinct 13
- The Good, The Bad, The Weird
- Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia
- Hard Boiled
I started with a top 10 list and decided what the hell lets see how far I can go. Top…