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!!)
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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.
I will admit now, I knew nothing about this film before I obtained it. I'd seen no reviews and I don't remember it coming out at all. From the plot summary and the cast, it seemed interesting. In hindsight, I now realise I need to choose my films more carefully because this is the worst film I've seen in a long while and I'm obviously on a different planet to all those people giving it 9/10 and 10/10. Even with the critics on Rotten Tomatoes, it had a 75% thumbs up. I don't get it.
Anyway... the plot, shamelessly ripped from IMDb: "Jackie Cogan is an enforcer hired to restore order after three dumb guys rob a Mob protected card…
Me gusta pensar que es el tipo de película que yo haría: mundo del crímen, diálogos con palabrotas y una banda sonora con esas canciones que tenéis que conocer, mortales ignorantes.
No me enteré de una mierda.
De las pocas cámaras lentas realmente bien hechas que he visto en mi vida.
Un poco pesada con lo del desengaño nacional y la mentira del sueño americano, pero con un final muy bueno.
Dehumanization of women
Violence against sex workers
This movie has Aldo Raine, Tony Soprano, A Goodfella, even Sitterson (one of the operatives of Cabin in the woods) and it manages to be a boring artsy unbearable crap of a film. Before anyone gets offended and wants to defend this… thing (which I doubt) I get the message: USA is so economically horrible that even the mobsters doesn’t have it that easy. But if the actual economy state of the country is that shitty (and it is) maybe you shouldn’t spend fifteen million dollars in your indulgent, pretencious and did I mention boring? Excuse for a movie.
"America is not a country it's a business."
- The director to EVERYONE
Esta pelicula tiene a Aldo Raine,…
Killing Them Softly is a fascinatingly slow-paced crime film that qualifies as a postmodern gangster movie in every sense of the word. Featuring outstanding performances from the whole cast, shining particularly Brad Pitt in another amazing performance of his, from the beginning I knew it had something interesting to tell. Its criticism towards the American capitalist system was really well placed.
Its very, very simple plot, in my opinion, allowed the writing to take more liberties in many ways. Several scenes revolved mostly on very long dialogues and though they may have seemed pointless in relation to the story, I think they were a wonderful ingredient that provided the film with more authenticity, credibility, and realism. The writing was probably the film's strongest merit.
Shocking at times, exciting at others, and always unsettling, Killing Them Softly was a movie I highly enjoyed, especially the ending which was magnificent and mind-blowing in a very subtle way.
There is no way Ridley Scott didn't see this before directing The Counselor. I won't accept any other answer.
Jackie : "Next he'll be telling us we're a community"
Jesus, what a disappointing movie this was. The only thing it excelled in, is the fact that a trashy story that you can summarize in a few lines, was drawn out over a period of long miserable 97 minutes. If the intention is to express a political statement that the most important thing in the world is money, and that America is not the idealized "Land of Hope and Glory" and everything is really nothing else than "Just a business", then I think this movie is completely useless and a waste of time, as this has been demonstrated in many other films. Every well-informed citizen who's aware of political affairs…
Brilliantly simple and simply brilliant.
After making the genius 'Chopper', Dominik returns to the gangster genre with this bloody, funny, horrible little film about the cost of doing business. Pitt's weary hitman arrives in town to get an illegal card game up and running again after it's been knocked off by a couple of clueless no-hopers. Great characters, great actors and great dialogue make for a great time at the movies. My only reservations would be that he overdoes the slow-mo on occasion, and hits the political allegory a bit too hard. I get it, Andrew!
Killing Them Softly has always been a strange one with me, fully unpleasant and very much heavy handed aside, the film just struck a chord with me, maybe I saw it at the right time in the right place, or maybe there's something amongst the rundown Boston exterior that just sticks with me, but I just can't shake it from my mind, and with this being my third time watching the film, I can confidently say it gets better each time.
I think the film mainly throws people off with it's strongly written message connecting the recession and shifting gears in politics to a simply bloodied fable of a mob poker game heist gone wrong. But amongst that there is…
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