This is my list for Cinebro's challenge to watch 100 films in the month of December.
A parolee battles a gangster for the affections of a reclusive movie star.
There have been many London set gangster films in the last few years, mostly off the back of Guy Ritchie's success and his often illuminating insight into the unseen side of the London Underworld. Most have been pretty awful and attempt to copy either his style or the colorful language, but every now and again the genre gets something just that little bit better.
London Boulevard is an intelligently written and thoroughly compelling gangster film with some nice directorial flourishes from first timer William Monahan. Featuring a mercurial turn from Colin Farrell as a gangster recently released from prison, this film is elevated by a strong cast and a soundtrack that definitely suits the film's aesthetic. Farrell's Mitchell has been…
After the job he done on "The Departed" William Monaghan was hot shit. His screen-writing duties for Mr Scorsese was the trick that finally convinced the Academy that our Marty deserved his place on a role of honour he should have been on twenty years previously.
This directorial debut for Wiliiam Monaghan who doubled up with the screenplay was greeted with a little disdain by critics unimpressed with his London set thriller. The wolves I think unfairly circled on Keira Knightley's less than enamouring performance as an emotionally disturbed actress with heavy baggage. For once she ain't great. As a thriller it does have some great performances, especially from Colin "fecking" Farrell who looks almost as good in a suit…
Film 91 of "The December Project" 2012
I've had my eye on this for a few months now. I like Farrell and Winstone a lot, they are some of my favorite actors from across the pond, and I'm madly in love with Keira Knightly, so at worst I would just dislike it.
The film as a whole was pretty good, I wouldn't hand an Oscar to it but the story was very appealing to me, and I thought the performances from Winstone and Farrell were very good. The main problem I had with this was the soundtrack. I liked a bunch of the tunes, but they played a few songs way too many times and sometimes I felt…
I love me some British criminal underground movies and I would like to love this one. But, it makes it difficult, the Knightley story almost seems unnecessary and almost separate from the crime battle, except to keep Farrell's motivation for going legit. I hated the ending, but since this was adapted from a book, I'll assume it had the same crap ending. There was good performances put in though by Farrell, David Thewlis and Ray Winstone.
Colin Farrell is great! I thought this movie was really a pretty solid movie to watch. Shoulda known how it was going to be when I saw Will Monahan directed it, and it's just brilliant! I'm really starting to enjoy these dark sort of films and really want to watch more similar to this. Keira Knightley is just gorgeous in this as well. Not much else to say other than this was a completely enjoyable film to watch without a doubt.
British cinema is the joke of the world, and this is part of the reason why.
Colin Farrell plays Mitch, an ex-con who has just gotten out of jail. He’s trying to go straight, but his underworld pals fear his hard-man reputation and are keen for him to stay involved in the murky London criminal world. He lands a job as a bodyguard for Charlotte (Keira Knightley), a retired actress who is still being pursued by the paparazzi and ends up falling in love with her. Meanwhile underworld boss Gant (Ray Winstone) is keen for Mitch to work for him and after persuasion fails presents Mitch with an “offer he can’t refuse” It probably will not end well. The film is based on a story by the excellent crime writer Ken Bruen and is written and…
Now I see what Scorsese brings to the table. During my second watching the film, the whole cool gangster atosphere, great lines, keira knightly, everything that was attractive for me when I first saw the movie kinda went aside, and I was just thinking: what lack of characterization, why is the screenwriter has taken it so easy on himself, why is keira knighly's character just flirting and really would it make any difference if we saw a silhouette of her the entire film?
But still it's a fun movie to watch, with awesome soundtracks.
Farrell is front and centre, and shows maybe those Hollywood types were onto something after all during that period when they stuck him in absolutely everything. Unfortunately, this isn't an ideal showcase. For one, the gangster/movie star hook that seems like it is supposed to be the centre of the plot is completely extraneous; you could remove every scene featuring Kiera Knightley without making the slightest difference to the eventual arc of the film. instead, it continues the trend of the modern (non-Guy Ritchie) British gangster film being the most relentlessly nihilistic genre going. With excellent performances all around (in supporting roles, Anna Friel and a completely unrecognizable hunky-guy-from-The-Truth-About-Cats-and-Dogs shine; only Ray Winstone leans too much on old tricks), these…
A pretty mediocre film. Felt a bit rushed, and quite a lot of subplots that just genuinely felt tacked on.
I like Colin Ferrell and I like Keira Knightley and hell... I like most of the people in this film's cast. I did NOT like this movie. The very premise rang as false from the moment it kicked off.
William Monahan must have been on cloud 9 at some point in his career. He'd written a string of successful screenplays and won an academy award for adapting Infernal Affairs into The Departed. Now he's given the chance to write and direct his own film and he decides to adapt this novel... but it's just so lame.
Colin Ferrell plays Mitchel, an ex-gangster conman who's recently out of prison and who's friends are trying to drag him back into the gang…
Pretty bad. No motivations were explained & it was pretty much impossible to emphasise with any of the characters or care what happened to them.
I love Kiera Knightly so I'll watch anything with her in it. She was fine, but this movie was pretty unenjoyable. Almost nothing was explained. No motivations were given for any characters and there was no reason to emphasise with any of them.
At no point during this film did I understand why anyone was doing what they were doing.
Or what they were doing, for that matter.
London Boulevard is about Colin Farrell, a one-time criminal who is now out of prison.
Farrell's old crime buddies want him working with them again, but he's determined to stay away -- saying he'll never go back to prison. So, instead of working with them, Farrell gets a job as a bodyguard for Keira Knightley, a recluse who is hounded by paparazzi.
Despite the new gig, Farrell spends almost the entirety of the movie working for or against the criminal network, and then as if to remind us that his intention was to stay away from crime, we get Knightley representing a proper, reformed life -- telling Farrell that she's in love with him and that they should run away…
There is nothing greater than finding a film that very few people seem to either understand or more to the…
I have been collecting Blu Ray's since 2009 and this list contains all the Blu Rays I have till now.