A comprehensive, alphabetical list of films released in the United States that have been condemned by the Catholic Church since…
Young Beautiful Deadly.
Pot growers Ben and Chon face off against the Mexican drug cartel who kidnapped their shared girlfriend.
Oliver Stone’s latest is a brash and dumb crime thriller set in the world of the Mexican drug war. Taylor Kitsch and Aaron Taylor-Johnson star as Laguna Beach dope dealers who get in over their heads when their girlfriend, Blake Lively, is kidnapped by a Mexican crime cartel. Revisiting the hyperactive visual styling of Natural Born Killers, but without the energy or compelling characters, Stone has created a vacuous and simplistic thriller that barely scratches the surface of the drug war or its one-dimensional characters.
Beginning with a nauseating and knowing voice over delivered by Lively’s O, the film starts on shaky ground and never improves. The chief problem with the film is the flat characterisation. Whether it is the…
I almost turned it off at the three minute mark when Blake Lively says "I have orgasms, he has wargasms." I can't believe I almost paid to see this in theaters, it's way too long and besides Benicio Del Toro (the reason I watched it) and a few alright bits of action, there's really nothing to see here. Travolta, stop.
Don Winslow's novel Savages is a clever, fast paced, self-aware, morally ambiguous book filled to the brim with extravagant characters and crisp, razor sharp and witty language.
This film is the polar opposite of that and the fact that Winslow was involved in writing the screenplay baffles me. I hope he was just there to make coffee for Mr. Stone.
This film fails at the most basic level there is. The three main characters we are asked to invest in have nothing for us to identify with and are completely and utterly uninteresting. In the novel they are funny and satirical archetypes. That works really well. In the film, for some reason, they had to be turned into real human…
"What really happened was more of a fuck-up than a shootout." - O
Well, that was the most pleasant surprise of a film I've had in a while. After reading mostly negative/average reviews for the film adaptation of the best book I read in 2012, I was a bit too wary of watching this, afraid that it would only result in disappointment. But what I've found is a really fun, stylish and slightly flawed sucker-punch to the face.
Let's start with what everyone seems to be complaining about: the acting. I liked it. The bad guys are practically made of ham, and John Travolta is off-the-scale in terms of panicky over-acting, but this helps Savages get what it sets out…
"I just don’t want to be an old-man filmmaker. I want to stop at a certain point. Directors don’t get better as they get older. Usually the worst films in their filmography are those last four at the end. When directors get out-of-date, it’s not pretty."
-Tarantino on aging
This may be Oliver Stone's most entertaining film in over ten years strictly as a genre exercise, which is where he usually works best, but the man just keeps spinning his wheels as his hair grows grayer. His films have become childish. Polished silliness. The characters are so shockingly inept, I simply could not stop shaking my head at all of the irrational decisions they were making. Everyone is written as…
Did Oliver Stone direct this I still ask myself?
Having Blake Lively do voice-over was the worst I have ever heard in a film.
Think she had constipation all the way through because this film turned out to be one giant poo.
The script was bad and the acting was ropey and John Travolta's stuck on eye brows were more interesting than him trying to over act.
I want my 147mins of life back :--(
Even though Savages is surrounded by negative reviews, I still enjoyed this colorful, great looking, crime drama. I also didn't mind the "double ending". I know most hated that about this movie, but I look at it as a 2 in one, directors cut and the directors other cut, don't get to see that very often.
This movie was wacked up. There were some parts where I was like "eh" but at the same time it was really interesting and the "love triangle" was somewhat deep in the sense that you had to kinda think about it for a while because of certain things they did etc oh yeah and I mean they're all hot so...yeah
This kind of colourful, great looking, crime-thrillers shouldn't be hindered by bad casting, because on paper, this is an awesome flick that never really comes to life on screen. There is a lack of urgency that seems intentional, but the characters and the performances aren't interesting enough to provide the film a hangout vibe, and the plot is fairly derivative of all of the similar films that came before it.
But the great Dan Mindel works with Stone to make this one of the prettiest films of recent years.
Even with the negative to mixed reviews surrounding Savages, I was still one of the people who were more positive about it and I still feel the same way about it. Also I can't believe this film came out 4 years ago? That's insane, it felt like I only just saw it as a new release.
The story of two pot dealers who have get back their shared girlfriend who is kidnapped by the cartel is certainly uneven and messy in parts, but there is more than enough good stuff here that makes up for the bad.
I'll get the bad out the way first. The ending. What the fuck were they thinking? We essentially get two endings. One that…
Comic Con San Diego
Just a bunch of people skyping each other.
I watched this movie for Benicio & although he didn't disappoint, the movie was so horrid that I wouldn't recommend watching it for anything.
Utterly crazy, super violent crime drama from Oliver Stone. Had me on the edge of my seat for most of its 2.15 running time which is definitely long and maybe, actually not maybe, too long but its a wild ride.
I watched the unrated version , no idea what the difference to the theatrical cut was but it was very unrated. If the theatrical cut cuts out some of the scenes and not just the violence it might be better.
Some typical Oliver Stone nonsense in the editing but I like that stuff and it always makes me smile .
Benicio del Torro is great , Travolta plays Travolta , Selma Hayek is always good and the rest of the actors do fine. The guy from the bride is in it and I always like him.
Based on a novel by Don Winslow .. might check that out.
Complete list. :-(