what are films that you personally (and unironically) adore and will defend to the end, but find are generally maligned…
Shoot 'Em Up
Just another family man making a living.
A man named Mr. Smith delivers a woman's baby during a shootout, and is then called upon to protect the newborn from the army of gunmen.
Sublime videogame surrealism laced with tongue in cheek taking-the-pissness covered in nubile Belluccicana and finished with equal measures of gun porn and carrots.
And Paul fucking Giamatti.
"Fuck you, you fucking fuckers".
Sometimes you have to just sit back and admire a film that continually pushes the boundaries both on an action front and on a blackly comedic level. Michael Davis's film deftly does both as from the moment Clive Owen cracks his first one-liner and then swiftly dispatches a henchman with a carrot, you know this isn't going to be your average action film.
Shoot 'Em Up never lets up for a second. From the opening sequence that introduces Owen's good Samaritan attempting to rescue a pregnant woman from a gunman to a fitting end which sees yet more carrots involved, this chase movie doesn't do things by half. It has more action than a Jason…
That first appearance of a Star Destroyer in Star Wars.
That shower scene in Psycho.
That airport conversation in Casablanca.
That bit where that fella from Coupling shoves a fucking carrot in a mans eye!
The wonder of film.
If you want to turn your brain off and be completely entertained for 86 minutes, Shoot 'Em Up is probably one of the best possible things to do it with. So ridiculous, so over-the-top, so fucked-up... yet so much fun. Don't even bother if you're not into action flicks of this nature.
I rather enjoy it for what it is. Plus, any movie that has a Nirvana song play within it's first two minutes is off to a good start in my book. Especially if it's something fast-paced like "Breed" during a shootout ... perfect.
An extreme, manic to the max, over the top, pulpy action film that had no intention of being anything else and it is awesome because of it!
Like Roger Ebert said: "I may disapprove of a movie for going too far, and yet have a sneaky regard for a movie that goes much, much farther than merely too far."
Maybe I just don't get it, but I hated this film. Another thing I don't understand is why everybody seems to hate modern Robert Rodriguez and love Shoot 'Em Up—the style and the purpose are basically the same, but Rodriguez achieves what he wants in a much better & fun way as he makes his films look incomparably cheap. While films like Machete and its sequel are purposely ridiculous and exaggerated, they have something that makes them look silly & stupid in a good way—Michael Davis' Shoot 'Em Up is just too stupid, yet too serious for its own good.
Nothing works as it should in this disastrous action film—the writing is abhorrent and the execution is weak because I just don't…
John Woo vs. Looney Toons
Macarrada de tiros chorra para pasar un buen rato y desconectar
Inappropriate, silly, violent, profane and silly send-up of Action/Adventure films with an added wink to the wonky world of Bugs Bunny. Michael Davis crams so many strange ideas into this film that you have to wonder how he secured such major stars. It seems pretty obvious to me that Clive Owen, Paul Giamatti and Monica Bellucci got the joke. In the end this might only be a guilty pleasure, but it is a hell of a fun movie!
Amazing movie that blends action and comedy so well together...
Eat ya vegetables.
This over the top deconstruction of the inherent male bravado, misogyny, one liners and ridiculous nature of action cinema is the greatest movie of all time.
"Carrot? It's good for your eyesight"
Oh the irony
If you condensed every action movie to its finer points, cut it up, and don't mix it with anything, you get this; a movie that does away with every unnecessary distraction. No downtime, no pussyfooting around. Just a turn-it-to-eleven, highlight reel of cliche and hijinks of Bugs Bunny proportions where babies are used as props and guns worshipped beneath an altar for prostitute nuns.
When Hans Gruber says, "just another American who saw one too many movie as a child", he is inferring to the juvenile craftsman behind movies like Shoot 'Em Up.
Thank you John Wayne.
An amusing enough action movie. Clive Owens channels Bugs Bunny as he chomps carrots throughout the different shoot outs. Paul Giamatti hams it up and is always fun to watch but I was hoping for more cartoony violence/situations ala the Crank franchise.
Step One: Go to www.random.org.
Step Two: Pick a Number.
Step Three: GET WEIRD!*
*OK, this list kinda started out…
Great 60-90 min films (for those days when you just don't have the energy to watch a 3 hour masterpiece)
Doesn't the title of the list explain it well enough? This is a list of hight quality "short" films. Easy…