All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
It's good to be King.
A group of American soldiers stationed in Iraq at the end of the Gulf War find a map they believe will take them to a huge cache of stolen Kuwaiti gold hidden near their base, and they embark on a secret mission that's destined to change everything.
I decided to move this up to a full five-star rating because there's really nothing I can think of that I don't love about it. It's not an absolutely perfect film, but in terms of fantastic performances, cinematography, score, editing, pacing and the perfect blend of action/comedy/drama; it's an exceptional one where no faults have any effect on my overall experience with it.
Got around to seeing this at long last. The biggest surprise was seeing Spike Jonze in a major supporting role. Full of O. Russell's trademark zany energy and swirling camerawork, Three Kings is a war movie with something to say. I would take it over empty action like Lone Survivor any day of the week.
The story behind the making of Three Kings is almost as fascinating as the subject matter in David O. Russell's powerful satire on war and American imperialism - reports of Russell's enormous egotism as he wrestled with a movie Warner Bros had placed difficult conditions on, concerned about the tricky subject matter; spats with star George Clooney over treatment of crew members, a feud that lingered for some time; and indeed writer John Ridley's supposed shut out of the final screenplay, causing much animosity (which oddly enough happened again recently on 12 Years a Slave). You'd imagine with all those issues Three Kings could have turned out a train wreck, but on the contrary - Ice Cube in particular suggested…
The one where Danny Ocean royally fucks up his master planning. Needed his 11. These guys did not gel like the 11.
How dare Marky Mark diss Eddie Murphy's "Party All the Time"
Spike Jonze totally got the shaft.
Ice Cube's character wasn't nearly as crucial to the story as Spike, but he gets billed as one of the Three Kings and Spike is left in the credits at the end of the film...Damn shame.
That's alright though, because I found another David O. Russell movie that I like! Silver Linings Playbook left such a bad taste in my mouth that I began to question if the director was worth anything at all. This movie is perhaps his most technically risky, his funniest, and one of the most stylistically pleasing war movies around. I remember very vividly this film coming out. I wanted to watch it so bad, but I wasn't old enough.…
Three Kings is a really cool, fun movie. A screwball war movie.. probably the only of it's kind. It follows the three U.S marines, from AWOL to altruism. In the end, it preaches the concept that helping innocent people escape tyranny is what fighting wars should really be about. Interestingly, it criticizes George Bush for pulling out of Iraq too quickly, and not saving the Iraqi's by just getting Saddam right then and there. Pre-9/11 times seemed more open to fighting in Iraq.. but then three years later, we went in to finish up the job, and nobody was on board with it. Think of it as you will, it's a political movie after all. It's critique on American foreign…
Definitely one of the more interesting war movies out there, and still a lot of fun to watch. The crazy Kodak Ektachrome look dates it a little bit, but in a good way. And the movie still feels as immediate and energetic as ever, even a half-dozen U.S. wars later.
According to the movie’s IMDb trivia page, George Clooney was “reluctantly” cast by David O. Russell only after pretty much every other leading man in Hollywood was considered — including Clint Eastwood, Mel Gibson, Nicolas Cage, Dustin Hoffman, Nick Nolte, Jeff Bridges, Jack Nicholson, and Adam Sandler. I made that last one up, but I’m pretty sure the IMDb trivia contributors made up most of the rest.
In an interview…
Really liked this one and was very surprised by it. It starts as an outlandish, overstylized war satire with outrageous humor and energy, and it so gradually gets serious and surreal.
I wrote a piece on Mark Wahlberg for CoS, and I think he's especially strong here: consequenceofsound.net/2015/06/strange-arcs-mark-wahlberg/
This if my favorite David O. Russell film yet, having only seen his most recent 3 Oscar perennials, this film has a more raw energy. It's American Hustle, but less stuck on "themes", and as a war film. This screwball comedy, which takes this goofball characters and grounds them in reality, transforms through its runtime to that sort of silly and fun and energetic film and actually strains nuanced drama from its premise. The four leads are great in atypical ways (Clooney, Wahlberg, Ice Cube, and good ole Spike Jonze) that is actually quite typical for Russell's work. It feels improvised and therefore raw.
That has always been a hit against Russell, that his films seem to be taking influence,…
Doesn't handle it's serious side deftly enough to tastefully balance the fun caper side.
Still David O. Russell's best.
A little heavy-handed at times, but still effective. Spike Jonze's finest acting performance?
Every film Roger Ebert has given a four-star rating. This is an ongoing project.
I'd love to see more of these stories. REALLY entertaining stuff. If anyone has some, send away.
Also, anything mentioning…