Jeremy Saulnier shared this list of his all-time favorite films. It accompanies our epic Q&A with the director.
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…
As someone who has only seen two of his films now, I guess I'm not in any kind of position to make a judgement on David O. Russell's career.
But over the course of those two films, those being Three Kings and the dreary Silver Linings Playbook, I have already noticed a pattern. It's a pattern that I'm hoping is just a two film coincidence when I watch American Hustle tonight and Flirting With Disasters in the near future, but definitely a thing.
Silver Linings Playbook could have been a good romantic comedy, using two unpredictable leads in a fairly unique situation for that kind of film and backing them with a good support cast in fine form.…
Functioning essentially as an allegorical tale of U.S. foreign policy motives, Three Kings effectively blends comedy, tragedy and action for most of it's duration, rendering it a mostly effective and cutting film. Like most of David O Russell's films, I still think that his style often detracts from the emotion his films need. The reason I consider Three Kings his second best film, however, is the obviousness of Russell's intentions. This is an unconventional, often jarring war film that does not deal with wartime deaths like most films do, mostly finding the tragedy in the loss of a close friend rather than a civilian whom we have never been introduced to. This works in part to contribute to the criticism…
#35 in my 99 90's: Part 2 marathon.
I don't know what everyone else sees. But I just watched everything I have always wanted to see in a war movie, yet never have. Apparently, the folk on Letterboxd would rather get drunk and party with the hypocrite characters of Pain & Gain than accept any hard truths about bullshit, every-"man"-for-himself patriotic attitudes. (Still can't work out how it's in any way desirable or not weird to massage the ego of a guy like Bay who is always pissing in your face. He will never stop. He will always treat you like cattle.) My only real problem was the "Where They Are Now" before the credits. Most of the movie beforehand wasn't really about redemption.
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Lost a full star for the football to helicopter scene.
Three Kings first half is only o.k. It fails to balance the humor and drama that it tries so desperately to marry. It also contains one of the worst gunfights I have ever seen in a film. For some god awful reason, they decided to slow the frame rate of the scene down way too much, and it just looks awful. Maybe it looked cool in 1999, but if I was as old as I am in 1999, I bet I still would have thought it looked awful. Even if the beginning is seemingly tone deaf, it still is funny. I always said I wanted a dark comedy about modern warfare, and while this still isn't exactly what I had…
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They saved a lot of people but the slow guy gets killed and no one gets gold
Spike Jonze steals the show!
this is a pretty good movie. The last third wasn't amazing, but the first 2/3rds were pretty great
Finita la prima guerra in Iraq quattro Soldati Americani Partono in cerca di un tesoro rubato. Un film che riesce con successo a mischiare toni e generi differenti, la regia si muove bene anche se il suo stile anni 90 appare datato, colori Saturati, slowmotion, mucche che esplodono ed un concatenarsi di scene che non danno respiro rendono il tutto piacevole ma confusionario. Soffre poi di un ingenua innocenza pre undici settembre e i sui toni Leggeri possono apparire strani guardandolo oggi, resta però una memorabile commedia d'azione con alcuni momenti davvero Interessanti.
Come back David O. Russell, all is forgiven.
Many people have said this is their favorite David O'Russell movie, so I needed to check it out. Set after the Persian Gulf Wars there is a military base where a group of soldiers uncovers a large sum of golden that was stolen. The trifecta is a pretty good pairing, as much as I wouldn't have expected it, George Clooney is charming, Walhberg gives a real performance, and Ice Cube is a little exaggerated but I'm pretty sure that was what he was supposed to be going for. This is probably my least favorite David O'Russell movie, as he seems shaky stylistically. There's weird music cues, odd choices in terms of camera angles and slow mos. While it is my least favorite of his work there are some great scenes and fun comedy. I might move this up higher on a rewatch, but as of now I don't see the love for this over Silver Linings.
All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1187. An easy way of seeing how…