90 of my favorite movies from the 90s. In some sort of order.
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.
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.
So, could David O. Russell go back to making films like this, please?
How do we get this David O. Russell back?
A bit too over produced with flashy imagery and big action scenes that lead to a series of great moments, good film that winds up being let down by a very clean and tidy ending that looses all cynical edge and bitter satire that the film musters up occasionally. Didn't really expected it to be loved so much, but I guess Hollywood has been making the same film time and time again that the visual flare has been lost and the gaps between magnifying the Gulf war are spread out thin.
There’s a reason this film makes the rounds on basic cable. Great cast, liberating story, & substantial army recreation.
In the aftermath of the Persian Gulf War, 4 soldiers set out to steal gold that was stolen from Kuwait, but they discover people who desperately need their help.
A modern-ish version of Kelly's Heroes but with more dramatic elements as the film unfolds. Not your typical war movie, it's almost a buddy film transplanted into the middle east. Not perfect but better than most David O Russell films and it's always entertaining.
I was told this film was "comedic" and "satirical". It's not.
I mean, there is some comedy in the very beginning, but the moment the story actually starts it drops all pretense and becomes a very serious, if slightly confusing war propaganda film. I noticed Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (a much more enjoyable film) borrowed a fair bit from here, but did actually make it more interesting. What did not sit well with me is that in the end, the film seems to be promoting a return to the Iraq conflict. Seeing that this was made between the two Gulf Wars, it's hard to not believe that this was specifically made to goad the average US citizen into wanting to jump back into that mess. Sigh. The performances were great though.
All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…