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.
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 very underrated movie from David O. Russell and although it's not his best film, this is a highly entertaining and re-watchable movie that is shocking, enjoyable, funny, and very well directed. Seriously, nobody has been talking about this movie!
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. George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, and Ice Cube all give great performance here and really help elevate this film on an emotional level. As expected, this movie is true, honest, intense, shocking and visually stunning. The action sequences are not Hollywood by any means, giving them a sense of…
Terrific acting by the three leads especially Clooney and Wahlberg, as well as a really funny supporting performance by Spike Jonze. The biggest problem with this film is it meanders around for the first 40 or so minutes without having a really coherent plot and it only seems to congeal right near the end. The film lacks structure and the plot feels like it comes out thin air.
"Lexus don't make convertibles, only Infinty, only Infinity."
david o. russell has yet to top this.
Inventive, comic, and moral. If it's fifteen minutes too long, and the directorial flourishes can become too much at times, still there are strong performances and fine camera work. An impressive effort from David O'Russell to subvert the gung-ho war movie.
A really unique army movie in all of its aspects. It's super fun and takes really interesting turns. Probably my favorite David O. Russell film and definitely his most underrated. Has a really high replay value with its action, witty dialogue, and a great cast...especially Spike Jonze who is surprisingly a really good actor and really funny. I couldn't believe this was the same guy who made Malkovich and Her.
A wild melange of styles and tones, I'm not sure this is greater than or even equal to the sum of its parts, but its parts are pretty fucking fantastic.
IT'S FOUR KINGS, NOT THREE KINGS. THEY FORGOT SPIKE JONZE WAS PART OF THE GROUP. FOOOOUUUURRRR KIIIIIINNNNNGGGSSS!!!
Ok, whatever. THREE Kings is one of the most brutal war films that I've ever seen, despite taking place after the Iraq war. I definitely think that the movie went way too far in some scenes, like showing a baby crib being crushed by debris, and seeing the inside of the human body when a person is hit with a bullet. Even for a David O Russel film, this movie is filled with lots of gruesome, disgusting elements, but the movie is still enjoyable aside from those parts.
First off, the acting is awesome in this movie, it's for sure one of George…
An ostensibly comedic war satire, Three Kings leans heavily towards the satiric and sacrifices the comedic. Excepting a marvelously funny moment of violent physical comedy involving a cow, Three Kings generates no gut-busting laughs and settles instead for piercing criticism of one of the few popular wars America fought in the past fifty years. O'Russell includes some memorable surreal scenes, but even they fail to elevate the film's humor above the staid and contextless.
Stunning, dynamically directed film crosses a handful of genres at once and manages to be emotionally satisfying and morally challenging at the same time. Clooney plays the same type of character he always does, but Jonze could've easily scored an Oscar nomination for his heartbreaking performance, and Taghmaoui has a standout scene when he tortures Wahlberg. This is Russell's best film to date. 4.25 stars.
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…