All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. 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…
#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.
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.…
Watched in film class. Easily the best of Russel's films that I've seen.
It's satire and political, but at least it doesn't try to hide it. I would never have expected a movie with Clooney, Cube, and Wahlberg to be this good. They're just such a crazy cast. The movie says some interesting things about the kind of people found in the United States military— they're children. They wanted gold. They found it. They had to give it up. But they learned something about people that they'll never forget.
O' Russell's brand of comedy is never not a treat ever.
That scene with the collapsed lung was so intense too. Even in his earlier years David had sick directing chops and re-watching his movies is getting me really excited for 'Joy'.
This movie surprisingly holds up. However, it looks kind of crappy on netflix, so I definitely need to pick this up on blu to give it a proper rewatch.
A stylistically and tonally confused satire, that has the benefit of being pre 9-11, which gives it a unique perspective and underlying cynicism that makes for some interesting moments.
GREAT - Functions as a comedy, a drama, an action film, and a political statement thanks to a strong cast and its oddball style.
Film 19 of the "September 2015 Scavenger Hunt" Challenge!
Task 13. A political film!
September Scavenger Hunt #6
This is the kind of war movie I like to watch. This film discusses war not as a good vs evil, but as the chaos that it really is. I enjoyed Russell's vision, using some very interesting devices to tell the story, such as the organ shots and the almost cartoonish deaths at times. This movie really does question why the US does what it does internationally and provides some really poignant moments. It also does a nice job to humanize our "bad guys", who are just people so caught up in what they are doing, there is no way for them…
What have you done to Michael Jackson you sick fucks?
This holds up incredibly well. It moves at a fantastic pace and all the performances are spot on - pretty amazing when you think about the different tones the movie juggles. And holy fuck, it looks incredible.
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…
Every film Roger Ebert has given a four-star rating. This is an ongoing project.