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.
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.…
The one where Danny Ocean royally fucks up his master planning. Needed his 11. These guys did not gel like the 11.
worth a watch.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
It is called Three Kings, because presumably, that is how these soldiers view themselves, strutting in their gear, towering over the common foreigners and by waving a piece of paper, able to stroll in any camp or village and take what they please. One is a party animal. Another is shameless womaniser. They all stink of the same material greed and unethical practice that dries them towards the stash of bullion gold that will make them rich if they can just sneak by unawares and avoid a court marshalling. But by the end of the film they have been struck by their innate goodness, heart and compassion and therefore give up (most of) the gold so that their refugee friends…
Holy shit, it's Maeby!
Enjoyable watch -- special effects, story, cast, humor. I get the point here: war, Gulf in particular, being a "media-war," which lets the people at home feel like they're experiencing it firsthand, even deriving a form of pleasure from it, safe behind so many filters. But I can't help but feel that it's still a little cheap -- an excuse, in a way, to have this "war" be funny, star-studded and cool to watch.
My mind's not totally made up about this -- I've waffled between thinking it's brilliant, then thinking it's cheap, just another spectacle. And the movie's very clear about this throughout. It's not really even ABOUT war. The story starts w/ the intention of folowing a heist…
A happy Hollywood watch
Schöne Kriegsgroteske mit sehr harten, sehr absurden und vielen Szenen irgendwo dazwischen.
Gepaart mit überzeichnenden und bis zum Anschlag aufgedrehten Effekten ist ein Film entstanden, der mich plötzlich loslachen und genauso schnell wieder verstummen lässt.
So ein Film wird heutzutage leider nicht mehr gemacht. Ob man es gut oder schlecht findet, ist jedem selbst überlassen. Ich finde es schade, denn mir hat Three Kings echt gut gefallen.
i had to watch this for my english class please dont hate me,,,also mark wahlberg and spike jonze are gay and invented gay people with their performances.
I have no real issue with the David O. Russell of today, but I also kind of want the David O. Russell of the 1990s back.
Complete list. :-(
The first 1012 films are from The 1,000 Greatest Films list, and maintain the original order. The films that follow…