Now here's a film where the infamous Weinstein scissors could have been put to good use.
I wasn't as wildly enthusiastic about the original The Raid as many people were. I still found it to be a really enjoyable action film albeit with a couple of major flaws. I was quite confident that Gareth Evans would address those flaws for his follow-up - except he hasn't really. He's also picked up a couple more along the way.…
Goodness me, what a dull film.
It seems to me that the response of many filmmakers to the immediate success and popularity of the James Bond films in the 1960s was to make their spy films as disproportionately slow as possible. It might have worked once or twice in the Harry Palmer series but elsewhere the response was a failure.
The Bond films (usually) being more exciting and action packed than its rivals has nothing to do…
When people punched each other in old film noirs, they REALLY went for it.
They really did give it the full wallop. There's a fantastic and really vicious fist fight and pier six brawl near the start of Private Hell 36 where no punches are pulled at all and is a great example of this. This is how these fights should be pitched. Just two people pretending to knock seven bells of shite out of each other.…
Well, the World Cup's over now so I've gone back on the films. I'm sad the World Cup's over but it does mean no more Sam Matterface and Clarke Carlisle, so every cloud and all that.
No-one who's not British will know what the fuck that meant but you're better off not knowing, really.
O Brother, Where Art Thou? is one more Coen brothers that I hadn't seen…
I remember No Country For Old Men.
I first watched this a few years ago when I was suffering from the flu. I think it's a testament to what a great film it is that even viewed through a forest of snotty tissues, Lockett wrappers and Lemsip fumes it still managed to utterly captivate me from start to finish.
I really admire the way the Coens set about…
The interesting thing about pretty much every rewatch I've done of a Coen brothers film is that I always think they seem to get better each time.
I'm unsure, however, if that is the case with The Man Who Wasn't There. It has been over 10 years since I first saw it and I really didn't remember much about it aside from what happens to James Gandolfini and…
I'm almost as baffled as most other people were.
If nothing else, The Ladykillers, along with Intolerable Cruelty, showed that the Coen brothers were human after all.
What interests me most about The Ladykillers is the way they took a film that really was, actually, ideal for their style and somehow cocked it up. The reason they don't get it right is perhaps because it was perfect for…
I say that as someone who doesn't take nearly as active an interest in politics in general as I possibly should do. But these are film politics, where crusading journalists sometimes win the day and there are such people as politicians with morals. Ooh satire.
But I'm a massive fan of these kinds of films and have been almost since my first viewing of All The President's Men. Inevitably, this being about…
I just sliced through my finger with a bread knife and so it's hindering my typing somewhat. I'm just warning you now because I'm too tired to go back and read this through for mistakes at the end. It was a nice sandwich though, so collateral damage and all that.
Juggernaut is one of those films from the 1970s that was termed a disaster movie except it's not really a disaster movie. I always think those kinds…
Now what's going on here, then?
The fact that Intolerable Cruelty is nothing like any of the other Coen Brothers films that I've seen was no reason for me to dislike it, of course, and it should be judged on its own qualities.
But I had come to expect a certain quirk and style to their films and to see it almost completely absent from this film left…
I'd like a tickbox when I do Letterboxd reviews marked 'This review isn't really about this film at all and is of no use to you at all if you were looking for an opinion on this film'. I would probably end up ticking that a lot.
I would definitely have been in with a great chance of ticking that box with The Hudsucker Proxy - and I…