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Violet & Daisy (2011)


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Violet & Daisy (2011)

 

Violet & Daisy is another one of those movies that was made and then thrown on the shelf to collect dust for two years before finally being released in theatres.  When it finally made its debut, it was only in limited release.  The film was completed in 2011 and not unveiled until midway through 2013.

Movies like this are always intriguing to me because I bet that everybody involved in making the film was just beyond angry that it took two years to be released in theatres.  You work so hard to complete something special, and then nothing happens for two years.  Not to mention, movies are made to hopefully turn a profit.  Wouldn’t you want to try to make your money back right away?

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I have a feeling that this movie may have had trouble making it into theatres because the subject matter is very risky.  It’s a film about a teenage girl duo hit man squad.  With all of the violence going on in our world, it’s probably pretty hard to release a movie about teenage girls who kill people.  Of course, the idea was fascinating and I just had to see what it was all about.

The film is about two contract killer teenage girls (Saoirse Ronan and Alexis Bledel).  The pair make a killer team, but one day things go wrong during what was supposed to be a simple job.

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The movie was written and directed by Geoffrey Fletcher and the rest of the noteworthy cast includes James Gandolfini, Danny Trejo, John Ventimiglia, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Stu ‘Large’ Riley, and Tatiana Maslany.

Violet & Daisy didn’t deserve to be shelved for two years.  It’s the kind of movie that could have generated a welcomed sequel or two.  But, because it took so long to be released, the teenage girls in the film have already aged too much.  Actually, Bledel was already an adult during filming.  She pulled off playing a teenager even though she was actually 30 years old when the movie was made.  Ronan was closer to half of Bledel’s age.  I was shocked when I found that out.

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The film was exceptionally fresh and original.  It was edgy, cold-blooded and unpredictable.  There was a lot of great action and dialogue.  There was even a bit of dark comedy thrown into the mix.

Ronan, Bledel, and Gandolfini gave exceptional performances.

The movie is about murder, so don’t be surprised at all of the violence, disturbing images, and language.

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Because the movie was delayed for so long, it turned out to be one of Gandolfini’s final film releases, may he rest in peace.

I praise Geoffrey Fletcher for getting this risky movie made.

I rate this movie an 8 on a scale of 1-10.

Buy, rent, or run?  Buy.

Movie Picture of the Day 8/7/13


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Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette enjoying a movie in one of director Tony Scott’s best films, True Romance (1993).  The film was written by Quentin Tarantino.

It’s amazing how many films have scenes where people are in a movie theatre watching a movie.  You are watching a movie about someone watching a movie.  I don’t mind, but it’s a funny thought.

Sad fact: Tony Scott and 3 big names from this film (Dennis Hopper, James Gandolfini, and Chris Penn) all passed away within the last 7 years.  Hopper was the only one that wasn’t taken before his time.

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013)


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The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013)

 

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone looked a little cheesy, but with Steve Carell, Jim Carrey, and Steve Buscemi in a comedy together, I knew it had to be good for at least a few laughs.

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Burt Wonderstone (Steve Carell) and Anton Marvelton (Steve Buscemi) are both magicians and longtime friends.  The duo has had a popular show together in Las Vegas for years.  But now, a street performer (Jim Carrey) is beginning to steal their thunder with his crazy magical stunts that he is pulling off throughout the city.  Wonderstone and Marvelton must try to come up with fresh new material in order to try so save their show and their friendship.

The movie was directed by Don Scardino and the rest of the notable cast includes James Gandolfini, Olivia Wilde, Alan Arkin, Jay Mohr, Brad Garrett, and David Copperfield.

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I have to say, I expected more from this movie.  It was in fact good for a few laughs, but that was about it.  A lot of the humor was a little too dry and tacky.  Many of the jokes fell short and the story was pretty predictable.

Carrey’s character was by far the funniest.  His goofiness made the movie worth watching, although he was not in enough of the film.

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Gandolfini played his part well in one of his final films.  He will be missed.

Arkin was excellent.  His character seemed genuine.

Buscemi could have been funnier.

Wilde’s character needed more screen time and Garrett should have had a bigger role.

The magic depicted in the movie was fun to watch, but the humor was very inconsistent.

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Overall, the comedy superstar talent in this film was somehow neglected.  If the filmmakers had made proper use of the talent that they had to work with, this movie could have been one that you laugh out loud until you cry throughout the entire film.  Instead the laughs were sporadic and the movie was just a step above mediocre.

I rate this movie a 6 on a scale of 1-10.

Buy, rent, or run?  Rent.

R.I.P. James Gandolfini


James Gandolfini

Rest in peace James Gandolfini!

The actor most known for playing tough-guy Tony Soprano in the television series “The Sopranos” passed away today of a heart attack while vacationing in Rome, Italy.  He was only 51 years old.

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My favorite Gandolfini movies are True Romance (1993), Get Shorty (1995), and Lonely Hearts (2006).

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Most recently he has had parts in Killing Them Softly (2012), Zero Dark Thirty (2012), and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013).

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He made the film Violet & Daisy (2011) in 2011, but the film has yet to be released.  It may have had limited release on 5/3/13, but it has yet to be available in my area.

James Gandolfini with be missed.  He always brought a ton of energy to his characters and really knew how to make his presence known.  That presence will live on in all of his films and television shows for many years to come.

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Click on the links below to my James Gandolfini movie reviews.

Violet & Daisy (2011)

Killing Them Softly (2012)

Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013)

Trailer for Violet & Daisy (2011) Rumored to release on 6/7/13


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Violet & Daisy (2011) (Click on the title for my full review.)

 

Another one of those movies that has been kept on the shelf for one reason or another.  The film was made in 2011 and is rumored to release on 6/7/13.  I say rumored because I think that the original intention was to release the film in 2011, but it continues to be pushed back.  So, who knows, maybe it will be pushed back from being released again.

Movies like this are always intriguing to me because I bet everybody involved in making the movie is just beyond angry that it has not been released yet.  I know that I would be.

I have a feeling that this film has not been released yet partially due to the fact that it is a risky movie to make.  The movie is about a teenage girl duo hit man squad.  With all of the violence going on in our world, it’s probably pretty hard to release a movie about teenage girls who kill people.  With that said, the film looks tastefully made and has a good cast which includes Saoirse Ronan, Alexis Bledel, James Gandolfini, Danny Trejo, Cody Horn, and John Ventimiglia.

It is written and directed by Geoffrey Fletcher.

The film has sparked my interest enough to want to see it, that is if it ever gets taken off of the shelf.

Zero Dark Thirty (2012)


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Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

The poster for the movie says, “The Greatest Manhunt in History.”  It should have said, “The Greatest Waste of Time.”  The running time of the movie is 157 minutes.  They literally could have cut the running time in half and told the same story and it actually might have been entertaining.

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The movie is about the 10 year long “Manhunt,” capture, and killing of Osama Bin Laden after the attacks that occurred on 9/11/2001.

We all know by now that the fact that it took America 10 years to find Bin Laden and kill him is an absolute disgrace.  Of course, it was a great thing when it finally got done, but it sure took us long enough.  Zero Dark Thirty plays on that fact.  The movie is a very long, drawn-out depiction of the steps that we took to finally track down America’s Most Wanted and destroy him.  The film isn’t a decade long, but it certainly tries to feel that way.  It is so boring and slow at times that I wanted to turn it off at a number of different points.

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The other thing about this film is that it is hard to tell how factual it really is.  It is based on a true story, but do we really know all of the facts?  Unfortunately I think that people will watch this movie and assume that it is 100% accurate.  How do we know the truth about what happened?  A lot of the information about the “Manhunt” is classified.  How will we ever know the real truth?

The film tried so hard to be this big epic movie.  It failed quite miserably as far as I am concerned.

Zero Dark Thirty was nominated for 5 Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Actress (Jessica Chastain), Best Original Screenplay, Best Editing, and Best Sound Editing.  To me, that is so comical.  It shows that the Academy has truly lost its mind to even nominate such garbage in the first place.

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This movie was almost as far away from Best Picture as you can get.  The acting was mediocre at best, especially Jessica Chastain’s performance.  Not even close to top notch.    The screenplay was very un-original.  They took a story that everyone in the world knows about and turned it into a screenplay.  That is not original in my book.  There were so many unnecessary scenes that could have been cut out of the movie that it was a complete disgrace to filmmaking.  The editor should have been fired, not nominated for an Academy Award.

I’m glad that the movie only won an Academy Award for Best Sound Editing.  It was better that it didn’t actually win.  It technically tied with Skyfall (2012) for Best Sound Editing.  Skyfall should have won.  I don’t know what is more embarrassing for Zero Dark Thirty, the fact that it was nominated for 5 Academy Awards and only won 1 of them or the fact that the only one that it actually won was a tie for Best Sound Editing.

Maybe the movie only got so much recognition because Kathryn Bigelow directed it.  Her film The Hurt Locker (2008) was very solid and was nominated for 9 Academy Awards and won 6 of them.  That film made her the first woman to win an Academy Award for Best Director.  Were the Academy Award nominations for Zero Dark Thirty just a sort of blue ribbon recognizing Bigelow for her participation in trying again?

Bigelow had no support from her cast which most notably includes Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Reda Kateb, Kyle Chandler, Jennifer Ehle, Harold Perrineau, Jeremy Strong, Mark Strong, Edgar Ramirez, James Gandolfini, Stephen Dillane, Frank Grillo, and Joel Edgerton.  Maybe the cast was not of much help because their characters had way more than enough time to develop, but they never really did.

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Kathryn Bigelow was in way over her head when she decided to direct Zero Dark Thirty and it shows.  The film is a steaming pile of cow dung.  The only decent part of the movie is when they showed Seal Team Six raiding Bin Laden’s lair.

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I recommend staying as far away from this movie as possible.  Save yourself a precious almost 3 hours of your life and don’t watch it.

I rate this movie a 2 on a scale of 1-10.

Buy, rent, or run?  Run.

Top 13 Disappointing Current Redbox Movies


Top 13 Disappointing Current Redbox Movies

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There are many terrible movies out there.  I have avoided renting movies at the Redbox just because they looked bad.  You know which ones that I’m talking about.  The ones that rip off movies that are actually popular by giving them similar titles and making the cover art look remarkably alike, but are actually knock offs that nobody should have to suffer through.  That being said, there are probably worse movies at the Redbox than what are on my list.  My list however, is a compilation of movies that actually looked like they could be good in one way or another.  Something about these movies made me go to the theatre and watch them, or go to the Redbox and rent them.  I made this list to save you time and money.  Don’t get duped like I did.  They might have a good cast.  They might look funny.  They might look scary.  They might look intense and full of good action.  They might look like they have a nice touching story.  They are none of those things (well, sometimes except for the cast).  They are poor excuses for movies.  Stay far away from these awful creations.

With my list I have included the cover art to the movies, so that you know exactly what to avoid.  I have not posted any trailers, because you don’t even want to waste your time with those.  They will trick you.  I have also listed my ratings of each movie.  My ratings are on a scale of 1-10.  My full review will be available for some of the movies.  If the title is highlighted, then you can click on it for my full review.

I do not claim to have seen all of the movies that are currently available to rent at the Redbox, but I have seen 76 of them.  Of those 76 movies, my Top 13 Disappointing Current Redbox Movies are:

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1.  V/H/S (2012)                                                                      My rating: 1

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2.  Killing Them Softly (2012)

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3.  The Paperboy (2012)

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4.  Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012)

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5.  Fire with Fire (2012)

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6.  The Man with the Iron Fists (2012)                                   My rating: 3

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7.  Silent Hill: Revelation (2012)                                             My rating: 3

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8.  Deadfall (2012)                                                                  My rating: 4

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9.  The Possession (2012)

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10.  The Liability (2012)                                                         My rating: 4.5

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11.  Lay the Favorite (2012)                                                   My rating: 4.5

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12.  The Cold Light of Day (2012)                                          My rating: 4.5

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13.  That’s My Boy (2012)                                                      My rating: 5

Now that you know what movies to avoid, Check out my other Redbox related material.  Click on the links below:

Current Redbox Movie Reviews September 2013

Current Redbox Movie Reviews August 2013

Current Redbox Movie Reviews July 2013 

Top 13 Current Redbox Movies

Top 13 Current Redbox Movies Vol. 2

Top 13 Current Redbox Movies Vol. 3

Top 13 Current Redbox Movies Vol. 4

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Are you a fan of Netflix?  Click on the following links below for Netflix related material:

Netflix Watch Instantly Movie Reviews September 2013

20 Best Drama Movies Based on Real Life Available on Netflix Watch Instantly

20 Best Classics Movies Available on Netflix Watch Instantly

13 Best Mind-bending Movies Available on Netflix Watch Instantly

13 Best Comedy Movies Available on Netflix Watch Instantly

13 Best Romantic Comedy Movies Available on Netflix Watch Instantly

13 Best War/Military Movies Available on Netflix Watch Instantly

13 Best Gritty Action/Thriller Movies Available on Netflix Watch Instantly

Happy Movie Watching!

Killing Them Softly (2012)


Killing Them Softly (2012)

It was one of the worst movies that I have seen all year and the worst Brad Pitt movie that I have ever seen. It should have been called killing the audience quickly. It was literally that horrible. I almost asked for a refund on my ticket. Thinking about it now, I should have gotten a refund on my ticket. You would have to pay me to watch that movie again.

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English: Brad Pitt at the Berlin premiere of Inglorious Basterds in July 2009 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

With as excellent of a cast as this movie had, you would think they could do no wrong. Even if the storyline is bad, the actors will make it better right? Wrong! It was almost as if they tried to make it bad.

Scenes with Brad Pitt were bearable to mediocre. Scenes without Brad Pitt made me almost physically sick.

James Gandolfini was an absolute wreck and Ray Liotta looked like death.

The movie was successful in portraying drug addicts, alcoholics, and overall skuzzy people in a very realistic way. When you weren’t watching people cussing up a storm, drinking themselves to death, getting stoned out of their minds, getting shot in slow motion, or beaten to a bloody pulp, then all they were doing was blabbering back and forth to one another. The majority of the dialogue of the movie was diarrhea of the mouth except for when Brad Pitt or Ray Liotta was talking.

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It was almost as if Brad Pitt was in a different movie than everybody else and they edited him in to their train wreck of a film to try to make it better. Instead of actually making it better, it just gave you a couple moments break from being terrible whenever Pitt was in a scene.

Do yourself a favor and stay far away from this movie. Save your time and money by not seeing it. I wish I had.

I rate this movie a 2 on a scale of 1-10.

Buy, rent, or, run?  Run.

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James Gandolfini (Photo credit: Wikipedia)