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Jackie Brown (1997)


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Jackie Brown (1997)

 

Jackie Brown was the last of the Quentin Tarantino movies that I had not seen, until now.  Here is a film with a number of big name actors in their prime and an established director who had semi-recently directed Reservoir Dogs (1992) and Pulp Fiction (1994).  So why did I wait 16 years to watch this movie?  The answer is that I was only 11 years old when it was in theatres and it is rated R.  I was thinking about watching it about 11 years ago, but I had only heard bad things from die hard Tarantino fans, so I decided against it.  I figured I would get around to it eventually, but I sure didn’t think it would take me this long.

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The film is about an arms dealer (Samuel L. Jackson) who is at risk of being investigated by the police, so he decides to clean up shop and dispose of some of the employees of his illegal organization.  One of his employees named Jackie Brown (Pam Grier) is not so easy to get rid of.

The rest of the noteworthy cast includes Robert De Niro, Michael Keaton, Robert Forster, Bridget Fonda, Michael Bowen, Chris Tucker, LisaGay Hamilton, and Tommy ‘Tiny’ Lister.

From the very start of the film, it feels like Samuel L. Jackson is playing basically the same character that he played in Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction.  He is loud, he talks a lot, and he uses the F and N words way more than he or anybody else probably should.  He gets away with it though because he is Samuel L. Jackson and somehow that makes it okay.

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To this point in time, Tarantino’s films had been known for their heavy language, violence, and lots of dialogue.  Jackie Brown carries on this tradition, except has far more scenes of people sitting or standing around talking.  If the main characters are not sitting around an apartment chatting and smoking pot, then they are sitting around a bar or an office drinking, smoking cigarettes, and talking up a storm.  There is an obscene amount of talking and far less doing, anything.

This is a 2 hour and 34 minute long crime drama.  Honestly, it feels like Tarantino’s ego may have gotten the better of him while making this movie and he decided it was a masterpiece and therefore didn’t cut anything.  Maybe he had gotten so much praise from his first two films that he let it go to his head.  The film was probably an hour longer than it needed to be.  Some scenes were so painstakingly slow that I got bored and a little sleepy.

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De Niro seemed somewhat miscast.  His character was so dumbed-down that it did not seem like he fit the part.

It was entertaining to see all of these big stars while they were still in their prime.  However, Jackie Brown is a bloated thriller without very many thrills.  This is Quentin Tarantino’s worst film.  I’m glad that I finally watched it because now I know what all of the fuss is about.  If you have not seen this movie, you’re not missing much.

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I rate this movie a 4 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

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13 Best Mind-bending Movies Available on Netflix Watch Instantly

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Happy Movie Watching!