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Out of the Furnace (2013)


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Out of the Furnace (2013)

There are certain movies that appear to be destined for greatness and Out of the Furnace looked like one of them.

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Christian Bale is one of the most versatile actors of our time.  I’ve been a fan of his ever since I watched Newsies (1992) for the first when I was a little kid.  Bale has become such a great actor that I eagerly await all of his new movies.  Out of the Furnace especially sparked my interest after I learned how many other big names are in the cast.

Russell Baze (Christian Bale) goes looking for his younger brother, Rodney, (Casey Affleck) after he goes missing.  Russell will stop at nothing to get his brother back and release his own form of justice on whoever is responsible for taking him.

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The film was directed by Scott Cooper and the rest of the noteworthy cast includes Woody Harrelson, Willem DafoeForest WhitakerZoe Saldana, Sam Shepard, and Tom Bower.

As the title suggests, the movie is rough and only gets more severe.  It’s out of the furnace and into the fire.  The title did, in fact, suit the film quite well.  The movie was injected with pain and anger.  Eventually the intensity boiled over and the film sizzled.  Out of the Furnace stirs up the emotions and lights them on fire.  It’s easily the most powerful movie of the year.

Out of the Furnace Harrelson Affleck

Christian Bale does not cease to impress.  Nobody could have done a better job in his role, and the only thing better than Bale’s performance was the fact that the rest of the film was filled to the brim with extraordinary talent working alongside him.  The entire cast was firing on all cylinders.

This movie is not for anyone with a weak stomach.  The violence is brutal and the language is harsh.  The filmmakers’ gloves came off in order to make a film so sharp that the jagged edges will cut into your mind and all sorts of emotions will come leaking out.  Out of the Furnace will stick with you long after it ends.

Out of the Furnace Bale Saldana

The movie deserves to be nominated for an Academy Award in just about every category available.  It gets my vote for Best Picture of the Year and Bale deserves the Best Actor award, hands down.

I rate this movie a 9 on a scale of 1-10.

Buy, rent, or run?  Buy.

If you liked Out of the Furnace, then you will probably enjoy the following films:

The Machinist (2004)

American Hustle (2013)

Prisoners (2013)

The Place Beyond the Pines (2012)

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Out of the Furnace (2013) (Click on the title for my full review.)

A Man (Christian Bale) goes looking for his younger brother (Casey Affleck) after he goes missing.  He will stop at nothing to get his brother back and release his own form of justice on whoever is responsible for taking him.

The film is directed by Scott Cooper.  Who is Scott Cooper?  I had to look him up too.  The only other movie that Cooper directed is Crazy Heart (2009).  Jeff Bridges won an Academy Award for Best Actor for Crazy Heart.  Cooper has received a lot of critical acclaim for that film.  It appears like Cooper just might have another Oscar contender on his hands with this new film Out of the Furnace.

The rest of the noteworthy cast includes Woody Harrelson, Willem Dafoe, Forest Whitaker, Zoe Saldana, Sam Shepard, Dendrie Taylor, and Tom Bower.

If you get a group of actors like that together to make a movie, it’s hard to expect anything less than excellence.

The film is set to release on 12/06/13.

I’ll be in the theatre in December to let you know if this film meets my expectations.

Mud (2012)


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Mud (2012)

There has been some Oscar buzz around the grapevine involving Matthew McConaughey‘s performance in Mud.  I think that he did a superb job in his role, but I don’t think that the role itself is Oscar worthy.  They might just nominate him to give him a little bit of well-deserved recognition, but he won’t win.

Mud (2013) Matthew McConaughey

McConaughey has always been a very likable actor.  He carries himself well and always brings a lot of energy to his characters.  He is usually in excellent shape and the ladies love him.  I think that is why he has made so many “chick flicks.”  Because of his many romantic movies, I think that a lot of people, including the Academy don’t take him seriously as an actor.  I believe that is why he gets overlooked when it comes time to give out awards.  It’s a shame because the guy certainly is capable of an Oscar worthy performance, just look at The Lincoln Lawyer (2011), Two for the Money (2005), and Frailty (2001), to name a few.

In Mud, Matthew McConaughey plays a man named Mud.  He is an outlaw living like a bum on an island in Arkansas.  Two teenage boys (Tye Sheridan and Jacob Lofland) get more than they bargained for when they meet Mud after they find a boat high up in the trees on the same island.

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The film was written and directed by Jeff Nichols.

The rest of the noteworthy cast includes Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Paulson, Ray McKinnon, Sam Shepard, Michael Shannon, Paul Sparks, and Joe Don Baker.

Mud was not exactly what I expected.  I guess I didn’t know quite what to expect.  The film was unique.  The story was original which these days is a little rare.  It was a nice change of pace to see a one-of-a-kind movie instead of a sequel or a remake of another movie.

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Being basically unknown actors, I thought that Sheridan and Lofland both did an exceptional job of carrying their part of the movie.

Shepard and Shannon were both fun additions to the film.

Film Review Mud

I’m not a huge fan of Witherspoon, but I felt that she did an okay job in the film.  However, I think that her character needed more screen time.  That isn’t her fault.  The movie could have been improved upon if her part of the story was better told.  It just felt like her part was lacking something.  I left the theatre thinking that the movie was really good, but something was missing.  Her character could have provided that something.

The film did a fine job of developing most of its characters and building suspense.  It was intriguing.  It kept you wanting to know what was going to happen next and was not very predictable.

Unfortunately the movie is in limited release.  It is a little bit surprising to me that the film is not in wide release.  It is the first movie that I have seen in a long time that I could not sit in the part of the theatre that I wanted.  I had my choice between the second or first rows.  That is how packed the theatre was.

Mud is worth checking out if you are sick of the same old sequels or remakes that Hollywood keeps regurgitating for your enjoyment week after week.  It’s a nice change of pace to be able to watch a movie that allows the actors to act and counts on their ability and the storyline alone to be entertaining and successful.

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

Buy, rent, or run?  Rent.

Note: After watching this movie a second time, I had to raise my initial rating from a 7.5 to an 8.  The film is better than I originally gave it credit for.

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

Netflix Clouds

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!