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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.

Out of the Furnace Bale

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.

Out of the Furnace Affleck Bale

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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The Boondock Saints (1999)


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The Boondock Saints (1999)

I watched The Boondock Saints for the first time way back in 2000.  I had no idea what the film was about before watching it.  All I knew was that I was a broken teenaged kid who had recently lost his older brother.  I was trying to escape into the world of video games and movies.  The movie was supposed to be a distraction, but I couldn’t help but think of my brother throughout the entire film.

The Boondock Saints Reedus Flanery Guns

The movie is about two Irish twin brothers (Norman Reedus and Sean Patrick Flanery) living in the boondocks who band together to deliver their own form of vigilante justice on the scum of Boston.  Along the way, they piss off the Russian mob and the FBI.

The film was written and directed by Troy Duffy and the rest of the noteworthy cast includes Willem Dafoe, David Della Rocco, Billy Connolly, Carlo Rota, Ron Jeremy, Brian Mahoney, Bob Marley, and Kevin Chapman.

It’s hard not to enjoy a movie about vigilantes cleaning up their city.  When bad guys die, who cares?  It just makes the world a better place.  This film depicts this all very stylishly.  Of course, there is a lot of killing, cussing, and drinking involved, but it’s all in good fun.

The Boondock Saints Connolly Guns

I have watched the movie maybe a dozen times now, and it gets better each time I watch it.  It has a great soundtrack, it’s funny, and you can tell that they had fun filming it.

The film became a cult classic and eventually a sequel followed.  In my opinion, the sequel would have been much more successful if it had not taken a decade before being made.

The Boondock Saints Dafoe

Willem Dafoe’s character in the film is perhaps, the most memorable of his acting career.

The Boondock Saints boosted Norman Reedus’ popularity and he has gone on to become a pretty solid character actor.  He is most known for The Boondock Saints and the popular television series, The Walking Dead.  However, my favorite film that he is in is Deuces Wild (2002).

Most recently, I enjoyed Sean Patrick Flanery’s performance in the final season of my favorite television series, Dexter.

The closeness between the brothers on screen made me really appreciate the performances of Reedus and Flanery.

Troy Duffy put a very unique spin on the storyline and the way the story unfolds is nothing short of awesome.

The Boondock Saints Reedus Flanery Dafoe

Fans of mafia movies should enjoy The Boondock Saints.

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

Buy, rent, or run?  Buy.

Trailer for Out of the Furnace (2013)


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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.

Tomorrow You’re Gone (2012)


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Tomorrow You’re Gone (2012)

Tomorrow You’re Gone is star power without the shine.  The presence of Stephen Dorff, Michelle Monaghan, and Willem Dafoe all in this film is enough to make you want to see it.  Do not be fooled though, that is the only thing that this movie has going for it.  The fact that those actors would actually decide to be a part of such an atrocious excuse for a movie actually gives me less respect for them.

Tomorrow You're Gone Dorff Monaghan

The movie follows Charlie Rankin (Dorff) as he gets out of jail.  He sets out to do one more job for his friend The Buddha (Dafoe) and along the way he gets mixed up with his conscience and Florence Jane (Monaghan).

Tomorrow You're Gone Dorff Jail

The movie is directed by David Jacobson.  Hopefully it will be his last attempt at filmmaking.  If he were playing baseball, he just struck out.

The cast also includes Robert LaSardo, Tara Buck, and Kerry Rossall.

The film is basically pointless.  It is a complete waste of time.  It drags on at a snail’s pace and is really boring at times.  It is filled with meaningless babbling and wasted talent.  The movie tries so hard to be something artistic and deep, but it comes off cheap.

Tomorrow You're Gone Dafoe Dorff

The story is broken and hard to follow.  You can’t really feel anything for the characters because they are just sort of there.

This movie is the definition of hitting rock-bottom for anyone who was a part of the filmmaking process.  It is hard to come back to making good movies after making something this bad.  I think that I have lost any and all hope for the cast.  They are all usually better than this, but maybe that is not the case anymore.

Do yourself a favor and keep your dignity by not every watching Tomorrow You’re Gone.

Tomorrow You're Gone Mirror Shame

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

Buy, rent, or run?  “Run Forrest, run!”