Category Archives: Crime

BLACK MASS (2015) Trailer Of The Week

Black Mass (2015), Johnny Depp
Black Mass (2015), Johnny Depp

Johny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson and Joel Edgerton are the stars of Black Mass, the film that has brought me my favourite trailer of the year… so far. 

Watch it and understand…

May the finished product be as amazing as this brilliant trailer suggests.

Happy Black Mass 🙂

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EVERY SECRET THING (2014) Trailer Of The Week

Like a great film, great trailers are not easy to make.

Every Secret Thing (2014), Elizabeth Banks
Every Secret Thing (2014), Elizabeth Banks

Elizabeth Banks, Diane Lane and Dakota Fanning are the stars of the latest brilliant trailer. It’s so interesting that I’m more than ready to watch the movie right this minute.

See for yourself…

It’s good because of the editing, music atmosphere, stars and the masterful tease.

Happy Every Secret Thing 🙂

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THE VOICES (2014) I’m Back On The Ryan Reynolds Band Wagon

The Voices (2014): Ryan Reynolds, Sam Spruell
The Voices (2014): Ryan Reynolds, Sam Spruell

The last time I saw Ryan Reynolds in a film was The Proposal (2009). It wasn’t my favourite and kind of kept me away from future Reynolds movies. Having watched The Voices (2014), I can confirm that my attitude has changed.

The Voices is a crime/ comedy film directed by Marjane Satrapi and stars Reynolds as Jerry – a sinister / very unbalanced individual who somehow manages to remain likeable.

You’ll probably find yourself not quite rooting for him as such – on account of the murdering. However empathy will kick in since he’s definitely ‘not well’.

The Voices (2014): Jacki Weaver
The Voices (2014): Jacki Weaver

The way the Director/ Cinematographer presented the world of Jerry, how he sees things as opposed to actual reality is a particular highlight.

Watch it for a pleasantly different turn from Reynolds and good performances from Jacki Weaver,  Anna Kendrick and Gemma Aterton. I was also glad to see great character actor Sam Spruell’s name on the cast list. 

Happy The Voices 🙂

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THE DROP (2014): It’s Good People. It’s Good

The Drop (2014), Tom Hardy
The Drop (2014), Tom Hardy

Starring two spectacular screen talents in the shape of the late James Gandolfini and British Actor Tom Hardy, The Drop is an expertly executed film.

The Drop (2014), James Gandolfini
The Drop (2014), James Gandolfini

In the dark and grim criminal underworld of Brooklyn New York – where Director Michaël R. Roskam’s movie is set, there’s a brilliant stillness. A certain calm, both within particular characters and what is conveyed atmospherically. Not to say that there isn’t plenty going on here – because there is.

The musical score does a great job of perfectly conveying the many tense and gripping predicaments in which the characters find themselves.

I found myself more than thrilled to be watching Hardy and Gandolfini sharing screen time – perhaps even as thrilled as I imagine both Actors might have been to be working together.

Watch it because true masters are at work and it’s great story. You might even find yourself wondering if it has ever been easier to like the ‘bad guy.’

Happy The Drop 🙂

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CHILD 44 (2015): Tom Hardy Is All The Reason You Need

Child 44 (2015), Tom Hardy
Child 44 (2015), Tom Hardy

Here is the reason I was yelping with uncontrollable joy today.

There’s been some talk about the authenticity of the Russian accents…

It’s all business of course, the need to get the film to as wide an audience as possible. I’m just happy to watch the very talented cast including Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Vincent Cassel, Noomi Rapace, etc. and fully understanding what they’re saying without difficulty.

Such an interesting story. I can’t wait to see it unfold.

Happy Child 44 🙂

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SNATCH (2000): More Of The Witty, Fast And Clever

Brad Pitt isn’t the only big name star in Snatch (2000), Guy Ritchies follow up to Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels (1998). Benicio Del Toro and Dennis Farina make two more very welcome stateside additions.

Snatch (2000), Brad Pitt, Jason Flemyng
Snatch (2000), Brad Pitt, Jason Flemyng

Snatch is a fun British gangster film with fast, witty dialogue delivered by engaging characters. To reference just three, a ‘dodgy Russian’, loud Jewish American and a bunch of well organised Irish Gypsies. You can expect plenty including clever antics, a few not so clever, but very entertaining antics and some ‘healthy’ double crossing for good measure.

Snatch and Lock Stock have been criticised for being all surface and no substance. That may be true to a degree, but sometimes surface is exactly what you need. What ever you decide, I’ll promise you this, you won’t feel anywhere near as cheated as you probably did after watching the last two instalments of the Hangover (2009) trilogy. Believe me!

Snatch (2000), Jason Statham, Brad Pitt, Stephen Graham
Snatch (2000), Jason Statham, Brad Pitt, Stephen Graham

Watch it if only to see Brad Pitt’s interpretation of a version of the Irish accent and Benicio Del Toro being brilliant and as effortlessly cool as always. Did I already say that the last 20 minutes is super?

Happy ‘surface and no substance’ 🙂

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LOCK STOCK AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS (1998): Brilliant British Film

Lock Stock And Two Smoking  Barrels (1998), Nick Moran
Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels (1998), Nick Moran

‘Brother, mother, any other sucker!’

Super wordplay. Just one of the the things I love about this movie.

Set in London’s East End, Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels is very entertaining – thanks to the excellent dialogue and incessantly funny male banter.

Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels (1998), Nick Moran, Jason Statham, Dexter Fletcher, Jason Flemyng
Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels (1998), Nick Moran, Jason Statham, Dexter Fletcher, Jason Flemyng

From Writer / Director Guy Ritchie, the film fits comfortably into the comedy / crime genre. There’s no shortage of well crafted characters, some of whom you’d count yourself very lucky to never encounter.

If you’re a seasoned film fan, It may be hard to not have Quentin Tarantino pop into your mind, for reasons including but not limited to the highly quotable dialogue and brilliant soundtrack.

Watch it!

Lock Stock And Two Smoking  Barrels (1998), Vas Blackwood
Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels (1998), Vas Blackwood

‘Because if you don’t I’ll kill ya.’

Happy Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels 🙂

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THE GAMBLER (2015): Trailer Of The Week

The Gambler (2015), Mark Wahlberg, John Goodman
The Gambler (2015), Mark Wahlberg, John Goodman

I really do enjoy the art of a great trailer. Sometimes even more so than the films they’re for. I haven’t seen many good ones in the last few months. Here’s one I love.

Such super editing must always be highlighted.

Happy The Gambler trailer:-)

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