Gangsters

Keanu

In the realm of movie plots,Keanu is definitely one of your more random options. The film centers around a ridiculously adorable kitten who originally belonged to a Los Angeles drug lord. During an incident known as the Diaz Church Massacre, Keanu flees, ultimately winding up on the doorstep of Rell Williams (Jordan Peele). Having just …

Keanu Read More »

Black Mass

Simply put, Black Mass is the story of an Irish mobster and generally really bad guy (Bulger) hopping in bed with the FBI in an effort to bring down the Italian mob in South Boston. His motives are pretty crappy, as are his morals and his ability to serve as a useful informant. Agent John …

Black Mass Read More »

Idlewild

It’s not that the movie is bad, because it isn’t. In fact, it’s quite ambitious and somewhat enjoyable. But it does try to cram in so many different genres that it feels a bit like a glitzy, bouncy, colorful mess. André “André 3000” Benjamin and Antwan “Big Boi” Patton co-star as longtime best friends, Percival …

Idlewild Read More »

Shoot The Hero

There comes a moment in most relationships where you really start to wonder if you can handle your partner’s annoying tendencies for even one minute more.  It’s hugely unfortunate when that moment coincides with the night he decides to take you ring shopping, you know, so you can start really moving toward a future together.  …

Shoot The Hero Read More »

Oldboy (2003)

If you’ve read enough of my reviews, you know that I rarely sum up a movie so, um, bluntly. But by the end of Oldboy, my jaw had been hanging slack for the final 20 minutes, and it stayed in that position through the closing credits until the screen went black. Oldboy is the revenge …

Oldboy (2003) Read More »

The Family

The movie begins with the Manzoni family relocating to a small town in France through the Witness Protection Program. They’re all a bit bored and jaded, and it’s clear that their mafia ties have made these moves a familiar occurrence. They adopt their new identities with an eye-rolling sense of, “Who are we this time? …

The Family Read More »

Charlie Countryman

When a lovely young Romanian cello player chastises a shaggy-puppy American that he is only involving himself in her world because he “has a fantasy about helping a woman in a faraway land…”, she hits the nail on the head. Rather, I expect, she totally pegs the screenwriter of Charlie Countryman, one Matt Drake, whom …

Charlie Countryman Read More »

Fireworks (Hana-bi)

Takeshi Kitano is an odd action hero. A real-life motorcycle accident left the right side of his face paralyzed, leaving his face looking mask-like and blank in an other-worldly way. In Fireworks, his character Nishi barely even talks, so the most animated you see his face is the occasional facial tic, or one of his …

Fireworks (Hana-bi) Read More »

The Departed

Shortly after seeing the original Hong Kong film Infernal Affairs a few years back, I heard that the rights had been optioned by Brad Pitt, of all people, for the seemingly unavoidable American remake. Was Hollywood really so dried up of ideas that they had to troll every already-good foreign film and translate it into …

The Departed Read More »

Scroll to Top