Michael Belmont (Chiwetel Ejiofor) is Ex-Special Forces and indebted to Irina Vlaslov (Kate Winslet), the wife of a Jewish Russian Mob Boss who’s imprisoned back home. Irina promises to pay handsomely if, Michael and his team of corrupt Atlanta detectives can recover items from a bank’s vault. Irina’s sister, Elena (Gal Gadot) has a son with Michael but, Irina has the boy in custody, as an extra incentive for Michael to complete his tasks. With a window of 5 minutes to acquire the package, the team moves quickly; but the apparently their mission isn’t complete in Irina’s eyes. There’s still one major item to be acquired before Michael’s debts are settled. The package sits somewhere inside of a Homeland Security compound. If everything went well, the crew could be in and out in about 15 minutes. Several minutes longer than the average response time for cops to arrive, the only chance of success is to draw all cops to an event, big enough to draw every cop in the city. A triple 9 call. Continue reading “Movie Review – Triple 9”
In a month’s time it will be Thanksgiving in the U.S. A time for family and camaraderie. A for food and football. Also, there’s the elephant it the room wearing a Black Friday hoodie. Thanksgiving may have strayed from the it’s roots from 1620, and has since transformed into the commercial spectacle that it is today; but one thing remains the same, 393 celebrations later. It’s a bad time to be a turkey.
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As the credits rolled on Seven Psychopaths, I found myself struggling to remember how the whole thing started in the first place. The film, written and directed by Martin McDonagh (2008’s In Bruges), plays like a stream of consciousness; it’s easy to get lost in the insanity. It’s also easy to forget about logic, and that can be a lot of fun. But that only goes so far, and the film wears pretty thin in the final act. Continue reading “MOVIE REVIEW: Seven Psychopaths”
Today Bert Marcus Productions released a trailer for new documentary titled HOW TO MAKE MONE SELLING DRUGS. Giving an intriguing look into the drug culture, the doc features interviews with many icons of the music industry. Here is the trailer:
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A recipe for success:
Take Richard Connell’s short story The Most Dangerous Game and add some science fiction. Make your heroine an attractive, young teenage girl. Put weapons into the hands of kids ages 12 through 18 and have themselves battle it out killing each other. Throw in a love triangle between your heroine, one of the other contestants, and another kid back home. Stir it all up. And bake it in an oven over at Lionsgate films. Approximately $78 million later you get The Hunger Games, our newest teen angst film, but this one will appeal to both kids and adults, and men and women.
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Films about corrupt policemen are almost always going to be compared to a striking 1992 film by Abel Ferrara called Bad Lieutenant, which stars Harvey Keitel in one of the landmark performances of his storied career. In it, he portrays a cop who’s gone beyond “off the deep end”; he’s a crack-smoking, drug-dealing gambler whose family life harshly contradicts that of the one he lives behind his badge. In Rampart, Woody Harrelson steps into a Keitel-like role with sly, snakelike aplomb as he carries the entire movie on his shoulders. People will call it his greatest role since Mickey Knox in Natural Born Killers; they’d be right, as Harrelson is great in this film. The rest of it… well, there’s the rub.
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Rampart is familiar territory for novelist/screenwriter James Ellroy, whose version of Los Angeles has seen its share of corrupt cops (Street Kings, Dark Blue and L.A. Confidential). Director and co-writer Oren Moverman takes a surprisingly subtle tack in conveying the ugliness of the material, which ostensibly concerns the police brutality scandal plaguing the city’s Rampart precinct in the late ’90s. But as an intense character study, the film focuses almost entirely on Dave Brown (Woody Harrelson), a corrupt LAPD veteran who seems to be caught in a destructive, self-fulfilling prophecy. The story works, most of the time.
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Over the last decade there have been a lot of stories told about the police officers of the Los Angeles Police Department in film and television. A lot of times the story tellers are trying show an in depth or humanized side of the men and women that worked there in the 80s and 90s. Named after the police division Rampart is another one of these types of films. A character study of a hard to find redeemable police officer in the late 90s the film tries to show a fully realized portrait of middle age man as he starting to unravel as times change.
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The 69th Annual Golden Globes announced their nominations today! The Artist and The Descendants lead the pack for nominations. Are your favorites nominated? We’ve got the list of nominees.
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Lionsgate has announced that the new trailer for the film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ best-selling novel will premiere this coming Monday on ABC. Curious to find out which show will debut the trailer? Click after the break to find out….
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