The worst film of the year so far

September 25, 2008

Up until yesterday it was easily 10,000 BC that was hitting the top of my list regarding really poor films.

Then I had the opportunity to see Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of The Crystal Skull.

This truly is a disgrace of a film.  I can only imagine it could possibly have been made for the money involved.  The story, acting and directing was below anything I thought possible for the franchise that filled my youth.  I wouldn’t even class this as an Indiana Jones.  Ford can only have taken this role for the $$.  It was diabolical.  Honestly.  It seems they took everything that was good about the films and the formula and chucked it out the window.  Boring and tedious for the most part with a story that was laughable, even for an Indiana Jones film.

I can’t imagine I am alone in thinking this and after reading some other reviews it’s clear that I’m not.

I feel like Lucas has done a Star Wars prequel to one of my favourite series of films.  It was a very sad day yesterday.  Felt like a part of me died….

:,(


No Country for Old Men (2007)

January 3, 2008

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Overview

Directors:
Ethan Coen
Joel Coen

Writers (WGA):
Joel Coen (screenplay) &
Ethan Coen (screenplay) …

Release Date:
18 January 2008 (UK)

Crime / Drama / Western

Tagline:
There Are No Clean Getaways

Plot Outline:
Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon some dead bodies, a stash of heroin and more than $2 million in cash near the Rio Grande.

Cast
(Cast overview, first billed only)

Tommy Lee Jones … Sheriff Ed Tom Bell

Javier Bardem … Anton Chigurh

Josh Brolin … Llewelyn Moss

Woody Harrelson … Carson Wells

Kelly Macdonald … Carla Jean Moss

Garret Dillahunt … Deputy Wendell
Tess Harper … Loretta Bell

Barry Corbin … Ellis

Stephen Root … Man Who Hires Wells

Rodger Boyce … El Paso Sheriff

Beth Grant … Agnes – Carla Jean’s Mom
Ana Reeder … Poolside Woman

Kit Gwin … Molly – Sheriff Bell’s Secretary

Zach Hopkins … Strangled Deputy
Chip Love … Man in Ford

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Weird and I suppose I can say wonderful, though I doubt that is the correct adjective. The Coen brothers deal out another slice of compulsively watchable cinema. The film scares, chills, excites, upsets and ensnares with equal measure.

Javier Bardem is the creepiest and probably the most chilling screen villain I have had the pleasure to watch.

The story is rather simple, and reading it on paper wouldn’t really inspire, however the result of the Coen brothers treatment is a film to be experienced rather than watched.

I dare you not to enjoy being held hostage by this film.