Movie Recommendation of the Week #11

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See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989)

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This is a very funny movie about a blind man and a deaf man who witness a murder in tandem. Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder star and the two make an excellent comedic pairing.

It would be easy for a movie like this to come off as immature and offensive, but although their disabilities are used for comedy, the disabilities themselves do not ever become a laughing matter, just the situations that result from them. This is good and keeps the movie respectable.

The movie manages to have some well acted and competent dramatic scenes mixed in with the comedy. It also features a very early Kevin Spacey role and sees him playing one of the villains and putting on a British accent.

See No Evil, Hear No Evil is delightfully funny and everyone is sure to get at least one chuckle out of it so check it out.

Movie Recommend of the Week #10 – ‘The Sting’

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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid starred Paul Newman and Robert Redford and was directed by George Roy Hill.  “The Sting” sees these men teaming up for another movie that is an absolute classic.

“Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” is a masterpiece of film and I would highly recommend it as well, the reason I’m not is because I think most people have at least heard of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, whereas “The Sting” is at least a little lesser known.

REASONS TO WATCH

  • The acting of course is fantastic. Paul Newman is one of my favorite actors of all time, and his pairing with Robert Redford is one of the all time greatest screen duos.
  • The movie sets it’s tone perfectly and holds true throughout. The film tells a serious, competent story, but also manages to have a slight whimsical and comedic edge that makes it a lot of fun.
  • The music is great, if a bit limited. You will end up hearing the same song quite a few times throughout the movie, but whether or not you grow tired of it is a matter of personal experience. Personally, though I’ll admit the music is repetitive, it never stopped being enjoyable or fitting.
  • The movie is very long and is broken up into segments. The segments are connected with little musical interludes, and absolutely fantastic hand-made art panels. This artwork is magnificent and took a great deal of time and care.
  • There’s a degree of showmanship in “The Sting” that you just cannot find in modern cinema.
  • I’ve heard this film compared to “The Godfather“, and while they do have completely different styles, tones, and even focus, when comparing the two “The Sting” wins by a large margin. I know that “The Godfather” is often considered one of the best films ever made, but  I honestly think that “The Sting” is a much, much better film all around.
  • The Sting” is an absolute classic and is truly a masterpiece that stands the test of time.

Movie Recommendation of the Week #9

The premise of Point Blank isn’t anything terribly original. A man’s wife gets kidnapped and now he’s trying to get her back. While the film isn’t wholly inventive, it is executed well.

Be aware that this is more of a soft recommendation than usual. Point blank isn’t great or even very memorable, but it is an entertaining french action thriller, that most people probably haven’t seen.

This is not something that you need to go out of your way to watch. It is currently on Netflix, or if you happen across it, then give it a watch. Point Blank is a harmless entertaining movie, and sometimes that’s all you want.

Movie Recommendation of the Week #8

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By Sam Kench

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Clue is our movie recommendation for this week.

Yes this is a movie based off of the board game Clue. You wouldn’t expect a movie based on a board game to be any good, but this movie is surprisingly fantastic.

Perfect Comedy – This is honestly one of the funniest movies I’ve ever seen. The absolutely amazing cast paired with the writing of John Landis, the comedy genius who brought us classics like The Blues Brothers. Christopher Lloyd, Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn, everyone, in this movie is perfectly cast, and hilarious.

Alternate Endings –  Make sure you watch the version of the film that includes the alternate endings. Any release of this film without the endings is a disgrace to this masterpiece. As a riff on the board game, where each time you play there is a different killer with a different weapon, the movie has a series of alternate endings, each one is clever and hysterically funny, if you don’t see all the endings then you are really missing out.

With its premise you just wouldn’t think this movie would work, but it does and it manages to be one of the absolute best comedies ever put to screen. Go watch it right away.

Movie Recommendation of the Week #7

I saw the Devil

I Saw the Devil

I saw the Devil

Here’s another fantastic Korean film for you. South Korea puts out some of the best movies in the world.

VENGEANCE-  I Saw the Devil tells one of the best Revenge stories since Kill Bill. The extent of the revenge is on such a complex scale and it actually evolves into an interesting double revenge story with both of the leads taking revenge on each other.

EXCELLENT ACTING – The lead does a great job but the show is practically stolen by Min-Sik Choi who is best known for his jaw dropping performance in Oldboy, one of the best movies ever made.

MASTERFULLY MADE – The writing and directing are both superb. The movie is shot very well and there are a large number of scenes that could be enjoyed purely for the wonderful visuals alone.

NO HOLDING BACK – Something that I admire about movies from South Korea is that they are not afraid to push the envelope. That being said I Saw the Devil is not gratuitous. everything that happens works to further the movie’s effectiveness. The movie is not afraid to cross lines for the sake of telling the story.

“I Saw the Devil” is currently on Netflix so you can check it out there or find it some other way. If you like a good intense revenge flick, this is a must watch.

Movie Recommendation of the Week #6

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Assault on Precinct 13

For some reason a lot of people seem to think that Halloween was John Carpenter’s first movie. It was actually his 3rd feature length film and it wasn’t even his first great film.

Assault on Precinct 13 was John Carpenter’s 2nd feature film and it came out in 1976, two years before Halloween in 1978.

The movie’s title is actually a big misconception. The assault doesn’t take place on Precinct 13, nor is there a Precinct 13 anywhere in the movie. The precinct in the movie is actually Precinct 9, District 13. John Carpenter’s original title was “The Anderson Alamo”, he later changed it to “The Siege”, but the movie distributors changed the title when they released it to “Assault on Precinct 13”, because they thought it sounded cool, and they were just not bothered to check their details.

Reasons to watch:

John Carpenter is in great form – Even though this isn’t a horror movie, it has Carpenter’s signature dark and foreboding style. It’s an action thriller (idealized as a western) that has a horror like atmosphere that works surprisingly well.

Great action – While there may not be a ton of action, what is there is great. The effects are fantastic. This is back in the 70’s so we have all the glorious assaultsquibs that sadly aren’t as prevalent in more modern films. The action is well shot, well performed, and is very intense.

Good characters – The acting is very good and the characters are very well rounded. The character development is done surprisingly well.

It seems like the kind of movie where you wouldn’t care about the characters, but John Carpenter did a great job as writer/director making the characters napoleon wilsonlikable and relate-able. They are believable in the situation and the good guys are fun to root for.

One character in particular is just so damn cool. Partially because of the excellent writing and partially because of the fantastic performance given by Darwin Joston. That character is Napoleon Wilson. This character is so Goddamn cool, he has to be on a list of coolest movie characters, but I feel he often goes overlooked.

It’s an overlooked classic – Assault on Precinct 13 is one of John Carpenter’s best films and it really is a classic.

Sam’s Movie Recommendation of the Week #5

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By Sam Kench

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Todays recommendation is a 1982 grindhouse film called “Pieces”.

NOW, be aware that my recommendation of this film does not mean that it is good. This movie is not good at all, it’s actually one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen (technically speaking).

So why am I suggesting you watch it? Because it is absolutely hilarious. It’s a true “so bad it’s good movie”. 

People love films like “The Room” and “Birdemic” because they are hilariously, and “Pieces” is truly funny. It’s not supposed to be a good movie, as long as you go into the movie knowing what to expect, I think you’ll have a good time.

This movie might be a little hard to find and there’s also some really slow bits where nothing happens, so instead you can just watch this review I did of it. The review is funny and it talks about all the key standout funny moments so give it a watch.

Sam’s Movie Recommendation of the Week #4

The Host

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Reasons to watch

  • It’s a giant monster movie that also manages to be a competent drama.

The effects are great. There is a mix of CG and practical effects and all looks very good.

  • Quentin Tarantino named this one of his favorite movies since he became a filmmaker. If that isn’t a big enough recommendation from you, I don’t know what would do it.

CLICK HERE to read my full review of The Host.

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Sam’s Movie Recommendation of the Week #3

seven psychopaths

seven psychopathsSeven Psychopaths

Reason to watch

—Great Director Seven Psychopaths was written and directed by Martin McDonagh who has only done two features, but has quickly become one of my favorite directors.

—A great sense of humor. Seven Psychopaths is hysterically funny and it defies convetions.

— Top Ten Seven Psychopaths made the list of my top 10 favorite films of 2012

— It transcends comedy. Seven Psychopaths is very funny but it also manages to have surprisingly profound moments and very deep and complex characters. This is why I’m a big fan of Martin Mcdonagh. Both of his films are funny, and deep.

—The cast. Colin Farrell is at his best when he’s with Mcdonagh. You also get great performances from people like Woody Harrelson and Tom Waits. Colin Farrell stars, but the show is stolen by Christopher Walken and especially Sam Rockwell who are both great in the film/.

CLICK HERE to read my complete review of Seven Psychopaths

Sam’s Movie Recommendation of the Week #2

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RED STATE

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Red State is a very dark movie and it was especially surprising coming from writer director Kevin Smith who is known for raunchy comedies like Clerks and Mall Rats, then he comes out with Red State and shocked everybody who saw it. It was the subject of an extreme guerilla marketing campaign and as a result is very underrated and relatively unknown by the general public.

The movie begins as a typical Kevin Smith film as a comedy with a trio of high school students but things take a seriously dark turn. Red State is considered a horror movie, but not in the traditional sense. The horror doesn’t stem from masked killers or paranormal beings, it comes from real world horror.

The horror in this film comes from a crazy church family who are inspired by the Westboro Baptist Church, only taken further. While it may not be creepy, Red State is certainly harrowing.

Reasons to watch Red State

Surprising: Red State is one of the few recent films that has been capable of actually surprising it’s audience. This film is unpredictable and will continue to shock you throughout the course of the film. Most films have a dramatic build up to the death of a main character, this film kills off it’s characters in a shockingly realistic manner. It is genuinely surprising when these characters die.

The Cast: You have John Goodman who is always great and does a really interesting job with his character in this. Then you have Michael Parks and his son who have appeared side by side in the Tarantino and Rodriguez films as Quick Draw McGraw and Son number 1. Michael Parks absolutely kills it as the main antagonist. He delivers one of the longest monologues in cinema history and makes every word riveting. You also have Melissa Leo as one of the main church members who really chews up the scenery like she always does, but it works for this character, unlike in “Olympus Has Fallen” when it was actually kind of funny. You can also find Stephen Root and a couple “Breaking Bad” cast members, Skyler and Badger both play small roles.

Kevin Smith: It’s worth watching the movie even just to settle your curiosity on what a Kevin Smith horror film is like. Much to many people’s surprise he does a great job branching away from comedy. His writing is great and he uses a number of inventive camera techniques that add greatly to the experience of the film. Also another little thing worth noting is the films lack of music. The only music in the movie is source, meaning it comes from somewhere within the scene, whether it be off a radio or played on a piano in the room. This adds to the intensity of certain scenes and heightens the experience.

Red State was a shockingly good film, don’t let it go unnoticed in your household.