Josie… promise me something.
Protecting this family comes first.
When it’s time to quit, we quit.
No questions asked.
A highly underrated cult thriller, "Like Minds" (2006) is mostly based on and depends on the understanding of various Christian/Anti-Vatican historical legends and facts in order to make sense of the film. Thankfully, if you're over 12 you've probably heard of them at least and the rest of it is explained in the film. I've probably watched this film some five or six times and the first time was just recently after it came out and it really creeped out the then, eleven year old me. It was a DVD release and was about a year after the release of the film. It's pretty gory and there's a bit to stomach but mostly it's a thriller and a very psychological one at that, so let's investigate what made this film so damn good.
The Irishman, Martin Scorsese's latest, has been described as his 'magnum opus.' It has been in development hell since at least 2004, but it wasn't until Netflix brought the rights to it in 2015 for an astronomical 159 million dollars, that the project finally took flight. It drew further attention by reuniting the legendary director with Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci for the first time since 1995's Casino, and more still with the addition of Al Pacino, who had never worked with Scorsese or Pesci before. This titanic assembly of talent built up a tidal wave of expectations for the finished product, and given Scorsese's remarkably consistent track record and reputation as arguably the greatest American director of all time, it was likely that the film would be on par with previous works such as Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, and Goodfellas.
The Irishman is streaming on Netflix. If you know either who Robert De Niro or Martin Scorsese is and you like their movies, you are welcome, go watch it! But be warned, it’s very long, three and a half hours long. I personally managed to finish it in two days and numerous settings, thanks to the pausing button.
Released: 27th November 2019 (Netflix)
The film Poison (1991) by Todd Haynes has been a personal favorite for over a decade. Based loosely on writings by Jean Genet, the French criminal championed by the Parisian literati until his release (from a barbarously long sentence handed to him for being an incorrigible thief) saw him catapulted into the world of belles lettres (an extraordinarily gifted outsider, a reprobate that Jean-Paul Sartre referred to as being "rotten with genius"); the film is considered a landmark in "queer cinema." It is, indeed, a remarkable, if somewhat puzzling at times, piece of art.
21 Bridge stars Chadwick Boseman as Detective Andre Davis. Detective Davis bleeds blue, the color of law enforcement. His father was a street cop who was murdered on the job. The memory of his father’s funeral looms over Andre’s mind with the words of the Priest making a lasting impression. As the Priest put it, Andre’s father ‘Looked the Devil in the Eye.’ That notion of confronting and stopping evil has driven Andre throughout his life and career.
Zodiac (2007) is always a movie I have considered strange in the thriller genre because it is based entirely off true events. But then again some aspects and coincidences in the movie make some sections slightly unbelievable. Sometimes misleading in its approach and confusing in its outlook, Zodiac (2007) is a good film to enjoy, but not to think about too much. I believe that Zodiac (2007) is one of those films that when you watch it once, it has an effect but afterwards it tends to lose meaning a bit. Since I watched it three times, I can tell you that in my case, that is what happened.
The very first time I watched The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (shortened to simply "Jesse James" for the sake of the article and my own fingers on this keyboard), I remember being impressed. It was either because I was genuinely enjoying myself or because I was about 14 at the time. Both are acceptable as an excuse. A beautiful movie with an absolutely stellar cast (including the likes of Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck, Jeremy Renner, Sam Shephard and Sam Rockwell), it seems to be a bit of both excuses that contribute. Let's take a look at why I rated this film upon second watch, the way I did.
After three days of captivity in which she is drugged and tormented by her masked abductor, Elle Whitland (Michelle Mylett) is released outside a gas station and brought to the hospital. After being reunited with her boyfriend Billy (Jacob Blair) and her sister Jen (Anna Hardwick), the trio is brought to the police station for questioning regarding what happened to Elle and who might have taken her.
Purpose for coming to the United States, Mr. Chaltiel?
Uh… Business… Pleasure…
Well, which one is it?
A little bit of both. I take pleasure in my business.
If Clint Eastwood has one universally respectable trait, it's knowing what type of movie he can or can't make. After being in the business since the 1970s, he has quite the body of work, playing iconic characters such as Dirty Harry and the Man With No Name, he's garnered fans from multiple generations. Unfortunately no longer able to take on physical heavy roles, he's managed to create films behind and in front of the camera despite his age. This time around, he reteams with Gran Torino writer Nick Schenk for another Eastwood featured vehicle. Given how much driving is featured in this movie, that pun was entirely intentional.