Saturday, April 9, 2016
Thursday, April 7, 2016
A seventeen year-old navigates his survival amongst an explosive criminal family and the detective who thinks he can save him.
Intense and at times harrowing study of a criminal family, cast and production succedd in creating a very bleak world.
Maltin***: "Tough, uncomprimising drama always has one more surprise up its sleeve."
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
When a promised job for a Texan Michael fails to materialise in Wyoming, he is mistaken to be the hitman hired to kill an unfaithful wife.
Playful and highly artificial Neo Noir has its moments, especially when spiced with irony, and some great cinematography but hardly ever evokes a Noir feeling.
Halliwell*: "Enjoyable, blackly comic thriller with plenty of twists and turns."
Maltin***: "Rock-solid little thriller, crammed with twists, turns and suspense...Nothing that occurs is logical or probable, but the film is so good (and so funny) that you are willing to go along for the ride. Hopper aficiandos will savor his performance as "Lyle, from Dallas," the smarmiest of psychos, who is the real hit man."
A brilliant, flamboyant master criminal Michael Lynch is more interested in his image and his posterity than the actual profit from his ill-gotten gains.
Covering the same (true) story as John Boorman's brilliant The General this version sucessfully manages to emphasize the humourous aspects and entertains quite well.
Halliwell (no star): "Partly based on the true-life exploits of Martin Cahill, this is a run-of-the-mill thriller with some unconvincing cast."
Maltin*1/2: "The main character is so arrogant and and unlikable that it isn't fun to watch him taunt authority. Fiorentino and Spacey fumble with their brogues in this otherwise forgettable film."