Killer Joe is one of those neo-noir films that is just a little too off tilt for me to enjoy completely. It plays on dumb Southerner stereotypes a little too much and is just overall a little too strange. I was surprised at the tone of this film with Friedkin at the helm. It definitely didn't feel like the Friedkin pieces I have seen, with its comedic narrative undercutting the overall dark tone.
I feel like Killer Joe wants to be a Fargo for Texas, and it doesn't succeed at all in that regard. But it is enjoyable at times, albeit even if it leaves you feeling a little dirty after watching.
Century at the Commons
2 years ago
Gifted is the story of Frank and his niece Mary whom he has cared for since her mother died. The girl is of genius level intelligence and her school pushes Frank to send her to a school for the gifted. But Frank has his own ideas on her having a normal kid's life and when his estranged mother steps into the picture to get the girl into the school, things get ugly.
Gifted is one of those Hollywood feel good movies that is just good enough for most audiences to like it, but too predictable and unbelievable for a nitpicker like me to like it. Here you will see family court turned into Law and Order like drama, cliche cutouts for a supporting cast, and a third act that really was all over the place.
If you are into the type of movies that tell you when to smile and when to cry, this is right up your alley. Unfortunately, its not my type of party.
They don't make them like this anymore. Bogey pads his resume in the shoes of iconic gumshoe Philip Marlowe. Bacall steps in his as the possible love interest femme fatale type but is she bad or not? That's the good thing about The Big Sleep. it keeps you guessing while at the same time not focusing so much on the answers to the Marlowe's case. Instead, the journey is all about the slap in the face dialogue so fit for the genre. Good stuff.