I'm a sucker for the movies from the 70's. That gritty, hard boiled feeling that is so apparent through the decade in films like Dirty Harry and The Conversation is on full display here. Scheider plays one of four men who end up on the lam in Colombia for different reasons. Their various situations push the four to take on a suicide mission of driving a load of deadly nitroglycerin across treacherous terrain. Friedkin does a wonderful job at minimalizing dialogue and creating all the tension through action and atmosphere. Great stuff here that you don't see often anymore.
I wish I wouldn't have taken so long to watch Blue Ruin. It sat in my queue on Netflix for a couple of years before they pulled it off of streaming. Luckily, I was able to catch it in Amazon as it is a gem of revenge tale.
When the murderer of a man's parents is set free after serving his sentence, that man begins making moves to get the vengeance he has likely been plotting for years. The consequences put into place events he doesn't anticipate which is where this modern noir gets rolling. Don't miss it.
With Tac Aggregate and Vung Tau Mantis and Cameron
2 years ago
Here we go again. Another Serbian film, billed as in the vein of A Serbian Film. Look, I'm no megafan of A Serbian Film, but at least it had its merits. It was full of clever dialogue and its twist is right up there with the greatest. But it also went way too far in pushing the envelope of decency. And I simply can't get into movies like that.
That doesn't mean I won't try though apparently. The Life and Death of a Porno Gang's trailer let me know right away that I was in for another shocking event but in the end, did not even live up to the hype of being ultra disturbing. There are no merits here either. The plot is shoddy, the characters unlikable, and even the shock value is below what was anticipated. And that my friends makes it a failure on every front.