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The Escapist
The Escapist (2008)
6 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

The Escapist.
Prison-break flick, but with a twist.

Even though I'm just partial to prison movies, I was hoping this would have something to set it apart from all the others. To be brief: Yup.
This is a cheerful Yup, cheerful because The Escapist decided to slap father time across the face and follow the story of the actual escape simultaneously with its setup. To not give anything away, I'll just say this method of storytelling fits perfectly with, well, the story.
Brian Cox was awesome (is it me or is he in every movie ever?), and hey who knew he'd ever actually use his Scottish accent on camera. The cast overall was impressive and it was chilling to see Winters (Band of Bros all the way!!!) as a creeper jail warden
The score is also very distinct and fit well, in fact a great way to describe The Escapist is that everything simply 'fits'. I was very afraid to be left unsatisfied (*Donnie Darko ending reaction face here*), but ultimately the payoff, in my opinion, worked tremendously.

Why 80%?
Because a top-notch cast, mixed with a well-defined musical, cinematographic, and editing style make for an overall compelling prison escape movie. Some minor funks, no major flaws.

Extra: Prison movies... they are so awesome! I must recommend a French film called "Un Prophète", this is possibly the greatest prison movie I've seen, and yes I've seen both The Great Escape and The Shawshank Redemption. I also love The Green Mile and American History X. Any recommendations?

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Red Riding Hood
6 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Red Riding Hood.
Definitely childish, but somehow inappropriate.

Let's have a little therapeutic session of what I like to call "Predictions, Plot-holes, and Pet Peeves" (oh how poetic):
Well honestly I thought the jerk-faced Edward Cullen wanna be boyfriend would be the werewolf, turns out it wasn't him. The dialogue is extremely cliché, and many of the story elements are written in the sand/wall/sky (pick your metaphor). Overall my prediction was that Red Riding Hood would be pathetic, I was right on the money.
Several elements of the story were illogical (Peter Prettyboy just broke out of the giant, burning, steel elephant?), and many moments stepped away from fairytale playfulness and into a more demon-witchcraft/psycho-sexual teen drama (possible Genre Mashup Awards winner?). Altogether, the plot managed to be in my top ten oddest and least satisfying.
Pet Peeves...
The biggest thing that bothered me is how Red ignores (rejects actually) the self-sacrificial integrity-filled gentleman and goes for the soulless jerk with a perpetual fairy faux-hawk (did I mention he acts like the type of guy I'd find on my Pedo-tracking App?). Also there were production elements that bothered me, such as the dish-detergent snow, and the obvious reuse of sets. The tone somehow left me feeling nasty, possibly because of the strange mixture of 5-year-old storytelling with creepy adult situations.

Why 10%?
Because there was a minimal artistic quality held up entirely by the movie's greatest strength (Mr. Cool Looking Forest). Gary Oldman couldn't save this ship from puking in your face before sinking.

Extra: Wow, I used a lot of parentheses and dashes today. I went a little out of control, I suppose it was necessary to adequately portray my animosity for Red Riding Hood. Red Riding Hood, you were so strange, the kind of strange that makes me need a hug.

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The King of Comedy
6 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

The King of Comedy.
Possibly purposeless, but then again...

I think the biggest problem with Scorsese's The King of Comedy is how comparable it is to movies like All About Eve (which by the way is awesome!). First I'll cover what it accomplishes on its own.
DeNiro was great, showing off some comic capability and drawing in the audience to this playful creep Rupert Pupkin ("often misspelled and mispronounced"). The supporting female character (too lazy and apathetic to look up her name) was unnecessary in my opinion, she was far less interesting than creepy, which was the appeal of Pupkin.
Scorsese is Scorsese, so the film was beautifully directed, and he played down the awkward moments and focused more on what his primary character (was he an antagonist or protagonist? Definitely an anti-hero of some sort) was feeling.
In the end, it fell short, I was slightly turned off by the conclusion, and in general I get frustrated by Scorsese's unwillingness to demonstrate a clear message (I get it, he's all about the characters).

Why 60%?
Because as interesting and captivating as stalker Rupert Pupkin may be, it seemed to lack specificity and the ending may be dissatisfying.

Extra: How does the name Pupkin come about? You know that awkward moment when you meet someone with a last name you'd hate to have? At least sometimes you befriend someone with a strange name, and you're like "But it's not that weird"... but that's not what you thought when you met them. Be honest with yourself. Anyways, I guess it's really all about perspective.

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