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A History of Violence has had it's aspects when it comes to body horror by David Cronenberg which does not have anything to do with body horror. It's based on the graphic novel. So when I had heard about A History of Violence, I've heard that it's going to be violent and yeah, I was right. It had some violent scenes that are bloody and will keep you on a big impact. Viggo Mortensen plays an diner owner, Tom Stall, who lives with his wife and kids in the small town of Millbrook, Indiana. One night, two robbers attempt to rob the restaurant but Tom saves the day by killing them in self-defense. After this, Tom is at hospital while the news went worldwide making him a hero. Then the next day, Carl Fogarty played by Ed Harris visits Tom in the diner calling him Joey Cusack who Tom says he's never been to Philadelphia so now Fogarty stalks the Stall family and he'll kill him if he doesn't come back to Philadelphia with him. When it comes to David Cronenberg when he is known for making body horror flicks about changing bodies, this one is not about that. Actually, that reminds me. I saw a deleted scene which is known as "Scene 44" for some bizarre reason which features a dream sequence in the diner, where Fogarty tells Tom he will kill him and his family which leads him to kill him with a shotgun and then he shoots back. While the director was amused by the idea he then rejects by leaving it out of the movie. I enjoyed this film even if it's not your typical film by David Cronenberg. I like the acting in this which is something that grabbed your attention. Viggo Mortenson and the other cast did good. Viggo's character is a regular guy who used to kill people back in Philadephia and now goes on with his life and doesn't want his wife and kids to know about his past. He's a great character who knows what he's doing and living his normal life. William Hurt is also great in this but he's only in the film for eight minutes considering that he was nominated for an Academy Award. And the ending just leaves you in emotion where it's all silent when Tom returns home. If you haven't heard of this movie or won't understand what it is about then I suggest you check it out and then you will understand it. Give it a try.
I don't think people have heard of this film but I can recommend it if I can watch it first or tell them that I've been watching it along with the other films. Brawl in Cell Block 99 had it's reputation for making the violence look gratuitous in the sense that it is brutal. I think that it's directed by S. Craig Zahler and much like Quentin Tarantino, I think he's now known for making the violence look so real that the audience would react to it and get shocked by them in his films.
A retired boxer named Bradley Thomas played by Vince Vaughn loses his job as an auto mechanic, and his troubled marriage is about to expire. At this crossroads in his life, he feels that he has no better option than to work for an old buddy as a drug courier. This improves his situation until the terrible day that he finds himself in a gunfight between a group of police officers and his own ruthless allies.
Now I'll get to something that really shocked me the first time I've watched this movie and that is the violence. Now I know that it's intense but it is brutal in many levels every time Vince Vaughn is starting to fight in the most gratuitous way. The one scene after an hour is that caught my reaction is where he broke the guard's arm giving him a fracture and I thought I got over the broken bones. But hey, I did. There are many disturbing fights that he's done is so gruesome and gritty, it makes me and you want to cringe. I know what you're thinking: "Why did you watch it?" Well, because I'm interested. But watching it again I got over the grittiness and gruesomeness and I think this is quite a good film. Now for the director S. Craig Zahler, he's the director who directed Bone Tomahawk starring Kurt Russell and the recent Dragged Across Concrete starring Mel Gibson and the same cast who starred in Brawl in Cell Block 99. The only film I'm interested in watching is Dragged Across Concrete because it stars my favourite actor, Mel Gibson and I heard that it's going to be violent just like Brawl in Cell Block 99 so I hope I'll get around to watching it, but as is, that is it. If you're interested in watching Brawl in Cell Block 99 just like I did, I hope you'll be able to like it just like I already did.
To look at how young Al Pacino is, this is the one I have in mind. Serpico is about an NYPD officer Frank Serpico played by the really young Al Pacino, who went undercover to expose corruption in the police force. It's based on an actual person, Frank Serpico and it's based on an biographical book by Peter Maas. Al Pacino did a really good job portraying Frank Serpico, even the story is faithful to the original material. I would say more about Serpico but I just can't because there's really nothing more to talk about it. It's a brilliant good old biographical crime film.
When it comes to movies like other people and myself been thinking about, American Beauty is a film that really came to everybody's interests. People liked talking about it and recommending it to those who haven't seen it. I'm sure for the fact I've seen it and you know what? I love it to death. It's one of those movies that you have to watch before you die. It is one of my favourite films of all time. Kevin Spacey has done it again with his excellent performance like in The Usual Suspects. He won an Oscar for his performance as Lester Burnham and now he's a two time Oscar winner. Everyone else did a fantastic job acting in this film including Annette Bening. The story in this is great and flawless about Kevin Spacey as Lester Burnham narrating about his life. He has a wife, Carolyn Burnham played by Annette Bening who is an ambitious woman and a daughter, Jane played by Thora Birch who f**king despises her family. Wes Bentley as Ricky Fitts who is obsessively filming everything around his surroundings with his camcorder and he is curious about Lester's daughter, Jane next door. Lester hates his job, has a midlife crisis and becomes possessed with his daughter's best friend, Angela Hayes played by Mena Suvari. He starts having sexual fantasies about her, in which red rose petals are a recurring motif. As much as I love everything about American Beauty, this is something that I watch almost every night. It has that amazing impeccable cinematography that just makes the way the film looks satisfying like the red petals that Mena Suvari is laying on. That is the moment of beauty. "Spec-tacular!" The directing is really good. It's made by Sam Mendes who I assume who directs two James Bond movies like Skyfall and Spectre starring Daniel Craig. I was shocked by the fact that this was actually his first film which is quite a coincidance! I really, really love this film. It shows the characters how they're feeling and communicate with one another. Whenever you're think of American Beauty, you would be like, "Wow! That is the most beautiful film I've seen!" and it is a beautiful film with surprisingly dark humour, the acting is perfection, the story is well written, the cinematography is impeccably shot and it's definitely worth your five Oscars if you haven't seen it. This is one of Sam Mendes' incredible Oscar winning masterpieces! You have no idea what you're missing, I'm sure. But don't worry... you won't someday.
When I got the attention of L.A. Confidential, I immediately realise that it's directed by Curtis Hanson, the same guy who directed The Hand That Rocks the Cradle. It had some big stars in this like Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, Kim Basinger and Danny DeVito. It had a good story about three police officers and detectives investigating the "Nite Owl case" and other stuff. Kevin Spacey is Det. Sgt. Jack Vincennes who moonlights as a technical advisor on Badge of Honor, a popular TV police drama series. He is also providing Sid Hudgens, publisher of the Hush-Hush tabloid magazine. Russell Crowe is Officer Wendell "Bud" White who is in love with Lynn Bracken and he investigates the Nite Owl case where his partner is killed. Guy Pearce is Det. Lt. Edmund "Ed" Exley who is investigating the Nite Owl case. His father is murdered by a man who Exley nicknames "Rollo Tomasi". I kinda like the part where the police and criminals are fighting at "Bloody Christmas". The story is great and well written and it is faithful to the novel which is based on by James Ellroy. Kim Basinger is really good as Lynn Bracken, the directing style is immense when something goes wrong and the police are on the crime investigation and the cinematography is great. I know I say that quite a lot but what can I say? They immense. As much I loved it for it's story, directing, editing, art design and cinematography and everything about this. L.A. Confidential is a impeccable neo-noir crime film filled with characters, mystery and beautifully crafted set pieces. If you guys haven't seen it then I would definitely recommend you watch it. It is very good, really fantastic and very Hush-Hush.