#401 – The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

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I’ve been putting this one off lately, due to the length, but finally found some time and it was well worth it! Now, I’m not generally much of a history lover – but I am a lover of a good old true story, so I’ve done a little research for you too.

The movie is set in the 1880’s and depicts the last seven months of Jesse James’ life before he was killed by Robert Ford, who once admired Jesse and tried to weave himself into his gang before eventually turning on him.

It’s a crime/drama/western with a touch of thriller; the main attraction, however, lies in the history (being one of the most accurate depictions of the tale) and the performances. Which leads me to the awesome cast: Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck, Sam Rockwell and Jeremy Renner being the most popular, but there’s a few other familiar faces. Casey Affleck is a perfect Robert Ford, so riveting; and Brad Pitt is, well, just his usual amazing self.

So, the history… Jesse James and his brother formed the James-Younger gang to rob banks and trains after their return from the Confederate war. There may be some confusion as to whether they were good bad guys (you know stealing for the greater good and all that), but as far as I can tell they’re mostly just messed up from the war and killed anyone who got in their way of their new career path. They were protected by their community and they were good family men who respected their wives and loved their children, but crime is just too much fun to resist. The last job they were to do was with the Ford brothers who had secretly accepted a reward to rid the world of the feared James brothers – the movie will do a better job at explaining this part than I.

From what I’ve read, there are a lot of political reasons behind the outcome of all in involved. Whatever the reason, Jesse James, became one of the most famous names of his time – isn’t that just mindblowing? Do you think that he would have ever imagined that people would know his name and reference it in pop culture over 100 years later?

I hope you enjoy as much as I did!

E x

 

 

References:

https://www.biography.com/people/jesse-james-9352646#!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesse_James

 

 

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#403 – Zero Dark Thirty

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I am admittedly one of those people who keeps as far away from politics as possible. That means I know very little about war, including the hunt for Bin Laden (did I even spell that right?); so it’s best you take this review with a grain of salt and accept that I really want to chat about the movie… not necessarily the facts or controversy behind it.

I really enjoyed it, I was quite skeptical after reading the plot because I didn’t want to watch a doco on the 10 year long hunt. Turns out it’s not a documentary, I’m not even sure if it has any factual base, but my understanding is that it told the publics’ version of events after the bombing of the twin towers and that’s good enough for me. It was very engaging, from start to finish, and although it’s a long movie, it didn’t feel it. The end shows a 25 minute raid on his house, my heart was pounding, I was nervous for the Navy SEALS even though I knew how it would end. It felt very realistic. Jessica Chastain was also very amazing as the lead role.

It’s a very well told story that actually focuses on the events themselves rather than the characters and their backgrounds. Worth a watch!

E x

# 405 – The Incredibles

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Disney and Pixar join to make another top notch animation! Reading up on the making of The Incredibles – code name Tights – its obvious how much effort they put into making it as realistic as possible. They even had a professional come in and talk about the complex nature of textiles so they could make the clothing look real and natural. Also, the voice of Mrs. Incredible used real military jargon when flying the plane and she was apparently expected to learn the terms as well.

As with all Disney movies there are connections and references everywhere! I couldn’t possibly mention them all now, but surely you picked up the enormous similarities to Fantastic 4…. It’s a good laugh with tongue-in-cheek jokes and it almost takes the piss of other superhero movies, but all in good fun. To top it all off it sends a positive and heart-warming message, which is what its all about folks!

Thanks for reading 🙂

E x

#406 – Little Miss Sunshine

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This is the strangest and most wonderful movie I have watched in the longest time, loved it! And don’t give up half way through when it keeps getting more and more outrageous; the ending was the best part of all, and sold me on the whole thing.

Little Miss Sunshine provides the audience with characters I’m not sure if I love or hate (I think both), who are so unique in the movie world and when combined with a few special, awkward and hilarious moments you get one hell of a movie.

I recommend it for a good giggle and a few life lessons as well. If that’s not enough for you, the grandpa is the comedian of the show and really loves being a dick or talking about sex, which gets quite amusing.

Enjoy!

E x

 

# 408 – RoboCop (1987)

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I had no idea what to expect with this, I haven’t seen the newer versions so I assumed it was more of a comedy than anything. That changed after about 15 minutes in when a guy was quite brutally shot over 50 times by a malfunctioning robot. From then on the only comedic parts were purely related to a 1980’s style script and the CGI. I found it particularly hilarious when the aforementioned robot roared like a lion when in pursuit and squealed like a pig when it fell down the stairs.

Overall, it wasn’t bad. Plenty of action and appropriately gory where needed, that was what I respected the most actually, they didn’t shy away from a gunshot wound or a man’s skin being eaten by toxic waste! It created enough interest for me to want to watch the sequels so that’s how I know my time wasn’t wasted on this one.

Enjoy

E x

# 409 – Dirty Dancing

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Everyone knows not to put Baby in the corner

Such a gorgeous movie! I love Dirty Dancing, typical chick-flick, but hey… nothing wrong with that.

It’s got the best soundtrack, you’ll find yourself singing along; and it’s got one of those ‘stick it to the man’ themes that just makes you heaps excited at the end when they finally do.

Did it make anyone else want to become a dancer? Don’t lie. It totally did.

I enjoyed a lovely evening watching this with my mummy, it had been a long time since either of us had seen it and we thoroughly enjoyed it. I suggest you do the same!

Enjoyyyy….

E x

# 402 – Night of the Living Dead & # 420 – Dawn of the Dead

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When I was in school, a couple of my friends were into filmmaking and old school horror, and hence introduced me to the name George A. Romero – the ‘father’ of zombie movies. Sadly, he passed away only recently but he has a huge fan base, and for good reason; he created the idea of zombies we see in movies and tv series today and stood out as the guy who liked to show a lot of gore and blood.

‘The Dead’ series consists of six loosely connected movies about a zombie outbreak, each one focusing on different groups trying to survive, the first two being the only ones to make the list.

Night of the Living Dead ranks highest and is the first in the series, shot in black and white in 1968. This was my favourite of the two, it was very simple and yet it still draws you in. It follows a group of people trapped in a house as they struggle with what to do next, stay or run. There’s your usual damsel in distress, tough guy, hero type and a couple in love and things start getting pretty messy. It was one of the first movies in its time to be so graphical with murder and cannibalism and interestingly enough, the main character is African-American (not something you’d generally see in the 60’s), add that to the Quentin-Tarantino-like feel and you have me hooked!

Dawn of the Dead is the second in the series and, unfortunately for me, the only available version to watch was ‘extra long’, I really didn’t need to watch an extra hours worth of footage. It’s still a great movie, they really took it up a notch with the violence and you get to see some serious zombie flesh-eating in this one (I think they must have been excited about colour tv) but the extension was basically just drawing out the boring stuff like when they go shopping in the mall they’re locked up in for supplies.

I enjoyed my trip back to horror in the 60’s and 70’s – I hope you do to!

E x