#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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# 431 – Electra Glide in Blue (1973)

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A story following a good cop with a dream.

John Wintergreen patrols the roads but he longs to be a detective. His chance finally comes when his patrolling job leads him to a crime scene set up to look like a suicide. But Johnny has his suspicions!

He gets a small taste of what being a detective is like before heading back to his life on the road.

Quite a long movie with one hell of an unexpected and unnecessary twist at the end!

I didn’t hate it, but that’s two good hours I’ll never get back.

E

 

# 415 – Heathers

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So it’s the 80’s and Veronica (a very young Winona Ryder) is one part of the most popular foursome at school, The Heathers.
Heather, Heather and Heather make up the rest of the gang, obviously.
Veronica doesn’t quite fit in though, and she pretty much hates her best friends. She soon meets crazy JD (Christian Slater) and she unwillingly turns into a murderer.

I was surprisingly entertained! A comic thriller at it’s best.
It’s quite dark actually, and was very controversial when it was released. Teen suicide and characters trying to blow up a school are issues bound to create a little controversy.

Now.. apparently this is the movie where The Veronicas found their name…
JD – “Are you a Heather”
Veronica – “No, I’m a Veronica.”

Definitely put this on your ‘to watch’ list.

E x

# 437 – The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2009)

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About 7 years ago, I walked into the book shop (Browzers… RIP) and asked the lady there to pick a book for me. I didn’t care what it was, I just needed something new. I’d decided it was probably time to stop re-reading Harry Potter. She pointed me to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo which was recently released and that’s what I ended up walking out with.

Absolutely amazing. I loved it. Slow to begin with, and partly because I had no idea what direction it was taking, I didn’t even really know what genre it was, but the detail and depth of the characters made it hard for me to put down.
Then the movie was released. I hadn’t quite reached the rape scene in the book when we watched the movie. It was then that I really got an idea of where the books were going and the general idea behind them. Thought the rape scene in the movie was bad? Try reading about it from the mind of a detailed author… It was lengthy, and horrifying. This event also runs through the whole series so don’t think it’s over yet.

So that was then. Now, re-watching it, doesn’t seem so intense. Maybe because I was prepared, maybe because I’m older, but I really enjoyed it. Even though you have to read subtitles. I have this new appreciation for foreign movies and the added feel they bring that you just can’t find with a streamline american movie. Obviously it can’t even compete with the book but that’s always the way.

And I’m sorry, I’ve gotta say it! How about that fricken girl power?! Lisbeth Salander should be every girls hero.

Definitely put it (or them; the whole trilogy) on the ‘to watch’ list. Hey, you might as well even add it to the ‘to read’ list!

Enjoy 🙂
E

 

# 469 – The Crow

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Yes! Loved it! This movie was made when I was in kindergarten. How I managed to go twenty years without seeing it amazes me.

Very dark and gothic which only adds to the awesomeness, I imagine it could have been a bit scary in 1994? Loved the fact that it was brutal and sweet all at once, loved the characters and loving the Lee family even more now. So very sad that he died… And during this very movie!

There is a comic book and a remake and a few sequels but I doubt anything will compare to this. It’s a must see for sure!

# 492 – End Of Watch

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I was so happy this was on my list, I watched it when it first came out and I could watch it over and over again. It is so well done, it feels personal and there is instant love for those two ^

It switches a lot from hilarious to serious and let me warn you… have the tissues ready at the end. You’ll have a lot of respect for police officers after you watch it.

Trivia time? The word ‘fuck’ is used 326 times. Which apparently makes it 6th in the ‘all time profanity list’ – whatever that is.
Most of the chatting between Gyllenhaal and Pena was improvised, which I think is great. It makes their bromance all the more believable.

Definitely put this on your must see list!

# 500 – Ocean’s Eleven

Ocean's ElevenAnd we’re off!! No turning back now…

First thing that I believe needs mentioning… did anyone else notice that Brad Pitt’s character ‘Rusty’ is always eating? He definitely does an unusual amount of eating. Strange. I can only think it’s to show off that sexy jawline…
Anyway, what a great movie to start things off! It’s a remake of the 1960’s movie that starred ‘The Rat Pack’ and is one of few (if any) that actually make the list over their originals.

I’d call it an ‘easy’ movie, I mean what’s not to like? It’s entertaining, funny and has an awesome cast. Which doesn’t really leave a whole lot more to say about it.

That’s one down! Only 499 to go…
See you tomorrow 🙂