#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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#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

 

# 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

# 417 – The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert

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If you’ve been reading, you may remember me mentioning this movie in my ‘Wake In Fright’ review… Both filmed right here in my hometown, Broken Hill!
Well not all of it, unfortunately.
Small towns really have a way of never getting over monumental moments in their history, like Priscilla. Why would they? It’s a pride thing. I grew up knowing how important Priscilla is to Broken Hill but never watched it due to my age. So imagine my disappointment when I finally watched Priscilla and found out Broken Hill took up about 20 minutes of the whole movie. Sad face.

Truth be told, I didn’t watch this recently. A few months back Broken Hill put on an event ‘Broken Heel Festival’ to celebrate Priscilla’s 21st birthday. It was an amazing weekend long event that pushed me to finally watch it.

It was very entertaining, funny listening to the guys bitch and whinge at each other. They have some hilarious one liners, sometimes I understood them.. sometimes I didn’t. It does have its moments though, where the harsh reality of being a drag queen or transgender comes into play, which just makes it all the more loveable.

Most importantly, Priscilla put Australia on the map in a very new way and showed the world a positive view on the LGBT community, which was well overdue. Let’s hope to see more of it.

Enjoy!
E

P.S
Guy Pearce is sexy. Always. Good guy, bad guy, drag queen, doesn’t matter.

# 433 – Good Will Hunting

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Amazing. I loved this! Disappointed in myself for not seeing it earlier.

It tells the story of a very smart but troubled boy, apparently with a photographic memory, who solves an equation on a board at a university where he works. After everyone realises how smart he is they set out on a mission to help him become something better.

It was pretty long, considering nothing too crazy happened, and very predictable. That didn’t really matter though. The characters were loveable and the performances were so moving and powerful. My eyes were glued to the screen the entire time and I felt very involved in the story. There didn’t seem to be one scene that didn’t mean something. I even had a little tear or two!

Although there are big names throughout, all brilliant, none can compare to Robin Williams. A truly wonderful actor… makes me sad that he’s gone.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

E

 

#442 – Wake In Fright

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A truly fucked up image of Australians and the outback. Please believe me city folk… this is a very loosely based story on the ways of country bumpkins!
I guess parts of it are slightly true… we like to drink, gamble and some shoot for fun. There’s dust and flies and some people who don’t like to shower. Drugs are very real and people do get caught up in themselves with all the isolation. Wait, maybe it isn’t so badly exaggerated…

Anyway, let’s get some negativity out of the way so we can end on a good note. It’s quite horrific (visually and psychologically), ‘Wake in fright’ is quite the fitting title! Poor young guy is a snobby, educated teacher from the city to begin with; a day later he’s a smelly, drunken, gambler who slaughters kangaroos with his bare hands and isn’t quite sure about his sexuality.
It’s very long. Like so unnecessarily long. Sometimes I feel like Dad and I are watching the 500 longest movies of all time. Oh and don’t get me started on the kangaroo hunting scene. It’s actual real footage, and its horrible. If you’re like me and pretend that when your friends go out shooting they only shoot at cans and paper plates with faces on them, you will be gutted when you see this scene.
Moving on!

For all of you reading that aren’t my dear friends, I live in a small town called Broken Hill. Home to Priscilla, Mad Max and most recently, the Last Cab to Darwin. And smack bang somewhere in the middle of all these wonderfully amazing and famous movies… Wake In Fright was filmed.
My dad even recalls running into the main character as he was getting out of a car, they were filming and everything! I like to think that my dad had to make them re-take the scene… he’s like one of those annoying people in the background that are oblivious to what’s happening around them. Haha. Anyway, my point is the best thing about this movie for me was not only getting to see Broken Hill 40 years younger but getting to see it with my daddy, who gets to tell me all the important info I’d have otherwise missed.

I do understand the hype behind it. It’s powerfully told, good acting, very strong storyline and deeply disturbing.
I guess I’m still learning the difference between movies that are for entertainment and movies that are for storytelling, its an art form. Each director gets to portray as they like. Just how an artist or a musician would. If you can’t love it, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t appreciate it.

That’s me done!
Thanks for reading 🙂

# 443 – Dog Day Afternoon

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It’s another bank robbery type movie! Only a true story. About a crazy man. A crazy loveable man who was married to a woman with 2 kids and also married to a man who needed money for a sex change. Which is where we come full circle back to the bank robbery.

The movie wasn’t half as interesting as the real story, I know it gets a lot of notice because of Al Pacino’s performance (which is pretty fantastic actually) but it went for a loooong time and until about halfway through, Dad and I couldn’t work out if it was meant to be a comedy or not.

This link will take you to an article that sheds a little light on the bank robber guy… it’s quite a good read. Says a lot more about him than the movie depicted! I’ll give you a quote from the article to pique your interest…
“I was a member of the entertainment committee, so I would meet and greet new gay people coming into the scene,” Wojtowicz said. “I could have sex with them quicker than anybody else, because they were just coming out.” … LOL!

http://nypost.com/2014/08/03/the-man-who-inspired-dog-day-afternoon/