The Informers

Not long into watching this I realised I had seen this before, and looking back through my blog posts I found that I had reviewed it back in September, 2012. No matter, it was kind of worth watching again.

The film involves different characters and follows them as they go through 1980’s high life in Los Angeles. So there is a lot of being high, and one character comes down with a mysterious new sickness, the result of sleeping around too much.

The acting by all is superb, and it should be with actors like Mickey Rourke, Amber Heard, Kim Basinger, Winona Ryder, and Billy Bob Joe Hank William Thornton. Chris Isaak is in it too, and he did an admirable job of it.

Ultimately though it didn’t really do much at the end. Some of the stories had an ending, some not, and maybe it was not supposed to come to a satisfying end. Basically the film was about despair, loneliness, and helplessness so perhaps the filmmakers were trying to get us all really down.

A whole subplot that involved vampires was cut from the film, perhaps for the best. Then again, it could have spiced the film up more. There was one scene in the film though that did show a remnant of that plot (involving a very nasty and pale-faced character who was trying to buy a kidnapped child). The film was a huge bomb, which is a pity as it was not a terrible film, but I guess most people want a happy ending, and maybe keeping the vampires would have helped.

Date watched: July 6th
Score: 7/10
Film count 2019: 20

Buffalo ’66

This is Vincent Gallo’s first film. He wrote, directed, wrote and performed the music, and starred in this comedy-drama from 1998.

And he did a pretty good job I must say. It was quite funny in places, especially Angelica Huston’s role as a football-obsessed mother of the main character. The cinematography was good, it looked like it was made in the seventies. All of the cast were superb.

Christina Ricci was great in this, but she did not get on well with Vincent on set, so much so that her name was left out of the credits which is not on. Angelica Huston too did not get along with Vincent… it sounds like he is difficult to work with. He is a very good actor however. Mickey Rourke had one scene as a bookie.

The parents of Vincent’s character were apparently based on his own parents which may explain why he is a tad difficult. His father’s singing voice was used in a scene where the character’s father was miming to a Frank Sinatra song, quite the singer he is.

So this was good stuff, well worth a watch, especially if you like indie films.

Date watched: January 13th
Score: 9/10
Film count 2018: 2

The Expendables

I am almost embarrassed to admit I got this out, but I felt like a stupid action flick again.

It had lots of pretty explosions, heads of bad guys blowing up or being chopped off, big guns, Jason Stratham, knife throwing, naughty dictators of a small but beautiful island country with oppressed people who like to sell things in markets on the streets so bad guys in cars can run over them during dramatic car chases, and so on.

Bruce and Arnie were in it but only for a few minutes each, just cameos. Arnie was asked to join the group to go and kick island dictator bottom, but he refused. Here is the snappy dialogue from that scene:

Trench (Arnie): Oh, like I said. I’m busy anyway, so give this job to my friend here. He loves playing in the jungle. Right?
Barney Ross (Stallones): [sarcastically] Right.
Mr. Church (Bruce): [Uncertain] That’s right.
Trench: [to Barney] Hey, why don’t we have dinner?
Barney Ross: Sure. When?
Trench: In a thousand years?
Barney Ross: Too soon.
[Trench walks off]
Mr. Church: [Confused; about Trench] What’s his fucking problem?
Barney Ross: He wants to be president.

Nice!

All rather silly violent fun that I will never watch again. I do want to see the sequel though, it has the Chuckers in it.

Date watched: February 7th
Stuff blowing up score: 9/10
Inventive ways of killing bad guys: 4/10
One liners (except for the Arnie dialogue): 3/10
Jason Stratham score: 10/10
Mickey Rourkes mustache: 7/10
Film count 2013: 16

Mickey Rourke

Ironman 2

I decided I wanted to see an action flick so got this out on Blu-Ray.

I didn’t disappoint really, lots of action, snazzy special effects and Robery Downey Jr. doing his thing. And it was good to see Mickey Rourke as the bad dude, I thought he was pretty good at it.

Pretty over the top at times but that is what made it fun to watch. Maybe not as good as the first but it was entertaining.

Date watched: September 10th
Score: 7/10
Film count 2012: 89