I physically had to watch this film. I have had a love for Atlas Shrugged since I first picked the book up ten years ago. Since then I try and read it once a year, and have mostly succeeded. If you have been to this site before, you know that I very rarely watch any movie more than once. So reading a 1000 page book over and over again should tell you how much this book means to me. Click here if you are interested in why I love Atlas Shrugged so much.
A couple of weeks ago, I added this Request for Top 10’s to 47 Reviews. Since then I have been assembling my own. To explain my process: I brainstormed a large group of movies that I thought would be on my list. Then I wrote them all out on individual pieces of paper in order to make a visual list. On that list I would compare two movies at a time with the question, “If I was trapped on a desert island with a solar cell and a computer that only had one of these movies on it, which one would I want?”
I have not read the book, and I think that was of great detriment to me going into this film. My wife and I went with very good friends who had read the book. They loved this film. I, however, was getting upset from the very beginning. Before someone comes and kills me for saying these things, please do let me explain why.
We have Paul Rudd teaming back up with David Wain (who also wrote and directed Role Models) for a comedy with what seems to be a never ending list of comedians about life on a commune. Oh, excuse me, intentional community. I was pretty excited to see this one. Now the questions is did it live up to the expectations set by Role Models?
I walked out of Safe House disappointed. Then I just kept thinking about it, and the more that I thought about this film, the more upset I became. I walked in so excited. Then I found more and more reasons to get upset. How could a movie starring Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds do this to me? Let me count the ways.
I Saw the Devil has been in my queue for a while. I heard long ago that it is brutal, but is still an amazing movie. Last night, the stars aligned and I was subjected to this film. The first thing you should know is that I Saw the Devil was made in South Korea. If you have ever seen films from South Korea, then you know that when I say this sucker is brutal that I am not talking Saw brutal. I am talking Old Boy brutal.
You have heard me complain about origin stories before, on multiple occasions. Well, it turns out that I am just a sadistic son of a bitch. Because while I hate the standard hero origin story, I apparently love the villain origin story. And if the packed theater I was in last night watching Chronicle is any indication, so do a lot of other people.
“Your knowledge of scientific biological transmogrification is only outmatched by your zest for kung-fu treachery!”
What film could possibly be good enough to be the 100th review on 47 Reviews? Black Dynamite, you know that’s right. I was lucky enough to meet the man, the myth, the legend Jonny Green just under two years ago. When we got together the geek orgy of movie love that erupted from us was so massive, Black Dynamite is the only man alive who could have possibly mastered it.