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The Salton Sea (2002)

Director: DJ Caruso
Starring: Val Kilmer, Vincent D’Onofrio, Adam Goldberg, Lusi Guzman, Doug Hutchison, Peter Sarsfaard, DB Wong, R Lee Ermey, Meat Loaf, Danny Trejo. USA. 1h 43m

Coming from the early 2000’s there’s still a 1990s fever dream running through DJ Caruso drug fueled action thriller, starring Val Kilmer as a lone wolf Danny Parker (AKA Tom Van Allen) who spends his days infiltrating a group of colourful druggies while trying to hatch an elaborate revenge plan against those who wronged him.

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Brothers In Arms / Semper Fi (2019)

Director: Henry Alex Rubin
Starring:Jai Courtney, Nat Wolff, Finn Wittrock, Arturo Castro, Beau Knapp .USA. 1h 39m

It’s hard not to feel a little bit conflicted with the ending of Brothers In Arms AKA Semper Fi. The film successfully builds up a golden camaraderie between a pair of brothers Callahan (Courtney) and Oyster (Wolff) who, along with their Marine Corp Reserve Brothers, they manages to pull off the impossible and with the best intentions but in the big scheme of righter and wronger, was it really justified?

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The Usual Suspects (1995)

Director: Bryan Singer Writer Christopher McQuarrie.

Starring. Gabriel Byrne, Kevin Spacey, Stephen Baldwin, Chazz Palminteri, Kevin Pollak, Pete Postlethwaite, Sizy Amis, Benicio Del Toro. USA. 1h 44m.

First time I saw the Usual Suspects I was lucky enough to see it alongside a piece by Mark Kermode and the film finished with a short from writer Christopher McQuarrie about how he brainstormed the story, not that I needed any more convincing that the film is totally awesome the extra depth really cemented the film as being one of my all-time greatest and one I find myself returning to from time and time again.

Starting with a dark film noir style introduction which is slightly confusing, two silhouetted men talk, light a cigarette, one is injured and the other walks away as an explosion engulfs a ship and the wounded man..  the dark undertones shift to something more gangster as the film opens and builds in two timelines, Verbal (Spacey) has been pulled into a police office to be questioned by the sly agent Kujan (Palminteri), the shifty club footed criminal is forced to give up valuable information before he’s set free, reluctantly he begins to talk but once he gets started he lives up to his name sake and the verbal diarrhea  starts to flow. After some threats from Kujan, the past is unlocked up in audacious little chapters, almost like a 50’s crime comic, it’s slick and witty, and at times it’s on a higher level of brainy than the average movie. Continue reading The Usual Suspects (1995)

Il bandito dagli occhi azzurri / Blue Eyed Bandit (1980)

Director: Alfredo Giannetti
Starring:  Franco Nero, Dalila Di Lazzaro, Carlos de Carvalho. Italy. 1h 36m

A somewhat whimsical crime thriller, Blue Eyed Bandit stars the iconic Franco Nero as Renzo Dominici,  mild mannered crippled and aged clerk who works for a bank, but little do his employers know what by night he transforms into a young, dynamic blue eyed criminal mastermind.


By day he shuffles around in a clever disguise, working long hours, visiting his mother in her nursing home and all the while secretly scoping out the office and waiting for the big pay day but as he ultimate heist get closer, Stella (Lazzaro); a loose member of the cafeteria staff starts to work out that there is much more to the old quiet clerk and she attempts to slide into the deal. Continue reading Il bandito dagli occhi azzurri / Blue Eyed Bandit (1980)

Heist (2015)

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Advertised as a “heist” movie and even titled Heist, I would assume the movie would be about a heist, but that’s over in the first 20 minutes of the movie and the rest of it is about a getaway… but I’m not gonna split hairs here. Big names in this film, Robert De Niro, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Batista. But that’s the impressive part over.

It’s an ok movie, it pulls at the heart strings and entertains. Robert De Niro plays a craggy ole crime boss who’s been laundering money in his casino, Morgan goes to him to borrow some money to pay for an operation for his Tiny Tim of a daughter, but De Niro refuses, so Morgan robs him. that’s the heist part, then the group leg it onto a bus to make a break for it. Yep they use a bus to getaway.. there is a point to all of this! There is a plan!

There is a reason for this method of getting away but I won’t reveal here as I don’t want to spoil the film. There is a bit of action, motorbike assassins come from nowhere and there’s the odd shoot out all topped up with scenes of baby Morgan fading away in hospital and him crying on the phone, a bit of knife action and what not.

It’s like one of the old school action movies from the 90’s it doesn’t need a reason just sit back and let the action take you away.

I like the movie, it’s not brilliant, but it does entertain and had a few laughs too. De Niro doesn’t really do much, but then he doesn’t have to these days, showing up is enough. There isn’t much else to the film, a decent twist at the end, nothing astounding, but it doesn’t let the film down like so many others I have seen this year. There is a decent amount of action, a little bit of “guy” antics, but not a lot of depth, to be honest it doesn’t need it. It reminds me of the old style action films of the 90’s, including the other bus film, Speed (1994), it doesn’t apologise for it either but it does swim around i sentimental waters and it could have shed that for more bloodshed in my opinion.

The Director Scott Mann is making a few improvements with his films with his newfound budget but I preferred The Tournament (2009).

6/10

full film review to come…