January Blind Spot Review: Swingers (1996)

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“Everybody steals from everybody, that’s Hollywood.”
– Trent

SYNOPSIS: Wannabe actors become regulars in the stylish neo-lounge scene; Trent teaches his friend Mike the unwritten rules of the scene. – via IMDB

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GRADE 7Alrighty, so I can finally cross this off of my to watch list, and goodness knows it has been on there forever because I like both Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau. I found this to be entertaining but not great, though it did have places where it slumped a bit, which was disappointing. I found the antics of these guys to be so crazy, but on the other hand, I could understand it. These guys have uprooted their lives to make it big in show business, but it is not as easy as it would seem. They have settled into a rhythm of “fake it until you make it” and have built up night life and partying for themselves to sort of live their dream. These guys are at that age where pretty  much every human being finds themselves in life – wondering what you are doing and where you are going, both in life as well as your career. The performances were good, and watching these guys trying to figure things out with each other was pretty good. Just the way some things were said made me laugh quite a bit, and money has taken on a whole new meaning for me. Mike annoyed me somewhat by being so exceptionally hung up on his ex – he was so whiny. I sort of got what his friends were going through, being irritated and exasperated about that situation constantly coming up. It made him someone I just wanted to slap, and watching him grow and change was not always a gratifying experience. Until the last third, that is. Then it was great to see the changes in him, and how the relationships shift between him, his ex, his friends. The humour, while good, it a little stiff in places, but that might have to do with how the times have changed. Overall, I found the film to be decent, and I am happy to say that I have watched it now when I get asked (trust Murphy, it won’t be frequently anymore now that I can say I have).

Rapid Review: Horns (2013)

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“You killed that poor girl, and now the devil has claimed you.”
– Father Mould

SYNOPSIS: In the aftermath of his girlfriend’s mysterious death, a young man awakens to strange horns sprouting from his temples. – via IMDB

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GRADE 7The  level of excitement I had been building for this is madness. I absolutely adored Hill’s book, and I was excited to see Daniel Radcliffe helm the role of Ig, it is something I was sure he was going to rock, and let me just tell you he did! I know I have said it before and I will say it again, but I never, ever liked Radcliffe in Potter. Always found him so wooden and boring. Yet the minute you take him out of that he is just amazing, no two ways about it. He was just perfect to play Ig, and he did a fantastic job embodying everything about the character. It’s like he climbed into the skin of Ig and it was just mesmerising to watch – probably my favourite role of his ever! I think if you have not read the book, you will miss out a lot of the finer things in the film, which is unfortunate. But lucky for me, I read the book, so I really, really enjoyed it and felt that it was well worth the wait. What I do wish, though, is that there was more of Ig’s past shown, especially featuring Lee, so that you could get a more solid feel for his character and the psychology behind him, it would have lent more credence to how everything went down. As someone who read the book, all the little things in between were filled up for me, but I am sure you might have a lot of questions if you haven’t read it. My other half was lost at a few places but righted when I explained it to him, so the film could surely have focused on that some more. There were times that I was annoyed by the changes made, but this is not a simple story to bring to screen. I must say, I had a good few laughs throughout, which is something I didn’t really expect. The acting all round was pretty good, and naturally I was thrilled to see David Morse in here, though he didn’t have a huge role. The character were decently cast. The film was shot beautifully, and I loved the colours and effects thoughout. I adored the soundtrack, too. Just an example: I got goosebumps at the usage of Marilyn Manson’s Personal Jesus in here. I thought that was absolutely perfectly done. Ig getting out that car, to the bar, all that ensues prior to entering – that song just worked. And then, as you think it’s over, Ig leaves, and lo and behold, Personal Jesus just pops up and closes that whole scene out. WOW. That’s all I have to say about that. Alright, so from all of this I am sure that you are able to tell that I loved it and will definitely be watching it again and adding it to my collection. At the end of it all, what I am trying to say, is definitely watch it!