Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Yes, it's a little Soft

I didn't mind KILLING THEM SOFTLY until the end - the end was a deal breaker for me. The film was like a homage to street-level mob movies of the the late 90s & early 2000s but with a bizarre political sub-consciousness and a Coen Brothers-esque talky humor about it. But the humor dissipates when the politics take center stage and talkiness becomes eye-rollable hyperbole. And another one of my filmmaking pet-peeves: if you're planning to do extreme close-ups of bullet shells ejecting don't used crimped casings, use real spent shells. I don't want to suddenly realize that the guy is shooting blanks.


Killing Them Softly (2012)
Directed by Andrew Dominik. With Brad Pitt, Ray Liotta, Richard Jenkins, Scoot McNairy. Jackie Cogan is an enforcer hired to restore order after three dumb guys rob a Mob protected card game, causing the local criminal economy to collapse.

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