Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

July 10, 2009

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMia_-CLo4M&NR=1
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0373469/

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C’mon. Robert Downey Jr and Val Kilmer in a comedy? Epic win.  One of the top 3 comedies I’ve ever seen and fairly recent too (2005). Instead of putting in a trailer I put in an interview where Val and Downey fuck with the inerviewer by spreading as much lies as they can within 5 minutes.

Downey plays a scrubby thief turned actor and Val Kilmer plays a gay private investigator who, from time to time, helps actors prepare for their roles via ride-alongs. The style of comedy reminds you of House MD with quick snidely sarcastic retorts and pointing out the flaws in stating the obvious. “Is this the body?” “No. It’s the body the last person to rent this room left here by mistake.” “Fuck you”.

Lots of nudity, a spider, guns, bodies, comedy, and ‘lol’ moments.

8.9/10

The Killing Gene

July 7, 2009

W Delta Z / The Killing Gene

imdb: Spoils it even from the single sentence ‘plot’.
youtube: no trailer found

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So I’ve had this movie laying around for god knows how long and refusing to watch it because the title sounded retarded. It was labeled “The Killing Gene”. Actual title is “W delta Z”. In short, it had the atmosphere of Saw with the integrity of Se7en. Not a bad blend although the movie was far closer to Se7en. Despite the box art above being in spanish, the movie is in English with an amazing cast. One of my favorites being Stellan Skarsgard (Good Will Hunting, Angels and Demons, ect). The movie had a grunge/ sifting through filth vibe with a dirty-cop undertone. I’m typically not a fan of them but this was able to break free from it with rather vivid and disturbing acts of violence.

The character development was subtle and only present within two individuals. The presumed main-character’s story arch wasn’t satisfying and ended abruptly. Overall the movie’s plot can be summed up as “innocence lost” and “poor science”. Despite not being anywhere close to the level of movies I planned on mentioning here.. the fact that it was able to remind me of Saw and The Brave One (two movies I hate) and have me think of Se7en and leave me nodding in approval just before credits is worth a small mention.

It was a movie of vindication, broken bottle rape, shots of cigarettes being lit and smoked, and regaining a grasp on life via anyways possible. Rather decent and broke away from cliche in many ways.

6.5/10