Movie Review: Insomnia (2002)

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When Christopher Nolan makes a movie you never know what you’re gonna get. Sure, you might have a basic idea to what the hell he is up to, but overall you will have no idea. His movies are so complex and unique that you can never tell what he will do next. So today we are taking a look at one of his earliest movies… which also happens to be a crime-thriller (A.K.A. My type of movie!).

Ladies and gentlemen… “Insomnia”.

This movie is about two Los Angeles detectives named Will Dormer (Al Pacino) and Hap Eckhart (Martin Donovan). They get flown out to a small town in Alaska to investigate the murder of a young girl. The funny twist is that this place they are at is always bright, the sun never sets. They also get help from young detective Ellie Burr (Hilary Swank). And I will not say more. If I say more I will be giving away some spoilers… and we don’t want that now, do we? But I can say that, holy shit this plot is great! Like I said in the introduction, it is a Christopher Nolan movie and is therefore complex (not mindfucky) and layered. There are also a few neat twists throughout. I thought the plot was great!

The characters are fairly well-rounded with a good amount of personality. And the performances in this movie are crazy good. I mean, it is rare to see Pacino being this great in a movie from the last 10 – 15 years. Sometimes he nails it, other times he doesn’t. And in here I can safely say that he knocks it out of the park. Hilary Swank is also really good. And of course, Robin Williams (R.I.P) is also terrific in the movie. I will not say what he plays, that you will have to see for yourself. But all the characters and performances were great.

Believe it or not, but this is a Nolan movie that doesn’t have a soundtrack by Hans Zimmer. In this movie the score was done by David Julyan (Sidenote: My research tells me he also did the score for Nolan’s movie “The Prestige”). And the score is dark, chilling and great. It really helps build the suspense of the movie and also sets a mood that not all thrillers got. And I really liked the score. It really fit the movie perfectly.

You know the movie will be visually great when it is directed by Christopher Nolan. The guy is a master director and it shows here. And of course he brought on Wally Pfister to do the cinematography for the movie and it is just terrific. This is (like all Nolan movies) visually supreme. The writing in the movie is also really good, really helping the already great performances to excel even more. I was also a bit surprised to see how this movie to a large part when it came to the dialogue is morality, I never expected to see that in a thriller. But they did it and they pulled it off. Also, fun fact: it is a remake of a Norwegian movie that came out in 1998.

This movie was really well-received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 92% positive rating with a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 78/100. Roger Ebert seemed to really like this movie seeing as he gave it 3,5/4 stars. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,2/10. Also, here is a good quote from Ebert about this movie;

“Unlike most remakes, the Nolan Insomnia is not a pale retread, but a re-examination of the material, like a new production of a good play.”

“Insomnia” got an intriguing and complex story, terrific performances, a great score, it is visually terrific and has some good writing. Time for my final score. *Ahem* My final score for “Insomnia” is a 9,79/10. This score of course gives it the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”
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Review of “Insomnia” is completed.

Insomnia is not good to get kiddos, make sure you get a good amount of sleep.

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Recent Purchases: Episode 8

Hello, my friends! It is time for this long dead series to return to the blog. If you are new, let me explain what the hell this is all about. This show “Recent Purchases” is where I will simply write about how I have bought some new movies/books/CDs/etc. Now that the obvious shit is out of the way, let’s do it!

Movies: Lord of War (2005)
               The Rock (1996)
American History X (1998)
Interstellar (2014) (Sidenote: Actually, my brother got this for me)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
The Adjustment Bureau (2011)

And that’s really it. And by “recent” I mean within the past few months. And with all that said I leave you.

Have a good one!

Movie Review: Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

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As the Marvel cinematic universe moves on, they have to figure out what the hell they should do next. Of course they can always look back on the comics/graphic novels for inspiration, but they need to know which ones to go by. And with that said, IN YOUR FACE, AMERICA! Sorry, I wanted to be a jerk about the fact that we got the movie before you.

Ladies and gents… “Avengers: Age of Ultron”.

So in this movie we see how Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) tries to start up a new peacekeeping program to help keep the world safe. But that seems to go to shit as the program takes a robotic body and turns on it’s creator. So now it is up to Iron Man, Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) to go out and stop the villainous robot Ultron (James Spader). And with that we get a deep story filled with action, drama, emotion and a lot of narrative strengths. This is a movie with a constantly moving story that never feels dull or boring at any point. I loved it!

At this point we are all familiar with the main players of the movie and we know they are amazingly awesome, so in this part of the “characters/acting” segment we will focus more on the newcomers. First up, James Spader as Ultron… holy shit! If the phrase “perfect casting” could ever be put on something it could be put right here. Spader is fantastic as this 8ft tall robot. Not only does he deliver his lines perfectly, but his voice is just fantastic for Ultron. It is deep, smooth and villainous. I also felt like there was a bit of a Raymond Reddington vibe going on (Sidenote: For those of you who don’t know, Reddington is Spader’s character in the TV-show “The Blacklist”). And it was just great. Next up is Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Pietro Maximoff/Quicksilver. I had my doubts, not because of Johnson, I now he is a really good actor, I just doubted if this Quicksilver could be awesome. And he was awesome, frankly great. He had funny lines and a cool personality which I felt like Johnson captured perfectly. Finally we have Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch (Sidenote: Johnson and Olsen played husband and wife in 2014’s “Godzilla” and here they play siblings… weird). And she was great, playing her with a lot of confidence and power. She was great. Overall I think all actors were great and the writing for them was also great.

The score for the movie was done by Brian Tyler and by this point we know he is great. He has done the music for most modern Marvel movies (4 M’s in a row, damn). The score is just as large, epic and amazing as it has been for the past however many years Brian Tyler has been along for the ride. And for those of you who wonder, the song “I’ve got no strings” is actually in this movie.

This movie was really well-directed. The shots looked great and nothing lingered for too long. And the action scenes in this movie were amazing, some of the best any superhero movie has ever seen. They were fast, flowing, energetic and badass. And the visual effects were spectacular! Everything looked great, especially Ultron, he looked so real! And the writing in the movie was also really great. Not only were there a lot of funny lines like you would expect but there were some genuinely deep and dramatic lines in there that really worked for the movie. And there was also one moment in the movie that I have to admit (Don’t worry, no spoilers on my blog) that made me almost tear up, well done Marvel.

As this movie hasn’t been out that long in the world (not at all in the U.S.) there aren’t that many things to go by. But so far I can mention that Rotten Tomatoes it has an 80% positive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 72/100. And on imdb.com it has a score of 8,6/10. Reminder: All scores that I present here are always what I find at the time of the review, scores on sites may alter afterwards.

“Avengers: Age of Ultron” is another badass addition to the MCU with a great plot, great characters/acting, a great score, amazing action and visual effects. Time for my final score. *Ahem* My final score for “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is a 9,87/10. This is a great movie that of course gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
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Review of “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is now completed.

If you wonder about my thoughts on the first “Avengers”, I liked it. But I think this is the superior movie.

Movie Review: The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)

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Westerns! As you probably know by now, I am a sucker for a good western. The cowboys, the revolvers, the horses, the shooting, the music, there is just so much I love about westerns. Sure there are some bad apples out there (I am looking at you “Jonah Hex” and “The Lone Ranger”!), but when as western is good, it is good. And with that said, time to review a western. Come to think of it, I haven’t reviewed a western in a while, so this is exciting!

Cowboys and cowgirls… “The Outlaw Josey Wales”.

This movie is set right after the American civil war and follows farmer Josey Wales (Clint Eastwood). One day a gang of bandits kill his wife and son and also burn down his house. And as you may expect, Josey isn’t having any of that shit. He goes after them, but then he has to run for his life as these bandits had sided with union soldiers prior to the attack. Right there I was like “Holy crap, intrigue in a western!”. I do tend to like western plots a lot, but I have to admit they are similar a lot of times. But this movie has some unique intrigue to it and that is something I really liked about it! I was surprised by the depth of the plot of the movie and I loved it!

The characters were pretty cool actually. Not only because they were in a western but also because they all had some kind of personality unique to them. But most of them don’t really matter now as this is really (like a lot of 60s/70s westerns) the Clint Eastwood show. And I was actually surprised to see Clint Eastwood go slightly out of his “Man with no Name” persona to add more layers and emotion to his performance. Hell, in the beginning when his family is dead and he has buried his son, he cries… and he does it well. His performance was really good overall with enough badass to keep it entertaining. Great job, Clint!

The music in the movie was great. It was composed by Jerry Fielding and felt like classic western music but with a few tracks taking a more emotional style to them. But for the most part we got typical cool and epic western music… which is something I love with all of my heart.

As this is a review of a western movie I have to bring in my “gunfights” segment. So let’s dust it off and go through with it. *Cough* The gunfights in this movie are kind of like those in Sergio Leone’s “Man with no Name” trilogy only maybe a bit more intense and cool. I mean, I guess the fact that the movie came out in the mid-70’s it had more balls than westerns from the 60’s. Just saying, intensity is great.

This movie was directed by Eastwood himself and man, am I glad he did. This movie is visually great. Groundbreaking? Not really, but it is still very well-directed. Also, did anyone else notice how Eastwood’s beard grew more and more as the movie went on? I don’t know why, I just noticed it and I am weird.

This movie was really well-received by people and critics. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 94% positive rating. Metacritic doesn’t even know this movie exists (those cunts). Roger Ebert clearly liked the movie seeing as he gave it 3/4 stars. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,9/10 (Sidenote: That is higher than I expected). The movie was also nominated for 1 Oscar in the category of Best original score.

“The Outlaw Josey Wales” is a western that gives more than it would seem by having an intriguing plot, a great performance from Eastwood & the supporting cast, a great score, good direction and great gunfights. Time for my final score. Oh hi, Jeff, you’re on time for once! Why are you dressed like a cowboy and why are there bullet holes in you. What? “Outlaw Jeffy Wales?” well this is silly. You got the envelope? Thank you! Sorry about that! My final score for “The Outlaw Josey Wales” is a 9,84/10 which as you should know by now grants it the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
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“The Outlaw Josey Wales” is now reviewed.

Dying ain’t much of a livin’ boy…

“Daredevil” renewed for second season!!!

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Hello people, I am once again in less than a week talking about this show. So let’s do it!

So Netflix and Marvel have renewed their recent show/collaboration “Daredevil” for another season. For fans of the show, such as myself, these are great news. For those of you who don’t know anything about the character of Daredevil (both as a show and the character in general), it is about lawyer Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) going out at night as a costumed vigilante… kind of like Batman. Difference is, he is blind, so he is technically mroe badass than Batman (Let the flame war begin!). But back to the news. Like I said, show gets renewed, yada yada yada, there is however one small catch. What is the catch I hear you ask, well I’ll tell you! The original showrunner Steven S. DeKnight will not be working on the show anymore. This is a little sad because when he was showrunner, the show was fucking amazing. But it seems like the second season will be run by Doug Petrie and Marco Ramirez who did writing for the first season of the show. So it looks like the show might be in good hands. It can’t at least be as bad as when Glenn Mazzara was chosen as showrunner during season 2 of “The Walking Dead”. But I do think the show will still be great if it at least keeps the dark tone and excellent writing.

The second season of “Daredevil” will air some time in 2016 on Netflix. So let me ask you, are you as excited as me for season 2 of “Daredevil”? And what are your thoughts on the first season?

Have a good one!

10 Great Movie Posters

Friends, I am here. Today we are taking a look at pictures, not discussing movies or reviewing anything, just looking. I just felt like sharing some of my favorite movie posters out there. Of course these aren’t really my strict favorites per se, but I really like them. And if there are any great movie posters you like, leave a comment and I’ll maybe include it some time.

Kickin’ it off we have this cool poster from my favorite movie, “Fight Club”.
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Here we have the classic black & white poster for the classic movie “The Godfather”.
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Here we have the ominous and haunting yet beautiful poster for the coming movie “In the Heart of the Sea”.
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Next we have the poster for imdb’s number 1 movie “The Shawshank Redemption”.
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Coming up next is the mysterious and stylish poster for the mysterious and stylish “Drive”.
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Here we have the beautiful poster for 2012’s “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”.
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Next is the awesome looking and cool poster for “Batman Begins”.
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Continuing with Christopher Nolan posters we have the poster for “Inception”.
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Coming up is the powerful poster for the amazing movie “American History X”.
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Wrapping it all up we once again turn to Mr. Nolan with the spectacular poster for 2014’s “Interstellar”.
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Now those were only some great movie posters, there are many more. I plan to make more of these, so please leave a comment about what movie posters you would like to see in future editions. I will probably add that poster in and I will give you a small mention.

Have a good one.

Series Review: Daredevil – Season 1 (2015)

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When you think Marvel you don’t think dark and gritty, am I right? You think fun and adventurous, like “Avengers” or “Guardians of the Galaxy”. Sure, Marvel got a few R-rated movies such as “Blade” and “Punisher”, but they are never really referred to as the main players when it comes to Marvel properties. So we really never get the grit from Marvel that we might want. But now it seems like we have finally gotten it… in TV form. It looks like there are many curve-balls being thrown here. So let’s have a look at it and see if it is any good.

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you… “Daredevil”!

“Daredevil” is about Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) who as a kid suffered a terrible accident involving a truck and some chemicals that made him blind. But this also enhanced his other senses like hearing and such. Skip ahead to about 20 years later and he has become a lawyer and have just started a law firm with his best friend Foggy (Elden Henson). What Foggy doesn’t know however is that Matt goes around at night as a costumed vigilante, beating up bad guys. And so the show is about Matt taking on the role of this vigilante to try to stop all the bad guys and to finally get to the ultimate boss of it all, Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio). We also get to know a lot from his childhood and how he comes to terms with his blindness and enhanced senses. And from that we get one of the most intriguing and interesting stories of any TV-show in recent years. Especially among the superhero TV-shows. This is a gritty show with all episodes containing some really great material. And I absolutely loved the story aspects of the show.

The characters are all interesting, compelling, well-written and greatly acted. Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock is perfect, really bringing the whole “damaged, yet strong” aspect to life. Elden Henson plays Foggy with determination and brings the humor that the show needs. I am not saying that this show should be “Guardians of the Galaxy” in tone, I am just saying that the humor coming from the guy really helps the show. Deborah Ann Woll who plays their secretary and friend Karen Page is also really good. But by far, the best in this show has to be Vincent D’Onofrio. I mean, holy shit, his performance in the show is drop dead amazing. He plays the role of Wilson Fisk (Sidenote: Also known as “The Kingpin” in other things) so perfectly with all the ruthlessness the character is known for but also adding some humanity to really sell it perfectly. And I can thankfully say that there are no weak performances in this show. They are all great.

The score for the show was done by John Paesano (Must… resist… making… Italian… Joke). And the score for the show to me is fucking fantastic. There is intense music, there is thoughtful music, there is sad music, there is all kind of music in this show and it is all great. Going by regular orchestra (as most composers do), Paesano (Hnnnngggg…) makes a perfect score for the show that fits in every instance.

This show got a fair amount of action in it and it is all spectacular. You notice that Matt got some training in martial arts but that he is no Bruce Lee or even Bruce Wayne. He can handle his own in a fight but he still gets his ass kicked a fair amount. I can also mention that the fights in this show are brutal. There is blood, bruises and broken bones and you see it all… and I love it. The grittyness of it all really helps make the show hold it’s own. And the show overall is really well-directed/shot. It is all visually great. I also love all the constant nods and easter eggs to other Marvel things. If you keep close attention, you will notice them. And for those of you who are a little confused, yes this show ties in to the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe). It is set some time after “The Avengers”. It’s interesting to see if it ties into the movies one day.

This show has gotten some pretty great reviews so far. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 97% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic the show has a score of 75/100. and on imdb.com it has a score of 9,3/10.

“Daredevil” is a dark, serious and gritty Marvel show with an intriguing plot, terrific performances, a great score, great writing, excellent direction/camera work, great action and a great feel. Time for the final score. Where is that damn guy, Jeff? *bang on door*. Jeff, where the hell have you been? What? Since when are you blind? Whatever, envelope! Thank you! My final score for “Daredevil” is a 9,97/10. This of course means it gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”
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My review of season 1 of “Daredevil” is done.

Dear Netflix, give us a second season.

Movie Review: Lord of War (2005)

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I have a weird interest in illegal business practices. And before you call every safety organization on me, I don’t mean it like that. I don’t have an interest in conducting illegal business, but I am really interested in reading about it. Have I calmed your tits now? Excellent! But these kinds of illegal businesses can range from drugs to murder, but today we are taking a look at something less… mainstream, in lack of a better word. Of course it occurs a lot in our big world, but not as many people look into it as the other ones I mentioned.

Ladies and gentlemen, load your guns, aim and fire, because this is “Lord of War”!

This movie is about illegal arms-trader Yuri Orlov (Nicolas Cage) and his rise to become the best at his craft. And with him (for the most part) is his brother Vitaly (Jared Leto). But it isn’t easy supplying guns for our “heroes” as they have problems with a rivaling arms-dealer (Ian Holm) and a tenacious Interpol agent (Ethan Hawke). And that is interesting in itself of course, but the plot gets even more interesting since Yuri through the plot starts questioning the morality of his work more and more. And to be completely honest, I find the plot really interesting and engaging. There wasn’t one minute of the plot that wasn’t interesting to me. It was so well-written and suspenseful that I just didn’t find anything uninteresting in it.

The characters were all really well-written and never felt out of place or even unrealistic. And I am so happy to see Nicolas Cage give a really good performance. Now to be fair, I have for the most part only seen over-the-top performances from him and the only legitimately good I have seen from him prior to this was “Joe” where he was amazing. But I know he got it in him to be great and here he proved it. Jared Leto was also great in the movie as his brother. And Ethan Hawke as Interpol agent Jack Valentine was also really good.

The score for the movie was done by Anthony Pinto and was in my opinion really good. There was a lot of use of piano and acoustic guitar which helped build a lot of suspense and emotion which is exactly what was needed. The music was also part of helping hold up the thought-provoking plot and characters by having that type of vibe (if that makes any sense).

The movie was both written and directed by Andrew Niccol and he shows that he got a knack for both. The writing (Both plot and dialogue) is excellent and the camera work/direction of the movie is really good. The movie is visually impressive, especially during the movie’s amazing opening credits which follows the life of a single bullet, featuring the excellent song “For What it’s Worth” by Buffalo Springfield. Watch it here!

This was movie generally well-received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 61% positive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 62/100. Roger Ebert gave it a score of 3,5/4 stars. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,6/10.

“Lord of War” got a well-written and thought-provoking plot, terrific performances, a great soundtrack/score, great direction/camera work and one of the best opening credit sequences I have ever seen. Time for my final score. Holy crap, Jeff… you’re actually on time for once. Envelope? Thank you! You can go now. My final score for “Lord of War” is a 9,82/10 which of course gives it the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”
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Review of “Lord of War” is completed.

There’s something happening here, for what it is ain’t exactly clear…

 

What do I listen to?

Friends, fellow bloggers, other people… welcome. Today I wanted to just share something nice with you. Something small, but still something important to me. I am a guy who wouldn’t be able to live without music. If music wouldn’t exist or if it would be banned (“Equilibrium” style) I would probably be a really boring and even depressed person. Where the hell am I going with this, I hear you ask. And to be completely honest I just wanted an excuse to share my spotify profile. If you have a spotify account (or choose to get one) then maybe you could check out my profile and perhaps give it a little follow. Through there you will find most of what I listen to on a daily basis (No AC/DC on spotify, grrr). Soooo, check it out and follow me… yeah.

https://open.spotify.com/user/themarckoguy

Have a good one.

Movie Discussion: The Point of “Elephant”

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Hello fellow people on the internet, I’m back! Sorry for the lack of posts lately, my laziness caught up to me. But now I am here and I am ready to get another post out there! So what are we doing today? Well we are here to have a little movie discussion about one of the (in my opinion) most underrated movies ever. A movie that has gotten a lot of mixed reception and has split audiences worldwide… even though it isn’t that well-known. But we are here to discuss it today. Soooo… HERE WE GO!

Just a fair warning; If you have not seen “Elephant” from 2003 directed by Gus Van Sant, I suggest you should leave now as there will be spoilers. Now that I have gotten that out of the way, let’s move on.

Let’s start of with the simple question “Why make a discussion about such an obscure movie?”. Well it all started with me going on to youtube the other day because of me wanting to watch the final scene of the movie after not having seen it in a long time. If you have seen the movie then you know which one I am talking about. If you have not seen the movie then you obviously didn’t read that previous paragraph, spoilers. But if you simply don’t give a shit and don’t want to see a really good movie then here we go. In the final scene of the movie we have the characters of Eric (Eric Duelen) and Alex (Alex Frost) coming to school with a bunch of big duffel bags filled with guns. When they then are inside of the school they pull out all the guns and start shooting up the place. Killing students, teachers and even the principal. Now the reason my watch of that scene led to this post doesn’t come from me simply watching the scene itself. It came from going on to read the comments on the video. And from what I gathered… people don’t seem to get the point of the movie. They only focus on things you focus on in a big budget Hollywood movie. And I will address those points here. Their points are what inspired me to do this. Time to pick up the shit from the street and throw it in the trash.

First up we take the one that the people focused on too much… more than most other points in fact. What I am talking about is the acting. Now to be fair, the acting in the movie isn’t particularly good. I would even say that it is below average, but I got some things to say about that. I did some research about the movie and found out that a lot, if not most of the cast comes from director Gus Van Sant’s hometown of Portland, Oregon where the movie was shot. What he did was pick out some random youths from there to really show off that these people pretty much were students in that school. Hell, they all were pretty much within the right age range to actually be in high school. Unlike 100% of big budget Hollywood movies which use people in their 20’s and 30’s who happen to look kinda young. The point of the movie wasn’t to have Oscar-worthy performances but to give us genuine people. Acting isn’t everything, guys.

Next up we have something that I can agree is a tad bit strange; When Alex and Eric are going around shooting people, and gunshots can be heard by those who haven’t been killed yet, they don’t know how to react. And that is the key phrase in all of this, “They don’t know how to react”. This is a school filled with students and teachers who have never experienced something like this before. They have never had their school shot up, by two of their own students none the less. Put yourself in their shoes for a second, you’re sitting in class, boring as usual and then suddenly hear some weird noise, kind of like a small bang. You hear it come closer and closer through the hall outside of the classroom. What do you do? Youy probably don’t know what you should do, am I right? Should you sit calmly and hope for the best, go check what it is or get the hell outta dodge? You’d probably sit calmly and hope for the best, but still worry for a bit. And then someone would come into the classroom and you would all be dead within a matter of seconds. So complaining that people didn’t panic like a bunch of paranoid conspiracy theorists on Halloween is kind of bullshit.

Now to something that is understandable on a surface level, but still baffles me is that people find this scene boring. And what I mean by “understandable on a surface level” is that when people want a shooting in a movie they expect tons of shooting, explosions, CGI and orchestral music blasting your eardrums. And while those things can be cool in some ways, they wouldn’t fit here. What Van Sant wanted was a more realistic, grounded and horrifying way of looking at it. What we see is these two simply walking around, occasionally firing off a shot. This scene is very quiet and doesn’t use the unnecessary Hollywood checklist. To be completely honest, the scene is one of my favorite scenes/third acts in any movie ever. One of the reasons for this is the fact that they use no music at all throughout the scene. Sure you could add some dramatic and bombastic song or sad piano song, but that wouldn’t have had the same effect. At that point the music would have told us what we should have felt “Sad Piano tells you to feel sad, so feel sad you fucker”. But “Elephant” chose the ballsy and in my opinion more powerful movie by not having any music at all throughout the scene. It makes the scene more real and more horrifying. Sometimes the best of something is nothing of something (If that makes any sense).

There are also people who really seemed to dislike the ending of the movie. Now for you who haven’t seen the movie in a while, and for you assholes who haven’t seen the movie at all and have kept reading despite my warning, I will recount the end. In the end Alex and Eric meet up in the school cafeteria and have a chat about how everything have gone for them… then Alex shoots Eric. Soon after we see Alex cornering two more students in a cold storage and standing there deciding their fate… “Eeny, meeny, miny, moe”. And then it cuts without any real resolution. And I can see why some people would be pissed about it… but I personally like it. I love when a movie can be ambiguous about something. And an ambiguous ending is really something great… unless they plan a sequel and make it painfully obvious. Now I don’t think there have been any plans for “Elephant 2: Electric Boogaloo”, so I am happy with the ambiguity.

The point of “Elephant” isn’t to be the next big thing, it is about the lives of regular high school students and how it all one day changed. That’s it… nothing more to it.

“Elephant” is a tragic and brutal movie that I absolutely love and I do not agree with any of the points mentioned (Except for the acting being bad, but again, that’s not the point of the movie), but if you do, that’s fine as long as you have respect for differing opinions. Now that I am done with all of this, time for a question! What is your opinion of “Elephant”? Leave a comment.

Have a good one.