Movie Review: True Romance (1993)

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Ya know… the poster sums it up pretty well.

Ladies and gentlemen, are you ready for some… “True Romance”.

So Clarence (Christian Slater) is kind of a lonely nerd. He very rarely goes on dates, he works in comic book store, and he spens his birthdays at the movie theater. But this year is a bit different, because he meets Alabama (Patricia Arquette), a lovely woman who turns out to be a call girl hired by Clarence’s boss. So what happens is that Clarence marries Alabama, steals her pimp’s cocaine (cue Eric Clapton), and then runs off to try to sell it to Hollywood people. Also, the mobsters who actually own the cocaine are going after our “heroes” to get it back. Ooo boy, that’s a lot of unnecessarily necessary plot elements, it’s almost like this was written by Quentin Tantin-oh shit, he actually wrote this. Jokes aside, I think the plot of this movie works really well. It isn’t really a plot that should be taken too seriously, and when you look at it from such a perspective, you will be able to appreciate it more. And that’s what I did and I really liked it. The plot is so odd, yet so grounded in reality that it kind of just meshes together perfectly.

The characters in this movie… to descrive them as colorful would be a bit of an understatement. I mean, when you have a script by Quentin Tarantino you should expect some oddball characters. Christian Slater does a great job as Clarence, playing a man who despite this strange situation, is quite relatable. Patricia Arquette (who’s really hot in this, by the way) does a really good job at playing this woman who goes through lots of ups and downs throughout the movie. Then we have one of the best supporting casts I’ve ever seen, including actors like Dennis Hopper (R.I.P), Christopher Walken, Michael Rapaport, Brad Pitt, James Gandolfini (R.I.P), and Samuel L. Jackson. Then we also have my absolute favorite in the movie (hence why I saved him for last): Gary Oldman as Drexl Spivey. This guy is out of his damn mind, a white guy who thinks he’s black and… god, I just love him! Shit, I barely recognized Oldman in the role. No wonder he’s known as a human transformer.

What’s interesting about the music in “True Romance” is that there are parts of an original score, but not that much. The music is mostly based in licensed tracks of varying genres (kind of like a lot of Tarantino movies). The original score bits were composed by Hans Zimmer and they were… okay. The tracks composed by ZImmer worked for the movie, but I wasn’t the biggest fan of them. The rest of the soundtrack though… fucking magnificent, perfect picks!

This movie was directed by Tony Scott (R.I.P), and I think he did a great job with this. The movie looks nice and any part that involves some kind of craziness going on… beautiful. I mean, the final action scene in the movie is pretty great. Violent, stylish, and simply fun. And like I have stated several times during this review, the movie was written by none other than Quentin Tarantino. And you can tell, because the movie has his handprints all over it. Movie references, conversations about nothing, tons of profanity… Samuel L. Jackson. And all of it works perfectly in the movie. Shit, if anyone else would have written the movie I probably wouldn’t have enjoyed the movie as much. The doalog is just fun and snappy and awesome.

This movie has been well received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 92% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 57/100. Roger Ebert gave the movie 3/4 stars. And on imdb.com it has a score of 8,0/10.

“True Romance” is a reall oddball action-dramedy. It has an interesting plot, great characters/acting, a really good soundtrack, great directing, and great writing. Time for my final score. You’re so cool. My final score for “True Romance” is a 9,84/10. This of course means that it gets the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
Seal of Approval

My review of “True Romance” is now completed.

Seeing Christian Slater here just gets me more excited for “Mr. Robot” season 2.

Movie Review: Hang ’em High (1968)

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You guys already know that I love westerns, I have said it so much that it has almost wore thin. So let’s just start the review.

Ladies and gentlemen… “Hang ’em High”.

In this movie we follow rancher Jed Cooper (Clint Eastwood) who one day when moving his cattle gets hung by a bunch of men. Problem is that they hung an innocent man, they also didn’t finish the job. So when he ís taken to a town, he once again becomes a lawman (Sidenote: I forgot to mention, this rancher is an ex-lawman). That’s right, he picks up the badge again to find the men who did him wrong and then bring them to justice. You know, so he can… hang ’em high (Roll Credits). It is really a simple revenge tale with a conspiracy-based twist which I will not spoil because I thought it was pretty good. What I didn’t enjoy that much was a romance sub-plot which arrived later in the movie. It felt shoehorned in and unnecessary. The plot overall was fine.

It’s Clint Eastwood in a western, of course he is good in the movie. Sure, he is not as good as in “The Outlaw Josey Wales”. But to be fair, that movie came out seven years after this one. But yeah… he was good. Every actor was in fact good and did good jobs as their characters. There’s really nothing more to it here.

The score for the movie was done by Dominic Frontiere and it was pretty good. While not as good as any of Ennio Morricone’s scores, this one still holds up. The tracks fit the movie and they all work to keep the desired mood for each scene.

Seeinf as this is a review for a western, it is time to give a warm welcome back to the segment “Gunfights”. So how were the gunfights in this movie? Limited. There weren’t that many. But those we got were good. They weren’t that intense, lengthy or badass as in a lot of other westerns, but for what they were they were good.

This movie was pretty well-directed. It was directed by Ted Post who I have never seen anything from. But he showed with this movie that he knows how to make a shot look good. Huh… I can’t think of anything else to say here in the “General Stuff” segment. That’s a bummer. Uhm… help.

This movie has been pretty well-received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 92% positive rating. On Metacritic it doesn’t exist. Roger Ebert gave the movie 3/4 stars. And on imdb.com 7,0/10.

“Hang ’em High” is a western that is just good. It really is nothing special in either way. The story is fine (romance felt tacked on though), the performances were good, the score was good, the direction was good, the gunsights were good… it’s just good. Time for my final score. *Ahem*. My final score for “Hang ’em High” is an 8,72/10. It is worth buying.
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“Hang ’em High” is reviewed.

I am conflicted…

Movie Review: Easy Rider (1969)

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If you have a motorcycle you’d most likely want to get your motor runnin’ and head out on the highway. You will be lookin’ for adventure in whatever comes your way. Yeah darlin’, you’re gonna make it happen if you take the world in a love embrace.

Ladies and gentlemen… “Easy Rider”.

So in this movie we follow drug dealers/bikers Wyatt (Peter Fonda) and Billy (Dennis Hopper, R.I.P). After having scored some money after re-selling some cocaine they set out on a road trip from Los Angeles to New Orleans in time for Mardi Gras. And despite the premise being as simple as it can get, thanks to the excellent writing the story really fired all of it’s guns and exploded into space. The presentation of this road trip is excellent, having our “heroes” running into some interesting characters along the way, including the lawyer named George (Jack Nicholson). The story was great.

The characters in this movie are all very colorful and entertaining. None of them feel dull or out of place in the slightest. Peter Fonda is excellent as the more rational of the two main guys. Dennis Hopper is also very good as the more fun and care-free of the two. And then we have the supporting character George played by Jack Nicholson. Was there ever any doubt? He’s Jack Fuckin’ Nicholson, he was terrific in this movie as the alcoholic lawyer our “heroes” pick up along the way. Every actor in this movie was in fact great despite very few of them actually getting any real screen time.

This is an early example of a movie using only licensed tracks instead of an original score. But that isn’t necessarily a bad thing since the mix of tracks they used for this movie fit perfectly into every part they were used in. And like a true nature’s child I enjoyed listening to the music in general.

This movie was directed by Dennis Hopper, who also stars in the movie. And he did an excellent job directing it with a lot of energy and with a very fun style that perfectly fit the movie. There is one scene in the movie in particular that was especially great, I’m not gonna say more about than that it appears near the end. In this scene the direction in combination with the editing makes the scene terrific and makes it feel like we were born, born to be wild. Also, in the scenes when the characters smoke marijuana, the actors actually smoked mairjuana. While science and research has proven that it hasn’t caused any deaths, it still makes me climb so high because I never wanna die.

This movie has bee nvery well-received. On Rotten Tomatoes it has an 88% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 86/100. Roger Ebert gave the movie 4/4 stars and has it on his “Great Movies” list. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,4/10. The movie was also nominated for 2 Oscars in the categories of Best Supporting Actors (Nicholson) and Best Original Screenplay. 

“Easy Rider” is a simple movie with a lot of good storytelling going on in combination with excellent performances, great music and great direction/editing. Time for my final score. *Vroom Vroom*. My final score for “Easy Rider” is a 9,88/10. It definitely deserves the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.Seal of Approval

“Easy Rider” is now reviewed.

BORN TO BE WIIIIIILD!