Movie discussion: Jamie Foxx is the main character in Collateral (2004)

How are you guys doing? Today I felt like starting another “series” here on my blog. In this “series” I will choose a movie related topic that I want to discuss. I will do these every now and then, not just to spit my thoughts out but also to here what you guys think about the situation. I will also be getting into a few spoilers in this “series” about the different movies I will be talking about throughout, so if you haven’t seen that specific movie…then go away, please. And today we are starting off with something that has been pinching me in the back of my head for a while now. And that is about one of my favorite movies; “Collateral”. So let’s begin!

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If you didn’t read the title of this entry, I will be talking about the main character of the fantastic movie “Collateral”. And you might be thinking “But if you say he’s the main character, then he is the main character right?”. Eh, wrong. The story of the movie is about the taxi driver Max (Jamie Foxx) who one night meets the very smart, very smooth hitman Vincent (Tom Cruise). Max is kept at gunpoint by Vincent through the entire movie as he is forced to drive Vincent to all his destinations where he has to kill somebody. Now if you listen to that short (and odd) synopsis of the movie you would automatically assume that Jamie Foxx is the main character, right? But if you go to imdb.com and look at the 2 Oscar nominations this movie got, Foxx was nominated for “Best Supporting Actor”. Do you see now how this is weird to me? Look, I know that Tom Cruise at the time was a slightly more well-known and popular actor…but that doesn’t make him the main guy in this movie. Sure, he is one of the main ones, but if anyone should have gotten the “Best supporting Actor” nod, it should have been Cruise. My guess on this is like I said, Cruise was the more popular actor at the time and therefore he wasn’t the “Supporting actor” in the pair. But I honestly don’t think that is an excuse to put the most prominent actor/character as “Supporting”. Look, I love Tom Cruise as much as the next guy, but I can see who is supporting or not in a movie. In the end, Max is the one still standing out of the two. Let me shortly recap the final(ish) scene of this movie for you. Vincent leaves Max in the street and goes after his final target who is a woman (Jada Pinkett Smith) Max met earlier that very same night. Max goes after him (after Vincent is gone, of course). He goes to the building where she works and Vincent has gone into. Max has gotten hold of a gun, shoots up the glass and gets in. He finds Vincent and Annie in there. Max and Annie escapes and enters the train…Vincent follows. In the end (which is slightly blurry) Vincent dies and Max & Annie lives on. The character you see most in the movie is Max. You see this movie (mostly) from his point of view.  And that makes Max the main character! So why in the hell is Jamie Foxx listed as “Best Supporting Actor”!? If you have a theory, leave it in the comments below and let me know.
Also, since you’ve gotten this far I assume you have seen “Collateral”. And in that case, what did you think of it? Let me know! Like I said, it’s one of my favorite movies of all time.

I hoped you “enjoyed” this little thing. I will be doing more of these later on, so stay tuned!

Now that I think about it, they kind of did the same thing with “Interview With The Vampire”. Ya know, had Tom Cruise being the most prominent actor on the posters/promotional art/DVD covers…odd.

Movie Review: Interview With the Vampire (1994)

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Vampires! You either love them or hate them. I am more on the love side to be honest. But it has kind of started to change with all these shitty teenage vampire movies (Unfortunately looking at you Twilight!). I have for a pretty long time been a fa nof vampires thanks to things like “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel”. But those shows didn’t really focus on the vampires themselves, but rather on the people trying to put down the vampires. But today we will take a look at a movie that actually focuses on the vampires themselves.

Ladies and Gentlemen…”Interview With the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles” (What a mouthful).

The story follows Louis de Pointe du Lac (Brad Pitt). He is a vampire. And the story here is that Louis is being interviewed by reporter Daniel Malloy (Christian Slater). Louis tells Daniel about his life as a vampire. From the moment Lestat de Lioncourt (Tom Cruise) turned him into a vampire and onwards. And that is your story in a nutshell. I will not really spoil the entire story for two main reasons. 1. I would be sitting here all day and this review would be too long. 2. Why would I spoil the entire story of a movie? That would be incredibly dumb. But as I always say: It does not matter if the idea for your movie is simple and not very original, as long as the execution is done well. And in this movie I can say that the execution is well done. This movie is one of the few that is perfectly paced. It never feels too slow or too fast, it is excellent in pacing. I was intrigued by the execution of this movie and I never got bored. Well done, people of this movie! Also, the ending of this movie was really surprising…not kidding. I was genuinely surprised with what they did…good job, people!

The characters are complex and interesting to watch. A lot of that is because of the excellent writing, but also because of the really good performances from the actors. I think this is one of Brad Pitt’s best performances…seriously. Mainly because he captures the feeling of this calm guy with a tortured soul. Great job, Pitt! Tom Crusie was also great in this movie. Still, he is good in everything. I was also happily surprised by (the very young) Kirsten Dunst in this movie. She killed it (Vampire pun not intended). So in general, characters and acting in this movie is great.

The music is fucking amazing. It is just what you’d expect…orchestral stuff! But that is never a bad thing (Unless it is used in a really bad movie). Here it is amazing and really sets the mood of the scenes. Composer Elliot Goldenthal did an amzing job with the soundtrack and I suggest you check him out. Want even more proof the soundtrack is great? Okay. It was nominated for an Oscar…that is how great it is.

The camera work in this movie is some of the best I have seen in quite a while (Even rivaling Jack Reacher). Sure, it is not as great as anything done by David Fincher, but it still worth a mention for it’s quality. Also the makeup in this movie is really well done. Not only to make the vampires look pale and half dead…but even when showing decaying corpses it is amazing. Almost, just almost rivaling “The Walking Dead”.

Reception for “Interview With the Vampire” was something that was overall pretty good. Rotten Tomatoes has a score of 61% positive reviews. Metacritic gave it a 59/100. Roger Ebert gave this movie 3/4 stars and said:

Although one of the characters in “Interview with the Vampire” begs to be transformed into a vampire, and eagerly awaits the doom of immortality, the movie never makes vampirism look like anything but an endless sadness. That is its greatest strength. Vampires throughout movie history have often chortled as if they’d gotten away with something. But the first great vampire movie, “Nosferatu” (1922), knew better, and so does this one.

This movie has a 7,7/10 on imdb.com. It was also nominated for 2 Oscars. Best art decoration-set decoration and Best Original Score. However it did not win on any of them.

“Interview With the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles” (Still a mouthful) is an intriguing, well filmed, well acted movie with a great soundtrack. I am ready to give it my final score now. My final score for “Interview With the Vampire” is an 9,10/10 and with that, a recommendation to buy it. It is a great movie.

“Interview With the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles” is now reviewed.

I wonder what it would be like to see Lestat fight with Buffy…

Recent purchases: Episode 2

Guten Abend meine Freunde! Today this linguistic guy from Sweden is back to tell you about some of his most recent purchases (as in purchases after the last episode). So let’s not waste any time…HERE WE GO!

 

Movies (DVD):
Terminator 2 – Director’s Cut (1991)
Argo (2012)
Forrest Gump (1994)
Donnie Darko (2001)
Interview with the Vampire (1994)
The Illusionist (2006)
Zodiac (2007)
Pulp Fiction (1994)

And that’s it really. I have no more to add to the list. But I’ll see you later! I really enjoy doing these posts.