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Killing Them Softly (2012)
This is a Business!
Killing Them Softly is a Gangster / Crime /Mob type film about a group of criminals that decide to hold-up a Mob protected card game. As a result the local Criminal economy suffers and a fearless Hit-man (played by Brad Pitt) is hired to hunt down the culprits.
Killing them Softly has some great actors, good script and some great action & effects. The film is quite well made and has a good feel.
However, despite having the potential for a good production the film gives up its story far to quickly and any real suspense is lost. There's also characters in the film that don't seem to serve any real purpose so some of the talent is wasted. (There's also the question of why anyone would hire a useless & untrustworthy criminal to do such a high profile robbery!)
Overall its fairly entertaining and well made and actually quite enjoyable and there was enough substance to keep me entertained for the duration of the film. Unfortunately it just felt a little pointless!
Crash back to Earth!
After being a big fan of similar products and being seduced by the smart packaging and advertisement campaigns a group of us decided (with high hopes) to indulge in an mind altering evening of Ecstasy. The initial Come Up was okay but unfortunately it took around 15-20 minutes to realize we had actually been sold a dud as it became apparent this was just a cheap imitation.
As the experience continued things got worse. Ecstasy just didn't seem quite authentic and certainly not as some of the older Ravers would remember it! Ecstasy felt watered down, it didn't have any real substance and the overall effect just seemed quite week, if not bleak!
As the night progressed we were faced with the realization that Ecstasy is actually 10-20 years past its sell by date! As the Come Down set in we felt The producers behind this product have obviously churned it out without any real passion or knowledge of the scene.
There have been better attempts to recreate the Produce of the late eighties & the nineties including Human Traffic and 24 Hour Party People (even Weekender) but If your looking to recapture the Buzz from your Raving Days then the Feeling from Ecstasy may be a bit of an anti-climax!
Broken City (2013)
BC stars Mark Wahlberg as Taggart, a Private Eye and former cop who is hired by the NY Mayor played by Russel Crowe. The Mayor would like Taggart to investigate his wife but there seems to be a hidden agenda behind the Mayors intentions!
BC has a lot of similarities to Mark Wahlberg's other productions like Contraband. There's a fairly interesting story, a familiar role for Mark Wahlberg, some good acting and some good - but over the top action. BC is entertaining enough but the story is a bit predictable and gives away any real suspense a little to early.
Overall its entertaining and fairly well produced but its no classic and not a true Political Thriller like State of Play.
Parental Guidance (2012)
PG starts off OK with Artie's (Billy Crystal) Baseball commentating but as he loses his job it's not just Artie that loses the plot! Arties daughter asks Artie and his wife Diane (Bette Midler) if they can look after their 3 children while they go on a Work Vacation! But as Mum and Dad vacate the film crumbles!
PG remarks on rebuilding relationships, generation gaps, different parental styles and the over controlled environments some children live in. Unfortunately it doesn't really make any clear points, messages or morals, instead it leaves us with bad jokes and a jumbled film!
Over the years kids & family films have had to find ways to entertain a wide audience in terms of age range but PG didn't even convince the young kids that were watching! Overall an awkward 100 Minutes that was in severe need of Guidance!