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NEAR DARK (1987)

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A film by Kathryn Bigelow

Cast: Adrian Pasdar, Jenny Wright, Lance Henriksen, Bil Paxon

Caleb who appears to be a drifter, sporting  western clothing and a cowboy hat. While standing outside a convenience store with his friends, he sees Mae walk out for a breath of air with her ice cream cone. He is stunned by her overwhelming beauty so he goes and starts to talk to her. While taking an evening drive together, Caleb tells Mae that he has never met any other girls like her. “No, you haven’t met any girls like me, she replies”.  Caleb is intrigued with Mae’s mysticism, whereas many men would instantly be turned off by the oddness of her presence. But Caleb’s character seems to have some curiosity that is burning inside of him.

Here is Kathryn Bigelow early work who created a cross-bred biker western vampire film. And that my friends is a beautiful thing. It is outrageous, poetic , romantic and has a bloody thrill that will grab you by the balls with something else that comes with emotions. The cinematography goes with the emotions that are running high at some point. The special effects stand out back in the day they were fabricated nothing on computer or very little. It is a different vampire film never been done like this one before and Bigelow has done an outstanding job here in developing the story correctly. It has become a classic cult film. Here is something interesting this is a modern spin where garlic, bats, crosses and stakes are neither needed or talk about. In fact the word vampire is never mentioned in the film. It is a film with a human side here where Caleb is getting confused of what has happened to him. This film has a savagery beauty to it with a gothic dusty western feel to it. In my country France that is there is a lot more women directors then in the US, here is a woman director who has directed action film well a little bit of everything and you think that wold open more doors for others. She became a terrific director and I guess she showed Hollywood  that she can even win an Oscar. A film that you must see.

Near Dark (1987)

Near-Dark-1987

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ONE FALSE MOVE (1992)

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A film by Carl Franklin

Cast: Bill Paxton, Billy Bob Thornton, Cynda Williams

Here is a film who has a great deal of tension, with an emotional roller coaster as an amazing power. The film begins in Los Angeles with a series of brutal murders of people in the drug underworld. Three people are involved they are a team of 2 men and a woman the Girlfriend of one of them. Billy Bob Thornton play an insecure red neck who has a girlfriend played by Cynda Williams who a serious emotional baggage. Michael Beach as the partner, a black man whose wire-rim glasses and is a cold-hearted bastard who can snap at any time. Their original plan is to sell the drugs in Houston, but after they were identified as the  murderers they change course, heading for the small Arkansas town where Williams was born and raised. First mistake, well no second mistake first is stealing the drugs. There there is a sheriff played by Bill Paxton nickname Hurricane, the thing is he has not drawn his gun for now 6 years. Los Angeles detectives (Jim Metzler and Earl Billings) flew out to join him, and may the games begins.

 

The story goes back and forth between the two set of groups. It is not the usual cops and robber story this one has a bunch of secrets between the characters that you will discover as the story unfold in the front of your eyes. the right set of moods and tones are done well by Franklin who has done theater acting and a few series but now got a hold of his first project and a great one at that. He knew how to film this. There is no clichés here it was avoided big time. Great dialogue in this film after all Billy Bob Thornton has written it. The actors were not well-known back then  but there performances were outstanding .You will not be disappointed  with this film.

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One False Move

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NIGHTCRAWLER (2014)

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A film by Dan Gilroy

Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Bill Paxton

Here is thief basically a low life who goes out at night and steals fences and led pipe to get by. I guess a job is out of the question. He goes to a construction site and sells his stolen good there and ask the boss if he was hiring his response “why would I hire a thief?” One night he drives on the highway and sees an accident he stops and sees a man filming the accident basically a nightcrawler who will sell the video to any news channel that will take it . Louis Bloom (Louis Bloom) has an idea he launches his owns business with the help of a dude who is homeless that he hires to go on site and get news footage.

First here is Jake Gyllenhaal who does independent film and since he has done that he has become a terrific actor by long shot. he gets into some dark role and go there beautifully there. Here we praise the over achiever who start a business from the ground up. But Gilroy went he wrote the scrip said to himself what if things becomes twisted and what if the main character is cold as ice, and there you have a beautiful script well written. He took it to the next level. Louis Bloom is an eager learner who has time on his hand and the news business feed his need, he finally found something that he likes and will do anything to get the news even trying to kill his competition, there is nothing he would do to get the new first. Joe Loder (bill Paxton) does not know what to make of him. Not too many people can read him. Louis moves up the latter very quickly. And then you have Nina (Rene Russo) who is a TV producer and desperate to get higher ratings and she is unethical. What start the story of a man who climb the ladder becomes something more toward the end of the film. Dan Gilroy added the tension running though out the film and you will be on the edge of your seat as the film moves along. Bill Paxton is great in this and the chemistry plus the dialog with jake is outstanding. The cinematography of Los Angeles is gorgeous even breath-taking. Nightcrawler is bold shocking and is not afraid to cross the line.

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Nightcrawler

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EDGE OF TOMOROW (2014)

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A film by Doug Liman

Cast: Tom Cruise, Emily Hunt, Bill Paxton.

Base on the great novel All you need is kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka . An alien race has invaded the earth and are winning every battle against the human race. They are faster and have better strategies.  Major William Cage (Tom Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat in his life. The general sends him in the front line. Here is the thing he gets thrown in the front line with no training at all and he gets killed. But seconds later he wakes up and lives the same day all over again Hey this looks like groundhog day or source code all over again but no it is not. He goes back and saves Rita Vrataski (Emily hunts) Cage tries to tell her what is going on when she tell him “find me when you wake up” He does and get connected to Dr. Carter (Noah Taylor). who tells him they can beat them and how but the task become is next to impossible. I do not want to reveal too much about this film just in case you didn’t see it. Emily hunt ‘s character is this ultimate warrior who keeps in shape and trains everyday to better herself as the nickname of full metal bitch. The fight scenes are intense and well done as well as gruesome as hell some of them anyway. As for Tom Cruise character at first he didn’t want to go to the front line even though it is the order of the general once he is forced into it you see him scared as hell and sweating . Later on he becomes less scared and wants to train in order to succeed. Great performance by bill Paxton who play this Sergent. Emily hunts delivers a solid performance as well as the female warrior who will stop at nothing to win this war, to top it all off the chemistry between Cruise and Hunt is near perfect. This a 3D movie but i think 3D is going to be out soon like it was back in the 70’s 80’s.

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FRAILTY (2001)

A man confesses to an FBI agent his family’s story of how his religious fanatic father’s visions lead to a series of murders to destroy supposed “demons.” Directed by Bill Paxton. A terrifying low-budget thriller that packs a greater wallop than most of the high-priced studio scarefests. The demon-destroying axe is inscribed with the letters OTIS. The significance of this writing is never given. Fans have speculated that Otis Meiks is the true name of Bill Paxton’s character “Dad.” Others believe OTIS to be an acronym for Only The Innocent Survive. The film is set in Texas and has three Texas-born actors as top-billed stars: Bill Paxton, Matthew McConaughey, and Powers Boothe. The scenes of the lengthy car ride of Agent Doyle and his witness, were shot on a sound stage. Director of photography Bill Butler had crew members slighting shaking the car and moving lights and props to create the illusion of moving through the night. Bill Paxton’s directorial debut. Allegedly, the title Frailty (which is never spoken in the film) refers not to the slow disintegration of the family, but to the very low budget for the movie. Lion’s Gate considered changing the title to “God’s Hands” (which is a phrase spoken in the film) but Paxton and writer Brent Hanley insisted against this. Ironically, the Brazilian title is ‘A Mão do Diabo’ (The Devil’s Hand’). Directors James Cameron, Sam Raimi and author Stephen King all singled out Frailty for high praise. King thought it one of the best horror movies of its year. Loosely based on the case of American serial killer Joseph Kallinger who murdered three people and tortured four families. He committed these crimes with his 13-year-old son Michael between 1974-1975 in New Jersey. Kallinger pleaded insanity, claiming God had told him to kill. At the title credit (01:12) in the writer commentary, Brent Hanley says “Frailty to me was always about the frailty of perception, the frailty of morality, the frailty of right and wrong.” At 02:16 he adds “I liked the idea of an abstract title.”

 

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A SIMPLE PLAN (1998)

A film by Sam Raimi

Cast: Bill Paxton, Billy Bob Thornton, Bridget Fonda

Two brothers and a friend find $4 million in the cockpit of a downed plane. They found the pilot dead with a bag of 4 million dollars to keep it they have to wait, it is that simple or is it? Simply one of the best films of the year, perhaps the decade! The film is directed by Sam Raimi, the creator of the Evil Dead movies and there are some suitably macabre and funny Evil Dead touches to this masterpiece, although Raimi doesn’t botch A Simple Plan up as he did with Sharon Stone’s The Quick And The Dead a couple of years ago. This is a restrained, delicate Raimi.he characters are fascinating. Paxton as Hank is the brainy one of the three. He’s been to college and has a wife (Bridget Fonda) who’s just about to have a baby. Jacob is slow and sad with a big touch of goodness about him. His hair is lank, his teeth are dirty, he’s in his thirties and has never had a girlfriend. But things take increasingly violent turns until A Simple Plan has the air of a Shakespearian tragedy solidly biased by Hitchcockian twists. Add to this Raimi’s weird sense of humor and a Coen Brothers, Fargo like frozen air and you have a superb film that will have you laughing uncomfortably as you ponder the extent to which men and women will go nuts and nasty when greed overcomes them.