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BONE TOMAHAWK (2015)

 

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A film by S. Craig Zahler

Cast: Kurt Russell, Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox

Here is an original idea for a western , well it is a western / horror genre film. Shot in 21 days 45 miles outside of L.A. Bone Tomahawk never feels like your typical western.
The story goes like this a female doctor, and Two others are taken from a jail. It looks like it is the Indians who has abducted them but is it really Indians ? And if so what kind of Indians are they?

 
This film is going too become a classic cult film. The dialogue is outstanding here is  some of the great dialogue plus there are the fluid boundaries between criminality, the law and savagery, sacrilege and faith. Here is 4 guys one with crushes who is on a the trail to find and rescue the others that has been taken. It is the wild that is going to be a challenge and then later a plan to get the others. Pay attention to the dialogue here. I think Hollywood needs to learn from independent film making here. This western surprised me here big time a little warning there some gore into it and  it is going to be unpleasant to watch. The film is at its purest raw form.  Kurt and the rest of the cast are fantastic in it their chemistry are flowing through their veins. I am going to get that one in my collection.

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DEEPWATER HORIZON (2016)

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A film by Peter Berg

Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, Douglas M. Griffin

Deepwater Horizon has  a two-act piece: Act 1: Meet the Crew, Act 2: Watch the Disaster.” So, we get a little bit of time with Mike Williams (Mark Wahlberg) and his family, including wife Felicia (Kate Hudson), before he heads off to work at his admittedly very unusual job an oil-drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico. We meet one of the elder lead man of the rig, “Mr. Jimmy” (Kurt Russell) and one of its younger employees, Andrea Fleytas (Gina Rodriguez). Of course, there are also a few pain in the ass BP executives floating around, including the remarkably devious  Donald Vidrine (John Malkovich) great actor there.

The first part of the film is simple you meet the crew and their wife and boyfriends etc…then they go to the rig in the middle of the ocean off the coast of Louisiana. So far so good. The there is the tech talk is the pump has enough pressure to pump without messing up of course no surprise to me they are behind schedule plus the equipment on the rig is going to shit. There no surprise. The thing is you can push people too much in order to get the job done right. But a deadline is a deadline.

The second part of the film the catastrophe the big bang the biggest disaster in the US from a petrol company. It is based on the accident 20 April 2010 when all hell broke loose, explosion and fire every where it is amazing that most go the crew survive only 10 death (that is too much) out of I think 120. Here it is an effective disaster film that shows you what they say will never happen, happened . The thing is here to me is the film has missed the aftermath how people has coped weeks down the road, the people, the tragedy. and yes BP cut corner here no surprise there. Do not get me wrong here it  is  a piece of entertaining film but something was left out.

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THE HATEFUL EIGHT (2015)

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A film by Quentin Tarantino

Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh

In the dead of a Wyoming winter, a bounty hunter and his prisoner with two other shady character that he picked up along the way find shelter in a cabin currently inhabited by a collection of miscreant  characters.

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Yes an other Tarantino film and a western, but this on is a whodunit western. He kept true to the genre and a new cool dusty score from Ennio Morricone. The film is broken up into five chapters, led by a musical overture and split by an intermission old school-style, but there film takes a while to really kick in. In the film there is quite a bunch of shady characters “The Hangman” John Ruth (Kurt Russell, perfectly suited for the role as the grizzly bear type  and the criminal  he intends to see hanged, Daisy Dormegue (Jennifer Jason Leigh) she is all fangs and vicious  as hell. But first before they go the their destination they are hold up by two characters that he picks up along the way.The first one is white-hunting former Union soldier Major Marquis Warren (Samuel L. Jackson), who carries around a note written to him by President Abraham Lincoln (I love that one). The second is Chris Mannix (Walton Goggins), the supposed new Sheriff of Red Rock, which happens to be where Daisy is meant to meet to be hang . Coincidence? Yeah right! You know better than that. As they have to stop to this cabin because of the blizzard is greeted by a Mexican Bob The Mexican (Demian Bichir), who tells them the owners are out of town; Inside the cabin are Oswaldo Mobray (Tim Roth), the hangman of Red Rock; the silent and secretive cowboy Joe Gage (Michael Madsen); and the racist Confederate General Sanford Smithers (Bruce Dern). You right there and then you are in for some serious dialogue  and bloody carnage.

Tarantino builds up the tension slowly at first then you will get a punch in the gut as the story goes along. A great ensemble  cast that delivers a kick ass dialogue. The level of details is this film is amazing down right scary. There is comedy, blood, gun fight, fighting , slapstick shock ,and tense as well just like those Spaghetti western and yes Quentin does stylize his film. That is all folks I will say no more than rush to the theater to see this one.

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USED CARS (1980)

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A film by Robert Zemeckis.

Cast: Kurt Russell, Jack Warden, Gerrit Graham.

The brothers, both played by Jack Warden, have  different fate: One is Rich and the other one is poor and on his last leg.  Warden does great in both role it is a joy to see him. It appears that the rich brother will run the poor brother out of business. They are a great deal of characters in this film so you are going to pay attention from the beginning. Kurt Russell plays a used car salesman who hopes to save the failing business in order to raise money for his political campaign. Warden does a great job playing both brothers. Gerrit Graham has some funny moments as a superstitious, sex-mad salesman. Russell plays a great sleazy used car salesman who has a bunch of trick up his sleeves and most of all he dress the part perfectly well back in the 80’s they were car salesman who dressed like that. At the beginning of the movie there is a gag that kurt that involved a smart dog, a radio station and a station wagon full of kids. Of course there is cars and a lots of them. I remember seeing this film back in the 80’s when it came on cable my best friend and I saw it at least 3 times. it is a great classic comedy.

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TOMBSTONE (1993)

A film by George P. Cosmatos.
cast: Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer, Sam Elliott.
After success cleaning up Dodge City, Wyatt Earp moves to Tombstone, Arizona, and wishes to get rich in obscurity. He meets his brothers there, as well as his old friend Doc Holliday. A band of outlaws that call themselves The Cowboys are causing problems in the region with various acts of random violence, and inevitably come into confrontation with Holliday and the Earps, which leads to a shoot-out at the OK Corral.
Great western. A knockout character performance by Val Kilmer as Doc Holliday that should have won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar. Kilmer has only 31 scenes but manages to steal every one of them A rarity those days . His constantly drunken state – “I have two guns, one for each of you.” -and his slow, sad death from tuberculosis – are masterworks of acting technique. Kurt din’t do too bad either. This was a very enjoyable western.

DEATH PROOF (2007)

In Death Proof — director Tarantino’s take on such peddle-to-the-metal shockers as White Line Fever — Kurt Russell stars as an engine-revving psychopath who prefers to take out his beautiful victims at 200 mph. Originally released into theaters on a double bill with Robert Rodriguez’s Planet Terror under the Grindhouse banner, Death Proof finds a group of ladies out on the town pitted against a mysterious figured named Stuntman Mike (Russell), whose vintage automobile has been partially modified to withstand even the most extreme auto collision. Death Proof takes viewers on an adrenaline-infused drive that’s as sexy as it is shocking. The original name for this film, which pops up for about a frame, is “Quentin Tarantino’s Thunder Bolt”. Zoe Bell does all her own stunts (she was the stunt double for Uma Thurman in the “Kill Bill” series, which was also directed by Quentin Tarantino). The jukebox (named AMi, pronounced “Amy”), is Quentin Tarantino’s own. It was trucked to Austin to be used in the film in its very own rig. The list of songs on it was also hand-written by Tarantino. When Kim, Zoe and Abby are in the Challenger, ready to go on their “test drive”, they pull up by Lee and Kim says, “Hey good looking, we’ll be back to pick YOU up later!” This was a line in a commercial for a cheesy Ronco product, Mr. Microphone, in the ’70s. It was used again in a 1990’s episode of The Simpsons. The two waitresses that do shots with the group in The Texas Chili Parlor are Lonestar Roller Derby girls “Venis Envy” from the “Putas del Fuego”, and “Punky Bruiser” from the “Holy Rollers”. In an interview with Newsweek, Quentin Tarantino stated he came up with the idea of “Death Proof” when he was talking to a friend about buying a car. Tarantino wanted to buy a Volvo because he “didn’t want to die in some auto accident like the one in Pulp Fiction”. In regards to the safety of the car, his friend had said, “Well, you could take any car and give it to a stunt team, and for $10,000 or $15,000, they can death-proof it for you.” The “death proof” phrase had stuck to Tarantino after that. The film was physically scratched to achieve its dirty look, rather than digitally scratch the film footage. A conversation takes place among Abby, Zoe, Kim and Lee in which it’s revealed that Abby’s last boyfriend, a film director, cheated on her with a stunt double for Daryl Hannah. Monica Staggs, who plays Lanna Frank in the first half of Death Proof, was the stunt double for Hannah in Kill Bill: Vol. 1 and Kill Bill: Vol. 2. The poster of Brigitte Bardot in Jungle Julia’s house above the sofa was made especially for the movie. The only Quentin Tarantino movie that takes place completely in chronological order.