Category Archives: 2 Snobs

Filth (Comedy-Crime-Drama)

Filth“The title lacks novelty, but is still a very accurate representation of what the film is made out to be”

A detective by the name of Bruce is in line to become promoted, but first he must impress the chief as well as devise a plan to beat out his colleagues. Out of the other detectives, he really only sees a few that could stand in his way and all but one can be subdued. One major problem with his backstabbing and elaborate sabotaging is he is in no state of mind to competently remove his competitors from the runnings. With his drug, drinking, and sex habits coupled with his steadily increasing hallucinations, the odds of his victory are quickly decreasing as his insanity continues to overwhelm him.

The representation of Scotland from the start is quite a shame, and the characters and debauchery that converge with it are anything but pleasant. Having talent such as James McAvoy leading the show into complete despair was troublesome, and will make many question his integrity for future role selections. The performance itself was intense and compelling, but the screenplay dragged him into becoming a sick individual that twisted your perception of him into a pathetic self indulged coward.

The random hallucinatory components were disturbing and horrifyingly fascinating to start which tugged you along, up until the origin of disorder came to light, making them cliché and ridiculously illogical. Once you finally understand what is provoking this heavily weighted downward spiral into madness, you come to realize you will never redeem the 90 minutes of your life you spent waiting for some type of empathic anecdote.

Fruitvale Station (Drama-Crime)

fruitvale“Some people just aren’t very good listeners, while others have nervous trigger fingers”

A young African American man by the name of Oscar Grant has just come out of the big house and is trying to turn his life around. After recently losing his job for tardiness, and then dumped his large marijuana stash in the ocean which was suppose to pay his bills, the young man puts himself in a tough spot. Nevertheless he still wants to enjoy the New Year with his baby mama, and let go of his troubles for a few hours. After a night of partying with his friends, he encounters a former white supremacist inmate that disrespected him and his mom in Jail. A fight breaks out, the police are called, and while Oscar and his friends are in custody, law enforcement “accidentally” shoots someone.

If you are in the mood for a depressing story and a heavy plot point that drags on and concludes on a sour note, this one is for you. The story is based on actual events that took place in 2009 at Fruitvale Station in Oakland,California, and the actual phone footage is shown at the start of the film. This brings the audience to the point of knowing what is about to happen before it does, which ruins the element of surprise all together. This is beside the point, as the events and story arcs leading up to it are the real focus, which are unfortunately generic and lack any originality for this type of urban tale.

Already having a shortage of creativity, the lead actors performance is not believable as a young man who grew up in the hood. What made matters worse is when his “strait from the hood” friends came onto the screen, you could tell he had to overcompensate to even partially blend in. No matter how many “brahs” he proclaims and other street references strait out of the urban dictionary, his preforming art school colors bleed right onto the screen making it very hard to watch without chuckling.

Prince Avalanche (Drama-Comedy)

aval“Lets take two funny men and make one pathetically serious and the other a bland immature idiot”

After the historic forest fires of Texas in 1988, the rural countryside needs help fixing their back roads.  So after the initial infrastructure is complete, Alvin (Paul Rudd) is contracted in the summer months to be a line painter with the help of his girlfriends younger brother (Emile Hirsch).  Though these two are polar opposites and annoy the hell out of each other, they grow to understand one another when their lives hit a rough patch.

Anyone with half a brain could see how this whole story was going to play out.  Alvin was just miserable the whole time and was so cliche it made you depressed just looking at him.  Not to mention Lance, the stereotypical horny 20-something burnout whose low self-esteem lures him to high school girls.  Both of these characters were so poorly written and over the top you couldn’t even play along with the charade.

The goal of the movie was simple, with the intention to develop these two pitiful souls into something special.  What ended up happening was they took too much time pealing back their layers, when the onions were translucent to begin with.  After this time was wasted, they made it up by rushing through the actual storyline and maturing process of the characters and left everything unfinished.

Another minor fault was the painful obvious attempt to make this an artsy indie comedy.  We don’t need the panning shots, dreamlike sequences, and stills just give us what we came to see.  David Gordon Green, the director, should stick to what he is good at and give us more fast paced and vulgar comedies and stay away from this genre.

It wasn’t unwatchable as there were a few funny scenes when the characters let loose and became the actors we know and love, but this was very short lived.  The local moonshine man really stole the show in my eyes, and was the only refreshing character of the whole film.  In the end, most would expect a goofy, dark, or at least cute comedy with these loveable actors, but you end up hitting roadblock after roadblock of mediocre proportions.

Prisoners (Thiller-Crime-Drama)

 pris“An initially gripping story with events that eventually become mundane and tiresome, making you wait in agony for some type of redemption”

The premise of the film is two girls go missing after they wander over to one of the girls’ residence up the street during thanksgiving.  The police have no suspects or tangible clues except for a suspicious camper van that was parked outside a neighboring house when the girls vanished.  Detective Loki (Jake Gyllenhaal) is put on the case and it becomes his first real challenge as he has solved every case up to this point.

Hugh Jackman began with a very strong performance as one of the parents of the missing girls.  He was very authentic for a father in this situation, and it was very easy to empathize with him.  His character development became a bit cliché and then evolved into overzealous.  Luckily his heartfelt start made you roll your eyes a bit less as his overacting gradually became irritating.  One note-worthy performance, though you only saw him briefly (but heard him throughout), was Paul Dano.  He was the main suspect, but portrayed a believable child like innocence that you couldn’t help but feel sorry for.

The running time was an issue as it was over 2 ½ hours.  It showcased suspenseful scenes but a lot of the distorted suspicions and the emotional disorder were excessive.  The plot could have been much tighter, and since the subject matter is a bit heavy it became unpleasant.

In essence the story was a very elementary allegory of the human spirits transformation in a state of powerlessness.  A type of film you would see with your adolescent child and they would be able to discern the meaning of the film half way through.

American Hustle (Drama-Crime)

hustle“An extravagant overstuffed pig which was overcooked and became inevitably dry and unpalatable”

I understand that honorable critics and movie buffs alike revered this movie, but personally I don’t see what the big fuss is all about.  This is a classic case of Hollywood hysteria and everyone likes it so you better too or else you are ignorant.  I think if everyone had no outside influences and looked at this film at face value, they would be able to see the movie I saw.  Let me try to explain, I will hold back any real spoilers.

The beginning starts out beautifully, showing Christian Bale’s character taking his time with his hairpiece routine and then the following scene were Bradley Coopers character messes it up before a big meeting.  I had great vibes right off the bat, but they didn’t last long.  The Costume and 70’s Score was spot on, the way the scenes were shot was very visually stimulating, but what was missing was an engaging plot and believable characters.

I tried my very best to get into what was going on, but everything was so chaotic from the start and oddly enough developing at snails pace.  At a few points I was so disengaged I began dosing off.  There were so many unnecessary plot points the movie could have been 30% shorter and probably more entertaining.

The most off-putting part of this whole film was the cast.  Lets put all the knights of the round table from last year box office into one “epic” and see what happens.  I understand that The Director, David O. Russell, likes these stars because they have worked in his other films.  But Russel’s dream-team casting vision fell short in executing intriguing roles which were set up to develop into very deep characters.

Take Jennifer Lawrence from Silver Linings Playbook who I genuinely like, but make her a loud, shit-talking, no nonsense, young new jersey trophy wife.  Jennifer was actually almost believable, but Amy Adams may have been more suitable for this role since she already played it pretty well last year in The Fighter.  Can you even fathom Adams as an irresistible seductress?  Even the low cut dresses, which are in every scene, couldn’t help with her persona or forced acting.  Every time she tried to act sexy it look more like she was about to overdose on Quaaludes.  Bradley Cooper I have never really liked on screen, but he was as annoying as ever.  And that other guy, Jason Bourne 2, was o.k. at best.  Christian Bale was the only enjoyable one of the bunch and really kept this movie afloat, without him it would have sunk without a doubt.