The good people at film/TV/literature website, The Artifice, were kind enough to publish my review of Paul Thomas Anderson’s highly anticipated The Master. I guess I was pretty late to the game with it as it was released two months ago, but I was unable to catch it in its initial run. Determined to see it on the cinema screen, I had to wait until Camelot Outdoor screened it last weekend to finally catch the best film of 2012 the way it was meant to be.
Check the review out over HERE.
Where to begin on Killing Them Softly? This is a good film. Maybe even a great one. But there is plenty that hampers it. Perhaps a brief synopsis will help but not a lot really happens so maybe it won’t. The film initially centres around Frankie (played by up-and-comer Scoot McNairy) and Russell (Aussie Ben Mendelsohn who actually gets to play it Australian) as a pair of young crims, the latter a dog walking heroin addict, who rob a poker game that has more consequences both expected and not for everyone involved. Enter Brad Pitt’s hitman, Jackie Coogan, often seen conversing with mafia spokesperson Richard Jenkins and enlisted old-schooler, Mickey (James Gandolfini). They’re here to do a job but times are tough. Set to the backdrop of the 2008 Presidential election campaign, Killing Them Softly is ultimately about economics. Or at least it wants to be.
Posted in Film: Past Releases
Tagged 2012 Film, Andrew Dominik, Brad Pitt, Chopper, Coogan's Trade, Crime Noir, Film Review, Financial Crisis, Hitman, James Gandolfini, Mafia, Scoot McNairy