Wow, I hated this movie more than I can even express, but of course, I will try.
To begin with the look of it and the score made it feel like a glorified tv movie from the 1980's. You know the ones - the type that should have starred Charles Durning and Meredith Baxter Bernie. The writer obvioulsy thinks the way to be effectively dramatic is to cram every possible scenario of bad things that could happen to the characters in. It might have been okay if they had just stuck to the robbery. Ugh, I was honestley expecting someone to fly a plane into a school full of bunnies by the end of it.
Hoffman and Ethan Hawke were pretty good with what they had to work with, but unfortunately that wasn't much. Marisa Tomei did nothing but show her tits and Albert Finney needs to be beaten with a hammer for his ineffectiveness in conveying ANYTHING that resembles human emotion not conjured for the camera.
And those stupid segue zooms - it made the focus and camera work look amateurish.
So after watching that stinking piece of tripe I continued to imbibe and smoke and made a b - line for something hard core enough to hammer the smell of shite out of my imagination - Neil Marshal's DOG SOLDIERS is always just what the doctor ordered. Seriously, there's little things about this flick in the set-up that might not jive, but GODDDAMN!!! Take everything great about the intensity of pacing with ALIENS (and there's so much), the set-up and no-way-out of Predator and the Daa-Dah of Jaws but transpose them to the Highlands of Scotland and replace other carnivore predators with the BEST LOOKING, NON CGI werewolves of all time and you get one fucking hell of a good time wrapped up in a movie. This always gets my highest possible recommendation and I've even been known to offer 'money bakc guarantees' to people who buy or rent it.
To cap the night off I watched A PERFECT PLACE. This is a short film that came to my attention via the fact that MIKE PATTON (too many bands to name them all here, but suffice it to say previously and most famously of Faith No More and Currently fucking minds with aural nightmares in Fantomas) composed and performs the entire score for the 25 minute short film written and directed by Derrick Scocchera, previously known for '04's A LOOK INTO THE FORBIDDEN ZONE. Sara ordered this for me right after it came out as Patton's record label IPECAC sells the ST and film in a cozy little package. I've been digging on the soundtrack for weeks but haven't gotten the chance to throw the flick on until now - WOW! Kinda Lynchy in a way, stars Bill Moseley (House of 1000 Corpses, Devils Rejects, TCM 2) and Mark Boone Junior (30 Days of Night, The Grey, John Carpenter's Vampires) as two mooks who have a 140 lb. problem to get rid of. Funny, weird in the right places, good times! I highly recommend everyone support it by following the IPECAC link to the right and ordering a copy of the ST/DVD.