Pretty crazy that this first film from Abbott & Costello grossed more than Citizen Kane . When the scenes stay with the comedic duo, this is pretty funny, especially the rifle drill bit that was the springboard idea for the film. While I understand the appeal at the time of throwing musical acts in your picture, a couple of the Andrews Sisters performances can be lost without ill effect - but keep Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, that one slaps.
Damn, this is great neo-noir. Greatly scripted and directed by Lawrence Kasdan, and performed by William Hurt and Kathleen Turner - in a screen debut. Absolutely indebted (heh) to films like Double Indemnity and Humphrey Bogart, Raymond Chandler style pictures; and Kathleen Turner effectively channels the spirit of a Lauren Bacall and Barbara Stanwyck in her terrific performance. This just oozes sex appeal and successfully sustains it for the duration of film; also one of the better and more memorable…
Gyllenhaal continues his current hot streak of roles in this film as Louis Bloom, a sociopathic up-start stringer who sells his graphic crime scene videos to a local news station. Gyllenhaal is at the same time reprehensible and exhilarating to watch throughout all his character's bug-eyed and cooly delivered monologues.
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Puzzling. That's the word for this film. I'm so perplexed as to how this is the finished cut that was released to the world. For every good thing it does (or at least attempts to do), there is a stupid thing to cancel it out. What results is a scattershot viewing experience and film on the whole.
Affleck is bomb and I think Snyder really would have preferred to make a movie just about Batman, which would explain the shafting…