Random Movie Mention: “8MM” (EIGHT MILLIMETER) (1999)

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8MM

...Is A Flick Most Of Y’all Likely Hated.

Lord Knows The Critics Hated It.

Audiences Stayed Away During Its Theatrical Run.

In Short…

…The Film Was A Total Bomb In The Minds Of Most People.

HOWEVER…

…I Am NOT Among Them.

To ME…

8MM

…Is A Pretty Gritty, Hardcore Romp…

…And It’s One Of My FAVORITE Post-Oscar…

NICHOLAS CAGE

…Flicks.

(Which Says A Lot, I Think, Since Most Of His Post-Oscar Flicks Have Really Sucked HARD.)

8MM

…Was Directed By One Of My LEAST Favorite Directors…

JOEL SCHUMACHER

(aka Mr. I-Put-Nipples-On-The-Batsuit-And-Killed-The-Batman-Franchise-For-A-While)

…But…

…It Was Written By…

ANDREW KEVIN WALKER

(He Wrote "SE7EN", And The Screenplay For "SLEEPY HOLLOW")

…And Co-Starred…

JOAQUIN PHOENIX

JAMES GANDOLFINI

PETER STORMARE

&

CATHERINE KEENER

…Making It MUCH More Tolerable/Palatable.

And Check Out This Tagline:

("You Can't Prepare For Where The Truth Will Take You.")

The Truth In THAT Sentence Is True-True To Truth, Fo SHO.

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NICHOLAS CAGE

…Is A Surveillance Expert Who’s Been Hired By A Wealthy-Widow To Try And Find Out If  The Contents Of An Old Reel Of Film She’s Discovered Is Real Or Not.

The Reel Of Film Is Of A Younger-Woman, Being Brutally Beaten And Then Killed.

It’s What They Call A “SNUFF-FILM”…

…And The Widow Is Desperate To Find Out The Truth, As The Reel Of Film Belonged To Her Recently-Deceased Husband.

The Quest For The Truth Leads…

NICHOLAS CAGE

…Through The Seedy, Dark, Disturbing Underworld Of Sex And Pornography…

…As He Attempts To Find The Girl In The Film, Or At Least Find…

…WHO SHE IS…

…WHERE SHE IS…

…And…

…IF SHE’S REALLY DEAD.

It’s A Wild Ride, Indeed, And It Makes For Some Quality Movie-Watchin’.

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So…

…While I Know The Flick Was A Bomb With Most Folks…

…I’m Sure There Are A Few Of Y’all Out There Who Truly DID Enjoy…

8MM

…Just As I Did.

Is It “THE BEST FLICK EVER”???

Nope.

Not At All.

Is It “AS BAD AS THE CRITICS MADE IT OUT TO BE”???

Nope.

Not At All.

Is It “DARK, GRITTY, MOODY, BRUTAL, And DISTURBING”???

YOU BETCHA, BUSTER!!!

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The Best Of “The Last…”: EPISODE II

Today, My Peeps…

…We’re Going With Another Personal FAVE…

…That Really Didn’t Get Half The Acclaim It Truly DESERVED.

Today, We’re Discussing…

THE LAST CASTLE

(2001)

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This Flick…

THE LAST CASTLE

…Boasts A Pretty Strong Cast/Crew…

…Including…

…Stars…

ROBERT REDFORD

&

JAMES GANDOLFINI

&

MARK RUFFALO

&

DELROY LINDO

…Director…

ROD LURIE

(SIDE NOTE: ROD LURIE Directed Another Personal Fave "THE CONTENDER" (2000) Starring JOAN ALLEN, GARY OLDMAN and JEFF BRIDGES)

…And The Score Was Done-Up By Score-MASTER

JERRY GOLDSMITH

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ROBERT REDFORD

…Stars As…

EUGENE IRWIN

…A Recently Court-Marshaled ARMY LIEUTENANT-GENERAL…

…Who Has Just Arrived As The Newest…

…And Most Famous…

…INMATE At A MAXIMUM-SECURITY Military Prison.

JAMES GANDOLFINI

…Stars As…

COLONEL WINTER

…The Prison’s Quietly Sadistic WARDEN.

COL. WINTER Is In Awe Of GEN. IRWIN…

…And Has No Issues With Expressing Said Awe…

…Until He Overhears GEN. IRWIN Does NOT Feel The Same Way About Him…

…Nor Soldiers Like Him.

(SIDE NOTE: COL. WINTER Is A Desk-Jockey, And Has NEVER Been IN Nor AROUND Combat, Yet Speaks Of His Love For BATTLE And Its HISTORY, Something GEN. IRWIN Does NOT Respect In Any Way.)

Once GEN. IRWIN Starts Discovering What Really Goes On Inside The Prison’s Walls, The Sparks Start To FLY!

Eventually…

GEN. IRWIN Begins To Rally The Other Inmates Into Revolt Against COL. WINTER And His Sadistic AND Murdering Ways.

The End Result Is A Battle-Royal Between…

GEN. IRWIN And The Other Inmates…

…-VS-…

…COL. WINTER And His Army Of Prison Guards!!!

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If You’re Still Reading Me…

…Then I’m Banking On Y’all Trusting Me.

Audiences AND Critics, Alike, Were VERY SPLIT Over…

THE LAST CASTLE

…When It Was Released In Late 2001.

BUT…

…Please TRUST ME When I Say…

…I Wasn’t Split.

I Actually Took Someone ON A DATE To See This Flick In October Of 2001…

…And I LOVED IT!!!

(SIDE NOTE: I Loved THE FLICK, Not THE DATE... Just Sayin'...)

 I’ve ALWAYS Been Into…

ROBERT REDFORD

…And…

JAMES GANDOLFINI

…And BOTH Actors…

…DO A BANG-UP JOB…

…In…

THE LAST CASTLE

Fo SHO, My Peeps!!!

FO SHO, INDEED!!!

So…

…If You’re In The Mood For A Damn-Fine Prison-Drama…

…With Some Quality Stars Flexing Their Acting-Chops…

…And A GREAT Musical Score…

…Then…

THE LAST CASTLE

…MIGHT Be One You’d ENJOY!!!

That’s The Important Part, Right, My Peeps???

Everyone NEEDS/CRAVES A Little Enjoyment In Their Lives…

…DON’T THEY???

YOU BETCHA THEY DO!!!

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