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Killer Joe - 27/6/2012 2:01:54 AM   
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It's a comedy, Empire. - 27/6/2012 2:01:54 AM   


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And it's worth more than 3 stars, you fence sitters. It may slouch in the middle a little, but the final scene is bonkers in a way no film has been, at least since the early Peter Jackson films, and those who enjoy that sort of thing will adore this.

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I didn't like it. Much. - 27/6/2012 2:33:49 AM   


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It's pretty funny in places. A bit crazy for sure. And yes, McConaughey gives a fine performance.. But I just didn't think it was that great. Definitely not one for the average cinema goer methinks!

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Can I erase this movie from my mind? - 27/6/2012 3:47:28 PM   


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Billed as William Friedkin's come back movie and with a great cast, I had high hopes for it. But boy was I wrong! Unlikeable character's did deprave things for the sake of it which seems to be the director's instructions to the actors as well which is let's see how far we can push this, logic and plot be damned. Had it even decent dialog I could have forgiven it but not even that. Just shows what masters the Coen brothers are who can spin a great yarn with similar characters and locations. This is just awful and avoid like the plague unless you are a fan of obscene acts committed on screen so you can brag to your mates later in the pub (I call it ShockPorn)!

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Brutal, bush-filled brilliance. - 30/6/2012 2:15:51 PM   

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If topiary ain’t your thing, look away now.

Fuzzy shrubs, trimmed or otherwise, are hard to miss in this rather lady-garden obsessed film; in fact I would go so far to say there was more bush in this movie than the White House. Circa 2001, that is. And yes, excuse my squeamishness, but some of it might have been somewhat gratuitous.

Ok. So, extreme confronting nudity aside, I have to admit, this film became quite the unexpected guilty pleasure.

I mean, there really is something about this film I feel I should dislike – the bone-crunching, blood-filled violence, the twisted psychotic women (whose motivation for psychosis seem to basically be, that they are women) and a big bunch of hormonal posturing from each of the men. And Texan accents, too – they normally drive me nuts.

But, still. I really liked it. Emile Hirshe proved to be a wonderfully wheeling, dealing bogan, with the anti-midas curse, turning everything he touches into deep deep do-do – one of life’s charming and cute, but hopeless, losers. And as much as you can foresee his spiral of destruction, your heart totally goes out to him.

Like-wise Thomas Hayden Church, as his father, brings home the bacon in a refreshing paternal portrayal, and Juno Temple’s turn, as his sister Dottie, is dottier than a Damien Hirst retrospective. Basically, an awesome, killer cast.

Which, I guess, leads us to Matthew McConaughey. Good old Killer Joe himself. A bunch of reviews claim it’s the performance of his career, reminding me heaps of Woody Harrelson’s Rampart – what is it about bad-ass, extremely violent stoic characters that arose a sense of awe from movie critics? Nice guys might win in life, but rarely in rave reviews. Still, watching his tightly coiled spring just waiting to explode is intensely gripping entertainment.

And, oddly, in spite of all the death, depression and disorder, the entire experience is mightily aesthetically pleasin

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Decent - 1/7/2012 6:17:43 PM   


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My main problem with the movie is that Hirsch's character is so stupid and unlikeable. There's almost not enough of McConaughey, the final scene though... it's unpleasantness alone make it a must-see. But, not in a good way.

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What is it with Empire? - 3/7/2012 12:44:44 PM   


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How on earth can Empire give this gem of a film 3 stars, the same as Snow Plank & the Dunceman?

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Wild At Heart And Weird On Top. - 4/7/2012 11:32:04 PM   
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Almost a mixture of David Lynch and The Coens. McConaughey's Joe gives Bobby Peru a run for his money. I enjoyed watching Killer Joe as a slice of something truly independent and different. It's not for everyone, but for those not afraid of jet black dark humour and down right weirdness, this film is not a waste of time by any means. Beautifully shot, Killer Joe look fantastic on the big screen. The music and Score worked well throughout, pepping up particularly when the end credits roll. The cast is a real tour de force. Juno Temple in particular deserves a very worthy mention for her utterly brilliant and brave performance.
It's great to see William Friedkin still bringing out something so far apart from the rest of cinema.

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RE: Wild At Heart And Weird On Top. - 7/7/2012 6:16:06 AM   

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Strange film.It's like a cross between Braindead and Drive,but not as cool.
Mc Conaughey goes dark then ruins it with a bizarre ending,3 stars is about right.


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BLACKEST OF COMEDIES.... - 11/7/2012 6:55:48 PM   


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Half way into this film and you'll start wondering how far are they going to take this? I agree with JCR. It's worth more than three stars. Not quite Jo Nesbos' Headhunters terrority but still definitely worth a look. I always wondered what happened to Gina Gershon - she was quite tasty once - well...actually she still is. Never going to eat my KFC in quite the same way after watching this though....FOUR STARS

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My Wife Liked It - 8/10/2012 2:32:56 PM   


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I took the wife to see this little gem and to my surprise - she liked it. My film choices are superb (in my opinion) but "Blue Velvet" did not go down well. So....... when the dark violent humour started springing up in Killer Joe - I started to worry.

I think it worked well because the film took the time to flesh out all the characters so you cared about what happened to them. It's really a bit of a "blokes" flick with the storyline and scene set ups. So good to see it can also appeal to a mature lady as well.

Nice little "trailer trash scheme goes astray flick" and well worth a watch. KFC will never taste the same again.....

How comes a great director like Friedkin only has a handful of reviews on his latest outing? I went on the fact he directed it and it's a shame it has not got better coverage. Anyway... The Wife and I have done our bit.

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RE: My Wife Liked It - 29/11/2012 7:11:29 AM   

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Killer Joe (2011)

Warning, the term 'trailer trash' and other derogatory slang terms for Southern State Americans will probably be used too much in this review.

Wasn't sure what to expect with this film but you do get the gist of it pretty quickly as things kick off. The films poster describes what it is and I can't really disagree, a redneck, white trailer trash, hick, corn on the cob chewing murder thriller with a strange fetish for fried one scene.

The plot is straight forward to a point, a young Texan lad owes some local hoods money due to the lack of his drug dealing skills (I think). In order to get the money he decides to hire a hitman to kill his mother for the insurance, nothing special so far. As things get deeper we are presented with twists and double cross as family members have lied and 'Killer Joe' requires payment for his part of the deal.

To be honest the film is made by its characters. All players perform so well throughout and really set the tone. 'Ansel' played by Church is easily the best in the film, his slow lumbering baseball cap wearing 'Herman Munster' type is both amusing and captivating with that slow Southern draw. Gershon as the slutty loud mouthed mother in law is strangely sexy (that's Gershon though) despite her foul mouth and eratic behaviour, even when shes beaten its kinda hot...or is that just me?.

Hirsch plays the young inexperienced grubby hillbilly drug dealer beautifully even if the role is more standard than the rest. Temple is another piece of perfect casting with her very young pale innocent looks combined with the fantastically trashy outfit provided. Both of these young actors along with Gershon and Church make up a brilliantly low brow, dysfunctional, blue collar family of yokels that swing from moments of care and affection to violence and profanity in the blink of an eye.

Of course the main character is 'Killer Joe' played by McConaughey and he does surprise. Not really seen him in a role like this before, kinda familiar to Bale in 'American Psycho'. His ice cool calm detective lures you into a sense safety and security but can turn on a dime, yet he remains calm and collected. You can see him thinking about the situation in every scene, he is intelligent and deadly and doesn't think twice to battering a female to a bloody mess only then to act as if everything is fine and nothing happened.
The guy is scary as he smoothly talks to other characters, you know he is gonna do something nasty but when? how? how nasty? its intimidating and tense. Never knew McConaughey had it in him.

Yes the whole look, feel, sound and outcome of the film is slightly generic, the redneck visuals being cliched maybe?. There is a strong 'Deliverance' 'Blue Velvet' type theme running through the film which is uncomfortable. 'Joe's' 'taking' of 'Dottie' and sexually using her despite her youth and virginity which she proclaims is rather edgy and awkward to watch. The whole violent sequence with 'Sharla' isn't as bloody or nasty as expected but its damn suggestive and just has such a creepy vibe to it. The quick return to normality after this sequence followed by another quick burst to violent aggression from everyone is both shocking and bizarre frankly.

This film isn't outright shocking but more highly suggestive and plain cheeky, blue at times with full nudity. Even though there is much titillation it never really excites you in that way, the film has a dirty, smutty, greasy feel as if you need to have a shower whilst watching. Friedkin's curious blend of murder, dark humour, sexual content, a lot of typical Southern Americana visuals/social culture with likable oddballs is a good watch. The plot is nothing special and there are no fancy action set pieces, its all about the characters and none of them disappoint.

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RE: My Wife Liked It - 3/12/2012 2:43:29 AM   


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What do I think about this film? It's depraved and morally reprehensive. It is about a horrible family and a horrible man doing progressively horrible things. If that's what you're looking for, you got it. I didn't hate the film either. I laughed at the many black comedy throughout the film. I was engaged, nay, thrilled at McConaughey's performance - and Friedkin's show-stopping direction. "Killer Joe" is a film that will remain for a long while in the mind after viewing. Especially the riveting, lunatic ending.


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RE: Killer Joe - 3/12/2012 4:55:53 AM   


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It's classic neo-noir, those complaining about unlikable characters are very much missing the point, or at the least they be dabbling in the wrong style of film. ;-)

Reprehensible!? Love it. :-)


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RE: Killer Joe - 12/1/2013 11:33:20 PM   

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Three stars? Harsh beans. Watched this tonight.

One of the finest, twisted, comical hick-noir movies you're likely to see. Terrific performances all round (how McC wasn't nominated for anything is beyond me, guess this isn't safe Oscar fodder).

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From Dusk Till Dawn - 13/2/2013 9:54:54 AM   


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I may be doing From Dusk Till Dawn a disservice and as usual I am comparing two films that are completely different in almost every way. However, as with FDTD, I was really enjoying this film right up until the last scene, which was totally ridiculous. It completely ruined what was a really interesting thriller with some really good performances. I havent read Empires review but with a different last scene this certainly would have got 4 stars for me. As it is it stays with 3. Good but not great. PS. I dont think ill ever look at a chicken drumstick in the same way again.

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Gleefully Twisted, Disgracefully Funny - 24/2/2013 11:53:50 AM   

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Can I just start by saying, kudos to Matthew McConaughey, who has managed to tackle a different role and do it surprisingly well. Now, the review. In an age where EVERYONE is doing funny-horror, it's nice to see that there are still people who aren't afraid to take risks. Killer Joe is a horrendously depraved experience, but it's also brilliantly comical. The humour is grisly and about as dry as you can get, but the tone of the film carries this effortlessly, leaving the viewer wondering whether they're supposed to cringe or chuckle. The story is a little underwritten, but the investment in all of the wonderfully unlikeable characters makes it all worthwhile, and impressive performances (minus an oddly exaggerated performance from Emile Hirsch) carry this. In short, it's a film for those who like their filmic morality blurry at best, and whilst it might owe rather a lot to the neo-noir it's clearly trying to emulate, it does it startlingly well, and makes for an enjoyably gritty ride

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RE: Gleefully Twisted, Disgracefully Funny - 9/3/2013 7:47:29 PM   

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Demented and vile. I rather liked it.


Actually, on second thoughts, it probably was a boat accident!

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RE: Gleefully Twisted, Disgracefully Funny - 21/4/2013 9:34:52 AM   


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Quite an odd film but I liked most parts, except for the ending. Matthew McConaughey's role as Joe was really convincing and terrifying throughout the film but I really hated Gina Gershon's character as Emile Hirsch's mum. The family was sure as hell twisted, I can certainly say that.

Decent film but not as great obviously compared to The Exorcist.

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RE: Killer Joe - 6/5/2013 10:04:09 AM   


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Really enjoyed it, but it does get a bit weird in places.

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"This is lovely. Now, who would like to say grace?... - 10/11/2013 1:13:12 AM   


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An abundance of brutal violence and aberrant sexuality is on display in Killer Joe, a shocking return to form for William Friedkin. Be warned, the film is not for everyone: the humor is pitch black, the characters cruel and even sadistic, and the climax the most genuinely disturbing creation since the infamous "dinner scene" that ended The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.

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RE: Killer Joe - 9/2/2015 9:53:17 AM   

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This movie was a bit tame if you ask me. It takes it useless characters to same pretty dark and comic places, but the climax is just hysterical. If Gina Gershon's character was punished in a less random and demented way I think this movie would have deserved four stars. But, Seriously?


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RE: Killer Joe - 19/2/2015 10:44:46 AM   


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They are scummy, nasty, vicious and pitch perfect. I believe this is a modern masterpiece and shows just how great William Friedkin can be. He nailed this and made a movie for adults.

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