Saturday, September 08, 2007

3:10 to Yuma and Halloween

3:10 was Ill! I am a giant Western fan and this one is darker than the original and more violent but all in all it really could've been made a PG13 film. Bale and Crowe are really good and so is Fonda, but Ben Foster is amazing in this role. He really scared me as a bad, bad person! kind of the way Billy the Kid was supposed to be in Young Guns, just heartless and he pulled it off wonderfully. I am not sure if it's the best western since Unforgiven or not but it is really good.

As for Halloween, ehhh. It was dark and creepy like everything Rob Zombie does but a far better film than Corpses or Rejects. It's all the things one would expect a slasher film to be, gore, nudity, and language through the whole thing. Eli Roth should really go and spend a year under Zombie as an understudy because you could tell it was the same style as his flicks just way better, it's probably not worth seeing, use your money for A ticket on the 3:10 to Yuma instead


Blogger Jordan said...

i've heard that 3:10 is pretty good. i'm also excited about the "No country for old men" coming out.

4:59 PM  
Blogger Bryan Summers said...

I can't wait to see 3:10 to Yuma and No Country for Old Men. Also I can't wait to see The assasination of Jesse James. September and October are my favorite months for films.

10:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

3:10 to Yuma is excellent. James Mangold said the original 3:10 was his favorite movie growing up and at one point he tried remaking it thematically with Copland. Copland wasn't very interesting to me but this film kept me involved.

Russel Crowe's character is similar to Anthony Hopkins in Silence of the Lambs. Not just because he is intelligent, crafty, and manipulative, and at the same time very likeable, but in the way we sense his affection for Christian Bale's character. It similar to Hopkin's affection for Jodie Foster in that Crowe secretly wants Bale to succeed and almost envies his innocense and nobility.
It's worth mentioning two great supporting roles from Peter Fonda (although he is a bit stiff) and Ben Foster who plays a kind of eccentric, Bi-polar, homo-erotic side kick to Russel Crowe. Both these characters are dangerous in thier own way and serve to deepen the dynamic of the story they are in.
While it's not as good as Unforgiven, it has a very classic feel to it and made me want to watch more westerns.

11:11 AM  
Blogger wes said...

yeah, i like the comparison to lector you really feel conflicted about his outcome, it is a great showing by pretty much everyone in it.

10:19 PM  

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