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QUICK REVIEW: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

Howdy ladies and gents, how you doing? So it is Christmas Eve and up until yesterday I hadn’t watched any Christmas films, so I had a little time before work so I decided to rewatch one of my favourite films Kiss Kiss Bang Bang; a film that’s not your standard festive film, but takes place during the season. And since I’ve been meaning to review this film for around 3 years I thought now would be a good time to talk about it.

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The story for this film can be described as the following:

“A murder mystery brings together a private eye, a struggling actress, and a thief masquerading as an actor.”

This is a tale of murder, mystery, drama, coincidence and timing all rolled up into a smart comedic crime film, with a story was quite enjoyable and I always find joy in rewatching it just to see how much of it I can remember. There’s two key reasons why I love this story, 1) There’s a good balance between the humour and dramatic elements because there are some moments where both elements happen within very close proximity of each other, but there’s just the right amount of breathing room so you could be shocked or saddened, but then be elevated by the humour. And then there’s the way this film handles all of the different/seemingly unrelated plot elements and finds ways to not only tie it all together towards the end of the film, but also how it smartly has certain plot and character elements come into play which don’t play out in a conventional way. Plus the breaking of the fourth wall with the narration and certain visual gags that got used was really funny too. Overall it is an interesting little tale with lots of twists and turns, humour, and action, but it also gets a little dark and has some sad at times, but its all handled well by the sharp script and direction from Shane Black.

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The cast is fabulous especially when it comes to Robert Downey, Jr., Val Kilmer and Michelle Monaghan, these three in particular have solid performances and good scenes together. So let’s start with Robert Downey, Jr. who was perfect as Harry Lockhart. Here we have a character who has a troubled past and isn’t the best kind of guy, yet he is funny, witty and has enough redeeming qualities that you get attached and root for him as he goes on such a crazy journey from where he starts out to how he ends up. This for me was when RDJ became the actor we know him as today, the witty, charming and loveable man that we’ve seen him really show off in the Marvel Studios films since 2008, he brings his A-game and does really well as a man thrown into some unbelievable situations and has to deal with it the best way possible through luck, charisma and humour. And then there’s Val Kilmer as “Gay” Perry van Shrike, this is the most notable role from Kilmer in years since this film came out. His role as a private investigator was quite different yet well-suited to him, Perry was stern, sarcastic and uncaring, but was also endearing and humourous. Plus I adored the chemistry he has with RDJ, these two had such a such wonderful scenes together and after the film ends you can’t really imagine anyone else in these roles. Michelle Monaghan as Harmony Faith Lane was also really great, Harmony has an interesting role to play as one of the key pieces of the story and cast that makes this film so much fun, She’s an aspiring actress and Harry’s childhood friend who has an interesting backstory, view of the world and personality traits that’s both troublesome and attractive. Monaghan was not only gorgeous but also quite versatile and engaging in her role. Also Corbin Bernsen was also solid as Harlan Dexter, and seeing Rockmond Dunbar and Dash Mihok as Mustard and Mr. Frying Pan was great, these two had a small yet notable presence as Dexter’s henchmen.

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When it comes to the presentation visually the film is very nice, the cinematography is nice and has some lovely landscape shots and the use of colour is quite notable too. I also really liked the film score from John Ottman as it felt whimsical and dream-like, yet also being quite energetic and melancholy. And it also doesn’t hurt that the film also includes a slightly condensed version of “Broken” from Robert Downey Jr’s The Futurist album from 2004. 😀

Ah Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is still such a great movie, I’ve only seen a few times and it still makes entertains me highly. The direction is great, the writing is so clever and funny, I also love the soundtrack too and lastly Robert Downey Jr. and Val Kilmer had amazing chemistry together. This is a film I highly recommend to everyone.

So have you seen Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and if so what do you think of it? Whatever your thoughts are leave them in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on December 24, 2016 in Film Reviews, Reviews

 

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Shane Black Confirms That His Predator Will be a Sequel

Howdy ladies and gents, time for another news update. Now recently it was reported that the Predator series would be getting another film and it would be a reboot, written  and directed by Shane Black. Now it seems like there’s an update about this new film from the director himself. The following information comes from superherohype:

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Big news broke yesterday with the reveal that Shane Black has plans to “reboot” 20th Century Fox’s Predator. Today, the Iron Man 3 writer and director (not to mention star of the John McTiernan original) tells Collider that his film does, indeed, tie to franchise continuity.

“Why start over, when you’ve all this rich mythology yet to mine?” Black says, adding that he can, “…really get behind inventive sequels.”

Black will be directing the new film and writing the treatment, which will then be scripted in full by Fred Dekker (with whom Black worked on Monster Squad).

Ah okay, well this is much better news and I think I am more down with the idea of a sequel than a reboot. For me, reboots have happened far too much a in recent years and if the Predator film series were to get rebooted only four years after the last one that would be a little too soon. So to hear that this film will be a sequel to 2010’s Predators is a nice and interesting surprise. Predators was a decent film and was the best film the series has had since the original 1987 film, it a similar kind of set-up, different and varied characters and even featured the original music too. That being said it still wasn’t strong enough to be a solid sci-fi action film. But with the way that film ended it left some interesting opportunities for any future films that would follow in the future.

 
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Posted by on June 26, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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Shane Black To Write & Direct A Predator Reboot!

Howdy ladies and gents, seems like we have some great have some great news dropped today and its something that I feel needs to be talked about. The following information come from ComicBookMovie:

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Yes, Fox are rebooting Predator..again. THR report that the studio will relaunch the franchise with Shane Black on board to write the initial treatment, and then possibly direct. The actual script will be provided by Black’s pal, Fred Dekker, with whom he wrote ’80s cult favorite Monster Squad with. I’m sure you’re asking yourself why they don’t simply follow on from the last flick Predators (which wasn’t great to be fair) with a new cast and setting, but this is the way things are done in Hollywood now and that’s that. John Davis, who produced the original with Joel Silver and Lawrence Gordon, will also produce the reboot.

Feels like things are coming full circle now. I mean Shane Black was an actor in the first (and best) Predator film and now he’s directing a new film in the series, that’s crazy how life works. But anyway how do I feel about this news? I’m definitely intrigued. Now do I think its good for their to be a Predator reboot in the works so early on after the last one in 2010? No absolutely not, that is the definition ‘too soon’. But that being said, I didn’t want the this series to end with Predators, that film was alright but nothing to write home about. I do want another Predator film and I am down for it coming from Shane Black. The dude is a good writer, knows how to get the best out of his actors and handles action well too and again, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is one of my favourite films in recent history and Iron Man 3, regardless of what anyone says is still a good film for me. So if there was someone with style and flair that I would like it to be Black. As long as they bring it back to basics, make the Predator alien the main enemy and give us decent characters (and no Topher Grace), then we are fine.

For me this is good call and I’m down. So what do you think of this news? Comment below and let me know yo! 😀

 
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Posted by on June 24, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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Jon Favreau on Not Directing Iron Man 3

For a while now I have been wondering specifically what Jon Favreau’s thought have been on not being in the director’s chair for the latest Iron Man film and handing the reins over to Shane Black. I mean sure these been a few interviews over the course of last year, but not anything that really stood out to me. Though now in a recent interview I found through superherohype we get to hear what Favreau has to say on the matter:

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“Jon Favreau opened up the Marvel Cinematic Universe with 2008’s Iron Man. He then offered us another trip with Old Shell Head in Iron Man 2, but for the third film in the franchise, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang director Shane Black steps behind the camera. Favreau spoke with Access Hollywood about how different it is to be on the set but not as the director.

“When you first go walk onto the set it is strange to see all my friends and cast members there but Shane (Black) is somebody who I’ve known for a while and Robert knows for a very long time. I’ve done two back to back and it’s weird being on that set as an actor and a producer, and it’s a little surreal it feels like a dream. It feels like when you go back to your old school in your dream.  But I have to say I’ve had so much fun and Shane is doing such a fantastic job. I’m sort of getting used to the idea having watched Robert on screen as Iron Man in The Avengers and having just been an executive producer on that and not directing that, I’ve become comfortable with it.”

“I think that’s part of what it is to be a filmmaker now, whether you’re dealing with pilots or franchises. The biggest contribution is when you come in, you discover that cast, you find the right pitch for the show, and then you create a world and hopefully other creative people can come in and build upon that and that’s been very rewarding. So it’s more like being a proud grandfather, where you get to play with the baby but you don’t have to change the diapers.”

Iron Man 3 opens in 3D and 2D theaters on May 3, 2013. The action adventure stars Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Stephanie Szostak, James Badge Dale, Jon Favreau and Ben Kingsley.”

I am glad to see that he is so understanding of the situation, and he is allowing Shane to expand upon the world of Iron Man in his own way. Now granted while I didn’t like Iron Man 2 that much, Favreau did a great job establishing the world of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Iron Man back in 2008. He basically set a new standard for comic book films at the time and set us up for first in 5 films that would lead up to The Avengers. Favreau really has a way with words, it seems like he is very onboard with Shane Black’s direction of the film and when someone has that kind of respect for a new director that has to mean something. Also I like how he is still involved with the production of Iron Man 3 as an actor and producer, I don’t know if his producing role allows him to do much but its great to have him as Happy Hogan again.

 
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Posted by on January 28, 2013 in Films, Media

 

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