Film Review : Ain’t Them Bodies Saints (2013)

IMDB Score – 7.0
RT Score – 76%

A big thanks to these filmmakers for having their new films released on VOD because without them I think I wouldn’t be seeing a lot of films this summer. I still have to get out to the theater to see You’re Next and The World’s End but for now I’m going to be watching VOD releases closely because it seems that the quality films are being released there instead of on the big screen this summer. This is no different. David Lowery is now a filmmaker that I’m going to keep an eye on because he directed a great little film here. The story is a bit run of the mill as we follow what happens to a young couple (Mara and Affleck) after a run in with police and years apart. The story didn’t really show us anything new and besides a few great moments was mostly filled with a lot of holes but that isn’t what makes this film one of the better ones I’ve seen this year. First off the acting is fantastic. Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck give incredible performances that in my mind rival their Academy award nominated performances. Ben Foster delivered a subdued but very emotional performance and Keith Carradine was mesmorizing every time he appeared on screen. The film also boasts some of the best cinematography this year as every single shit is lighted to perfection. You really get a great sense of the feeling that Texas can bring at night and with Affleck’s voice narrating most of these shots you get a real sense of wonder that Terrance Malick brings to the table. Actually, that’s a good way to describe this film, an almost Malick-lite film. It definitely shares themes with Badlands and would offer a one two punch if watched together. With the never ending crap that is being spewed at us this year as far as summer movies go, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints is a breath of fresh air from the stink that is big budget movies and for only seven bucks you can watch it from your couch. Not a big deal.


Film Review : 3:10 to Yuma (2007)

IMDB Score : 7.8
RT Score : 88%

I enjoyed the shit out of this. I’ve seen a good deal of westerns. I haven’t seen nearly as many Clint Eastwood films as I should have considering I own a penis but I’ve seen most of the important ones besides Josey Wales which is on my short list of “Films I need to see RIGHT GODDAMN NOW”. I’ve seen a couple of modern westerns such as The Proposition and True Grit and honestly, Yuma is right up there with them as far as gun slinging cowboys go. I’m not throwing No Country for Old Men or Meek’s Cutoff in that list by the way film snobs. Those two films are vastly different than Yuma. The film had the obvious two stars but I ended up enjoying the supporting cast just as much. Alan Tuydk, Ben Foster, Logan Lerman, and the great Peter Fonda were all fantastic. Is it me or is there just always something creepy about Ben Foster. I can’t wait for his upcoming film Ain’t Them Bodies Saints because the guy is due for an unforgettable role. Also, there’s a random Wilson brother in this movie. Is it Owen or Luke? This movie came out six years ago you probably know by now. I liked that it didn’t have just straight action and unresolved character issues. The writing was good and if it wasn’t for a bit of a cheesy ending I would have given the film a near perfect rating but I’m sorry, the ending was just full of stinky cheese. Still a great modern western that I’ll consider adding to my collection if the price is right.