Violet & Daisy (2011)

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I don’t know what this movie was trying to say because it was definitely trying to say something. And on the off chance that it wasn’t trying to say something then it was just a garbage movie. Something about gender or youth or values or maybe race? I legitimately do not know.

I thought Violet & Daisy – written and directed by the guy who made Precious was going to kind of kick ass or be super clever or something. In the end, it came off like one of the scripts a guy in my screenwriting class who really loves Quentin Tarantino would have written. A little eccentric with violence and some sort of blanket statement about something.  And then there were some actors who are capable of quality acting (not sure about Alexis Bledel, though…) delivering their lines like the most amateur amateurs around.

I don’t know if I was supposed to buy these two girls droppin’ their g‘s from all of their words whenever they were talkin’. They were workin’ with some strange phrasin’ and some speech that seemed like it was comin’ out of a totally different era. It didn’t hit its mark at all.

Writing this, I’m finding I don’t even know what to say. The movie left me feeling a bit miffed. I don’t recommend it. Not even a little bit. The premise was cool, but it was all fucked. If someone can explain the redeeming qualities of this movie, I would love it.

Bye.

* star for Saoirse Ronan looking beautiful and a cool wardrobe. Otherwise, nope. Don’t.

Headhunters (2011)

I quite enjoyed Headhunters. It was certainly a little far-fetched but hey, for most crime thrillers, I’m all for suspending my belief and just running with it.

Headhunters is a Norwegian movie about an art thief who gets a little in over his head (an obvious pun. That was nearly unforgivable). The main character is played by Aksel Hennie. He looks so much like Steve Buscemi and a young Christopher Walken and yet, I found him to be attractive. It was messing with my mind the whole time.

headhunters-movie-posterThe movie opens with him emphasizing his height – 5’6″ – and how he probably isn’t deserving of his wife, who is clearly taller than 5’6″ and has model-good looks. He’s clearly a guy who makes up for his height with attitude and spending too much money. I honestly thought it was going to be a heist movie but it turned out to be something else.

It was a goddamn thriller. There were a few minutes where I got so anxious I wanted to skip ahead in the scene because I couldn’t stand to watch the scene play out. For instance, a majority of the movie is Aksel’s character on the run from (the very good looking) Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (who many will recognize as Jamie Lannister from Game of Thrones). Anyway, he’s in a car pretending to be dead after being sent off the road by Nikolaj. His eyes are wide open as Nikolaj comes to the car to check that he is indeed dead and what ensues is an unbearable 30 seconds (that seems like minutes, I swear to god) where AKSEL CANNOT BLINK OR HE’LL BE FOUND OUT AND PROBABLY TORTURED.

The tone of the movie is fascinating. It really is a thriller and is kind of dark. People die and are practically terrorized but it has all of these light-hearted notes. Some jokes. Some quips. Maybe that’s how Norwegian filmmakers are. I’m not sure, I’m not especially familiar.

I generally enjoyed it. There were some really unbelievable moments but, y’know, sometimes you have to roll with it. There was even a good twist. I certainly didn’t see it coming. All in all, not a perfect movie by any means but 100 minutes well spent.

**** stars

[edit: I also just found out that the rights to this have been bought for a god damn American remake. Every god damn time!]