Me and My Nine Iron

May 15, 2012

Killing Them Softly review

Filed under: Food reviews,Movie reviews — BJ @ 12:36 pm
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Seen at a pre-release screening in Los Angeles:

I was intrigued by this dark mob movie starring Brad Pitt, Ray Liotta and James Gandolfini. After all, how can that cast go wrong? Well, I don’t know what the actors saw in the script–maybe, Pitt liked how The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford turned out and trusted Andrew Dominik and Gandolfini just wanted as much screen time as possible–because it was just bad, bad, bad.

The death of the movie happened in Dominik’s adaptation of Cogan’s Trade. He had Gandolfini’s slimeball character tell anecdote after anecdote to Pitt’s Cogan, a failed attempt at a Quentin Tarantino-style movie. On top of that, there were maybe, two or three major incidents in the entire movie, and there was nothing Pitt and Liotta could’ve done to salvage this movie.

Bad casting on everyone else (for starters, Dominik should’ve pushed for Casey Affleck to return as well to play the character Scoot McNairy ended up playing), bad script (there was absolutely no conflict in Cogan’s task. Even the title was uttered once but hypocritical to Cogan’s actions) and a rare miss by the Weinstein Company, who also have David O. Russell‘s The Silver Linings Playbook and Q’s Django Unchained at the end of the year.

I don’t know what under a 6.0 IMDb rating type-of-movie is, but when it gets to that point, does it really matter? I’m particularly stunned that this is even competing for the highest prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, a dishonor to the other nominees.

Killing Them Softly opens in theaters on September 21.

Rating: 1 stars out of 5

IMDb rating: n/a
What it should be: <6.0

Pass

Afterwards, I decided to try a Brazilian place down the street on W Pico Blvd. in West L.A. I had Manuella’s Special pasta ($13.59) with shrimp, chicken breast and prosciutto and Pink Pescatore pizza ($15.49) with salmon, scallop, shrimp and capers – yes, very fishy. Still trying to figure out how any of this was Brazilian.

The prices are very reasonable–all of their pasta dishes are considerably cheaper than at Cheesecake Factory–and a great place for a late-night meal. They’re open until 2a on weekdays and 4a on weekends. When we got there at 9p, almost all of the tables were full. They have two other locations in Hollywood, but know that the original one in West Hollywood doesn’t serve pizza.

Rating: 4 stars out of 5

BJ

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