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FWeekly: Vanity is My Favourite Sin

Let me warn you right now, this week was more about my hair than movies. I’ve gone ash blonde whilst keeping my ash brown natural roots, and it took two days at the hairdresser to get it just right. If I were any good at selfies you’d see it. Come to think of it, that’s probably why I don’t like networks such as Facebook or Instagram. Well, that and the constant sharing of what I’m doing – I’ve tried, it was uncomfortable. Still, we’ve got a killer film, two british dramas, one disappointment, and a re-watch that still feels fresh.

I got the chick-killing shakes.
We started the week with Seven Psychopaths; WHY would you kill Michael Pitt and Michael Stuhlbarg in the first five minutes?! I was so happy saying this movie was going to be badass funny and then bang. It didn’t take long for me to smile again though, because this movie is a-mazing. 

On Monday we had an unscheduled watching of the two last instalments of the british Johnny Worricker trilogy. Turks and Caicos was on, the cast was superb (Bill Nighy, Christopher Walken, Helena Bonham Carter, Winona Ryder, Ralph Fiennes), and it seemed like just the kind of movie I like. I now realise that it may not have been intentional, but the plot was compellingly mysterious but simple (like when you only fully realise what’s going on towards the end?), with a nice slow-burning pace and tight setting. The last film (Salting the Battlefield) is more of a conspiracy thriller, but it was still good.

Then came The Devil’s Advocate – my only re-watch, though it was like seeing it for the first time. I was really impressed with how it walks the line between silly comedy and serious-thinking thriller with perfect balance. Oh how I missed Keanu Reeves – he has such a magnetising on screen presence, don’t you think?

they say we die twice. Once when the breath leaves our body
and once when the last person we know says our name. 
– Al Pacino, in Stand Up Guys

Lastly, I saw a little film with big actors called Stand Up Guys. I can’t shake it off because it could’ve been seriously great if it weren’t for all that flat dialogue and terrible rhythm. It was like it couldn’t decide whether it was going to be a comedy-action movie or a quiet, poignant, heartwarming tale of friendship. So it ended up wasting the talents of Pacino, Walken and Arkin.

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  • The Devil’s Advocate is one of my favorite 90s movies; it’s a bit over the top but also horrendously creepy and haunting. Reeves battling against Pacino at the end is one of my favorite scenes.
    It’s so cool that Martin is going to do a prequel to Shutter Island.

    • It is *completely* over the top sometimes, I mean the fire?? But it’s funny that way, I thought it looked rather cool and totally 90s.

      It is great isn’t it? I can’t wait!

    • Charlize Theron is fantastic in it too. And the speeches at the end are magnetic to listen and watch.
      I’d love to see Emily Mortimer get cast in some part, or Patricia Clarkson – see what their jobs were. It’d be interesting if it took on an American Horror Story style rather than straight-on drama.

  • I want to see what your hair looks like!
    I found Seven Psychopaths to be extremely disappointing. It just got lost in trying to be too meta.

    • They really were, I had a lot of Walken this week and loved every minute of him onscreen, I want to see more now. You and Nik are craaazy, I laughed my ass off with Seven Psychopaths!

    • I thought it was really funny! And there are some really cool parts. I don’t know if you’re familiar with the plot (I wasn’t), but it involves finding seven psychopaths for a story, so there’s like little plot lines for each of them. And the cast is to die for!

  • Ha, I get on Facebook maybe a couple of times a year. I don’t have Instagram, and I haven’t been on Tumblr in over a year. Twitter is about the only form of social media I can somewhat keep up with. 🙂

    I saw a few minutes of one of the Worricker films on TV, and I want to check out the whole trilogy now. I knew about Page Eight, but I had no knowledge of the other films until recently.

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