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    Joe (2013)

    I did not expect much from this film, I have to be honest. It smacked of a B-movie from the start, and lately I am seeing tons of B-movies from big name actors, so I assumed it was another one.

    It is not, in my opinion.

    Joe (Nicolas Cage) is a kind enough man, but to say he is rough around the edges would be an understatement. By day, he runs a business that employs a dozen or so men who do hard labor cleaning up the forest. By night, his constantly drinking bourbon and consorting with various undesirables makes Joe's life a very toxic one.

    When Joe meets Gary and his ne'er do well father, he puts them both to work, but soon begins to see that Wade, the boy's dad, is an abusive alcoholic. Joe tries to help Gary to get out of the situation, but things get out of hand quickly and Joe finds himself right in the middle of it all.

    Cage brings such strength to this role and plays each scene in such a way as to make the viewer feel Joe's pain, but always with an element of something just under the surface that we aren't privy to. The young man who plays Gary, Tye Sheridan, does so convincingly enough, although some of his lines do feel a bit forced. I have to believe that the fumbling of the lines was intentional as a flaw of the character, but it was almost too subtle, if so.

    Overall, this is an intense movie that moves at a fast pace, and although it can be a little murky, sometimes, it gets the blood flowing all the same.

    Joe (2013)
    Directed by David Gordon Green. With Nicolas Cage, Tye Sheridan, Gary Poulter, Ronnie Gene Blevins. An ex-con, who is the unlikeliest of role models, meets a 15-year-old boy and is faced with the choice of redemption or ruin.


    7/10


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    No Way Out (1973)

    I enjoy Italian and French films from the 60's and 70's and there in no better actor for these than Alain Delon and he is going to turn 86 this year, God Bless!  "No Way Out" (1973) aka "Big Guns" is a Mafia story shot in Italy about a hit man that wants to retire but there's no way out.  The sequences shot in Milan showcasing the night lights are truly beautiful.  The hand held cameras and the shit box Italian cars with their tires squealing and fish-tailing around corners is also typical and fun.  The cast also includes two actors from "The Godfather" (1972) Richard Conte, (Barzini) and Corrado Gaipa, (Don Tommasino) so it was cool to see both of those wiseguys.  If you like mob movies it's not to be missed.

    No Way Out (1973)
    Directed by Duccio Tessari. With Alain Delon, Richard Conte, Carla Gravina, Marc Porel. A mob hitman wants to retire, but his bosses don't think that's a good idea. Complications--and many bloody shootouts-ensue.


    Eraserhead (1977)

    While this movie is considered a cult classic it's also very polarizing you either love it or hate it.  I love it but a very close friend told me it was the worst movie he had ever seen.  I took no offense because it's definitely not for all tastes.  For me it's all about the industrial images and I also have an affinity for black and white movies.  The contrast is what I enjoy whenever I watch a black and white flick and I know right off the bat it's a deal breaker for some much like subtitles.  The story like many David Lynch movies may be interpreted differently for each viewer.  Turn up the volume when watching this movie because the audio is amazing!  And remember "In Heaven everything is fine".


    Eraserhead (1977)
    Directed by David Lynch. With Jack Nance, Charlotte Stewart, Allen Joseph, Jeanne Bates. Henry Spencer tries to survive his industrial environment, his angry girlfriend, and the unbearable screams of his newly born mutant child.
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