With the exception of poor Katy Perry, everyone was a winner at the box office this week. Seriously. Of the top ten films, nine of them either opened well or held well, making this one of the most consistent weekends of the summer season. Filmmakers and studios: pat yourselves on the backs. You've earned this one.
Oliver Stone's 'Savages' opens this weekend, and it feels like a film out of time. You don't get many R-rated wide releases in the summer anymore and the film seems like it belongs in the 1990's, when 'Pulp Fiction' was de rigueur.
I took very few notes as I watched Oliver Stone's 'Savages.' I basically have one phrase in large print in the center of the page: “I can't tell if I'm supposed to be taking this seriously.”
It's underlined. Three times.
'Savages' is nothing if not unique. Oh, the basic plot isn't unique - a group of crafty outsiders take on the mob – but the specifics are so peculiar that you'll feel compelled to
In Oliver Stone's 'Savages', Salma Hayek plays the ruthless head of the Baja Cartel and you might think it's a stretch to see someone like Salma playing a drug lord. But after you watch this new clip, you will agree: you do not want to f--- with Salma Hayek.
Aaron Johnson's character in 'Savages' has it pretty rough. Though the pot business he runs with his brother (played by Taylor Kitsch) is thriving, his refusal to combine forces with Salma Hayek initiates the capture and mild torture of his smokin' hot girlfriend. So, one can understand why he ultimately goes all Gary Busey crazy for a little bit.
Oliver Stone's 'Savages' hits theaters next month, and amid the appeal of bigger summer blockbusters, what does this film have to offer? The answer is simple: Taylor Kitsch, lots of marijuana, and guns.
Happy 'Dark Knight Rises' and 'Amazing Spider-Man' month, everyone! You could tell us that you're not into either of these comic book heroes and we wouldn't believe you, but we'll still give you plenty of other new movie releases to choose from for July 2012. That is, if you insist on lying about how much you despise Bruce Wayne and Peter Parker.