Discussion of movies and ReelThoughts topics

It is currently Thu Dec 25, 2014 2:50 am




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 8 posts ] 
Cold in July is a big pile of meh. 
Author Message
Assistant Second Unit Director
User avatar

Joined: Fri Mar 20, 2009 10:44 pm
Posts: 81
Post Cold in July is a big pile of meh.
There are a few things to be nostalgic about from the 80's, but not much. This movie hits all the wrong buttons.

The 80's throwback style they tried to slop onto this movie just does not work. The score is jarring - the cheap 80's kung fu Moog music doesn't set a mood, it distracts.

The story is 80's ridiculous.

I don't get the Tomatometer rating for this. Maybe the book was so good that some of it splashed over onto the movie?

Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?

_________________
Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.
-P.J. O'Rourke


Tue Jun 03, 2014 12:06 pm
Profile
Auteur
User avatar

Joined: Sun Oct 07, 2012 12:02 pm
Posts: 4020
Location: Zion, IL
Post Re: Cold in July is a big pile of meh.
I have never heard of this movie, what is it about?


Tue Jun 03, 2014 1:27 pm
Profile
Cinematographer

Joined: Sun Oct 07, 2012 8:09 pm
Posts: 737
Post Re: Cold in July is a big pile of meh.
I watched this over the weekend (VOD purchase), and quite enjoyed it as a piece of pulp fiction. The 80s score Baelzar mentioned has been called by some a John Carpenter homage/ripoff, and it really works in the first third or so of the movie when the film is in horror mode. It shifts in tone and narrative all over the place, which is exciting to see. It's really a tonal exercise, as it goes from horror to buddy/hangout movie, to dark comedy, and finally a grisly, violent neo-noir. It's interesting to see the movie change so drastically (again, both in narrative and tone) so frequently, yet still feel fairly cohesive. Maybe that's because all the elements for each one are always there, but the emphasis is only put on certain aspects at certain times (that might not make much sense, but I'm trying to get be too spoilery). The result is a very unpredictable movie that left me feeling anxious throughout because I had literally no idea where it was headed. For anyone who watches a lot of movies and understands story structure and the like, that's a pretty rare occurance.

Like most violent movies set in Texas about men, it's about, well, men. And masculinity and all that macho stuff. It doesn't break any new ground thematically, but it's definitely worth watching. It's good, and certainly better than just about anything you'd catch in a multiplex right now.


Tue Jun 03, 2014 2:20 pm
Profile
Director

Joined: Wed Mar 04, 2009 7:44 pm
Posts: 1531
Post Re: Cold in July is a big pile of meh.
haven't seen Cold yet, but was a fan of his previous film, "We Are What We Are." have you seen it, Pete?


Tue Jun 03, 2014 5:07 pm
Profile
Cinematographer

Joined: Sun Oct 07, 2012 8:09 pm
Posts: 737
Post Re: Cold in July is a big pile of meh.
calvero wrote:
haven't seen Cold yet, but was a fan of his previous film, "We Are What We Are." have you seen it, Pete?


I've seen the first 30 minutes of it. I liked what I saw, but I put it on too late and fell asleep. I remember Mark pimping on the forum when he came back for a bit. I'll finish it up at some point, I'm sure. His earlier movies are pretty well-regarded indie horror movies. Seen any of them? I was thinking about putting one in my horror marathon this October.

And give Cold in July a shot. I'd like to know what you think of it.


Thu Jun 05, 2014 11:02 am
Profile
Second Unit Director

Joined: Sun Jan 19, 2014 8:15 pm
Posts: 230
Post Re: Cold in July is a big pile of meh.
Well I guess Michael C. Hall should stick to dexter then.


Fri Jun 06, 2014 7:22 pm
Profile
Assistant Second Unit Director

Joined: Fri Oct 12, 2012 6:34 am
Posts: 167
Post Re: Cold in July is a big pile of meh.
I read the thread title as "a big pile of meth" and immediately thought, "oh, a Breaking Bad homage...


Wed Jun 11, 2014 9:45 am
Profile
Director

Joined: Wed Mar 04, 2009 7:44 pm
Posts: 1531
Post Re: Cold in July is a big pile of meh.
released on dvd today


Tue Sep 30, 2014 2:58 pm
Profile
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 8 posts ] 


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Google [Bot], Yahoo [Bot] and 3 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB © 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 phpBB Group.
Designed by Vjacheslav Trushkin for Free Forum/DivisionCore.
Translated by Xaphos © 2007, 2008, 2009 phpBB.fr