The sequel to Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan‘s The Collector releases today. The Collector marked the first film written by the duo, and directed by Dunstan, although I understand they work as a close team on everything they do. This is their first venture into the world of directing, they first came to notoriety with the first Project Greenlight film Feast for director John Gulager. They went on to write the entire Feast trilogy, which got them the job to write the SAW films after part 3. I wasn’t particularly impressed with The Collector, but Jeremy loved it. He also liked the sequel in his review, finding enough to warrant starting a franchise starring the titular character. We shall see how well it does.
Killing Them Softly
Andrew Dominik has fashioned himself a new generation Terrence Malick, making visually appealing and powerful drama films, but taking long gaps between making them. I’m a big fan of his 2000 film Chopper, which made Eric Bana an international star. Seven years later, he wowed audiences with the audacious western The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. Now, he has shortened the gap to 5 years, bringing on the tale of New Orleans mobster Jackie Cogan (played by Brad Pitt) in Killing Them Softly (you may have heard of it earlier in the year going by Cogan’s Trade). While many agree the film’s insistence that this tale is more about economic strife than actual mob work weighs it down, Jeremy still found it to be highly effective. In a year devoid of many great films, Killing Them Softly may end up getting more Oscar nominations than it would in any other year, but that is yet to be seen.