June was once a known counter-culture figure, but that was a decade ago. She now lives alone in her South Bronx apartment, having all but cut herself off from the outside world. It's the ... See full summary »
In 1980s Louisiana a police detective (W.Dafoe) arrests a contract killer (M.Dillon). To be with his wife (Amy Smart) and newborn, he becomes an informant and assists in taking down the crime ring boss etc. FBI, blood and revenge follows.
This drama centers on Hank Chinaski, the fictional alter-ego of "Factotum" author Charles Bukowski, who wanders around Los Angeles, CA trying to live off jobs which don't interfere with his primary interest, which is writing. Along the way, he fends off the distractions offered by women, drinking and gambling.
Hard-working convenience store clerk Melissa and her disabled boyfriend Richie are trapped in a generational cycle of poverty. Their luck may be changing when they learn that Melissa has become pregnant. But as soon as she loses her job and they get evicted from the motel they live in, their joy vanishes.Written by
Mmm, what are you doing, babe?
Going to work. It's rainin'.
No. I'll drive ya. I gotta cash my check.
Well, hurry up. I'm gonna be late.
Well, good morning to you, too.
Hm, look at you.
You look great. I love that color on you.
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This movie is depressing. However, it is realistic. People who live in the better parts of Washington, New York, San Francisco, Denver, etc, or most suburbs anywhere need to realize that the everyday life of a very, very large number of Americans is what is depicted in this film. Move to Youngstown OH, or Odessa TX, or any of a thousand other cities and you will see what America is really like. It is not the Hamptons, or Hyannis Port, or Beverly Hills, or Knob Hill, or McLean, or ......... What is sad is that these low-life ignorant people don't even realize what is best for them. They continue their downward spiral with booze (cheap), drugs (oxy, meth, crack), stupid behavior (breeding more of the same) and even voting against their own best interests (i.e. Republican).
Watts, as usual, is superb - she is clearly one of the two or three best living actresses today. Dillon's performance was as good as his best. Tess Harper was great as well.
The film is not really entertaining - there is not a single likable character. The plot is not a story, i.e. it has no real beginning or end; it is not a mystery, it is not a Jane Austin romance, it is not a comedy, etc. Nonetheless, I would recommend it purely so that upper and middle class America can see the life of what may well be the majority of Americans.
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