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7 Psychopaths & Sinister – movie reviews (no spoilers)

Two more different films I don’t think I could have watched in the same day. lol!

7 Psychopaths is… hilarious and so very wrong in a way that’s just so right. It completely and utterly glorifies violence in a way that I haven’t seen in a long time, and yet, it fits the characters. And the characters were all quirky individualists who were well developed, even if often very shallow. Hey, just like real people! hee!

Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, and Christopher Walken are the “good guys” while Woody Harrelson is the mobster who’s after them because Sam’s character kidnapped his dog. Colin’s a bit of an ingenue in this one, believe it or not, with Sam as his wierdo best friend. And watching Colin play a writer was especially hilarious for me, personally. Christopher Walken’s character went beyond the usual shallowness of hollywood, dealing with aging in a gruff, awesomely matter-of-fact way.

This is a very fun movie, but it’s not a must-see for the theater. You can wait til dvd without losing anything. Although seeing it in the theater would be a great way to support a film that mocks the hollywood process. We need more of those, right? :o)

Sinister! Oh. My. God! That movie is creepy as f*ck! Wow. I like horror movies like this. It takes ordinary people, a family in this case, and throws them into the path of an on-coming freight train of disaster, but it does so in a slow whirlpool of ever growing evil.

Ethan Hawke is a true crime writer who moves into the house of a murdered family (without telling his wife, and that conversation was awesome when she found out, btw! lol) to better get the feeling of what happened to them. The horror of this film comes as he devolves and finds out there’s way more to the story of the family’s murder. It’s slow moving in a good fashion and as things grew more and more tense, I slunk down in my seat and clutched my purse like a teddy bear.

A special shout-out to James Ransone (of Treme, Generation Kill, and many other roles) who plays a local deputy helping out Ethan’s character. It was a small but pivotal role and the actor did a great job. Actually, I want to write a sequel that stars him in it. hee!

Another special shout-out to the music director/composer Christopher Young because dayam. This music really did make the atmosphere and it wouldn’t have been nearly as creepy without the choices he made.

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About Nancy M. Griffis

Author and screenwriter who loves scifi/action/adventure/urban fantasy genres. I have two published novels, Mind Games and Eternal Investigations, as well as a short story published for charity called "Home Fires Burning." All are available through amazon.com and barnesandnobles.com.

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