Grosse Pointe Blank
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Here's the killer comedy hit that's loaded with outrageous fun! For Martin Blank (John Cusack -- SERENDIPITY, HIGH FIDELITY), a hit man stuck in a career rut, attending his 10-year high school reunion is about the last thing he's in the mood for. But when the prospects of rekindling an old flame (Minnie Driver -- GOOD WILL HUNTING) and pulling off one final job convince him to go, things are looking up ... that is, until Martin's arch rival (Dan Aykroyd) shows up aiming to blow the competition away. For hilarious comedy entertainment that's packed with action, GROSSE POINTE BLANK is a surefire knockout!
Hit man Martin Q. Blank (John Cusack) is in an awkward situation. Several of them, actually. He's attending his high school reunion on an assignment; he's got a rival hit man (Dan Aykroyd) on his tail; and he's going to have to explain to his old girlfriend (Minnie Driver) why he stood her up on prom night. This amiable black comedy, cowritten by Cusack and directed by Jonathan Demme protégé George Armitage (Miami Blues), has the feel of Demme's Something Wild and Married to the Mob--which is to say its humor is dark and brightly colored at the same time. Cusack and Driver are utterly charming--as is the leading man's sister, Joan, who plays his secretary. (Ms. Cusack received an Oscar nomination for her next role, in In & Out.) Alan Arkin is also very funny as Martin's psychiatrist. --Jim Emerson
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"Thanks for the pen."
So, rating-wise, I cant conscience less than five stars. Are the flaws? Yeah, plenty. But this is an original, non-Hollywood boiler-plate film. It will engage those who care.
But, to the BluRay transfer? Dear God, it sucks balls.
Can someone tell me why literally HUNDREDS of THOUSANDS of YouTube videos can push me vibrant 4K contest FROM THEIR BEDROOMS (for free, no less) yet the corporate powers-that-be repeatedly fail to transfer 35mm to film with ANY visual clarity?
This is an honest question. Please, anyone, enlighten me. Because I lay my money down. And this looks like a grainy piece of garbage, that does not, in any way, do justice to the quality of this film.
Starring: Donald Crisp, Laurence Naismith
Supporting actors: Alex Mackenzie, Duncan Macrae, Andrew Cruickshank, Gordon Jackson, Rosalie Crutchley, Freda Jackson, Moultrie Kelsall, Joyce Carey, Vincent Winter, Jameson Clark, Jack Lambert, Bruce Seton, Joan Juliet Buck, Hamish Wilson, Sean Keir, Kay Walsh, Geoffrey Bayldon, John Breslin
No sign of the actual actors, John Cusack and Minnie Driver. Cusack plays his adorable personality in this role of a killer. Not a far stretch. The romance was believable, which I appreciated. There were no annoying scenes, a rarity. The comedy was pleasant.
The very concept of the film is simply hilarious. The humour is fantastic throughout the film. And every line delivered with perfect timing. It's a great story.