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Bullet Head (2017)

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 Three career criminals find themselves trapped in a warehouse with the law closing in and an even worse threat waiting inside – a nigh unstoppable killer dog.

Genre : Crime/Thriller
Country : USA/Bulgaria

Cast :
Adrien Brody : Stacy
John Malkovich : Walker
Rory Culkin : Gage
Antonio Banderas : Blue

Director :
Paul Solet

My opinion on “Bullet Head”

“What the fuck was that?
Beware of still water or a silent dog.”

I’m sure they meant well while creating “Bullet Head“. But the road to hell is paved with good intentions. The end result may be called original and quirky, but there are also a few flaws in this film full of wellknown moviestars. Did Adrien Brody and John Malkovich (respectively Oscar winner and repeatedly nominated actor) opt for the easy money? I had that feeling sometimes about Antonio Banderas while watching him play in “Security“, “Acts of Vengeance” and “Black Butterfly” for example (although he’s not of the same caliber as Bruce Willis). So I found that quite obvious. Adrien Brody also has some misses to his name (remember “American Heist” ?). But I didn’t expect this from a legendary actor like John Malkovich (who stole the show in “Unlocked” and “Cut Bank“). But, looking back on this fairly unknown film, there’s more to it than just a clichéd tough-guy routine and flashy action scenes. As someone mentioned somewhere, it’s a mix of “Reservoir Dogs” and “Cujo“.

Bullet Head

Good doggy. Sit doggy. Shit ! Run !

To be honest, I thought the main story was the least interesting. Three robbers who are forced to hide in an abandoned warehouse where they are waiting for new transport. To their horror they discover that the empty building was once a place where illegal dog fights were organized. And such a bloodthirsty specimen walks freely around in the building and instinctively starts chasing the three unfortunate criminals. Probably conditioned by animal-unfriendly practices and transformed into an insane fighting machine. And that’s when Antonio Banderas shows up. He’s the owner of this schizophrenic beast and looks like a tough guy from the criminal underworld.

Bullet Head

They have a lot to tell.

This sounds promising. Trapped criminals and a foam drooling killer dog who loves to tear them into pieces. And a kingpin in a long black coat and leather gloves who’s waving dangerously with an automatic gun when he discovers that the three have accidentally found his money in this dilapidated building. Ultimately, this part of the film complements the most important theme. And that’s actually about these three robbers and their attitude towards animals. And also the mutual respect that can arise between humans and animals. “Bullet Head” is richly filled with dialogues between the three cornered robbers. The conversations between Adrien Brody and John Malkovich are entertaining. Especially the individual stories they tell each other are on the one hand hilarious and on the other hand very moving. The story of Malkovich and his tropical fish is extreme funny.

Bullet Head

What’s that piano doing there ?

I don’t know why the dog got the name De Niro (which would also be the film title initially). Maybe because the dog has a muscular physique and a notorious reputation. Or because the name matches the star cast. The only one who doesn’t have an extensive repertory to his name yet, is Rory Culkin (who in my opinion delivered a better acting performance in “Jack goes home“). If you expect an action-packed crime film, you’ll be a bit disappointed. Apart from the exciting confrontation between Brody and the imposing fighter dog, with a piano drawing all attention, it’s mainly the dialogues that play a central role. All in all it was an entertaining film.

My rating 6/10
Links : IMDB

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Jake Gyllenhaal Sets Streaming Debut in J.J. Abrams ‘Presumed Innocent’ for AppleTV+

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Many stars are currently pivoting to more TV and streaming work as AppleTV+ is becoming one of the more prestigious streamers to attract stars. Harrison Ford, Henry Cavill, Gary Oldman, Leonardo DiCaprio, Reese Witherspoon, Meryl Streep and Edward Norton are just SOME of the names coming to the service or already appearing in projects for AppleTV+ and they’re about to add another Oscar nominee to their ranks. 

According to Deadline, Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler, Brokeback Mountain) is set to lead the dramatic limited series, Presumed Innocent for AppleTV+. He will also act as an executive producer on the project alongside J.J. Abrams (Lost, Star Trek) and his Bad Robot banner. Additionally, David E. Kelley (Big Little Lies, The Practice) will write and act as Showrunner on the series for the streamer. Presumed Innocent is based on a 1987 novel that was also adapted as a feature film in 1990 starring Harrison Ford telling the story of an awful murder that stirs controversy within the Chicago Prosecution Office as there is a presumption that one of their own committed the crime. 

Gyllenhaal will play Rusty Sabich in the series who is described as a passionate prosecutor who is accused of killing a close colleague when evidence begins to point to him as the premiere suspect. The series being reimagined by Kelley, will explore obsession, sex, politics and the limits of love as the accusations start to tear apart Rusty from his family. 

The Oscar and Tony-nominated actor most recently voiced the lead character in Disney’s Strange World and will next appear in Guy Ritchie’s The Covenant alongside Antony Starr and Emily Beecham. Additionally, Gyllenhaal has a ton in the works including the video game film adaptation of The Division for Netflix which is based on the famous Tom Clancy franchise. However, none may be more highly anticipated than the remake of Road House. The latter will star Gyllenhaal filling the role originally played by the late, great Patrick Swayze. Road House will be helmed by Doug Liman and also star Daniela Melchior, Billy Magnussen and mark the big-screen debut of MMA superstar, Conor McGregor.

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Don’t Worry Darling – Official Trailer | Warner Bros.

A psychological thriller about a 1950s housewife whose reality begins to crack, revealing a disturbing truth underneath.

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Release Date:

September 23, 2022

Director:

Olivia Wilde

Cast: 

Florence Pugh; Harry Styles; Olivia Wilde; Gemma Chan; KiKi Layne; Nick Kroll; Chris Pine

Plot Summary:

A psychological thriller about a 1950s housewife whose reality begins to crack, revealing a disturbing truth underneath.

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Scream | Official Trailer

A new installment of the ‘Scream’ horror franchise will follow a woman returning to her home town to try to find out who has been committing a series of vicious crimes.



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Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Release Date:

January 14, 2022

Director:

Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett

Cast:

Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette

Plot Summary:

A new installment of the ‘Scream’ horror franchise will follow a woman returning to her home town to try to find out who has been committing a series of vicious crimes.

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