Valentines’ Day Film Marathon – Cupid Goes Boom!

14 Feb

On Valentines’ Day, for some inexplicable reason, I, Nibby,  like to watch violent films where bad guys get riddled with bullets, buildings and vehicles and other disposable things get blown to bits, and the good guys really aren’t that good to begin with. So for 2010, here are the films I will be watching. Don’t worry about my butt getting numb on the couch. I have strategically placed my elliptical trainer in front of the TV.

1. The Departed (2006)

From the DVD cover: Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio) grew up in crime. That makes him the perfect mole, the man on the inside of the mob run by Frand Costello (Jack Nicholson). Meanwhile, SIU officer Collin Sullivan (Matt Damon) has everyone’s trust. No one suspects that he’s Costello’s mole. How these covert lives cross, double-cross and collide is at the ferocious core of the widely acclaimed The Departed.

Nibby’s Opinion: DiCaprio and Damon are at their best. The first time I saw this film, I almost vomited from the tension. Yeah. Even knowing how it ends hasn’t dampened the gut-wrenching much so it’s perfect for Valentines’ Day since I already have lots of Pepto-bismal handy.

2. Kill Bill, Vol I (2003)

From the DVD cover: Kill Bill Volume 1 stars Uma Thurman (Pulp Fiction), Lucy Liu (Charlie’s Angels, Chicago) and Vivica A Fox (Two Can Play That Game) in an astonishing, action-packed thriller about brutal betrayal and an epic vendetta!

Nibby’s Opinion: Watching Uma Thurman (The Bride) slice and dice her way to finding that back-stabbing bastard Bill is one of the most purely cathartic experiences I have ever had. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.

3. Taken (2008)

From the DVD cover: When his estranged teenage daughter (Maggie Grace) is kidnapped in Paris, a former spy (Liam Neeson) sets out to find her at any cost. Relying on his special skills, he tracks down the ruthless gang that abducted her and launches a one-man war to bring them to justice and rescue his daughter.

Nibby’s Opinion: Here’s a spoiler that’s not really a spoiler: Liam Neeson kills every Albanian in France and doesn’t apologize for it. There is nothing politically correct about this film. NOTHING. Nothing is sacred. NOTHING. Neeson’s character isn’t someone you would want in your home or even in your neighborhood, but if you’re in a tight spot and he gives a rat’s ass about you (which is the most important part), he’s the guy you want in your corner. So as far as I am concerned he’s dating material.

4. Shoot ‘Em Up (2007)

From the DVD cover: When the man known only as Smith (Clive Owen), a gorgeous streetwalker (Monica Belucci) and a maniacal hitman (Paul Giamatti) get swept up in a deadly game of cat-and-mous, it sets off an explosion of armed thugs, flying bullets and nonstop action so big it’ll blow you away!

Nibby’s Opinion: This film is utterly ridiculous, but ridiculously fun. It never takes itself seriously and the characters deliberately satisfy every action film cliche. The sight of Paul Giamatti now makes me incredibly uncomfortable, but not as bad as the sight of Phillip Seymour Hoffman after a viewing of Cold Mountain. Also, in the middle of the flying bullets and diaper changes is a love story. Awwww.

5. V for Vendetta (2005)

From the DVD cover: Natalie Portman stars as Evey, a working-class girl who must determine if her hero has become the very menace he’s fighting against. Hugo Weaving plays V – a bold, charismatic freedom fighter driven to exact revenge on those who disfigured him. And Stephen Rea portrays the detective leading a desperate quest to capture V before he ignites a revolution.

Nibby’s Opinion: By the time Valentines’ Day draws to an end, I usually really really really need to see shit get blown up and this film will not disappoint me. Plus, I could listen to Hugo Weaving read the phone book.

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3 Responses to “Valentines’ Day Film Marathon – Cupid Goes Boom!”

  1. Ayn Rant February 15, 2010 at 3:10 am #

    We watched Zombieland (and saw The Lightning Thief at the theater). Zombieland definitely the better, more excellent choice for V-Day.

    • singlarity February 15, 2010 at 1:59 pm #

      What’s the deal with The Lightning Thief?

  2. Tom Neugh February 15, 2010 at 4:22 pm #

    Hi everyone, Happy Valentine’s Day!

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