MOVIE REVIEW: Is Violence Funny?



If you read  any of my reviews, you know I avoid violent films or close my eyes.  However, the action in Reds 2 is so fast paced, I didn’t have time to close my eyes before the scene morphed into something new.


In this flick, violence is funny.  If you’ve followed Bruce Willis since “Moonlighting”, which I have while trying to avoid the violent ones, you know that a glimmer of a grin sits right under that threatening scowl.  Mary-Louise Parker is the perfect foil for his antics and John Malkovich has the skill and nuance of a British actor.


No need to tell you the story.  It could have ended two or three times before it did.  But the cartoon-like action didn’t slow just because there was a change of scenery.  Speaking of which, the transitions are brilliant.  And literally cartoon animation fading the image to red and swiping the screen to another locale:  Hong Kong, London, Paris, Moscow.


Lee Byung-hun is a modern day Bruce Lee.  Add in my favorite Helen Mirren and you have a brilliant and humorous all-star cast that makes you laugh even when it’s violent.


I only found one discrepancy in this film.  Pretty good considering all the scenes, and explosions beyond counting.  I won’t tell you where it is.  You probably won’t notice.  This is a good summer film to catch on a hot summer day when you yearn for air conditioning and riveting action.


I saw it at Sundance Cinema in Seattle, one of five in the country, geared to an adult audience, that requires an ID to prove the audience is 21 and serves wine and food.  The rake of seating is not as good as the Barkley Cinema 16 in Bellingham or the Pickford Theatre.  If someone had sat in front of me, I would not have been able to see.  Too bad.  It opened ten days ago so a remodel is far in the future. 





MOVIE REVIEW: The Lone Ranger, A Comedy?

Get out of the heat.  Go to a movie.

The Lone Ranger (2013) Poster

My husband and I have 180 interests in flicks.  So, we go through the listing in the Bellingham Herald.  Yes. No.  No. Yes.  And so on.  Finally I say, “Okay, I’ll go see “The Lone Ranger.”  I mean I remember it on the radio, and then black and white films.  So, it’s a bit of Americana.  And engages his shoot-’em-up desire for entertainment.  (I really wanted to see “We Steal Secrets” The Story of Wikipedia” but he’s not much into documentaries.)

So, The Lone Ranger.

Is it too long?  YES.

Is it well edited?  YES.  (That saves the movie, really.)

Should it have been called “Tonto”?  YES.

Is it full of sight gags and mugging?  YES.

Did it even rip off a Monty Python reference?  YES.  (If you’re a Monty Python fan, you’ll get it in an instant.  If not, you might take a snooze because it’s quick.)  This is not a spoiler.

Did I question the casting?  YES.  Then I looked up Johnny Depp’s heritage and he does claim Cherokee or Creek lineage.  The Lone Ranger casting does not fit my collection of images or character.  Oh, well.  Keep your mask on.  You’ll pass.

An action comedy.  WITH VIOLENCE.  (That’s where I close my eyes.)

Two and a half hours.  It was cool, though.  The temperature in the movie.  I wore my sweater.

I must remember that Johnny Depp produced it.  Even so, I’m kinda a fan of his quirky characters and this one lines up well.  However, there is direct mugging.  Oh, please.

A guy in a big white hat.  And the device of storytelling is a kid in a museum.  A beautiful brown eyed lad in a mask.  But it doesn’t follow through because the “real” Lone Ranger does not have those huge brown eyes, which might have been a nice cross fade.

Do I recommend it?  Sure.  It’s summer fun.  Don’t expect too much.  Go on a hot day.  Have fun with an American icon.

And here’s a link to a “real” review:  (haven’t read it yet.  Wanted to write mine first.)

A Curious Account of a Reading with Mlle Lenormand

I always appreciate what Mary K. Greer has to say about the cards. This deck has only recently floated into my sight lines so all background info sets the tone for the mid 1800s and a look at an historical perspective.

Mary K. Greer's Tarot Blog

I found a long and ultimately very disturbing account of Mlle Lenormand, written only a month after her death in the summer of 1843, by one Georgina Colmache (identification of G.C. is thanks to Judith Rideout). G.C. seems bent on portraying the great fortune-teller in the worst possible light for purposes of entertainment and as a warning against the perils of prophecy. It begins well enough.

It is said that out of the myriad thousands of esprits forts in Paris, but few could be named who have not at one epoch or another of their lives sought aid and counsel of Mademoiselle Lenormand. 


Though quite a girl at the time of the first revolution, yet had she already acquired such celebrity in the art of divination, that many of the poor trembling marquises of the ancient regime flew to consult her upon their place of refuge, ere they dared take wing like frightened birds…

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