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The Runaways

February 27, 2011 Leave a comment

3 Guys Reviewed The Runaways and here are the results:





3 guys say The Runaways is just Ok.


The Runaways

February 27, 2011 Leave a comment

The Runaways

Stars: Kirsten Stewart, Dakota Fanning, Michael Shannon

Writer: Floria Sigismondi

Director: Floria Sigismondi

Review by: Klash

 A biopic about the creation and demise of the band known as The Runaways.  The film centers on Joan Jett (Kirsten Stewart) and Cherie Currie (Dakota Fanning) while blending in their disturbed manager Kim Fowley (Michael Shannon). 

The film begins with the natural progression i.e. the forming of the band with the assistance of their manager, their rise to fame followed by the inevitable conflicts involving family, band members and manager all this ultimately ending in the band disbanding and everyone going their separate ways.  As known some of the members went on to continue in the music industry while others followed various other paths.     

There isn’t anything new in this film that hasn’t been seen in similar films of this genre.  I found it very difficult to view in one sitting due to how boring and at points unwatchable it was.  Not having been a fan of the band although familiar with the story I can only image how disappointed I would have been if I had been a fan.  It seemed as though the film only touched the surface in many areas and missed anything of interest or substance instead it meandered on and thankfully ended.  I would venture so far to say that the movie This is Spinal Tap which followed a mock band on a world tour put The Runaways to shame.

Having seen Kirsten Stewart in other films (no not the Twilight series) I can’t say I am a fan of hers.  On the other hand Dakota Fanning seemed to do an alright job although there were some scenes which just seemed as though she was completely out of place for this kind of role.  Michael Shannon who I though at times stood out more so than Stewart and Fanning did a good job portraying the off centered often demanding manager who coached the band and helped them rise to stardom only to watch them crumble and fall apart without so much as a slight care.  Over all a film I wouldn’t have minded missing.

Rating: One Guy

The Runaways

February 27, 2011 Leave a comment

The Runaways
Director: Floria Sigismondi
Writers: Floria Sigismondi, Cherie Currie
Stars: Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning, Michael Shannon

Review by Griff

Once again I had pretty low expectations going into this movie. However this week I was pleasantly surprised. The Runaways tells the mostly true story of the 70’s rock band the Runaways. It deals with how the original band started, the eventual break up, and the beginning of the Joan Jett’s solo career.

Ordinarily, Kristen Stewart makes me want to punch kittens but I really enjoyed her in this film. She is really good as Joan Jett. I was truly impressed. The rest of the cast…well, read on. This film was Dakota Fanning’s breakout performance and an “adult“ actress. Did she pull it off? Not really. She did an admirable job but I feel like she was a little bit out of her league here. I also didn’t buy Michael Shannon as Kim Fowley. Shannon delights in unusual roles but he seems a little bit over the top for me here. My only other negative is that the editing style made me feel a little bit too much like I was watching an old music video from the 80’s.

With all of that said, I enjoyed the film. The story was interesting and moved along at a good pace. Kristen Stewart is scary good as Joan Jett and it’s worth checking out for that alone. I was pleasantly surprised by this film. I give it 2 guys.

The Runaways

February 27, 2011 Leave a comment

“The Runaways”

Director: Floria Sigismondi

Writers: Floria Sigismondi(screenplay), Cherie Currie (book)

Stars: Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning and Michael Shannon

Review by Scotty

This movie has the same story line as many rock band movies do.  Unknown to famous to band break up.  If you were looking for something different than go elsewhere.

This film is an artsy portrayal of the rise and fall of the all girls 70’s band call “The Runaways” who consisted of Joan Jett(Kristen Stewart )Lita Ford(Scout Taylor-Compton), and Cherie Currie (Dakota Fanning).  It starts out as bad girl Joan Jett approaches Kim Fowley(Michael Shannon), a record producer known for his eccentricities, and says I play guitar. Kim then calls over a drummer he knows and sets up some practice times.  Something is missing and Kim Fowley fills the void with Cherie Currie, a Bowie fan who accepts the invitation from Fowley to be in the band.

The band was Fowley’s concept of selling young girl sexuality and Cherie Currie did not take much arm twisting to become the sex symbol for “the Runaways” and success seemed easy.  But with success comes resentment and as the film winds down the band breaks up as Cherie leaves the band for good.

The movie explores very little history about the members of the band, although you get a little of Cherie’s tumultuous family life but it lacks in character development.  The funny thing is, is that was what I wanted the most.  The music itself cannot carry this movie and therefore I thought it was lacking in what we as an audience wants, either lots of sex, drugs and rock n roll or a story with depth and development.

Kristen Stewart made me forget that she was the girl in “Twilight” about 25 minutes into and that was a good thing, Dakota Fanning made me feel a little creepy like I was not supposed to even think of her as I did in this movie, and Michael Shannon was great as an eccentric Hollywood type and I personally think he was a stand out here, he was just smarmy and played his role perfectly.

I give it 1 ½ guys

Stream it on Netflix – Foreign Edition

February 26, 2011 Leave a comment

Stream it on Netflix – Foreign Edition

Ok, here are a couple of quick hits from the foreign language queue…

The Secret in Their Eyes
Director: Juan Jose Campanella
Starring: Ricardo Darin, Soledad Villamil, Pablo Rago

This is a smart, tight little thriller. (The kind of movie that we used to make here before Michael Bay, or BMB if you like.) It’s about a retired attorney who decides to write a novel about the one case that still haunts him. It has a murder mystery, and a love story, something for everyone! An academy award winner in 2009, it’s definitely worth a watch.

North Face
Director: Philipp Stolzl
Starring: Benno Furmann, Florian Lukas, Johanna Wokalk

The true story of 2 German climbers who attempt to climb the north face of the Eiger. Set in 1936 this movie is gripping from start to finish. You can almost feel the cold while you are watching it. It’s got great acting, and amazing cinematography. It will have you on the edge of your seat.

Honorable mention:

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Let the Right One In

Categories: Quick Reviews

Stream it on Netflix

February 26, 2011 Leave a comment


Looking for something to watch? I am going to be doing some quick reviews of some movies you can stream on Netflix for free. First category is going to be Documentary.

Exit Through the Gift Shop
Directed by: Banksy
Starring: Banksy(?)

This is a Documentary about a Documentary. It follows a crazy French filmmaker who has a penchant for Graffiti art and starts following the artists around while they are creating their art on the streets. Eventually he tries to turn all this footage into a documentary. It hits on a bunch of prominent artists but the real showcase is here is Banksy, probably the most famous graffiti artist in the world. You never actually get to see Banksy. He guards his anonymity carefully. His face is blurred throughout the film and his speech has been modified.  Since very few people even know who he is no one is ever quite sure if the artwork is his or not. In fact it’s been mentioned that the documentary itself might be a hoax. Regardless, it’s an interesting look into the world of graffiti art and an engrossing film.
This movie is actually up for an Oscar and rumor has it Banksy is going to show up in disguise. His artwork has been popping up in the LA area so who knows. It Might make the Oscars worth watching anyway. That is in between the academy falling all over the Kings Speech that no one saw.

Directors: Tim Hetherington, Sebastian Junger

Restrepo follows a platoon of soldier during their one year deployment in the deadliest section of Afghanistan. It’s a powerful movie about war, camaraderie, and loss. The person(s) who filmed this is either incredibly brave, incredibly stupid or a combination of the two. Bullets are literally whizzing by while he films. Absolutely a must see.
This one is also up for an Oscar but I think they are both going to lose to Inside Job which was also excellent but not streaming for free on Netflix so that review will have to wait.

Honorable mention…

Man on Wire – last year’s Oscar winner about the man who did a tight rope walk across the twin towers is a must see!

Categories: Quick Reviews

The Runaways

February 22, 2011 Leave a comment

This weeks movie is going to be The Runaways. Starring Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning. Check back on Sunday for the 3 guys review.

Categories: 3 Guys Reviews