Film Forum

Episode Recap

Episode 6

11/15/2005

Films Reviewed: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Derailed

Commentary: The works of Shane Black

Featurette: Behind the scenes of Walk the Line

Regarding Kiss Kiss Bang Bang:

Matt: Shane Black, the writer of Lethal Weapon among other films, took his time to make his film debut.And while it isnít the second coming of cinema, it is a pretty good way to spend a couple of hours at the movie theater on a Saturday night.Kind of sick, but pretty fun.Three stars.

Aron: This movie is a lot of fun!Itís twisted, itís self-aware, but itís a great way for a writer to make a directorial debut!Val Kilmer and Robert Downey Jr make a great odd couple and itís nice to see a side of Los Angeles never put on film.Keep your fingers on you!Four stars!

Average Rating: ***1/2 (out of ****)

Regarding Derailed:

Aron: This is a neat thriller with a few twists you wonít see coming.Jennifer Anniston and Clive Owen make a good couple caught in the clutches of an extortionist in Chicago.Great use of locations and nifty dialogue.Three and a half stars.

Matt: Well, one plot twist in a movie is perfectly fine.Two plot twists, however, shows a lack of faith in your script.Granted, Vincent Cassel delivers a fantastic performance as the bad guy, but I couldnít help but want more out of this thriller.Two and a half stars.

Average Rating: *** (out of ****)

Commentary:  Shane Black has been on the Hollywood scene since his debut script.It was a little movie called Lethal Weapon.Aron and Matt took a few minutes to look at his career.

Featurette: Behind the scenes of Walk the Line, starring Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon.