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I skimmed the last few pages to see if any of these were posted, but these are some odd ball movies that I came across while sick:
Knights of Badassdom: Ryan Kwanten (True Blood), Peter Dinklage, Summer Glau and a list of known faces. This is a great B grade Fantasy/Horror movie. When authors say, "the movie doesn't take itself seriously", this is what they have in mind. It is fun, light hearted without any bad after taste. The basic story of good friends, bad girlfriends and larping gone wrong. The actors clearly enjoy themselves in this movie and I imagine making movies like this is how they have fun in their downtime.
A Dark Truth: Forest Whitaker, Andy Garcia, Kim Coates. This movie is a bit preachy about the evils of corporations. It also has a Steven Segal era movie feel to it, however it still manages to be engaging and a bit thought provoking. The action is good, with excellent pacing after the initial back story. The first 20 minutes of the movie could have been seriously edited down, nonetheless a solid movie.
Interview with a Hitman: This movie has such a bad sound director, I hesitate to put on an AVS list, but it is a good movie. First, the sound... from the music track, which sounds like it was recorded in someone's noisy apartment by a 12 year old, to the actual mixing which blew the music tracks over the top, among many other sins, I would have to nominate this movie for one of the worst audio directors in modern cinema. Towards the end of the movie, the sound gets so bad, I muted it. This movie should be shown in film schools about how to not mix tracks. That aside, the plot and filming of the movie are excellent. It has a legitimate surprise ending that is expertly foreshadowed without giving the viewer too many clues how it will end. This isn't an action movie, so much as a fictional documentary of how this hitman came to be. It traces his life from childhood to present without filtering or trying glorify his actions. You are left with the impression that while his early childhood contributed to his career, he is a sociopath and would have ended up similarly even without his early childhood trials. Towards the end, his life is juxtaposed against that of his childhood friends, emphasizing this point. Besides the audio, I have nothing bad to say. It has a Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Gun Barrels ambiance, but is not a humorous movie. The violence is not gratuitous, considering the theme, but might be disturbing for some people.