Six Ways to Sunday

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Arnie is basically half the guys I went to college with.

Cast: Norman Reedus, Deborah Harry, Elina Löwensohn, Peter Appel, Holter Graham, Adrien Brody, Jerry Adler, Issac Hayes, Clark Gregg

Writers: screenplay by Adam Bernstein and Marc Gerald; based on the novel “Portrait of a Young Man Drowning” by Charles Perry.

Producer: Jonathan Demme

Director: Adam Bernstein

Released: Made in 1997, released in the U.S. in 1999.

Rated: R

Overall score: 6/10
Brody score: 6/10

I’m going to level with you: this is a strange movie. Dark comedy mixed with gangster flick. Disturbing, violent, dark and somehow funny. If you’re a fan of films by the Cohen Brothers (such as Fargo), then you might dig this. In spite of the bloodshed and off-putting subject matter, this film is actually not bad.
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Solo


Writers: Screenplay by David Corley, based on the novel “Weapon” by Robert Mason.

Director: Norberto Barba

Starring: Mario Van Peebles, William Sadler, Barry Corbin, Adrien Brody, Seidy Lopez, Abraham Verduzco, Farnecio de Bernal…

Rated: R
Released: 1996

Overall score: 4/10
Brody performance: 7/10

I’m going to be straight with you, my dear readers: this movie is not great. It has its impressive moments, but overall… it’s kind of cheesy. As with Bullet, though, I think it may have impressed me more upon its release in 1996. 
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Bullet


Cast: Mickey Rourke, Tupac Shakur, Ted Levine, Adrien Brody, John Enos III, Jerry Grayson, Suzanne Shepherd… Donnie Wahlberg has a small role, also.

Written by: Mickey Rourke (as “Sir Eddie Cook”) and Bruce Rubenstein

Directed by: Julien Temple

Released: Film credits state 1995, IMDb states 1996. So I’m guessing there was a release delay.

Rated: R and “unrated” versions

Overall score: 5/10

Brody performance: 6/10

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Ten Benny

also known as Sweet Jersey, occasionally known as Nothing to Lose

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Overall score:
6/10
Brody performance: 7/10

Cast: Adrien Brody, Michael Gallagher, Sybil Temchen, Tony Gillan, James E. Moriarty, Lisa Roberts Gillan, Frank Vincent.

Written & Directed by: Eric Bross

Released: 1995
Rated: R

Screen cap gallery: right here

Ten Benny is one of those films that is kind of hit and miss. It comes close to greatness many times, but comes close to cheesy nearly as often.

On paper, our main character, Ray (Adrien Brody) is… well… an a**h***. The relationship with his long-suffering girlfriend, Joanne, is a troubling one. He seems to have little to no respect for his father (although that changes some), he fails his friends at every turn, and he basically uses his job as a way to make connections for his gambling addiction. Continue reading

Rebel Highway: Jailbreakers

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A positive thing I can say about Jailbreakers is that Adrien’s character, “Skinny” (that’s the only name he’s ever given) appears right away. So… it has that going for it.

My overall score: 2/10 (that’s generous)
Brody performance score: 5/10

Cast: Shannen Doherty, Antonio Sabato Jr., Adrien Brody, Sean Whalen, Adrienne Barbeau… and what amounts to a cameo from Charles Napier.

Written by: Debra Hill, Gigi Vorgan

Produced by: Lou Arkoff, Debra Hill, Willie Kutner, Llewellyn Wells and Amy Grauman Danziger (associate producer)

Directed by: William Friedkin

Genre: Made-for-TV drama

Running Time: 1 hour, 16 minutes

Released: 1994

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Angels in the Outfield

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My overall score: 5/10
Brody performance score: 5/10

Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Milton Davis Jr., Danny Glover, Brenda Fricker, Tony Danza, Christopher Lloyd, Dermot Mulroney, Taylor Negron, Adrien Brody, Matthew McConaughey… it’s a big cast.

Writers of the original (1951): Dorothy Kingsley, George Wells, Richard Conlin

This version: Dorothy Kingsley, George Wells, Holly Goldberg Sloan

Director: William Dear

Genre(s): Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Running time: 1 hour, 42 minutes

Released: July, 1994

Rated: PG

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I’m baa-aack!

When I received an email stating this domain was coming up for renewal, I made a choice… I’m keeping it. I’ll start writing again this week.

There will also be a companion YouTube channel this time around. Some things are just better expressed in video, rather than text alone.

King of the Hill

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Now, we come to one that is definitely in my top 10 of Adrien’s performances.

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My overall score: 8/10
Brody performance score: 9/10

Cast: Jeroen Krabbe’, Lisa Eichhorn, Karen Allen, Spalding Gray, Elizabeth McGovern, and Jesse Bradford as Aaron (featuring: Adrien Brody, Amber Benson, Katherine Heigl and Lauren Hill)

Written by: A.E. Hotchner (memoir), Steven Soderbergh (screenplay)

Produced by: Barbara Maltby, Albert Berger, Ron Yerxa

Directed by: Steven Soderbergh

Genre: Drama, Biography/History

Running Time: 1 hour, 43 minutes

Rated: PG-13

Released: 1993

King of the Hill is, to use an overused phrase: a powerful film.

It gives you an unflinching look into The Great Depression (a time of great economic hardship in the 1930s) from a young man’s perspective.

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The Boy Who Cried Bitch

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pardon the Dutch subtitles


My overall score: 5/10
Brody performance: 7/10

Cast (opening credits order): Harley Cross, Karen Young, Dennis Boutsikaris, Adrien Brody, Gene Canfield, Moira Kelly

Written by: Catherine May Levin

Produced by: Louis Tancredi

Directed by: Juan Jose Campanella

Genre: Drama, Thriller

Running Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes

Released: 1991

Rated: Not rated (would be “R”)

Full disclosure: The first time I watched this movie (last November), I basically watched Adrien Brody’s scenes. The second time (this summer), I skimmed through to get the gist of it. This time, I figured I needed to really pay attention to the entire film if I was to review it. So I did. Also, I don’t own this film (I’ve never found an official release), I watch it via YouTube (a VHS rip with Dutch subtitles).

In all honesty, this is a very unsettling and dark story and is hard to watch at times. It is almost a cautionary tale about being a more involved parent (and seeking help for your own issues, lest you pass down worse ones).

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