The Usual Suspects

This is a movie I’ve wanted to see for a while. I just remember always seeing it quoted or seen the poster [which I suppose is quite iconic.] I’ve managed to stay ignorant to the movie before I saw it which I think really works with this film; its best if you don’t know the ending. However, I guess if you watch it again, you discover things that you missed and you can enjoy going “ahh, of course, I see it now!”

The plot is very clever and I can see why it won Best Screenplay at the Oscars. Basically, its about these 5 criminals who decide to join forces and do a little robbing. And then stuff happens.

  • I love the opening music, its so beautiful.
  • There is a line of fire but its stopped by some very well-aimed peeing. Its almost impressive.
  • “Hand me the keys you f****ing c***sucker.” I think this is a bit of an iconic line. And I just love how the characters laugh and take the piss as they read out the line.
  • This is the first and only movie I’ve watched with Stephen Baldwin and its such a shame that’s he’s gone all mental Christian on us. He wasn’t that bad of an actor! I think the first time I saw him was on I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here and he baptized Spencer Prat. Not the best first impression, I can tell you, lol. Also, thanks to South Park, I know about Yes. Its an actual website and its not taking the piss. Its real. Take a look, it’ll give you a laugh. So, unfortunately, I kept thinking of the reality TV show and the website and just shaking my head. And laughing hysterically when he got a lit cigarette in the face.
  • I’m confused about this Fred Fenster [Benicio del Toro, or as I like to call him OLD!Brad Pitt] and his speech. He sounds a little deaf but you know he’s not. His voice just confuses me, so much. Does he have a speech impediment? Is English not his native tongue? What?!?
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    American Beauty

    Once again, another movie that has taken me far to long to get round to watching. I think pretty much everyone in my film class back in England had seen it but me. Anyways, the film is brilliant in a creepy kind of way. It made me cringe so much but the rest was brilliant. For the small minority who haven’t seen it, its about families and midlife crisis.

  • “I am 42 years old; in less than a year I will be dead.” Blimey.
  • Ahhh! Who’s filming them?! Oh… him… cute…
  • Then the cast of Flashforward view the house… I swear, there were at least two of the actors in Flashforward in that scene!
  • Ewwwwwwwww! He fancies a teenage girl! EWWWWWWWWWW! And that was my reaction for the rest of the movie. It actually got to the point where I was hiding behind my pillow. Ewwwwwww!!!
  • It was interesting to see just how much the love had gone from their marriage. Its not even like a business marriage, its like prison.
  • Its got the cool dad from The OC! And he’s a little younger! And quite hot!
  • I loved that it was showing the comparisons between the two main families; one household that is run by the man and has rules and structure, then the other house which is ‘run’ by the woman and has no structure at all. Both children in the families are unhappy. However, the structured family, according to the son, wouldn’t go out looking for him if he ran away but the unruly family would go looking out for the daughter.
  • There are 3 ‘romance’ stories, all incredibly different. You have the *vomits* dad [Kevin Spacey] and teenage girl, the mm and the dad from The OC and then the daughter and son of the two families [not related, by the way, in case… y‘know…]. I loved the daughter/son because it was so sweet. The daughter never gets attention then she pretends she doesn’t want the attention from the boy but secretly loves it which, to be honest, is true for most girls unless they get attention all the time.
  • When the son tells Kevin Spacey that the weed costs $2000 I went “Jesus!” at the same time Kevin Spacey did! Spooky lol
  • Oooo he thinks… that they are… oooooo HAHAHAHA! Oh my God, how funny. *watches dad punch 7 types out of the son* oh… now its not so funny…
  • Oh, wait, its funny again!
  • No, wait, she DIDN’T do it?! It was the other dude? Wait… what? Oh, aw, he’s smiling… so he died happy, at least that’s ok…
  • The last 4 were my reactions pretty much word for word.




    After watching Seven on DVD, I then watched brand new South Park and it was the best episode I’ve ever seen and I now have South Park on the brain and therefore this review will probably not do the film justice. Sorry.

  • The first shot is of Morgan Freeman so I can tell straight away that the movie is going to be great because it has God in it.
  • I loved, loved, LOVED the title credits! Loved the close-ups and the editing and how perfectly imperfect it was!
  • The death scenes/crime scenes are very vivid, not for those with sensitive gag reflexes.
  • In most cop movies, if there is are two main characters, one black and one white, the white one is the professional, smart one and the black one is the goofy one. Not in this one! Hurrah! Freeman is the smart one and Brad Pitt is the slightly goofy one [only very slightly… he’s more goofy than Freeman but I wouldn’t say the character is actually goofy… if you catch my drift…]
  • I love the 7 Deadly Sins, I find them fascinating to the point where when a group of us had to write a play for drama class, we chose to base our characters on the 7 Deadly Sins.
  • Freeman’s character does good old detective work with looking stuff up in books whereas Pitt just sits there, thinking he knows everything and tries to work it out with his mind, beer and sport.
  • “Yell fire, not rape.” I’ve heard this so many times, I guess this is where it came from. Its sad that its actually true.
  • It has Dr Cox in it before he was Dr Cox!
  • The plot and writing is just amazing and ingenious. I love it when the killer is so smart and thinks everything through! I normally hate that the detective finds the clues so easily but for some reason, I totally believe that Morgan Freeman would find them clues.
  • The suspense is so subtle that I didn’t even realize I was in suspense until the bullets went off and I was jumping out of my seat! Amazingly done!
  • This movie is a great advert for torchlights.
  • Dad made a comment as we watched it that you can tell the director was quite influenced by Blade Runner in a few scenes and I really know what my dad means so look out for Blade Runner refrences.
  • The ending… with the box… I unfortunately knew what was in the box and therefore I felt it ruined it for me but now I really want to watch the film again with someone who’s never seen it before and just watch their reaction to it all.
  • Somerset: This guy’s methodical, exacting, and worst of all, patient.
    Mills: He’s a nut-bag! Just because the f****r’s got a library card doesn’t make him Yoda!



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