August 25, 2012

Killer Joe - AMC Empire 25


Mike: William Friedkin is one of those directors who I admire but who hasn't made anything great, in my opinion, since Sorcerer in 1977. Finally, he returns to form with Killer Joe, easily his best since To Live and Die in LA. I absolutely loved it and it's one of my favorites of 2012 so far.
We went to see this at the AMC Empire 25 in Times Square. I appreciated that, as a multiplex chain, they were willing to show an NC-17 film. I hope it paid off for them, although I was a bit troubled to see the film quickly reduce its number of daily showings. There was someone at the door to check ticket stubs, to prevent kids from sneaking in, so perhaps the extra labor might be an issue.

Erica: I was so pleasantly surprised at this movie. It was funny and disturbing at the same time. I am not a Matthew Mccounaughey fan, however he was great in this movie. This was just great casting (wonderful work from Thomas Haden Church as well), amazing writing, and wonderful directing. This is definitely one of the best of 2012. I am not super familiar with Friedkin's films but if they are like this one, I am going to watch them all immediately. I highly recommend this film. There is one disturbing sex scene but if you are squeamish, I highly recommend this film. It may not be at your local multiplex, but it is worth the trek out to your local indie theater.

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