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The Way of the Gun Review


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In case you're utterly dense and stupid (and some of my hate mail indicates that if you're reading this, you just might be), know that with a title like The Way of the Gun you are getting yourself into a very, very violent film. I do not mean a couple of cap guns and a blood pack under someone's shirt. I mean more shots fired per foot of film this side of a Rambo movie. Bring your earplugs.

This is not to say that violence can't be stylish or clever. Movies like Pulp Fiction have proven that a gun can be poetry. Or it can just be a gun. Writer/director Christopher McQuarrie (best known for writing The Usual Suspects; Gun is his directorial debut) has set out to make a Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid for the millennium. From its all-bad-guys cast (except for the girl) to the arch, black comedy to a south of the border shootout, the homage is pretty sincere. Too bad it didn't quite work out.

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The Way of the Gun Review


OK
In case you're utterly dense and stupid (and some of my hate mail indicates that if you're reading this, you just might be), know that with a title like The Way of the Gun you are getting yourself into a very, very violent film. I do not mean a couple of cap guns and a blood pack under someone's shirt. I mean more shots fired per foot of film this side of a Rambo movie. Bring your earplugs.

This is not to say that violence can't be stylish or clever. Movies like Pulp Fiction have proven that a gun can be poetry. Or it can just be a gun. Writer/director Christopher McQuarrie (best known for writing The Usual Suspects; Gun is his directorial debut) has set out to make a Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid for the millennium. From its all-bad-guys cast (except for the girl) to the arch, black comedy to a south of the border shootout, the homage is pretty sincere. Too bad it didn't quite work out.

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Public Access Review


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A few words about Public Access, a 1993 film that is now getting a limited theatrical release. Produced by the team that brought us The Usual Suspects, Public Access is a "first work" that is only now being distributed to ride on the 1995 film's coattails. Upon watching Public Access, it's pretty clear why this film never went anywhere at the time it was made, even though it won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance.

Public Access is a perplexing little movie about an insidious drifter named Whiley (Ron Marquette) who stirs up controversy by starting his own public cable access show in the small town of Brewster. He asks one question of his viewers, "What's wrong with Brewster?" And slowly, it becomes clear that there's an awful lot wrong, culminating in several murders.

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