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Seven Psychopaths [Blu-ray]
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Three friends (Colin Farrell, Christopher Walken, and Sam Rockwell) incur the wrath of a violent L.A. gangster (Woody Harrelson) by kidnapping his prized shih tzu in this black comedy from IN BRUGES director Martin McDonagh. Aspiring screenwriter Marty (Farrell) has a brilliant screenplay called Seven Psychopaths floating around in his head; unfortunately he's usually to hungover to make any real progress on it. Meanwhile, Marty's best friend Billy (Rockwell) has some great ideas for the story, but he's reluctant to offer input without invitation. A down-on-his-luck actor, Billy pays his rent by running a lucrative dognapping scam with smooth-talking Hans (Walken). Just when frustrated Marty begins to fear that all of his ideas have dried up, however, Billy shows up with an adorable shih zhu swiped from a quick-tempered gangster (Harrelson), and a desperate trip into the desert finds the ideas flowing like drinks at an open bar.
Colin Farrell, Christopher Walken, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, Olga Kurylenko, Tom Waits, Abbie Cornish
"[With] an eerily rueful performance by Christopher Walken, an amazing verbal aria by Sam Rockwell...[and] recurrent nonsense concerning Woody Harrelson's lethal efforts to find his kidnapped Shi Tzu."
Wall Street Journal
3 stars out of 5 -- "[A] gangster bromance that plays out like Tarantino riffing on ADAPTATION....SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS is a game and garishly shot production that's elegant in its own seedy way."
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Walken sometimes leans toward self-parody, but here his performance has a delicate, contained strangeness. All of the actors are good..."
"[T]he cast is stacked with actors who in any other film would be playing the scene-stealing oddball but here raise the ensemble average to something deliciously quirky."
"[I]ts one of the best chances Walken has gotten to be Walken in a while, and he runs with it. So does McDonagh, gleefully blowing up the movie even while hes making it."
3 stars out of 5 -- "Walken, his line readings a thing of bizarro beauty, is reason enough to sign up. The icing on the cake is Martin McDonagh..."
"Rockwell and Walken have lots of fun out-whackjobbing each other, and the dialogue is profanely, profoundly silly-smart..."
"Farrell gives the whole malarkey some ballast as the likeable bumbling scribe....McDonagh of course has the writing skills to get good value out of all his distinguished collaborators."
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