Posted on November 29, 2012   Categories: Articles & Interviews , Killing Them SoftlyComments Off

REVIEW: Brad Pitt Makes One Glorious Bastard In Stylish, Self-Conscious ‘Killing Them Softly’

Killing Them Softly is set in Boston, maybe. Someone mentions living in Somerville, a scattering of the characters have the accent, and they talk about going down to Florida. But the film was shot in New Orleans, often in the industrial edges still ragged from Hurricane Katrina, and the only people who seem to inhabit its universe are gangsters — high level ones with pretentions of civility and hardscrabble losers struggling to get a few dollars together by way of hazardous schemes. What ties this abstract, violent place to the real world is the 2008 presidential election, which provides a backdrop for its tale of an ill-advised robbery and the guy brought in to clean up after it. There’s George W. Bush talking about the bailout on a TV in the corner as two guys knock over a card game; there’s Barack Obama promising change on a billboard over a neighborhood filled with empty lots and abandoned houses. It’s a neat idea, matching the brisk kill-or-be-killed business of unforgiving criminal life to an America staggering from the economic crisis. But as in his last feature, the gorgeous and stiltedly self-conscious The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Australian filmmaker Andrew Dominik shows a tendency to lean too hard on his symbolism rather than letting it exist as part of the whole. In Jesse James it was the tying in of the last days of the outlaw to a meditation on celebrity. Here, it’s the capitalism-as-a-disease parallels on a national and narrative scale that start to feel on the nose long before a character barks “America’s not a country, it’s a business — now fucking pay me!” and Barrett Strong’s “Money (That’s What I Want)” plays over the closing credits. But when Dominik, working off his own screenplay adaptation of a novel by George V. Higgins, is less focused on trying to make an important movie, he turns out an indisputably fun one, a stylish and flamboyantly macho affair that cribs pleasantly from Mamet, Blue Velvet, Tarantino and Scorsese. The film starts with Frankie (Scoot McNairy), a ferrety guy recently out of prison and eager to convince his Australian pal Russell (Ben Mendelsohn, memorably scary in Animal Kingdom) to get in with him on a job. Russell’s working his own scheme involving kidnapping purebred dogs and using the money to buy an ounce of heroin and become a dealer, but Frankie’s pal Johnny (Vincent Curatola) has what he claims is a foolproof gig. They’ll rob a poker game run by a guy named Markie (Ray Liotta), who arranged to hold up his own game once in the past and got away with it. The games are protected, but if his gets robbed again everyone will assume he’s the one behind it. Killing Them Softly starts off with its main heist, if it can be called that, and then turns to the fallout, letting things rattle along for a considerable amount of time before introducing Jackie (Brad Pitt), a guy who can’t really be described as a hero or antihero. Jackie’s a fixer and a hitman who’s filling in for the last go-to guy, Dillon (Sam Shepard, glimpsed only in flashbacks), and he’s a competent, no nonsense figure in a world full of fuck-ups. Dominik’s film is interesting in that the crimes themselves, whether stick-ups or killings, are rarely difficult — it’s the aftermath that gets people in trouble, when they can’t keep their mouths shut about what they just pulled off or don’t know when to cut their losses and get out of town. Dominik shows an open appreciation for his actors and for the way tough guys, aspiring and genuine, talk to each other — and Killing Them Softly is as much centered around talking as it is action. Pitt, playing a practical know-it-all who falls somewhere between Rusty Ryan and Tyler Durden, is terribly entertaining shooting the shit with Driver (Richard Jenkins), the representative of the unspecified group who hired him, the two complaining about the new “total corporate mentality” like disgruntled office workers on a smoke break. Later, he brings in Mickey (James Gandolfini) from New York to help out, and watches him with worried calculation as he turns out to be in rough shape. If gangsterism is just capitalism in a more raw form, then Jackie is the creature best suited for this world. He knows the rules and enforces them without prejudice, because it’s just business and this is just a job. Killing Them Softly doesn’t give that idea its intended sting. The film wants to be angry and scathing, but, to its credit, enjoys its characters and its mechanics too much to have a sharp edge. Whether it’s showing someone’s death in a luxurious slow motion spray of bullets and glass or lingering as someone drunkenly reminisces about a girl he sometimes sleeps with but has no hold on, the film is too fond of its rich details to allow them to become damning symbols of the system in which they can be found.

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Posted on November 28, 2012   Categories: Appearances , Killing Them SoftlyComments Off

Pictures of Brad Pitt on the New York screening of “Killing Them Softly” are up the gallery. The movie opens this friday.

  • Appearances > 2012 > Killing Them Softly NY Screening – November 26, 2012
  • Posted on November 22, 2012   Categories: Killing Them SoftlyComments Off

    A new trailer for Killing Them Softly, opening on November 30th is out:

    Here is the synopsis:

    Adapted from George V. Higgins’ novel and set in New Orleans, Killing Them Softly follows professional enforcer, Jackie Cogan (Pitt), who investigates a heist that occurs during a high stakes, mob-protected, poker game. The film also features Scoot McNairy (Monsters), Ben Mendelsohn (Animal Kingdom), Ray Liotta, Richard Jenkins (The Visitor), with James Gandolfini, Vincent Curatola, Max Casella and Sam Shepard among others.

    Posted on October 29, 2012   Categories: Killing Them SoftlyComments Off

    Hey everyone, I’ve uploaded the Posters for Killing Them Softly in the gallery. The synopsis is:

    Three dumb guys who think they’re smart rob a Mob protected card game, causing the local criminal economy to collapse. Brad Pitt plays the enforcer hired to track them down and restore order. Killing Them Softly also features Richard Jenkins, James Gandolfini, Ray Liotta, Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn, and Vincent Curatola. Max Casella, Trevor Long, Slaine and Sam Shepard also make appearances.

    The movie opens November 30 in the US. For international release dates, check IMDb.com

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    Posted on October 18, 2012   Categories: Killing Them SoftlyComments Off

    The International Trailer for Killing Them Softly is out:

    And here is the first trailer:

    Killing them Soflty Synopsis:

    Adapted from George V. Higgins’ novel and set in New Orleans, Killing Them Softly follows professional enforcer, Jackie Cogan (Pitt), who investigates a heist that occurs during a high stakes, mob-protected, poker game. The film also features Scoot McNairy (Monsters), Ben Mendelsohn (Animal Kingdom), Ray Liotta, Richard Jenkins (The Visitor), with James Gandolfini, Vincent Curatola, Max Casella and Sam Shepard among others.

    Directed by Andrew Dominik and also starring Richard Jenkins, James Gandolfini, Ray Liotta, Scoot McNairy and Ben Mendelsohn opens November 30th.

    Posted on May 26, 2012   Categories: Killing Them SoftlyComments Off

    2 clips from Killing Them Softly and the poster, which premieres September 21st. Here is the movie synopsis:

    Three dumb guys who think they’re smart rob a Mob protected card game, causing the local criminal economy to collapse. Brad Pitt plays the enforcer hired to track them down and restore order. KILLING THEM SOFTLY also features Richard Jenkins (THE VISITOR), James Gandolfini (“The Sopranos”), Ray Liotta (NARC), Scoot McNairy (MONSTERS), Ben Mendelsohn (ANIMAL KINGDOM), and Vincent Curatola (“The Sopranos”). Max Casella, Trevor Long, Slaine and Sam Shepard also make appearances. KILLING THEM SOFTLY is written for the screen and directed by Andrew Dominik (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford), and is based on the George V. Higgins novel, “Cogan’s Trade.” Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Steve Schwartz, Paula Mae Schwartz, and Anthony Katagas produced the film, with Roger Schwartz, Matthew Budman, Will French, and Douglas Saylor Jr. serving as co-producers. Director of photography Greig Fraser, and production and costume designer Patricia Norris led the creative behind-the-camera team. Casting for KILLING THEM SOFTLY was handled by Francine Maisler, and Brian A. Kates, A.C.E., served as editor. Executive producers are Megan Ellison, Marc Butan, Bill Johnson, Jim Seibel, Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein, Adi Shankar and Spencer Silna.


    Posted on May 23, 2012   Categories: Gallery , Killing Them SoftlyComments Off

    Hey everyone! Brad attended the Photocall for Killing Them Softly yesterday at the 64th Cannes Film Festival and here are pictures. Huge thanks to Claudia from MorganFreeman.us for the pictures!

  • Appearances > 2012 > 64th Cannes Film Festival – Killing Them Softly Photocall – May 22, 2012

  • Posted on May 22, 2012   Categories: Killing Them SoftlyComments Off

    Brad is attending this year’s Cannes with his upcoming moving “Killing Them Softly” (formely known as Cogan’s Trade). I’ll upload pictures later tonigth, here’s the article from THR:

    The competition title drew huge crowds for Tuesday’s eagerly anticipated screening.

    After a rainy few days, the sun and stars came out for the Cannes premiere of Andrew Dominik’s Killing Them Softly on Tuesday night.

    The film’s leading man Brad Pitt caused a paparazzi frenzy as crowds gathered to catch a glimpse of the movie star sporting long hair and sunglasses as he schmoozed down the red carpet after taking time to sign autographs for fans on the Croisette.

    Pitt then took out his iPhone to take pictures of the scene for himself.

    Posted on February 17, 2012   Categories: Killing Them SoftlyComments Off

    To kick off the Movie section from BradPittWeb (as I’m still working on it, got so much to add!), I’ve added some stills from the upcoming movie “Cogan’s Trade”, the release is set to September 21.

  • Films > Cogan’s Trade > Stills

  • Here’s an article from Moviefone:

    Brad Pitt had such good luck when “Moneyball” was released on Sept. 23, 2011, it seems The Weinstein Company is hoping lightning strikes twice. The studio has set “Cogan’s Trade,” with Pitt in a lead role, for Sept. 21, 2012.

    In the film, Pitt plays Cogan, a mob enforcer on the trail of two junkies who robbed a mob-backed card game. (You might remember how that went down for some very foolhardy thugs on “The Sopranos.”) In a nice twist, Tony Soprano himself, James Gandolfini, as well as mob-movie veteran Ray Liotta are on board as well.

    According to Slashfilm, Gandolfini will play “a washed-up, alcoholic, hard-up-for-cash hit man who was brought on by Jackie (Pitt) to do the first job he’s done in a long time but proves to be more of a liability.”

    The movie is based on the 1974 novel of the same name by George V. Higgins, who also wrote “The Friends of Eddie Coyle,” which became an underrated mob pic starring Robert Mitchum and Peter Boyle.

    “Cogan’s Trade” reteams Pitt with Andrew Dominik, who directed him in “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.” The film also costars Richard Jenkins and Sam Shepard.

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