Lawmen, drifters, and hired guns converge at a Northern California ranch believing its Chinese owners possess stolen gold. When two drifters hear rumors that a Chinese railroad worker has escaped with gold and now owns a remote ranch in the wilds of Northern California, the desperate men set a plan in motion to steal the gold for themselves. Saul, the youngest of the drifters, hopes to win the affections of Zhen and his beautiful wife, Kun Hua. Saul hires on as a farmhand, while his partner Bill lurks in the shadows and waits for the opportunity to strike. However, waves of worse men arrive seeking the stolen fortune, setting in motion a deadly multi-sided face-off of bluffs, gambles, and betrayals. Heathens & Thieves is a western crime drama set in an American era when the riches associated with the 1849 Gold Rush, the fallout of the Civil War, and the impact of Chinese immigration were fresh in people's minds.
Phoebe N (de) wrote: this movie built up really well only to end with no real explanation.Some of the kills didn't really make sense to the unresolved ending they gave at the end. Pretty bad but creepy in parts but lacking in alot of plot.
Panos Y (ag) wrote: 6.5/10 It's an Adam Sandler romantic family comedy with a few good laughs. Better than expected.
Kenneth L (mx) wrote: This was one of Steven Soderbergh's little, experimental films, shot in two weeks with a Red camera on a very small budget. It's the sort of talky art-house movie that most people would find boring, but I found it kind of fascinating in its toned-down, stripped-down way. It's not for everyone, but if you like movies that run the risk of coming across as pretentious, as I admittedly often do, then it's worth checking out.The movie doesn't really have a plot. It follows a few days in the life of Chelsea (Sasha Grey), a very expensive prostitute in Manhattan. Part of her price depends on her providing "the girlfriend experience," meaning that she doesn't simply have sex with her clients, but pretends to give them the sort of attention and affection an actual girlfriend would. We see her having lots of dinners in restaurants with clients, and lots of (seemingly) searching conversations with them. We also see her life at home with her actual boyfriend, a personal trainer (Chris Santos), whose relationships with his own clients somewhat parallel those of Chelsea's.The movie's big casting stunt is that it puts Sasha Grey, who is an actual pornography star, in a legitimate acting role. Perhaps somewhat perversely, the movie casts a porn star as a prostitute and contains no actual sex scenes. And to be honest, while she's not going to suddenly rise to the Hollywood A-list, Sasha Grey does give a pretty admirable performance here. Her character mostly contains a cool, detached facade, but there are a couple of affecting moments where her mask slips ever so slightly. She was the right actress for the part, which is good considering the part was actually written for her. It would be interesting if she continued to have parallel careers in real movies and in porn, but I'm not sure how that's going for her.Aesthetically, the movie is a good example of how digital filmmaking allows quick, cheap, naturalistic movies. There are a couple of scenes on an airplane with terrible lighting and audio - I'm not sure if that was intentional or just genuine roughness. Many of the scenes do have a cold, modernist composition to them, given the types of settings the movie takes place in. While this movie won't be remembered as the highlight of Soderbergh's career, it may well be the high point of Sasha Grey's.
Adam R (jp) wrote: (First and only viewing - Late 2005 in theaters)
Ned S (mx) wrote: Jonathan Teplitzky?s second feature film, Gettin' Square, is pretty much the Aussie answer to 'Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels'. Great Australian talent combines to make one of my all time favorite films.
Michal C (nl) wrote: I don't like movies like this. Where children are dying. Very sad...
Isabelle S (nl) wrote: Pas mal de rythme pour un vieux film. Intressant.
Countess N (au) wrote: This was one of my favorite horror movies when i was little.
Bill B (ru) wrote: Post war Kurosawa in which an elderly patriarch begins to becomes obsessed with the idea of nuclear war. He's hell-bent on moving his entire family to a farm in Brazil, where he inexplicably feels that they will be safe. His family doesn't have any interest in being farmers and set about having him declared incompetent.An interesting look at the faceless dread that permeated the culture in the wake of Hiroshima, this was an interesting watch for me but at the same time served as little more than a time capsule of the era, as far removed from these fears as I am today.Well worth a look.
Ben C (de) wrote: I guess I would actually have to watch the whole film in order for me to judge it fairly, but it says something about a movie if it can put me to sleep quickly.Mae West......bleh.Plus, I hated the ending. Total cop out. Or maybe I just don't understand this "pre-code, sexual connotations" mumbo jumbo genre. Oh well.
David F (nl) wrote: This is just a fantastic, entertaining movie about fighter pilots and their competitive school in California nicknamed 'Top Gun.' Tom cruise is at his finest and there's a kind of breezy, macho confidence to everything about this film, from Tony Scott's amber, foggy shots to Val Kilmer's cockiness. It's a pop masterpiece.