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2017-sleepless-bannerIt’s Wednesday which can only mean one thing for all our readers out there and that is it’s Ass Whoopin Wednesday. The film I chose for today I had been putting off for a while, but I wanted to have a film that featured the amazing Jamie Foxx (Baby Driver). So, I decided that it was time to hit my local Redbox and I rented Sleepless which came out back in January of 2017. Jamie plays Vincent Downs, a cop who is undercover playing the game so that he can figure out the snake at the top of the mountain. The only problem is that he is now in some deep water because a job that he and his partner Sean (Tip ‘T.I.’ Harris) try to pull off is about to backfire. You see they rob some drugs from a very bad man in Nevada and they have kidnapped Vincent’s son. They won’t give him back until Vincent returns what is rightfully theirs. The film also stars Michelle Monaghan (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) as Bryant, Scoot McNairy (Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice) as Novak, Dermot Mulroney (My Best Friend’s Wedding) as Rubino, David Harbour (Stranger Things) as Dennison, Gabrielle Union (Bad Boys II) as Dena, Octavius J. Johnson (Ray Donovan) as Thomas, and the film was directed by Baran bo Odar (Who Am I). Before we get into the review of the film, let’s check out some stats:

sleepless Statshero_Sleepless-2017As far as the stats are concerned, there very low, but I will explain all of that in a bit. Jamie Foxx had about nine kills in the film which is low, but he has to give an assist to his son and his wife who both killed a dude. I don’t want to give away too much about who he really is because that is part of the mystery which is why I put sorta as the answer to origin story. I mean other than the secret, we don’t know much about him or his past. I believe that his character is still married to his wife even though she is wearing an engagement ring and his son is kidnapped which answers the next one. The big boss is defeated, but you’ll have to watch the film to find out how. The biggest misconception you can make when choosing to watch this film is believe that it’s just a Taken type action film where his son is taken and now he’s going after them. That is partly correct, but it’s much more than that as you’ll find out when watching the film. The film mixes in the whole dirty cop things so you’re trying to figure out f Jamie is dirty or if someone else is with it’s The Departed type ending. I think that David Harbour is awesome as is Jamie Foxx, but I’m not sure I’m 100% sold on Michelle Monaghan as a fierce, tougher than nails internal affairs cop who is a bad ass. You’ll have to judge that for yourself, but this is a pretty decent film. It’s got some cool action when it needs to and some cool characters, but it can go all over the place at times. I am going to give the film 3.7 fists out of five for a final grade.

frankSome of you may be saying TGIF for the fact that the weekend is officially here, but I am saying it because to me and this blog it’s Filmfest Fridays which once again means we explore another independent or foreign film. This week’s film is a little bit of both because it’s an independent film, but it’s also a foreign film (UK-Irish Comedy). The film is called Frank and it stars Domhnall Gleeson (Unbroken) as Jon, a young and aspiring musician who desperately wants to write music and become famous. Along the way, he will hook up with an eccentric rock band led by a man named Frank (Michael Fassbender) who wears a mask all day. There is one problem with the situation, all of the other band members want him to leave, but Frank believes in him and so he wants to prove to everyone that he can do it, but he may have bitten more than he can chew. The film also stars Maggie Gyllenhaal (The Dark Knight) as Clara, Scoot McNairy (Killing Them Softly) as Don, François Civil (As Above So Below) as Baraque, Carla Azar (Sucker Punch) as Nana, Mark Huberman (Noble) as Management Guru, and the film was directed by Lenny Abrahamson (What Richard Did).

frank 2This was an absolute awesome film that is just pure madness from beginning to end. It’s also kind of a coming of age flick, but in the sense that Domhnall Gleeson’s character finally realizes by the end of the film that the band will only drive you to pure madness until you submit. The band has a history of losing keyboard players with one hanging himself and the second tried to drown himself. One of the astonishing things about this film is that the entire soundtrack is almost entirely sung by either Gyllenhaal, Fassbender, or Gleeson which is awesome. Michael Fassbender puts on one heck of a performance in this film as that strange and allusive Frank which during the whole film you want to know what he looks like under the mask. The film is also a coming of age for Frank who has to eventually learn to step outside of the mask like breaking out of his shell. It’s an amazing film with everyone doing an amazing job in the acting department. The real MVP of this film is the screenwriters in Jon Ronson and Peter Straughan who wrote this ComDram (Comedy/Drama) or Dramedy (if you like). This film should have won awards if it hasn’t already done so because I enjoyed every aspect of it and it was cool to see them travel to SXSW (South By Southwest) in Austin, TX which is a dream destination of mine. Check out the film on Netflix where it is streaming and I am going to give the film an A for a final grade.

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