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Chopper Review

Before Bronson came Chopper. Notorious criminals and the fame they garner for themselves as being beyond the level of usually hardened cell fodder is a fascinating avenue that has grown commercial through true crime and true fascination. No wonder the life of Bronson was turned into a Tom Hardy-led biopic. No wonder the life of Chopper was turned into a self-titled biopic helmed by director Andrew Dominik and starring Eric Bana as the caricature presentation of a tough, Australian criminal. Is there any difference between the tough-as-nails brutality found here and the more sophisticated mobsters of the Martin Scorsese-fuelled 1990s? Not too much. What separates them is the style of crime and the class in doing it.

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The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford Review

While the western may have died long ago, the modern period of revisionist brutality has paved the way to a few stand-out classics. Bone Tomahawk and The Hateful Eight inspired the attractive allures of hyperviolence and the natural elements cowboys and bandits would face off with. The former was a collation of spectacles and narrative elements that made up the best of the genre, while the latter hoped to capture the tensions of claustrophobia to the backdrop of The Great Silence or McCabe and Mrs. Miller. Both are successful to varying degrees, but it is the bold work of director Andrew Dominik on The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford that marks the return of the western epic.  

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