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BLUE RUIN (2013) FOUR TOP HATS

BRUIN1 I normally try to put out thoughts about newer movies on Friday so anyone who looks at this place might get an idea on something to rent over the weekend. But I have been overly busy at work and – in the short amount of downtime I’ve had – I’ve been immersed in watching all of the Rocky movies. While I love them all – six straight Rocky movies is wearing me down a bit and I don’t want to poopoo you off with a week straight of Rocky Balboa shit so here’s a little something on a newly released flick that I really did like. This is a very slow movie with very little action but it’s really quite good. If you’re looking for something with a lot of scares or explosions or tits or the like → → → not here. In my next paragraph I am going to gripe about something and it will include a spoiler – but the spoiler happens about 20 minutes in so it’s not going to ruin the ending or anything but – you’ve been vigilantly notified. “Forever Vigilant” – that’s my motto.BRUIN2 We open up to a sad, hairy, homeless man who sleeps in a beat up, old, rusty car and eats food out of trash cans. He breaks into people’s house and takes baths in their tubs and when they come home unexpectedly he jumps out of windows naked and runs around with his dong flapping everywhere. You don’t actually see any dong here but you can only imagine. FLAP FLAP FLAP. The car here is very important because, I believe, that’s the “blue ruin” the title of the movie is getting on about.  Anyway, one day he’s minding his own fucking business asleep in his car when a cop comes up and disturbs him, like a typical cop would do. She takes him into the station and you think he’s getting locked up for being a homeless fucking bum but that’s not the case. You know, I guess that spoiler will be in the next paragraph after all.BRUIN4 At the station she tells him that someone we know nothing about is getting released from prison so we assume it’s the person who caused him to be in such a sorry state. He manages to fire up his beat up, old, shitty car and heads to the prison to see the inmate get released.  The prisoner and his posse hop into a rap blasting limo and head out – where our hero follows them to a bar. In a scene that takes a long time to develop, our man goes to the men’s room and hides in a stall. A little bit later the guy who just got released comes in for a piss and in what is a pretty gritty scene, they struggle and our man kills whoever it was that caused him such pain. Covered in blood, he somehow sneaks out of the bar and heads back outside to his car.BRUIN3 And here is where I get to the “I really liked it, but” part. After he gets into his car he realizes that he lost the keys (they were on a chain around his neck like dog tags) in the bathroom fight. He obviously can’t go back in there so he hops in the limo and, as the prisoner’s people come out of the bar hooting and hollering, he tears off in the limo, leaving his car behind. Now, I love independent films (and I loved this one) but this is a big deal to me: a KEY point at the end of this movie involves the car. When did he go back and get it? How? He couldn’t have gone back into that bathroom. Did I miss something? I try and pay attention… Am I wrong??BRUIN5 Oh well. That wasn’t a movie ruiner for me but it’s been bothering me for a week now. Also – I DO LOVE me some Jan Brady but I thought it was really weird that she’s so reclusive but she did this one? I’m not griping, I just thought that was odd.  I don’t know – this was pretty, pretty good. I liked that the lead was a normal person. I really liked his army buddy: “Here. Wipe off that blood. That guy probably has hepatitis.” I also liked the practical effects and it wasn’t too long. Good stuff!! Anyone know how he got his car back??

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  1. garylee828

    I recently watched this one, as well. I thought it was pretty good, and well-acted. I like that it wasn’t predictable and you were never quite sure where it was heading next.

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      • garylee828

        Hey, I just watched this movie called “Mindscape” (secondary title is “Anna”. I have seen it published under both titles). Definitely right up your alley. A movie I strongly feel you will love and should put it at the top of your next-to-watch list.

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      • theipc

        I just looked it up – sounds good!! Hopefully it’s out on iTunes.

        I watched a movie yesterday called “Enemy” with Jake Gyllenhall (sp?). Seen it?

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      • garylee828

        Yeah, I saw “Enemy” last month. Was very odd! lol. I liked it, but I didn’t know how to interpret it. I didn’t recommend it to you b/c I didn’t think it was your style. I figure you’d like it okay or either hate it, so either way didn’t think it was worth recommending to you. What’d you think of it? Better yet – save it for a review post! 🙂

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  2. Damn, man! I never even gave that car any thought. Now I’m really a bit pissed off. I kind of wish you hadnt mentioned that cause I thought the film was superb.

    Boat Drinks!

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    • theipc

      Muckers – I thought the film was excellent but that fucking car thing is still bothering me two weeks later. FUCK!

      Boat Drinks!

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    • theipc

      It’s pretty good – and some good and beautiful readers came around explaining the car – so that makes it even better!!

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  3. I’ll actually solve the mystery for you. His sister kept a spare key and while he is at her house he digs through her bin of spare keys and finds it. Also the two guys that come to the house drove that car there. I don’t typically plug my stuff too much in my comments, but I just recently talked to Macon Blair (Dwight) on my latest Filmwhys Extra podcast. He’s such a nice guy and I really loved this movie too.

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    • theipc

      THANKS BUBBA!!!

      I see it now – when he’s looking out the window they’re in his car. I totally missed it but in my defense, it was a night scene and my eyes are shit these days so night scenes can be a bit iffy.

      Thank you, sir!

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  4. Tom

    “. . . .and when they come home unexpectedly he jumps out of windows naked and runs around with his dong flapping everywhere. You don’t actually see any dong here but you can only imagine. FLAP FLAP FLAP.” . . I’m guessing this is the spoiler cerca 20 mins in that you speak of in the intro??

    Thanks for the. . . . . .tip?

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  5. Just saw this last night and agree it’s a great movie, really loved it. Excellent slow-burn performances. As for the car, it wasn’t such a mystery, the brothers of the guy he killed drove it back to his sister’s house when they found out the address where the license was registered, and she had a spare set of keys for it.

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  6. I never heard of this movie… sounds umm weird… when you said flapping dongs and eating out of trash cans that either sounds intriguing or odd. lol. I can’t believe Jan Brady is in a movie!! WTF my mind is blown. I would watch it just for that fact. Marsha Marsha Marsha!

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  7. And you say I talk about floppy dongs a lot…you’re the one watching them in all the movies and/or prompting us to imagine what they’d look like!!!!

    #dingalingDONG #obsessed #unclean

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