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Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Classic Trailers: THREE KINGS
Wednesday's Classic Film Trailers is back, after a one week hiatus with the flu, with David O. Russell's wonderful satire Three Kings (1999). A film that treks the scandalous, filthy financial desires of four US soldiers (George Clooney, Ice Cube, Spike Jonze & Mark Wahlberg) after the Persian Gulf War. They want to steal gold that was already stolen from Kuwait, but run into Iraqi people along the way that test their courage and heart, as well as need help badly. Sounds like a serious drama, but with Russell's dry wit, he has made the film into a satirical, definite comedy about greed, injustice and moral decisions. The film is known, not just for the quality of all involved, but for Clooney and Russell's noted fighting during the production. Two creative men going at it. Now, Russell as calmed down after the troubled production of I Heart Huckabees (2004), a highly underrated film I might say. Russell's latest American Hustle opens this week and will he be three-for-three, along with The Fighter (2010)and Silver Linings Playbook (2012), with the Academy Awards. It certainly appears so. I really love Three Kings and if you have not seen it, change that as soon as possible. Funny and sharp as hell. We are lucky to have such a brilliant filmmaker as Russell around. Fantastic. Here is the trailer. Enjoy