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Killing Them Softly
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(Youtube) - is based on a 1978 novel
by George V. Higgins (Boston's Balzac
), set in Boston. The movie was filmed in New Orleans and set in 2008.
Written and directed by Andrew Dominik, who previously directed The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
Starring: Brad Pitt, Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn, Richard Jenkins, James Gandolfini, Ray Liotta(Interviewed by Esquire
), Vincent Curatola
The film has opened to mixed reviews:
, The Guardian
, Mother Jones
, The AV Club
Middling: The Village Voice
, Reason, Vanity Fair
, New York Observer
An heir to Hammett and Hemingway and Chandler and Cain, Higgins, who died in 1999, has somehow fallen out of the hard-boiled firmament. Yet the tough, literate, dialogue-driven idiom he helped invent is everywhere in ascendance: David Mamet and Elmore Leonard have cited him as major influences (the latter calls his first book, The Friends of Eddie Coyle [a movie too], "the best crime novel ever written"). Groundbreaking entertainments such as The Sopranos, The Wire, and the collected oeuvre of Quentin Tarantino have all followed closely in the vernacular path beaten by Higgins.
The Criminally Overlooked Novels Of George V. Higgins
, full of linguistic loot
. The NYTimes has collected reviews
of his novels. George V. Higgins’ Eddie Coyle: Even Better than True
The NY Times discusses the sound effects
, and has and interactive piece
with the sounds in one scene.
Featured prominently in the trailer is Johnny Cash's "The Man Comes Around,"
which is one of his last original songs and has a significant amount
of Christian apocalyptic