Geoffrey Fletcher

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What if little girls were hired assassins? That’s not an uncommon film scenario today, but usually the answer is that they’d be well-trained, bred to be killers from early on and void of most stereotypes you associate with normal young women. Hit-Girl from Kick-Ass and the title teenager from Hanna come to mind. But Violet & Daisy takes a different approach. The girls here are really “girly.” They take on hit jobs in order to buy pretty dresses. They blow bubble gum bubbles while shooting up mob hideouts. They talk all cutesy and have flowery code names and play patty-cake with their boss (Danny Trejo) and ride a tricycle and love milk and cookies and say “ewwwwww” in response to things they find gross as if they’re referring to cooties.

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Violet and Daisy

Yes, the gun pointed at your face is meant to send a message, and it might be the last one you ever receive. Of course, when the trailer for Violet & Daisy opens, the sights are on James Gandolfini, so you’re probably safe for now. The movie is high concept enough — two young girls kill people for a living but are confronted by an unusual target that changes them — but after watching the trailer, it’s difficult to understand exactly what the hell is going on. Flight attendant-laden dream sequences, studies on friendship and Danny Trejo in a vest punctuate the Saoirse Ronan and Alexis Bledel-starring flick. The production also has a strange history. Geoffrey Fletcher made this his directorial debut after his big Oscar win as the writer of Precious, it scored praise at TIFF in 2011 along with some profiles, but is just now finding distribution in the States from Cinedigm. Sometimes that speaks to quality, but it seems more likely in this case that traditional distribution channels just didn’t know what to do with this thing. Defying categorization usually isn’t good for the advertising team. Check it out the trailer for yourself:

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It’s Academy Awards time again, and even though we all know the awards are basically an irrelevant exercise in mutual masturbation it’s still fun to watch. This year sees a wide variety of films gain entry into Oscar history via nominations for Best Screenplay, Original and Adapted. Some deserve the honor, while others are based on the novel “Push” by Sapphire.

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In Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire, director Lee Daniels pulls off an improbable feat.

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