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Very bloody and violent, 7 Psychopaths still manages to be funny, although any smiles are wry ones. Christopher Walken is brilliant as Hans, and Sam Rockwell continues with the strength to carry his scenes that
he showed throughout Moon. Colin Farrell as the psychosis-free Marty underplays generously, reacting with escalating alarm at the life-threatening
situations his friends have placed him in, but never forgetting to reach for his notebook.
Recent years have seen the appearance of a number of Israeli films attempting to impose some sort of narrative sense on the political, social, and psychological cataclysm that is the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. However, rather than trying to
make sense of a war as it continues to unfold, these films all seek refuge in the past and use the 1982 war between Israel and Lebanon as a sort of symbolic proxy for the current state of Arab-Israeli relations. Like both Samuel Maoz's
Lebanon (2009), and Ari Folman's Waltz With Bashir (2008), before it, Eran Riklis's Zaytoun is a film about the Lebanon war that is really a film about Israel
Modesty Blaise came hot on the Cuban heels of the Beatles' Help!, and seems to want to instil some of that hip camp tomfoolery to proceedings, while encouraging us to believe there is a plot of sorts. Sadly,
the film tumbles between stools; it is neither thrilling nor very funny; but that is not to say it is completely devoid of charm... it is better to ignore the plot and enjoy the performances.