Movie Review – Jerry and Tom (1998)

A film is such an organic entity. It could have great actors, great script, and a creative director, but yet it still might not click the way it’s supposed to.

One important factor is the “background” of similar works that we can’t help but compare it with. “Citizen Kane” is fine as a classic but can you watch “Citizen Bob – The Sequel”?

That’s the problem with “Jerry and Tom.” It watches like a film that Quentin Tarantino wrote with David Mamet from a Coen Brothers idea. “Pulp Fiction” was fresh and electrifying. But “Jerry and Tom,” the n-th iteration of a similar concept, feels as tired and old as the used cars that the main characters trade in.

To compensate for that, director Saul Rubinek resorted to some very creative scene transitions which are okay the first few times you experience it. But since EVERY scene segues to the other in the same fashion, you soon come to expect it as if expecting a scene change in a stage play. At that point directing starts to call so much attention to itself that it begins to overpower everything else. And that’s the problem with Rubinek’s brilliant but in-your-face directing. It make it difficult to suspend our disbelief in the whole enterprise.

J&T are two contract killers who pretend to be used car salesmen during daytime. The film is a collection (not even a “chain”) of episodes in which they invariably kill someone, but only after a long and witty give and take a la Tarantino. Throughout the film we have no idea why the victims are killed or who they are since the focus is relentlessly on our narcissistic anti-heros.

In that way, the film raises an ethical question that it does not intend to answer in any form – the morality of homicide (duh!). The director asks us “just to enjoy” one scene of butchery and bloodshed after another for the sake of all that “witty conversation” between two psychopaths who should really be locked up somewhere for good.

The forced ending does not resolve this core problem either. In that sense, this movie, packed with linguistic pyrotechnics and directorial gunpowder, is at its core a vacuous exercise in “entertainment for entertainment’s sake” because it lacks a human heart.

Acting by the whole crew, starting with Joe Mantegna (Tom) and Sam Rockwell (Jerry) and including Maury Chaykin (Billy), Ted Danson (The Guy Who Loved Vicki), Charles Durning (Vic), and William H. Macy (Karl) is pretty good. Rockwell in particular is amazing as the slow-witted protege of the old-timer Tom. He is almost as good as he was in the “Matchstick Man.” But all that acting cannot help save this sinking project.

5 stars out of 10 for all the smart talk around corpses. But if you’ve seen “Pulp Fiction” or “Blood Simple” you’ve seen this one already with one exception – the director tried to make this a “sweeter” picture, if you can imagine that. You like your castor oil with one sugar or two?

Vancouver Car Hire

With summer just around the corner here in Vancouver, BC school is wrapping up for the year and all students are getting pretty excite as well they are getting ready for the end of year parties whether it be graduation or just an end of year school party. The “IN” thing to do now is to show up in a fancy car like a limo, but limo are getting old and coming in a fancy luxury car is the cool thing to do now. So all the Vancouver Car Hire agencies around downtown Vancouver and all of the lower mainland are seeing a spike in business and they are hoping that this spike in business continues on the upward trend and it doesn’t fizzle.

Vancouver Car Hire agencies are just coming off one of their busiest times in history having the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in town and the are very eager to keep the business coming in. When Vancouver hosted the 2010 Olympics the world came to visit so this means they had some money to spend and people with money like to rent luxury cars and from the review online it looks like the Vancouver Car Rental agencies did not disappoint their customers.

Vancouver which is located on the West Coast of Canada and right above Seattle, WA is one of the most beautiful cities in the world as it was just voted in the Top 5 places to live in the world. The city has a lot to offer it’s guests and if you renting a car from one of the agencies make sure you ask their staff where the best places to visit are. Because the staff are local they will know all the place you should go to and all the place you should avoid.

If you are thinking of travelling to Vancouver, BC and you will be using a Vancouver Car Hire agency to rent a car here is 4 tips on what you will need to know when you rent a car:

  1. You will need to be over the age of 21 and you need a valid drivers license
  2. You will need to have a major credit card like an AMEX, Master Card or Visa
  3. If you are from out of Country like Europe you will need to remember that you will not be driving on the right hand side of the road. If you drive on the same side as in Europe you will be driving in to oncoming traffic and that will not be good for anyone!
  4. Make sure bring your GPS or you rend a GPS. Vancouver can be quite difficult to get around if you don’t have the directions so save yourself time and hassle and rent or bring your GPS.

Like I stated above Vancouver is a stunning place to visit or live so make sure you enjoy the city in a beautiful car and support the Vancouver Car Hire agencies and you will be surprised what they have to offer.

Review of Kroger Rewards

I was shopping at Kroger and asked to have an application to become a member of their rewards card. It was very simple and I received the cards in the mail. If you are wondering why they need your phone number it is because if you ever forget your card you can use that to still have access to your rewards at the checkout. I discovered you could also apply for this card online too.

They have store sales and you can view the weekly ad on their website. They have coupons that print out when you are checking out and coupons are sent to you in the mail. You even get exclusive discounts on items for being a rewards member. On the receipt, you can see how much you saved in this order and how much you have saved annually.

Another member perk is that every time you shop and use your card you get fuel points. You earn one fuel point for every $1 you spend. And when you get 100 fuel points you get 25 cents off each gallon. If it is less than 100 you get 10 cents off and more you can get up to 30 cents off. Now it does not sound like much but it can add up. You can also use these points at Shell gas stations instead of just Kroger ones. These points expire at the end of the next month and there have been times where the points have expired before I could use them since I do not drive my car that often.

There is an online shopping option on the website where you can pick them up and have your groceries carried out to your car or you can have them delivered to your home. I will warn you, this delivery and pickup are only available in certain locations. With the website, you are even able to make a list. You can go through and add things by category, by sale items, or by typing in the items. After they are on your list you can adjust the quantity if you need to. This list even gives you an estimated total. For the pickup and delivery service, you select a timeframe that is an hour long and you are able to update a pending order until they have started to get it ready for you which is a helpful feature if you forget something. It is a very simple process and similar to other online grocery shopping sites.

I recommend you try out Kroger because of the member perks of discounts and fuel points and the friendly service.