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The Trailer For KILLING THEM SOFTLY Is Just About The Coolest Thing I've Seen This Week

Nordling here.

Holy crap, I'm so there for this movie.  I love Andrew Dominik's movies - I think THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD is, seriously, one of the best movies about the fading of the old West ever made.  And of course, there's CHOPPER.  Dominik doesn't make movies often, but when he does, they have been, so far at least, stunning.

"I'm living in America.  And in America you're on your own."  Truer words were never spoken, Mr. Pitt.

Here's the trailer, courtesy of Huffington Post:

KILLING THEM SOFTLY opens October 19th.

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  • Aug. 1, 2012, 7:28 p.m. CST


    by Murchmo

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 7:29 p.m. CST

    I'm in

    by Murchmo

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 7:29 p.m. CST

    I'm in sane

    by Murchmo

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 7:30 p.m. CST


    by Jeff

    That was... cool. Looking forward to it now. Bravo, Andrew Dominik!

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 7:31 p.m. CST


    by Owlsley

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 7:31 p.m. CST


    by Owlsley

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 7:31 p.m. CST

    Seriously. Looks fucking good.

    by Murchmo

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 7:37 p.m. CST

    Looks great to me. Count me in.

    by Ian Masterson

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 7:38 p.m. CST

    I'm there. Looks great. Some of the lighting looks like fincher

    by MainMan2001

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 7:38 p.m. CST

    the slow mo car stuff really does

    by MainMan2001

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 7:40 p.m. CST

    Just about the coolest thing?

    by MrDexter

    What was the coolest thing?

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 7:43 p.m. CST


    by Thomas

    Red Dawn trailer??? Rumors of it before Recall true??

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 7:44 p.m. CST


    by daniel parker

    Boring. Nothing happens. If you like this type of movie, no one did it better than- Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever. Great movie that still holds up today!

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 7:47 p.m. CST

    Saw this at Cannes

    by Bitchassmother

    It's amazing. It contains one of the greatest lines in cinema history. Watch it.

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 7:50 p.m. CST

    I wonder if Ray Liotta busted James Gandalfini's balls on the set

    by Mugato5150

    If it wasn't for Goodfellas you wouldn't have a career, motherfucker. Now get your fucking shine box.

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 7:59 p.m. CST

    Made me seriously laugh out loud mugato!

    by Mandolorian

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 8:01 p.m. CST


    by Ozman X

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 8:12 p.m. CST

    Ray Liotta the A-lister?


    No kidding?

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 8:33 p.m. CST


    by Mennen

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 8:47 p.m. CST

    I like the exploding car door knocking the guy

    by Riley Harrison

    Made me giggle with a slight bit of simultaneous ejaculation

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 8:54 p.m. CST

    Jesse James was fucking fabulous!

    by Queefer Sutherland

    Like a western directed by Terrence Malick, but a bit more cohesive. A masterpiece of the genre. So I'm definitely looking forward to this. I hope he uses the same cinematographer.

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 9:05 p.m. CST

    then Gandolfini pops up - I'll check this out.

    by BeanGrud

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 9:07 p.m. CST

    Looks Good...hope it isn't as long as...

    by AMchannelEpicwish@Youtube


  • Aug. 1, 2012, 9:10 p.m. CST

    Thats looks amazing cant wait!

    by Kakii

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 9:37 p.m. CST

    That looks frickin' sweet!

    by dukeroberts

    And I JUST heard that Johnny Cash song on Dallas.

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 9:58 p.m. CST

    Goddamn. That looks pretty fucking good.

    by proevad

    That's all.

  • Aug. 1, 2012, 10:52 p.m. CST


    by Lostboytejas


  • Aug. 1, 2012, 10:52 p.m. CST

    I'm living in America. And in America you're on your own.

    by nametaken

    someone likes RENT. The filmmaker cannot see And the songwriter cannot hear Yet I see Mimi everywhere Angel's voice is in my ear

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 12:33 a.m. CST

    Excellent, a new film about shooting people

    by Ray Gamma

    Let's all sweep that recent incident where someone shot loads of people under the carpet, and enjoy a new movie about someone shooting loads of people! Yay!

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 1:16 a.m. CST

    I hope they fix the compositing on the guy hit by the explosion

    by Uncle Pooky

    because right now, damn.

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 1:20 a.m. CST

    Looks the business...

    by Darkness

    and the Pittster sems to be relishing in the role. I liked Dominik's other works: "Chopper" was a fantastic debut; "Jessie James" was stylish and well acted but was ponderous in places. Here, you have a great ensemble cast, with Johnny Cash lending his vocals over yet another trailer this year. Just one thing Andrew Dominik: Change the title back to "Cogan's Trade"; "Killing them Softly" sounds like a domestic abuse drama. Dreadful title!

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 1:22 a.m. CST

    Man, I hope Tony Soprano doesn't condescend to Pitt

    by The_Genteel_Gentile

    Pitt has already warned that he'd fhkn kill'em! (as long as Julia Roberts doesn't try making him her gay mascot first!)

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 1:23 a.m. CST

    I think we've just found this years "Drive".

    by The_Genteel_Gentile

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 1:30 a.m. CST

    Everyone please take notice - this is what FILM looks like!

    by The_Genteel_Gentile

    If you can't tell that's classic anamorphic lensed 35mm Film on full display in this trailer, and looks a whole heep better than digital ever will - then god help you and restore your sight because you, my friend, are then blind!

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 1:41 a.m. CST

    Pitt/Gandolfini scene from True Romance was perfect.

    by Pvt. Duke

    Both went on to do all right.

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 2:37 a.m. CST

    Certainly looks nice

    by BenBraddock

    Hope it has content AND style

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 3:53 a.m. CST

    Very excited about this...

    by Shady Drifter

    The cast is amazing... but in particular seeing Liotta turn up in a film like this brings back great memories. Love this director too. Pity about the title... wish they'd change it. "Hey guys: I'm gonna watch 'Killing them softly' ... it's sooooo cool"

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 5:10 a.m. CST

    Quick Review

    by Bitchassmother

    Pitt steals the film. The heist in act one is really well filmed. The commentary on macro economic abstraction and it's relationship to American individualism is interesting albeit heavy handed to some. Performances are rock solid across the board and the violence is lensed in a deliberate and intelligent way. Great opening. Even better ending. Well worth a look. This film does not glorify gun crime. It criticises the social distortion wraught by extreme capitalism and stylises violence in order to illustrate the success of unfettered enterprise over the failure of inherited social entitlement. In many ways Killing them softly is the companion of Cronenberg's Cosmpolis. It is compelling, intelligent and ferociously entertaining. Stick that on your poster

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 5:43 a.m. CST

    jesse james

    by ponyboy

    my best friend is in that movie. the only black dude in movie. he was in the train robbery scene carrying a bottle of booze on a platter. sam shepard gave him a big time compliment. which fucking rules. I mean Sam fuckin Shepard giving an extra props?! that's just insane! to top it off, mr. dominik signed his chopper DVD. took the time to talk to him as an equal. mad respect for mr. domink! jesse james was robbed at Oscar time. FANTASTIC score, unbelievable cinamatography, & I believe Pitt & affleck should have BOTH won the gold. been looking forward for this film to hit the screen forever. my ass will be in a seat the night it opens.

  • Go away, grow up, maybe read some books (you know, without pictures), and TURN YOUR FUCKING BRAIN ON.

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 8:56 a.m. CST

    gotta respect Pitt

    by solitaire

    The guy was known for his looks, and he used that to get leverage so that he could start transitioning into movies and parts that he wanted to do. True Romance...Jesus, he has less than five minutes of combined screen time and he steals the whole film! I'd love to see him do Batman with Fincher directing it. He's the right age now and after Troy I have no doubt he can fill the suit. Make it Seven-like and adapt the Long Halloween.

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 9:15 a.m. CST

    It looks great, great actors, beautifully shot, love Pitt, but...

    by HapaPapa72

    Just not moved by the trailer. Looks like something I might fall asleep to when I catch it on HBO. But it doesn't look like a reboot of any kind, so God bless 'em.

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 9:50 a.m. CST

    I was at a Regal Cinema and got to preview the Red Dawn trailer.

    by kindofabigdeal

    Then I got asked all kinds of questions about what worked and what didn't. Though I'm not really familiar with the source material (I think I only seen it once, if at all. And as a kid on cable) the impression I got from it was Red Dawn for the Hunger Games crowd. (Cause Twilight is dead) It seemed more 'teen angst' than teen badass. It seemed that everyday teen drama took center stage over the actual invasion. And of all the action there was only one cool seen that sticks out in memory. (seen this months ago) It was a fleet of planes flying over the town and hundreds of (N. Korean?) soldiers parachuting in. But it looked a little too CG for me to get a boner for. Overall, from that trailer, I think I'll wait for Netflix. Or better yet, rewatch the original with Swayze.

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 10:41 a.m. CST


    by Bigdada

    Love me some Andrew Dominik!

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 12:37 p.m. CST

    Gun Control in USA a big problem?

    by space doughnut

    is it me or are the movies coming out these days from Hollywood glorifying guns and shootouts more than it should? i mean taking into consideration the recent Dark Knight Rises massacre in Colorado, why isnt anyone at the top taking measures to avoid such horrific acts involving the proliferation of deadly weapons from ever happening again? how many more innocent common folk do we need to see slain before the US government starts waking up to see that there IS a real problem here? i am for one shocked!

  • Now to be clear, I think their should definitely be stricter gun laws. Like in no way should regular citizens hunters who ever should be able to get their hands on ASSAULT weapons. That's what's used in military combat. So why would anyone who's not going to the Middle East as a SOLDIER need that type of weapon. However to say because people are shot in movies it leads to more people to shooting people in real life is just not true. Lunatics who want to kill will do it regardless of if they see it in a movie or not. It's something wrong with them that was there before they witnessed any violence in film. And the truly sad thing is even if there were seriously strict gun laws. Where people couldn't get their hands on guns. You'd still have pyschos out there killing people rather it'd be a knives, rocks or sticks! It's not a film problem, it's the sick human condition that these people have.

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 1:22 p.m. CST

    With all that being said I do think this looks entertaining.

    by Wcwlkr

    It gives me a Fargo vibe to it.

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 1:36 p.m. CST

    Assault Weapons Are Just Semi-Automatics

    by Raskolnikov_was_framed

    they are not machine guns or fully AK-47 or 74 or an AR-15 fire the exact same way as a WW2 M1 pull the trigger one bullet fires, you only get one shot per trigger pull...they work the exact same way as any semi-auto hunting rifle...they just look much more badass and lethal but in reality they are no more dangerous than grandpa's hunting rifle

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 5:06 p.m. CST

    So...the Mexican 2: Mexicanagain?

    by Baked

    Brad Pitt + James Gandolfini. I can't be the only one thinking this.

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 5:09 p.m. CST

    No Big Wedding trailer?

    by mjgtexas

    It's the great rich white people with problems trailer of the year!

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 5:11 p.m. CST

    I love Cash, but enough of his music in trailers.

    by BigTuna


  • It's a retirement community!

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 5:16 p.m. CST

    How many more times is this same movie going to get made?

    by kevred

    It's like there's a whole swath of Hollywood that's only ever seen films by Ritchie, Tarantino, and Fincher. Maybe they caught a little of The Godfather on TV, but were too antsy to sit through it. Saw a few episodes of Sopranos, maybe. There are lots of examples to cite, but you know what I mean. Cool bad dudes/male models with toothpicks moving in slow motion along with hipster-douche period groovy music shooting guns. It was last fresh about 15 years ago.

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 5:33 p.m. CST

    A quote from Ebert regarding violent movies inspiring shootings:

    by Jackie Boy

    "Let me tell you a story. The day after Columbine, I was interviewed for the Tom Brokaw news program. The reporter had been assigned a theory and was seeking sound bites to support it. "Wouldn't you say," she asked, "that killings like this are influenced by violent movies?" No, I said, I wouldn't say that. "But what about 'Basketball Diaries'?" she asked. "Doesn't that have a scene of a boy walking into a school with a machine gun?" The obscure 1995 Leonardo Di Caprio movie did indeed have a brief fantasy scene of that nature, I said, but the movie failed at the box office (it grossed only $2.5 million), and it's unlikely the Columbine killers saw it. The reporter looked disappointed, so I offered her my theory. "Events like this," I said, "if they are influenced by anything, are influenced by news programs like your own. When an unbalanced kid walks into a school and starts shooting, it becomes a major media event. Cable news drops ordinary programming and goes around the clock with it. The story is assigned a logo and a theme song; these two kids were packaged as the Trench Coat Mafia. The message is clear to other disturbed kids around the country: If I shoot up my school, I can be famous. The TV will talk about nothing else but me. Experts will try to figure out what I was thinking. The kids and teachers at school will see they shouldn't have messed with me. I'll go out in a blaze of glory." In short, I said, events like Columbine are influenced far less by violent movies than by CNN, the NBC Nightly News and all the other news media, who glorify the killers in the guise of "explaining" them. I commended the policy at the Sun-Times, where our editor said the paper would no longer feature school killings on Page 1. The reporter thanked me and turned off the camera. Of course the interview was never used. They found plenty of talking heads to condemn violent movies, and everybody was happy."

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 6:16 p.m. CST

    Yes! A thousand times yes!

    by ChakaMudd

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 7:49 p.m. CST

    Blood Simple

    by mcordy

    Rules this genre

  • Aug. 2, 2012, 9:11 p.m. CST

    "love Pitt"??!!!?!

    by dryjism

    Who tha fuck LOVES Pitt? , Get the fuck outta here!!!!

  • damn shame how her issues ruined her brilliant music career.

  • Aug. 3, 2012, 4:28 a.m. CST

    My God, Ebert and I agree on something.

    by UltimaRex

    That being said, movies are supposed to be his wheelbase. Unlike videogames...

  • Aug. 3, 2012, 4:30 a.m. CST

    Anyway, OT...

    by UltimaRex

    This looks great. It's now on my radar.

  • Aug. 3, 2012, 8:41 a.m. CST

    Ray Liotta = My ass in seat.

    by tradeskilz

    Been a huge fan evern since i first saw Goodfellas.

  • Aug. 3, 2012, 11:12 a.m. CST

    @rask: 'semi-automatics' and 'gun control'

    by tailhook

    Sure an AK-47 is a semi-auto.. unless of course you illegally convert it to fully automatic. The problem with 'gun control' is it simply takes guns out of the hands of law abiding citizens. It does nothing to take guns out of the hands of criminals. Heck.. Norway has all sorts of regressive gun control laws far beyond the US.. did that stop that dude from going on a rampage? No. It simply made it extremely easy for him to do so. The only way you stop a lone gunman going on a rampage is if someone on site has a gun and is ready and willing to use it to stop him. That takes more guns in the hands of responsible citizens(and if you have the personality and disposition of a woman, pray someone else is there to save you).