Kaycee’s Klasic Films – Mr Brooks

Siobhan Kennedy-Clarke’s classic film reviews
Our fictitious reviewer Siobhan (KayCee) didn't have much of an education but she's passionate about films


If there was an award for the cleverest film of the year in 2007 it would of gone to Mr Brooks because as well as being well acted it has things cropping up all the time that change the way your thinking I don’t know if they did this on purpose but it happened.

It stars  Kevin Costner as this wealthy guy who made his money through making boxes which dosen’t sound very exciting does it but if it makes you a millionaire I don’t suppose you would complain. He’s just won Man of the Year in Portland, Oregon, and his picture is all over the media which turns out not to be such a good thing because he has this secret life he’s a serial killer who likes to shoot couples who are making love and the first time he does it after the award he dosen’t notice the curtains of their bedroom are open.

That matters because this couple have a habit of doing it with the lights on and the curtains open and a guy in the apartment block opposite watches them and takes photographs and the really weird thing about him is that he wants to be a killer himself so when he recognizes Mr Brooks he tracks him down and says he’s going to expose him if he dosen’t let him come along next time he’s out murdering.

Brooks has this alter ego they call it that’s another side of him like and in this film they show it as another guy completely Marshall (William Hurt who we looked at last week in Body Heat). Marshall is the bad side of Brooks the one who makes him kill and Brooks himself wants to stop it but Marshall wants him to carry on so he’s pleased when this weird guy who calls himself Mr Smith wants the fun to continue. You see I’m calling Smith weird but not Brooks and that’s because Brooks is a nice family man very neat and tidy and he cleans up the crime scenes and burns the clothes he was wearing and he’s good to his wife and loves his daughter.

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The two sides of Mr Brooks: Costner and Hurt

The detective whose in charge of the case is Demi Moore who I’ve never really liked or even found that attractive but millions of men do so what do I know? She’s getting divorced so she’s got a lawyer now she is a good looking dame the lawyer that is played by Aisha Hinds she’s a well built black woman with a shaven head which might not sound  that cute but let me tell you she’s gorgeous.

But that’s by the by the cop is loaded she’s from a wealthy family so her husband is trying to get shedloads of money out of her in the divorce settlement.

Then Brooks’s daughter turns up she’s dropped out of college and she’s pregnant but that’s not the real reason but what is we have to wait to find out and Brooks and Marshall discuss it they talk to each other but no one else can hear them. William Hurt has this voice that can sound mad and creepy and he uses that here he’s always laughing like a lunatic well I suppose he is a lunatic or his character is.

Then some more cops turn up from the town the daughter was at college in and they want to talk to her about a murder that happened just before she left. So like father like daughter and Brooks is such a nice guy that he goes down there and kills somebody else in the same way the first one was done to make it look like the start of a series like his so it couldn’t be his daughter because she wasn’t there. See what I mean about it being clever well you may be thinking it could get on your nerves but it dosen’t it just keeps you on your toes thinking what’s going to happen next that’s my opinion anyways I love it it wasn’t fantastically popular when it come out but sometimes the public don’t get it for some reason I think it should of got awards left right and centre.

There’s much more to it but it’s got so much going on I ain’t got time to tell you more and if you seen it already you know anyhow and if you haven’t you’ll find out when you do so at least I ain’t given the game away.



Kaycee’s Klasic Films – Body Heat

Siobhan Kennedy-Clarke’s classic film reviews
Our fictitious reviewer Siobhan (KayCee) didn't have much of an education but she's passionate about films


If you don’t know this film and you just look at the title you might get the wrong idea because it sounds a bit porny but its not it’s a drama with a bit of sex in it but no more than you get in a lot of films so don’t let that put you off if such things do put you off I suppose it all depends who your watching it with.

This stars William Hurt and Kathleen Turner both of who shone brightly for a while and then faded. William plays Ned Racine a small town lawyer in Florida who apparently doesn’t get paid much that’s weird isn’t it I thought all lawyers were loaded. Anyways he isn’t he’s got a sports car though so he can’t be poor but he’s not the brightest guy in the world, so maybe that’s why. And he’s lonely I think he’s had all the women in his town and now he’s paying the price.

Then he meets Matty Walker (Kathleen Turner) whose married to a rich man older than her and they have a house near Ned’s town but the husband only comes up at weekends. Matty’s body temperature is abnormally high that’s why its called what it is. So after a bit of cat and mouse Ned and Matty start having a steamy affair its steamy in more ways than one because for one thing there’s this heatwave going on and also they can’t keep there hands off each other you don’t see anything really rude by todays standards (this was 1981) but there are other ways of doing it and the director Lawrence Kasdan is good at that. The first time Ned and Matty get down to it its on the floor and the camera just lingers for a moment as he puts her knickers on the carpet see its quite clever to catch such an intimate moment that’s just an ordinary thing really.

But you know how when your so physically attracted to someone that it makes you blind to everything else and that’s what happens with them they decide to bump off the husband Richard Crenna whose a bit of a worm really you don’t like him and I still can’t like Richard Crenna in other films cos he made such an impression in this one.

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Let’s have a nice cold bath together. Is there any more ice?

Ned and Matty decide to change his will so she gets everything and of course he can do it because it’s his line of work but you know it’s going to look suspicious afterwards.

Soon it all gets too much and they don’t trust each other and you suspect its not going to end well whatever happens.

So the husband gets killed and Ned puts him in a disused building and sets it on fire. He gets advice on this from an old client of his a young bad boy played by Mickey Rourke there’s some good lines in the film and Mickey gets some of them like this: “Any time you try a decent crime there are maybe 50 ways you can screw up. If you think of  25 of them you’re a genius – and you ain’t no genius. You remember who told me that?”

Ned’s best friend is another lawyer played by Ted Danson before he was in Cheers and they kind of dress him down so he isn’t sexier than William Hurt. When the cops start investigating cos they know there was a body in the burnt building Danson becomes Ned’s lawyer and just to complicate things the cop in charge of the investigation is a friend of theirs, Oscar (J. A. Preston from Hill Street Blues). He would like to believe Ned’s innocent but as he says, “When you’re out there every night banging the widow it tends to draw attention to you.”

It all gets very complicated because Matty isn’t really who she says she is she’s borrowed the identity of an old classmate. Oh yes now I think of it Ned meets her one night when he goes to see Matty and this other woman is outside the house with her back to him and they look a bit similar and he says “Hey lady, you wanna f***?” and then she turns round and he’s really embarrassed and she goes, “My, this sure is a friendly town.”

There’s a great soundtrack by John Barry the James Bond guy it’s mainly orchestral stuff atmospheric like and very classy.

It’s a classy film all round as it happens but like I say it depends who your watching it with if you’ve got your Gran staying with you and she likes thrillers this might seem like a good idea but you might both get a bit uncomfortable when the  doinking starts. Depends what your Gran’s like. One of mine is dead and the other one is my Mum’s Mum and you know what she’s like so it wouldn’t be a problem but you know what I’m saying.