Renner Fan Girl Movie Guide turned 2 on Friday! Thanks to each and every one of my followers and to anyone who enjoys this site. I have enjoyed writing these reviews and I look forward to writing more in the future!
WATCH NOW: New trailer for American Hustle starring Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner.
The David O. Russell-directed film hits theaters this Christmas Day!
SOOOOOOO looking forward to reviewing this! Looks amazing…I get a very Goodfellas kind of vibe from it.
few-times asked: I've known this blog since I began to be a "fan" of Jeremy (when The Avengers was released) and it was perfect for me because I was new and didn't know which movie I could watch and it was really helpful. I've seen just the Hurt Locker and The Avengers. So thank you for this blog and thank you for your master post, it's really great to have this one now.
I’m so glad you are finding it useful! Thank you so much for your interest and feedback!
To make it easier to navigate this blog, here’s a handy-dandy master post with all the reviews. Please comment or send me your feedback! And thanks for your interest!
National Lampoon’s Senior Trip (1995 feature film) — Total points: 13 out of 20
Deadly Games, ep. 1.3, “Boss” (1995 TV series) — Total points: 8.5 out of 20
Paper Dragons (1996 feature film) — Total points: 8 out of 20
Strange Luck, ep. 1.16, ‘Blinded by the Son’ (1996, TV series) — Total points: 11 out of 20
A Friend’s Betrayal (originally titled Stolen Youth, 1996 Lifetime TV movie) — Total points: 9 out of 20
A Nightmare Come True (1997 TV movie) — Total points: 11 out of 20
The Net, ep. 1.21, ‘Chem Lab’ (1999 TV series) — Total points: 11 out of 20
Time of Your Life, ep. 1.6, ‘The Time the Truth Was Told’ (1999 TV series) — Total points: 9 out of 20
Angel, episode 1.11, ‘Somnambulist’ (2000, TV series) — Total points: 13.5 out of 20
The Outside Man (2001 short film) — Total points: 14.5 out of 20
Fish in a Barrel (2001 feature film) — Total points: 10.5 out of 20
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, episode 2.6, ‘Alter Boys’ (2001, TV series) — Total points: 13 out of 20
Monkey Love (2002 feature film) — Total points: 14.5 out of 20
Dahmer (2002 feature film) — Total points: 17.5 out of 20
S.W.A.T. (2003 feature film) — Total points: 15 out of 20
The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things (2004 feature film) — Total points: 13 out of 20
Neo Ned (2005 feature film) — Total points: 16.5 out of 20
Lords of Dogtown (2005 feature film) — Total points: 10.5 out of 20
12 and Holding (2005 feature film) — Total points: 16.5 out of 20
North Country (2005 feature film) — Total points: 16.5 out of 20
A Little Trip to Heaven (2005 feature film) — Total points: 17.5 out of 20
Love Comes to the Executioner (2006 feature film) — Total points: 17 out of 20
28 Weeks Later (2007 feature film) — Total points: 17 out of 20
Take (2007 feature film) — Total points: 14.5 out of 20
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007 feature film) — Total points: 13.5 out of 20
House, episode 4.9, ‘Games’ (2007, TV series) — Total points: 18.5 out of 20
The Hurt Locker (2008 feature film) — Total points: 20 out of 20
Ingenious (formerly Lightbulb; 2009 feature film) — Total points: 15 out of 20
The Unusuals, episodes 1-10 (2009 TV series) — Total points: 20 out of 20
The Town (2010 feature film) — Total points: 18 out of 20
Thor (2011 feature film) — Total points: 14.5 out of 20
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011 feature film) — Total points: 19 out of 20
The Avengers (2012 feature film) — Total points: 16 out of 20
The Bourne Legacy (2012 feature film) — Total points: 19 out of 20
Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013 feature film) — Total points: 17.5 out of 20
Renner Fan Girl Movie Guide reviews Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013 feature film)
Character: Hansel, bad-ass witch hunter, loving brother and poorly controlled diabetic
Movie quality: 3.5 – Let’s be honest: No one goes to a movie called Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters expecting a stirring drama with Oscar-worthy performances. This is a fun popcorn-muncher, with non-stop action, loads of guts and gore, and f-bombs galore. Some of the supporting performances are a bit uneven — do Peter Stormare and the other villagers realize this is a comedy? — but Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton are amazingly kick-ass in the lead roles, and Famke Janssen and Thomas Mann are entertaining in their respective roles as the head witch Muriel and the fanboy Ben. The makeup and special effects are also terrific — as is the amazing, unique animated opening sequence.
Importance of role/screen time: 5 - Renner plays the titular Hansel, so he’s a crucial part of the film.
Performance quality: 4 - At first this reviewer was concerned that Renner was miscast. After all, what is a thoroughly contemporary, serious, American actor doing in a horror-comedy based a medieval German fairy tale? But Renner fits right into this highly anachronistic treatment, working his low-key, bone-dry humor to good effect — and his chemistry with Arterton is an added delight.
Hotness factor: 5 – Renner slays not only the witches, but ALL the fangirls too, with his long leather coat, knee-high boots, and enormous phallic shotgun — not to mention the shirtlessness in the swimming scene and the sleeveless leather vest in the desert scene. But the most thrilling aspect of this role is that this kind of light-hearted fare allows Renner to completely unleash his sensationally sexy swagger, which makes it a must-see for all Renner fanwomen!
Total points: 17.5
Renner Fan Girl Movie Guide presents The Renner Rewind!: Reviews of early Jeremy Renner works — The Outside Man (2001 short film)
Character: Vegas Jackman, small-time con man
Movie quality: 3 — At 14-and-a-half minutes long, this short film (not to be confused with the 1972 French thriller of the same name) looks like it was made by someone who has watched the Oceans movies and the works of Quentin Tarantino too many times. But this little homage is actually pretty clever and pays off nicely if you stick with it through the end.
Importance of role/screen time: 4 – He’s the lead character and is in just about every scene. On the downside, it’s only 14 minute long.
Performance quality: 4 – Renner is subtle, relaxed, and quite funny as a seemingly inept con man.
Hotness factor: 3.5 – Renner is sporting his early-2000s boy-band look, with highlighted hair and flashy outfits. He looks kind of like a cross between Nick Carter and Malibu Ken. But the person who did the lighting for this movie was a genius: Renner’s skin looks like smooth creamery butter and his eyes appear to be lit from within, so after a while, you start ignoring the hair and clothes and are just mesmerized by his face.
Also, we get to see him apply lip balm, take a pee, and look at gay porn.
Total points: 14.5
(Click on the photo to watch the film on The Outside Man official website)
Renner Fan Girl Movie Guide reviews Ingenious (formerly Lightbulb; 2009 feature film)
Character: Sam Schooler, inept salesman, compulsive gambler, and trouble-making best friend
Movie quality: 3.5 — This is an endearing little indie about two hard-on-their-luck, increasingly desperate friends — laid-back inventor Matt (Dallas Roberts) and fast-talking salesman Sam (Renner) — trying to find the next big thing. It’s a likable movie that blends humor and drama to tell a sweet story, and while takes its time to get going, there is a nice payoff if you’re patient. Roberts and Ayelet Zurer (who plays his much put-upon wife) give solid performances, and there is some beautiful Arizona desert scenery and a twangy, alt-country soundtrack that give the film a real sense of place.
Importance of role/screen time: 4.5 — Renner plays the best friend and business partner of the main character, so he’s in most scenes.
Performance quality: 3.5 -– Renner is an actor well-known for his understated performances, but here he’s tasked with the role of the impulsive, loud-mouthed “funny” guy. Renner has proven he can handle comedy, but he seems to fare better with subtle sarcasm, as he did in The Unusuals and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, than he does with a character that is as broadly written as this one. Fortunately, Renner’s natural charm and likability rescue Sam from being completely obnoxious, and he brings some subtlety and emotional depth to his more serious scenes.
Hotness factor: 3.5 — Renner is cute with a shaggy ‘do and retro shirts, and he has some sexy construction-worker shots, as well as a hilarious sex scene involving a camcorder, cowboy boots, and a bad infomercial. (See the delete scenes reel for some brief-yet-very-hot additional love scenes.)
Total points: 15