11 October 2007

The Shootist

One of John Wayne's final movie roles and his last western.

Still a great film that holds up to the test of time.

Lots of original ideas, especially in an era of "safe" movie-making.

My favorite stuff is watching Ron Howard in a role that seems so stereotyped and isn't... and of course Lauren Bachal.

Damn. Even at 100, I would have made sweet love to that woman.

Yowza.

10 October 2007

The Proposition

A really great blog gone horribly wrong.

I skipped about 20 minutes of it and raced to the end.

Five minutes of John Hurt (as a very drunk and very eloquent bounty hunter) were the best moments of the film.

09 October 2007

Game 6

Not a masterpiece under any value system, this film is very interestingly performed and any movie done over the course of one day is sure to get my applause.

Roger Ebert even likes it.

There are plenty of critics who hate it and it doesn't seem to play well to those looking for a bigger meaner or giant hammered explanation of fate. Instead, it speaks to Red Sox fans and anyone else that understands how hard it is to watch something you love fall apart.

Again and again.

Despite it's problems (and criticisms), the film is rather good. Although the ending was clumsy.

08 October 2007

Network

So far ahead of its time.

So important.

Proof that movies and TVs never sway humanity for the better and that there are no new ideas.

We could turn to this movie for so much insight into the thinking of the 70s.

07 October 2007

Into the Wild

Based on the true book of the same name, Sean Penn directs what might be his most important film to date.

Drawing heavily from many of Danny Boyle's themes of isolation and excess (Penn's images of Los Angeles hauntingly mirror and exceed Boyle's rendition of South Pacific vacation spots in the Beach), the film shows us the path of simplification in a way that no other film has before.

Instead of preaching, the movie actually shows the benefits of a life unfettered by the wasteful needs of an accelerated "career-driven" 20th century (the film is set in 1990-1992).

Taking place in three separate time-lines, the film (unflinchingly) reveals a world of leathertramps, hippies, homeless, nudists, and naturalists. While also staying true to the book, the film focuses on the "art of independence" and does not judge the ill-prepared Christopher McCandless on his trek into the Alaskan wilderness.

A must, must, must see.