R.I.P. Olivia Newton-John
I've never seen a movie quite like this before - and I've seen a hell of a lot of movies. It's minimalist, with muttered dialogue, a discordant score, a confusing plot, but none of that matters because each moment is so brilliantly composed and full of dread and shock. The violence is disturbing in its efficiency and straightforward-ness. Nothing is wasted in any of the shots, and so many brief moments reveal a thousand more stories (the woman on the…
Saw this back in the 70's, when I was a wee child, on a big screen at a revival house. Was kind of bored, didn't get it.
Flash forward 40 or so years - Regal was showing it in IMAX (I missed the 70mm print at the Cinerama Dome a few months ago) and I was rewarded with no trailers, an Overture, an Intermission, and "The End" followed by 5 minutes of blank screen and the beautiful, strings-and-flutes-a'-blazin' finale of…
I remember liking the Elmore Leonard novel when I read it a few decades ago. A solid western with “Dutch’s” memorable dialogue. Martin Ritt’s version retains the snappy lines, but what works on the page doesn’t always translate to the screen. Newman is mis-cast (or mis-directed) here - it’s a one-note, almost somnambulistic performance that never catches fire. Seeing him bored made me bored, even with interesting supporting players like Balsam, March, and especially Margaret Blye as the ballsy but…
The Maysles Brothers do it again!
In this short film, the focus is on the brilliant actor, 15 years after his breakthrough performance in “Streetcar.” It’s 1966, and he’s doing the press junket for a film I’d never heard of - “Morituri,” a WWII flick with Yul Brynner- while the brothers film their doc. Brando is a trip to watch, as he turns the questions back on the interviewers, and flirts mercilessly with the young and pretty women who have…
3rd time. First time at the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood in Feb. ‘91, after having read the Harris novel in ‘88 or ‘89. 2nd time in '92 on video.
Enjoyed it even more 30 years later. Such a well-crafted, stunningly composed film, with a masterful script, brilliant performances, and direction that keeps it all focused, believable, and terrifying as hell. The score is nothing but gravy.
Was acutely aware this time of the use of close-ups - such an effective…
🎼 That was so bad / it was so bad / it was SO bad 🎼
Chorus: It was so bad / he said it three times / it was that bad / he must mean what he says / he said it three times
🎼 I watched it / the whole thing / what ever was I thinking? / My mind was on fire / the puppet it scared me / the dialogue so bad / and the songs…