Mr. Plow Origins: A pretty good script that could have used more excitement. Skarsgard is great, but my favorite character is Geir, the Philip Seymour Hoffman lookalike. Much better than the American remake with Liam Neeson. Really fun if fairly skin-deep immigration commentary that makes for good jokes.
A little low-energy, but Mitchum is Mitchum. Great Stallone bit role in here too. Jim Thompson (crime novelist, wrote the book from which The Getaway was adapted) also has a cameo. The colors are a little too muted for my taste. Oh, Harry Dean Stanton is in this too. The 1970s really were a Marlowe renaissance with this, Long Goodbye and The Big Sleep.
This will be difficult for people who are not subject matter enthusiasts but it is worth watching, and it has some really fun moments. Whoopi Goldberg and Don Sutherland narrate! My friend Jeff Morley is featured in it, and his stuff on the CIA, Oswald, Angleton and Cuba is worth the price of admission (Showtime on Hulu) alone for me.
The forensic details that make up the first half of the movie are a lot to handle, but the compendium…
I just got done reading Hons and Rebels, which is Jessica Mitford’s memoir of growing up in the bosom of the British aristocracy before she eloped with her second cousin and went to Spain to support the Loyalists against Franco. One of the themes in Mitford’s book, from when she’s a kid, is the specter of “white slavery.” A childhood horror that becomes an inside joke but which, to Mitford’s adult horror, becomes fuel for two of her sisters’ fascist…