Thursday, August 06, 2009

My Week of Movie Watching

Walkabout – I think I wanted to see this one again in order to wash the taste of Australia out of my mouth. It’s an amazingly imaginative film from a technical standpoint. I saw techniques like freeze-frames, startling jump-cuts (such as cutting from a kill in the outback to a shot of a city butcher cleavering meat), and inserting a piece of newspaper into a wipe-cut. Great film.

Every Man’s Woman – Lightweight Italian number from 1967 – Claudia Cardinale stars as a Brazilan beauty who dedicates her life to pleasing men – MANY men. There are some nice visuals of Rio here, and Claudia is beautiful, but there’s not too much going on. The title pretty much sums it up.

Straight Time – Dustin Hoffman as an ex-con who trys (although not very hard) to go straight. This one is surprisingly good. Hoffman is grittier than you might reasonably expect, and there are some good supporting performances by Harry Dean Stanton and especially M. Emmet Walsh. The screenplay is based on a novel by ex-con Eddie Bunker (who has a small role), and it has an authentic, close-to-the-street feel to it. Recommended.

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