Saturday, September 22, 2012

Blackbird (2012)

This is the best film of the Atlantic Film Festival here in Halifax this year.

I LOVED it, without that painful caveat of having to say "for a local film"...

It's simply one of the best movies I've seen this year. Extraordinary for it's ground-level-genius, and ultra-consistency of tone/performance.

I'll seek out Jason Buxton, and offer my limited services as a result. This, and a number of others in the fest, are the inspirations for a cat like myself over Hollywood's millions...
I choose artistry and choices as my heroes.

Friday, September 21, 2012

The Long Goodbye (1973)

Great poster - great movie..
What an interesting thing to bring the classic noir into the gritty '70s and mix it up just right.
That's exactly what Robert Altman did with his adaptation of Raymond Chandler's Phillip Marlowe in THE LONG GOODBYE.
Personally, I didn't think Elliot Gould would pull it off, but this is just another of many instances when I'm happy to be way wrong. Took a while to recognize Sterling Hayden, and Marlowe's car was a very nice touch, as were a lot of the "here he is in the nineteen-seventies" moments.
Go watch it's worth it.