Sunday, April 17, 2005

DVDs

A LOVE SONG FOR BOBBY LONG is a langourous, Loosiana sorta tune. It takes its sweet old time to tell its tale but it do cotton up a mite to the viewer. John Travolta plays the Bobby Long part of the title, and Scarlett Johannson plays the Love Song part, which is a down home duet composed by her recently deceased mother to bring harmony into a couple of disparate lives.It's a pretty wordy film, with much dialogue lifted from, and quickly attributed to a Bartlett's full of literary lights and philosophers. It's also just a plain pretty picture with always something nice to look at, not the least of which is young Scarlett. She easily elevates her quiet poise into a commanding presence that becomes the premise of the story.Travolta is also something of a revelation. He glides so easily into his alcoholically stupified, self-destrucive loser that he obliterates all the Vinnys and Tonys and Chilis that came before.

Second Chances:

STRAIGHT TIME is the last great outlaw movie made in America.

2 DAYS IN THE VALLEY is the most entertaining crime/comedy since I can't remember when. Take a lesson Quentin/Rodriguez.

3 Comments:

At April 18, 2005 8:48 PM, Blogger Peter said...

Which one is TWO DAYS IN THE VALLEY, again? Why is it worth seeing?

 
At April 18, 2005 8:48 PM, Blogger Peter said...

Also, have you seen SIN CITY? Are you referring to that directly?

 
At April 18, 2005 10:02 PM, Blogger BJMe said...

2(sic)DAYS... is an ensemble caper/character/cruelty/comedy film with an extraordinary cast.

I haven't seen SIN CITY, but Q & R have worked together and off of each other in somewhat the same vein as 2 DAYS, but without the same satisfying viewer involvement.
It presents a heavily violent, sexy, humane and comic fable with a sure and deft touch.

It is a fun flick, and should be seen, but STRAIGHT TIME is, of course, a masterwork, and not to be missed. The writing, directing, acting and score put it in the highest rank of Film Noir.

At the end of the movie, in a sequence of shots as casual as those of the first atomic bomb tests in New Mexico, you see the outlaw character and his outlaw creator in a remarkable shot of cinematic fusion, and a visual memory you will never forget.

 

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