Sunday, June 19, 2011

Dance Party, USA

A teenager (Gus) confesses to a young woman (Christie) at a Fourth of July party that he raped a girl while she was unconscious. This must be one of those films Martin Scorsese was referencing when he said if you want to make a film about the soul it could only be made for two dollars. The budget of this film doesn't seem to be much higher. But what it's missing in budget it makes up for with excellent naturalistic dialogue and several affecting scenes. If you like any of the mumblecore films (Funny Ha Ha, Puffy Chair) you'll probably dig this one as well.

Friday, June 17, 2011

McCabe & Mrs. Miller

John McCabe is a gambler who opens a brothel in a near non existent town with Ms. Miller, a "madam". Like just about all Robert Altman films, tone takes prescience over plot. We get to see Warren Beatty act like Warren Beaty with a beard, actively gambling, smoking stogies and expanding his business enterprises. When he refuses to sell his business to a mining company, three bounty hunters are sent to kill him. The soundtrack by Leonard Cohen adds to beautiful shots of the countryside. There is not one damn thing wrong with this film. It seems to have oozed right out of Altman's head. The ending is the same as the Shining. Well, sort of.