Cos it's Friday and I am so ready for the weekend..
Quick & Dirty Movie Review
I had read some decent reviews about this movie. And despite being an avid movie fan, I do not manage to catch a lot of movies on the big screen. Also this flick never played at any of the movieplexes in our neck of the woods. So when I got a chance to watch it on DVD, I was rather looking forward to it.
The plot –
Set in the Australian outback in the 19th century, it’s a time reminiscent of the American west. The story revolves around 4 principal characters. Captain Stanley (Ray Winstone) a local lawmaker captures fugitive brothers Charley (Guy Pearce) and Mikey Burns (Richard Wilson) at the scene of a brutal murder and rape. He offers Charley a simple proposition, kill his older brother Arthur (Danny Huston) within 10 days, else Mikey would be hung. Captain Stanley throws Mikey in to a jail cell overlooked by rather sadistic underlings.
Captain Stanley waits out Charley on his homestead with his genteel wife played by Emily Watson. She is a great actress and is no different here. The movie comes to a climactic, violent end. The violence is graphic and brutal and there is nothing cartoonish about it. I could not help but marvel at the how well the director John Hillcoat and the cinematographer Benoit Delhomme have captured the hot, seething desert and the buzzing flies and the sudden short violence along with tempers that snap in no time. The cool desert nights the few times we see them are in mark contrast to the hell of the day. The casting is perfect, as is the background score by Nick Cave & Warren Ellis. I loved the character of a bounty hunter played by John Hurt and how Arthur loves to quote poetry despite the violence of his ways. At one level I think it is also about people trying to, and often failing to dissociate themselves from the violence of their ways wither by choice or by circumstances.
Overall, I was a bit disappointed by the movie but frankly I can’t quite put my finger on it. It is definitely worth a watch for the excellent performances, background score and photography.
Overheard At A Workplace
20-something chick #1: Yeah, can I get a ham and cheese sandwich on fellatio bread.Overheard In New York..
20-something chick #2: Ummm, I think it's called 'focaccia' bread...
Avis clerk: I just love your little beanie!
Jewish guy: It's actually called a yarmulke. I'm Jewish, and all Jewish men wear them.
Avis clerk: Oh! Well, you have yourself a merry Christmas!
Charlotte Airport, North Carolina
Overheard by: Renjeau
I Want to Know How Jealous to Be
A Nutcracker ballerina still in full costume enters elevator filled with women who just saw the show.Kawasutra?
Woman #1: Look, we have a star among us.
Woman #2: You were wonderful.
Woman #3: Just beautiful!
Woman #4: What do you weigh, anyway?
--Elevator, Lincoln Center