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What happened to prophet it's gone again. Guess we're moving on then. All I recall was that it was good in a way foreign films are good, that even french prisoners have a certain I dont' know what, and that the du was pretty well prophetic at predicting deer crossings, and that ringleader or whoever in the prison had some temper problems.
I'd remove Le Péril Jeune (not sure why I put it in the list in the first place, it's really not that great) and there are better Claire Denis films out there. I'm tempted to add something from Arnaud des Pallières, I really want to add Disneyland Mon Vieux Pays Natal (more of an essay film but whatever) but I don't think there are any subtitles available so it's kind of a useless suggestion for most ppl. Probably should also add something by Carax. I've really been digging Desplechin films lately but it's not for everyone.
Looks like dotcomzzz is next up.
I missed a couple of films after some holiday time during easter. Watched Paris, Texas the other day. I don´t remember whose pick it was but I truly enjoyed it; and it was weird how a movie that long (close to 2 1/2 hours), without a substantial amount of dialogue and focused on a character´s "absence" didn´t feel slow at all. Shots of the scenary were spectacular and they just went perfectly with the character´s transition.
So, embarrassing as it may be to admit, I haven't seen True Romance. I just jotted down some thoughts:
-It seems a little weird that Tony Scott directed this movie. It doesn't really seem to fit in with the rest of his oeuvre. It seems a lot more like Tarantino's baby - from the dialog to the use of certain tropes (e.g. kung fu movies, old pop music, the focus on crime, etc.)
The end result ends up feeling a bit more middle-of-the-road, like it's not wholly from either camp. Most of Tarantino's best stuff benefits from a certain cartoonish, comic book, exploitation aesthetic. That aesthetic is mostly missing here, which isn't necessarily a good thing.
It's easy to see how other people trying to ape Tarantino's style ended up producing so much garbage in the mid 90's.
-The whole thing feels like it's quite indebted to films like, say...I dunno, maybe Raising Arizona or Wild At Heart. However, True Romance lacks the aesthetic "vision" (sorry) of the Coens or Lynch. Maybe it's just a case of too many cooks in the kitchen.
-Or maybe it's just the dang marimbas.
-Didn't even recognize Gary Oldman. The man is a treasure.
-It's funny how Detroit from 20 years ago still seems like a post-apocalyptic world from 50 years in the future.
Altogether, not one of the worst Badlands imitations out there.