As a first, without having neither history nor genra behind him, I think Countdown does a good job illustrating how a moon-landing might take place. A full year ahead of the actual landing.
It's not a very exiting film, to tell the truth. The only tension achieved are that between Caan and Duvall, and even that isn't explored or developed fully. The rest, even the landing itself, is surprisingly boring.
Also, it's a film that doesn't feel Altmanesque. It feels…
A hidden gem of Altman's, this. Rather hard to come by, had to find a used copy in the US.
Gould and Segal are excellent as notorious gamblers, on the brink of doom, as they act like children on and off the poker-table. As one who watched a lot of TV in the 90s, and now looking back, it's a shame to see what these actors, for some, are the guys from Friends and Blush! Someone hire these two for some good shit again, please!
California Split it's a funny piece, it has a moral core, with Altman's touch... Just perfect.
His locations are stunning, his symmetry intriguing. His cameos are great fun, his humour great. The oddness of it all is fantastic. It's cartoonish quality. It's grainy feel. It's dated, yet undated settings.
It feel like an amazing photograph, taken in a time before my own, with qualities lost for ever, but of magic fabric.
Like looking at your parents wedding pictures, faded and sepia-tainted by time. From sometime in the 70s.
The only thing I would want from Anderson now was a more complex story. Not another mystery with child-like qualities.