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.
You know that point in a movie, or any kind of story, where the storyline catch you? The point where you submerge yourself into this plotline? The magic, in truth, to all good storytelling. The point where you are willing to accept whatever this story throws at you.
This film doesn't have this point. Not at my end at least. I never believed in any of it.
I can't put my finger on what it is, or where the filmmaker goes wrong, but he does. Go wrong.
How can so much talent, so much experience, such a good story end up so light weight? It's a candy-bag movie. It's balanced all wrong, and with too much confidence.
Clooney really made a mess of this. He picked some from his days with Oceans, a little bit from the Coen's, and quite a bit from Wes Andersons regulars. And made shit! How on earth did he do that?
Alexandre Desplat is a quality name in my book, but in this film, it felt like he used he unused score bits from Harry Potter. Terrible score.
It's a whole lotta imbecile logic, demons, fire and noise. And in so many other circumstances I am no fan of this racket, but I always come back to these action films based on gothic stories and old myths. I "love" them, and I loath them. Love is not the right word, but something in my juvenile mind are drawn to these kind of films.
Even if I, Frankenstein can be described as "generic" for it's genre, at best, it's a fair share of fun, a lot of dumb-ass lines and "bread-and-milk" acting. But I get something from it.. some kind of joy. Guilty, even.
After some loud, titanic roles, in stuff like Lincoln, There Will be Blood etc., it's actually quite refreshing to see Daniel Day Lewis in a subtle, highly personal role.
Well suited for the story at hand, of a couple of islanders who get tested when the outside world start intruding.
What a hoot.
If you're in it for the laughs, check out the trailer, it's literary all there.
If you are considering having kids; don't give this a try, they over saturate everything. It's nothing like this. And it's not funny. Except for once.. but that's also in the trailer.
So not a hoot then. Right!
20 year after it's still potent. The imagery, no longer unheard of, still do their purpose, they shock. The message, even more so. It works.
It''s a chaotic film, by purpose. Camera, editing, sublime messages. Harrelson is excellent. One of his best performances. Downey jr is horrible, but he serves the purpose.
It's also an apocalyptic message. It could not go any further, Stone tells us. This is it. The end. That was 20 years ago. He's still around.
I loved this film. I am hungry as hell after watching it.
The best thing about it is the phasing. It's one night at the restaurant. Everything goes so fast. Everybody is so mean to each other. In the end perfection are made. All else is forgotten. The same can be said about the film itself. It goes terribly wrong, but the conclusion, the taste in your mouth and the comfort in your mind is all that counts.