Yet another year with yet another update.
2012 version can be found here.
2013 version can be found here.
A soundman accidentally records the evidence that proves a car "accident" was murder, and consequently finds himself in danger.
I'm lowering the rating on this from my last viewing, but not because I enjoyed in any less. On the contrary: if anything I enjoyed it more with the benefit of hindsight and the ability to focus on particular elements of the film. Rather, I'm giving it a lower rating this time around because I can see where other audiences might not love it the way I do.
There are several aspects of the film which are pulpy or cheesy or even slightly thin or superficial. In particular, Nancy Allen's ditz of a character, John Lithgow's cartoonishly evil villain, and Pino Donaggio's lavishly bombastic soundtrack all feel like something out of a trashy slasher film. But for me, that's part…
The works of Brian De Palma are cinema's comfort food, and Blow Out is the tastiest of all. Plus, it has John Travolta, and an ending for the ages.
No one wants to know about conspiracy any more!
Oh, I beg to differ...
Actually, I was never a big fan of conspiracy films. I mean I like them, but it's not a sub-genre I was ever quick to hunt down.
I was never a big Travolta fan.
I was never a big De Palma fan.
Who knew that by putting them all together would make an instant favorite? I sure as hell didn't.
First, I gotta say, I'm with Quentin Tarantino on this one...why the hell did directors never use John Travolta to his full potential after this one? I mean, shit man. He's just incredible. Every one else is great too, but Travolta completely owns this show and…
"The bang was before the blowout."
A movie sound man stands on a bridge, recording the sounds of the night. He then hears something - a car. The vehicle comes into view as he witnesses it crashing off the road and into the small lake below. He quickly dives into the lake and manages to rescue a female passenger from the backseat. The driver, the governor of Philadelphia and a Presidential nominee, is dead.
The sound man, named Jack (Travolta), plays back his audio recording of the car crash and hears what seems to be a gunshot right before the car takes its plunge into the lake. Jack believes that the gunshot is what caused…
Everything I wanted but didn't know. From the very first frame I was hooked. The film has the look and feel of something made in the 70's and I guess it's close enough.
I loved everything about it. The music is still playing in my head. It hits all the notes one could want. Dramatic, chilling, fun and beautiful when the scene calls for it. It really sells the deeper moments between Travolta and Allen - not that the actors don't do a good enough job selling it on their own. In fact, this is probably Travolta's finest performance. I'm with the guy all the way. And Nancy Allen is so sweet and endearing in this role. Normally her type…
Blow Up and The Conversation as filtered through Brian De Palma is actually a pretty good formula for a film. De Palma is a talented filmmaker who knows how to insert a little fun into his tense thrillers, and while there are moments when he lets his cheezy instincts get the better of him, there are also moments where that really works--see the later scene where John Travolta drives through the Liberty Day parade at full speed, for instance.
This film is full of great shots, but the one that stuck out most is the one where the prostitute is in the subway station bathroom, and the Liberty Bell strangler walks in. It's shot from above, with the prostitute in…
DePalma's greatest virtue is that he's not afraid to entertain as he enlightens. Here, he provides a tense conspiracy thriller that serves as a darkly ironic examination of our false sense of liberty.
De Palma managed to make one hell of neo-noir. Stunning cinematography and brilliant shots.It didn't seem slow or cheesy, on the contrary it kept a constant rhythm full of thrill and it elevated this rhythm in the last 20 minutes.
Brian de Palma's ultra-stylish pastische of Blow-Up, The Conversation and many Hitchcocks has enough meat to stand on its' own as the director adds his own visual falir to the mix. Everything is meticulous and low-key but with a deceptively fast undercurrent that wrenches you along for the ride.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
There's a point where John Lithgow is hovering over a bathroom cubicle, waiting for the right moment for the woman below to remove her toothbrush from her mouth so he can reach down and apply the string around her throat to choke her to death. The scene is orchestrated in such a way that we're hoping he doesn't get sprung. I just kept telling myself that I already knew he was going to kill her and just wanted to get on with the film. I'll keep telling myself that...
Blow Out is a great companion piece to The Conversation, however the satirical edge of Blow Out gives it more resonance. The slasher movie tie-in at the end is quite predictable…
It's one hell of a camp ride that is both silly and menacing at the same time.
De Palma's best.
One of my favourite De Palma movies. Some great scenes.Excellent bad guy and some fun opening credits. Nancy Allen drops the ball with her poor performance.
Tense and gripping, Blow Out starts strong with its brilliant cinematography and score, but ends with a loud bang.
Would have liked to have seen more sound engineering with Travolta and more conspiracy with the politicians. Wasn't that into Lithgow's frankly ridiculous supervillain or Franz' drunkard.
The last scene is bonkers.
The entire Criterion collection organized by spine number.
I don't know why I did this.
Number I've Seen: 190/768 (25%)…