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Jack Terry is a master sound recordist who works on grade-B horror movies. Late one evening, he is recording sounds for use in his movies when he hears something unexpected through his sound equipment and records it. Curiosity gets the better of him when the media become involved, and he begins to unravel the pieces of a nefarious conspiracy. As he struggles to survive against his shadowy enemies and expose the truth, he does not know whom he can trust.
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.
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…
I haven't written anything about Brian De Palma and that's surprising. Ten years ago I was obsessed with his films. I studied every one with complete fascination. I had most of them memorized. I bought every book about him that I could get my hands on and took extensive notes from them, as if I were his biographer. I compiled my own De Palma scrapbook with interviews, film reviews, concept art, and storyboards. De Palma is the reason I'm not just a fan of film. He's the reason I'm consumed by them.
Blow Out is an astonishing film. It is sophisticated and focused. It's also incredibly eloquent, indicative of a director in his prime. It's a film of technical virtuosity.…
De Palma plays around with visuals, sound and perception in a delectably idiosyncratic manner in his masterpiece Blow Out.
To fight against the supposed picture, and bring about the genuine unvarnished truth shrouded and caught in the webs of a crooked system.
One of the most formative film experiences I’ve ever had.
"now that's a scream"
the eternal search for truth (through images & sound) obscured by a corrupt nation, built & celebrated on top of the dead
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…
De Palmaaaaa. One of his best.
Travolta is great. Lithgow is creepy. Good film.
DePalma's best and tightest film. A solid finale and grounded ending tie it all off as an ode to both filmmaking itself and a slight love letter to the master of suspense himself possibly?
What can be said about a De Palma film that hasn't said before? Well, pretty much nothing. However, this is a film that not many people know and that surprises me. The performances from Lithgow and Travolta are simply great. De Palma has a natural knack for creating nail-biting suspense, also his use of split-screen is a breath of fresh air. Funny, considering this is a 35 year-old movie. I have to say that my favourite part was definitely the score by Pino Donaggio which, for me, tied the movies together. Also, that ending... Jeez.
Brian De Palma's version of the Conversation .
It's a great thriller, but jesus what a depressing ending!
Holy shit that ending
The opening sequence speaks of liberty and freedom as false sound in the form of foley which is processed onto and for the film, playing out parallel to creation, the politics of contemporary America forced alongside extraneous audio that is naturally disingenuous to that which plays parallel, clearly a film destined to be timeless as the film so clearly evokes its own time as the viewer presupposes individualized politics against this - there are always (at least) two things going on in this film, not only on a narrative level but also on an aesthetic one. It is this nature of duality that leads De Palma to toy with (a)symmetric images namely through reflections and foreground/background falsehoods or truths (prior…
All the love and care that was put in the crafting of this movie... I'm sorry I have to use these words but I was blown away
a good DePalma thriller
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