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Murder has a sound all of its own!
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.…
Wasn't it Jean Luc Godard who said, "The cinema is truth 24 times per second plus sync sound that may cast doubts upon that truth especially if that guy from Harry and the Hendersons is out there killing hookers in service of a messy and widening conspiracy?"
"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…
John Travolta in his prime with some nice visuals and a great score. I didn't like Nancy Allen and Lithgow was like an over-the-top cartoon character. Also, the ending went downhill and the main plot of the movie was abandoned.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Some of the most beautifully shot and edited-well except for one scene- film any thriller has ever put to celluloid. DePalma's best. Probably Travolta's too. At least his most reserved angry man role. But what's up with that ridiculous ending. First Travolta takes his jeep screaming down the middle of a parade, nearly killing 100 people. Then he ACTUALLY escapes the ambulance after crashing like he was volunteering as it's guest. You just lye down and rest don't you worry sir. But to finish off this debacle of an ending DePalma's says let's use a slo mo technique on the final run to save our heroine. Talk about bring the suspense to a screeching halt. The one saving grace is the use of her final scream. Unfortunately bungling the ending this badly takes it out of the masterpiece discussion.
John Travolta was good, and Brian DePalma is a great director and this is one of his best.
The sound was obviously the greatest part.
Finally catching up on all the old Brian DePalma films I hadn't seen. This one is definitely up there with Phantom of the Paradise and Dressed to Kill. The political thriller aspect of the film is a precursor to the type of film that was done to death in the 90s but DePalma's style is on full blast with the lighting/split-screen/etc which makes for a unique and powerful experience.
A lot of hard core cube-Estes will kind of write off DePalma as an also-ran of the film brats. They'll say he's just a hack who likes playing with toys that other, more-accomplish filmmakers invented. And, you know what, they're not entirely wrong. But his movies can be so entertaining and so stylish, they can transcend simple mimickry.
Still my favorite De Palma film and one of my favorite films period. Watching this time I appreciated how seamlessly he integrates his more flamboyant stylistic choices into the overall structure of the film. The early split-screen sequence for example, besides setting up exposition about the governor and showing Travolta preparing to record audio (two separate strands that will converge in the next scene), ends with a graphic match shot framed with a wall in the center space, and so the split screen effect is still felt until the camera pans away, revealing it to be a single image. And then there's the abundant use of overhead shots emphasizing the paranoia, the self-reflexivity on the medium of film, the ending that perfectly ties up the opening scene. For me Blow Out is the best example of how thoughtfully De Palma can structure a film, both narratively and stylistically.
Great thrills, great acting, great score, great movie.
Brian De Palma delivers a fantastic giallo style thriller and John Travlota is at his greatest in Blow Out. Watch this underrated gem.
Film #15 of the Scavenger Hunt 16
22. A movie with a sex pun title.
This is why I love movies. A super good mix of thriller, drama, and really stylish. I definetly want to look further in De Palma's work! I'm a big fan of Carrie and yet I hadn't seen other of his movies!
De Palma for President.
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An unbelievably stupid plot overwhelms anything else the movie might've offered. At times De Palma seems so focused on visual tricks (and many of them are neat) that the whole thing sort of strays and meanders a bit before getting back on track. It teeters on some sort of exploration about perception and conspiracy theories and political intrigue and then it gets small time scam artists and serial killers and all sorts of other nonsense involved and it collapses under all the silliness. The end is just... well, thankfully it was the end.
To top it all off, you have Nancy Allen, De Palma's wife, who whines so goddamn much that you'd be forgiven for pouring power steering fluid on her head. She's truly awful. On the other hand, Travolta's pretty good and he seems to have some fun with the role but there's only so much you can do with this story.
A list of films I haven't seen........
I should be ashamed of myself.
Movies that have such a powerful/memorable/weird/insane/awesome/surprising last scene (or shot) that made you say "THAT ENDING!!!!!" or variations