First I have to get some frustration off my chest. I don't know how this is in other countries, or for that matter - if people care. But here in Norway I keep finding that the networks keep screwing up film formats, or aspect ratios if you like. And I'm sick and tired of it.
For instance, this is very often the case when watching films on TCM.
Like in this film - it clearly opens in scope during the…
Robert Duvall is Jackson Fentry, a meek and quiet man who finds a job as a mill caretaker during wintertime. One morning he finds a pregnant woman at his doorstep and takes her in. She ends up staying over the winter in preparation for her childbirth.
This is a film that keeps you waiting for something bad to happen in the next moment, all the way through until the end. It's a bleak film, largely due to the way it…
I mentioned earlier how much I dislike soundtracks used like this.
But this is really much, much worse. Actually, I'm quite angry. Because, this film is o v e r l o a d e d with Christian symbolism. This is nothing but a PR video.
Sorry if I'm spoiling anything, but it's not about the Flight, it's about the Fall. The plane barely avoids crashing into a prayer meeting, for crying out loud! But nobody on the ground is…
This film has always given me a deep sense of unease. This feeling particularly applies to the first part, which takes place at basic training. In fact, I feel that what the recruits are exposed to affect myself directly. The whole film deals with partial degradation of human dignity and the self, but the way Kubrick throws this in our faces already from the beginning grabs me every time.
The haircut-sequence is an important part of this. As before a…