Thursday, July 2, 2009

Copporn Flick

So many movies I'd love to get out and see but never do. The nexus of time and money just eludes me. Who are these tiny people calling me 'daddy'? But I made the time for Michael Mann's Public Enemies today. That's what we go to movies for, ladies and gents. Gorgeous picture. Not a bio-pic, not even procedural-porn, just this is what happened and then this and then this and then... No back story, no attempt to provide motivation for Dillinger or Purvis or Hoover or Frechette or Karpis or... Assumes you know the score and that's why you're watching this movie... Kinda like if the Titanic film had started when the ship struck the iceberg - none of that "here's some milquetoast caricatures you should feel for and here's why and blah blah blah" - just prison break, bank job, hideout, stakeout, shootout, getaway. Yeah, baby. Was a little surprised at the version of Pretty Boy Floyd's demise presented, but in the single scene Dillinger and Purvis share words, Public Enemy No.1 hints at a darker episode. Must get out to more pictures... BTW, Winter's Bone - the movie - finally has an IMDB page and That Evening Sun now has a trailer. Gotta find a new film to dork out about.

5 comments:

Cullen Gallagher said...

"Titanic" as written by Jedidiah Ayres – there's something I'd love to read someday.

Paul Brazill said...

I fancy this film but I fancy you version of Titanic more !

jedidiah ayres said...

My version of Titanic would include the (ahem) extended cut of the sketching scene and less Celine Dion.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Seeing it tonight. The reviews are all over the place but I don't care if it's style over substance. That's art, folks.

Frank Bill said...

Thanks for the update on Woodrell and Gays film. The wife checked out Public Enemies. I've no time. Great post Jed..wouldn't expect anything less..