Sunday, October 13, 2013
2013 in Flicks: September
read those picks right here (and I'd add one more to that list that I just caught streaming on Netflix, Brian Jun's Joint Body - which I'll discuss a bit more with the October batch). The plot concerns Sonny (Olyphant), and all the shit his unexpected early release from prison stirs up in his home town. His relationships are complex and dangerous for loves and enemies alike, and the tension in the atmosphere could tune a piano. It's a slow simmer of a thriller, but you'll feel the dramatic pull toward confrontation and decisive action from the opening moments tickling you deep in your private places. Best moment: Brolin finds survivors in his boat.
click here). The plot is standard-issue PI stuff: Lew Harper is dealing with a missing person who's a cheating husband and a shady millionaire, who's got a vixen daughter, various hangers-on and a religious nut-job in his gravity field, plus the hero has an ex-wife stuck in his craw. I prefer the Harper films (this one, The Drowning Pool and Twilight - again, click here for my thoughts on why that belongs on the list) over MacDonald's books for Newman's willingness to be a dick as opposed to MacDonald's Archer's boy-scoutishness. Best moment: the final scene between Lew and his best friend is absolutely perfect. That ending frame is one of the best buttons a film's ever gone out on and it serves to cement the film's and character's proper and distinctive place in the PI-genre better than any of the more obvious and in-organic cues early on.