you're right, Lionel. It's the best supporting actor category where they've all won, I think I conflated the two in my head when I was writing it.
I did guess 4/5 correctly though, you will give me that.
this is a great review. cinema is doomed.
and three cheers to whoever came up with "Blech Magic!"
Duane was one of my best students. He made everybody else look bad. Great interview! I wish I'd thought of it.
"But to say "time has been kind" to the film—to mention time at all—is cruel, since it still takes an eternity for Cimino to tell such a thin story. It's wonderful and flawed, audacious and tedious."
ha. that is killer. thanks for telling me this weird story about a movie I knew little about!
I don't know, Biehl, you seem to read my shit pretty closely.
I haven't revealed anything that isn't also given away in the film's trailer. This is my general rule of thumb re: spoilers.
I hope this explanation addresses your "comment" and you're not turned off from seeing the film. The real pleasure isn't so much in what happens, but how.
I think Anderson falls short of auteur status. he has a significant body of work and a distinct style, but he lacks the third criteria which is that every film should be distinct from one another. filmmakers like scorsese, the coen brothers, cassavetes and kubrick are better examples of auteur. (Consider the difference between "the big lebowski" and "no country for old men." clearly drafted by the same competent hand, but entirely different moods and genres.) but this is open to debate and I could just be being a little stingy with old definitions. I had a whole section about this debate in an earlier draft of this review, but I thought average readers would find a pedantic departure into the true definition of "auteur" to be... you know. boring.
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