This was a really good movie. It could have been really violent and cliche, but I don't think it was. Yes there is violence - an unarmed black teen is shot, and if you saw a trailer, you know that already. But the question is how are they going to deal with that. What are the ramifications of this tragedy, particularly for the young black girl who was in the car with this guy, and who was a close friend from the time they were little?
It explores this from a black cultural view, and we get to see lots of interactions that are never really shown on TV when something like this happens. I really hope you take the time to see this. 4 paws
Such a deal. John Kennedy declared that the United States was going to the moon - before the end of the decade. Imagine that. We barely had computers. We had people who were called computers, because that's what they did - they solved math problems. And in the middle of this movie, when one of the most important trials was on the verge of failure, it was another computer, named Neil Armstrong, who while floating around in space, takes out a pencil and paper (I know it was a pencil because pens don't work in space) and solves the problem. Before you know it, the spacecraft moves to find the other piece that it was trying to find, and they get it hooked up.
Time and again in this movie, Neil Armstrong figures stuff out, or has the coolest head, and you get the sense that maybe nobody else would have gotten us to the moon, and put his "small step for man" down in the lunar dust. I really liked this movie. It was not what you might expect. It's frankly as mundane as suburbia was in the 60's. So it's actually very subtle, while simultaneously being scary and exciting. I say 4 paws.
Well, this looked to be a much quirkier and interesting movie in the trailer than it did in reality. That's the trouble with trailers. It can take a 2 hr. movie (maybe longer?) and condense it into a two minute clip that looks fun, crazy, perhaps exciting. About all these people who you assume are going to be coming together to do a bunch of crazy things - looks like a fun afternoon delight to me. But it was just an average afternoon - the popcorn was pretty good. So here was the problem - they hired a writer, or an editor that just could seem to "tighten up, let's do the tighten up" as Archie Bell would say. 2 paws.
This was a crazy movie. Not crazy in that there was mad violence - more crazy like it wasn't what you would expect, or at the least not what I expected. Most of this arose from the fact that it was a french movie - that is, made by french men. The writer of the book was Patrick Dewitt, a Canadian novelist, and the movie takes place in 1852, while they were still getting gold out of the rivers in California.
But the feeling of the movie is very french - in English but still. By that I mean that even though it's a pretty straight ahead Western theme. Two guys - The Sisters Brothers - are hired to chase down a guy with a formula that reveals gold. Along the way, many many folks are killed, but the actual focus of the movie is the relationship between the brothers. This of course was fascinating to me because of my new project, Tribe: Blood and Belonging. I'm not so sure it would be as fascinating to many other folks.
The look of the movie is amazingly authentic, which is to say, french! These guys know more about the old west, cowboys and Indians, than just about anybody. For some reason they seem to really taken with all that is old-time western culture. Who knows? It's also just the fact that it's much more about relationship than it is about violent killing. I say 3 paws.
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