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In Point Blank, Lee Marvin is a closed-lipped hard man who escaped Alcatraz, was gunned down and robbed by his partner, had the gall to survive, and is back to get his money back or kill everyone who stands in his way. For a crime/revenge picture, nothing too out of the ordinary. But director John Boorman shoots it like an art house film! There is almost no scene in this flick that doesn't feel original thanks to setting, staging, acting, sound design, or editing. The resulting surrealism works because its protagonist, Walker, is essentially suffering from PTSD, and that's represented in the way the film is cut. Triggers lead to flashes, hallucinations, or other scenes, and ultimately this stylish ride - which I can't believe later film makers didn't more overtly steal from - ends in an existential spot. So yes, the style does put the audience at a distance, but for cinephiles, every shot is a joy.
The influence of this one is everywhere. I hesitate to say it has never been topped but yeah, probably not. This is a tight machine with a true sense for poetry and the absurd. Look at those colours, that framing, that editing. I will never tire of it.
"We have a saying in Brazil. It says: Deus é Brasileiro! Which means, God is Brazilian. So you see, we have no worry in the world"
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This movie ranks #31 in A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese
This movie ranks #51 in 101 Gangster Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #197 in TSPDT's 1,000 Noir Films
This movie ranks #236 in Jennifer Eiss's 500 Essential Cult Movies
This movie ranks #370 in Emma Beare's 501 Must-See Movies
This movie ranks #466 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #522 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films
This movie ranks #557 in Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Cinema
This movie ranks #675 in The New York Times's Book of Movies
This movie ranks #685 in David Thomson's Have You Seen?
This movie ranks #706 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
This movie ranks #716 in Sight & Sound's The Greatest Films of All Time
This movie ranks #727 in Time Out's 1000 Films to Change Your Life
This movie ranks #739 in Library of Congress's National Film Registry