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Siskoid

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.
3 years ago
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Pike

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.
4 years 3 months ago
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Torgo

Film-noir as evolved into a lingering late-60s thriller. Nice.
1 week 4 days ago
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Dieguito

"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"
8 years 7 months ago
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onedarkdog

Very much a product of the times, but a lovely slow burn with a brilliant ending.
9 years 7 months ago
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Limbesdautomne

A frigid hero obsessed ad absurdum with the money owed to him.

Read more in French on La Saveur des goûts amers.
3 years 6 months ago
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nicolaskrizan

the ultimate lee marvin tour-de-force

http://1001movies.posterous.com/889
9 years 7 months ago
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