Monday, May 19, 2008

Now A Major Motion Picture

That's father and son from John Hillcoat's screen adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's The Road. Mortensen is a great casting choice -- if you saw Eastern Promises or A History of Violence you know he's as good onscreen when he's not talking as the moments when is.

Hillcoat's last film was the The Proposition -- a fantastic Australian western written by Nick Cave.


w1ndst0rm said...

Hell of a picture.

(at the risk of ruining it he looks like the late master Heston)

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avk said...

...and so the guy with the Rick Hunter avatar was preyed upon.

avk said...

I'm totally growing a beard like that after the apocalypse.

andrew said...

Oh bother, now I have to make sure to read that book before I see the movie, it is one I have been meaning to get around to in a while.

Regarding "The Proposition" when I saw the aboriginie atl-atl a cowboy, and then the cowboy retaliate, I knew I had to see the movie.

I don't think I would use the term great for that movie though. I was all right. Ray Winstone did an EXCELLENT acting job in it.

Funny tie ins, just next to this post, Tim brings up Narnia 2, Ray Winstone was Mr Beaver in Narnia 1.
Also Ray Winstone was Indy's corrupt buddy in Indy 4.

Ray Winstone is clearly our desinty...

Gus said...

The Proposition is great for its unrelenting darkness, I'd say. It's not great at delivering the things you expect from a Western -- and that's part of why I like it. It's part of a long tradition of Australian revisionism, which I never cease to appreciate.

andrew said...

It all depends on how you are using "revisionism" If it is re-invisioning, aka retell the story only swap in a new environment or charcters, then yes, but whenever I see 'revisionism' I instantly think 'historic revisionism in a negationist fashion'

Anyways, for relocating a western in austraila, aboriginies and atl-atls taking the place of native americans and bows-n-arrows, sure, but I think there are some better ones. The darkness doesn't bother me so much as the movie just turns into a podding snoozefest. I fast forwarded large chunks of the middle. For the record, I can normally handle a plodding movie without tons of action. I watched "Atanarjaut, the fast runner' a 3 hour long movie with zero fast forwarding

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