The filmmaker doesn't want us to become comfortable with these characters. His intention is to keep us uncomfortable as we're watching his film. As an audience, we're meant to be kept off-balance as we watch these events unfold. Aesthetic attributes aside, this particular quality is what gives the film its potency.
While not a great film, containing certain surrealistic elements which probably read better on the page, there's enough talent and creativity on display to merit repeat viewings.
From 1981, this morning's movie... https://youtu.be/kktCZJpS464 ...which I'd seen only once before, around 1982 or 1983 on The Movie Channel at my mom's house. I remember liking the movie at the time, but this morning, I found the first half-hour or so difficult to sit through. I didn't find any of the characters appealing and … Continue reading Sidewinder’s View: Four Friends (1981)
File this one under "Learn Something New Every Day" (photo discovery courtesy of IMDb's River's Edge page): Listening to director Tim Hunter's audio commentary for the 2014 Blu-ray of River's Edge (one of my teenaged Eighties favorites), I learned that he'd originally cast Corey Haim...COREY HAIM...as Keanu Reeves' creepy, weird, sociopathic little brother Tim. Once … Continue reading Useless Adventures In Movie Trivia: River’s Edge (1986)
I'm not one of those filmgoers who has to like, sympathize, or 'relate' to a character in order to remain invested in the story they're featured in. I'm not looking for role models when I go to the movies. Just give me a compelling story driven by intriguing characters.
Two of my favorite films from 1977, but for entirely different reasons.
"Let the character actors lay out the plot. Then, when there's something important to say, you say it, and people will listen."
There's so much keenly observed character detail and dramatic conflict in this movie that I'd never fully appreciated on earlier viewings. This is what great films are made of, I realized this time around: Artistic, insightful, thoughtful, and entertaining.