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September 30th, 2008

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11:42 am - Appaloosa
I went to see the new Ed Harris western Appaloosa the other day. I thought I might just review it briefly, for those who might be interested. It's a western for people who like Westerns. In plot and ethos it feels to me like one of the more sophisticated of the studio westerns of the forties and fifties, though it's not a remake. An old fashioned liberal film. I enjoyed it well enough.

Compared to the studio western the visual realisation of the 1880s was greatly superior. In particular, Renee Zellweger as the Femme Fatale was lauded on all sides as well groomed and sophisticated, but in fact looked a bit rough and ready, which I thought was a nice touch. She wasn't plastered in anachronistic Max Factor like the ladies in the older films. Also the wide open spaces were starkly and beautifully filmed.

There were good performances from Zellweger, Ed Harris, and Vigo Mortensen and Jeremy Irons, and smaller roles played by Timothy Spall and Lance Henrikson. So high class acting all round. Zellweger played a bit of a wild girl, loveable but utterly faithless, you couldn't help liking her. Ed Harris, who wrote and directed, tends to be quite generous to the women he plays against, I feel.

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Date:October 1st, 2008 12:33 am (UTC)

Westerns and the former SSSR & Germans and general!

Hello Communicator,

Feeling very fed up tonight.Can't sleep at all. Think the forthcoming trip to Ukraine not helping. Always seek solace in Scottish misery! That's why the Proclaimers (ugly guys from same part of Edinburgh as me i.e. Leith) always hit the misery spot. Bloody genetics, eh? Ugly and eternally miserable. My Edinburgh is not the one I try to sell to people I meet now that I am a middle class professional. May God forgive my many and various pretensions! :-)



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Date:October 1st, 2008 08:29 am (UTC)

Re: Westerns and the former SSSR & Germans and general!

I hope you got some sleep in the end.

Going to the Ukraine will be like going into history

ETA - was going to type more but got pulled into three hour meeting, so the comment above doesn't make much sense.

Trainspotting is a great film.

Edited at 2008-10-01 10:15 pm (UTC)
Date:October 1st, 2008 12:57 am (UTC)

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