Posted by: philosopherouge | September 26, 2007

A week in Movie Posters

I’ve been super busy lately, as some of you may have guessed by my more than sparse posting. I have though, managed to see a few movies. Unfortunately, lack of time means no reviews ūüė¶ Instead here are some posters from them (mmm… movie posters). I’m happy to cook up some thoughts if asked, just don’t expect too much.¬†I¬†think¬†they’re¬†all¬†pretty¬†good¬†films.


point blank

do the right thing



  1. Glad to see you enjoyed Point Blank. The jumbled chronology of the film gives a strange energy, and the film’s hard-boiled sense of masculinity is very fascinating. Of course, Lee Marvin embodies that sense here, but what’s interesting to me is the role that Dickinson ends up playing, having to effectively whore herself so that Marvin can get his revenge. It’s tricky and probably chauvanistic, yet it conforms to Marvin’s worldview here, so it somehow works. That’s my take at least. I’ve forgotten the final scenes, but that’s possibly because the crux of the film is in the forcefulness of Dickinson’s position and the resulting revenge. Oh, and Lee Marvin punches bad guys in the balls like no one’s business…

    Paul /dd

  2. It’s one of the most interesting and “Artsy” (for lack of a better word) action film I’ve ever seen. As you say, it gains so much of it’s power from the use of it’s plays on chronology and flashbacks. It’s a difficult balance to strike, as it’s rather an unconventional idea to break up a fight scene with “flashes” while maintaining the tension, momentum and pacing of the scene.

    The final scenes are somehow forgetteable, their psychology is interesting as Lee Marvin is forced to come to terms in effect with “the modern world”, as well as his own goals and intentions, it loses some of the strength. It’s a strange film, but a wholly compelling one at that. Lee Marvin is awesome.

  3. Brief thoughts on Do the Right Thing? I don’t remember you posting them in the IYPC thread and it is possible that I glanced over them by accident.

  4. I actually did, but I’ll do it again for your benefit. It’s one of the best films of the 1980s, there is no doubt in my mind. It’s formula is classic; slowly building up of tensions, centered around differences and accentuated on environment. Lee connects to the past, film noirs and other pot boilers, while infusing his own background and sensibilities into the formula. Great art is forever linking to the past, while bringing itself further into the future. The characters are vibrant, and all of them are fleshed out to the point where there is no good and bad, just people. The use of colour and music is simply brilliant. A great film all around.

  5. Thanks Rouge, appreciate it. That thread moves so fast it’s hard to keep track of all the posts, hehe.

    I agree with everything you said only I’d never be able to put it so eloquently. I particularly loved how the film presents racism as a complex issue that isn’t divided into “right” and “wrong” unlike say, Haggis’ Crash. The ambiguous ending really makes Lee’s message even more powerful. I’m glad you enjoyed it so much. ūüôā

  6. Eloquently? Did you read the same thing as I wrote? (how’ that for eloquence?)

    I completely agree, this is how “issues” should be dealt with, as they are ambiguous and multi-layered. Fingers aren’t pointed in this film, and it’s not the people you expect to react in a certain way who instigate the most racial violence in the end. It’s never unbelievable though (unlike Crash, which apparently is supposed to be a fable… still doesn’t work), as Lee effectively manages to create a background for the characters that goes far beyond what is told to the audience. Even in the inclusion of the images of Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, we are given context to something far beyond the bounds of the film. All his characters are rooted in history, as well within the present. It’s a film that should be seen by most people, not only as an example of racial tensions and division, but how a story should be told.

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