Monday, April 21, 2014
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Monday, April 14, 2014
Ah, those Pakula films are seldom a barrel of laughs and this is no exception. It's a pretty good film, though, a slow 70s Western set in the 40s, so besides cowboys and horses you also see cars and even a plane. The cinematography is by Gordon Willis, so of course the film looks gorgeous. Fonda is almost unrecognizable with no make-up, as a laconic ranch owner, Caan is also convincing in a cowboy hat, and following the genre rules there's a shootout at the end, but cut to a minimum, as if Pakula was embarrassed to put it in there.
Friday, April 11, 2014
Not the best of the Redford / Pollack films. It's not even the best of the Redford / Fonda films - Barefoot in the Park, made 12 years earlier, wins in that department. Fonda is a bit annoying in her part as the pushy reporter, or rather the role is annoying. The first half of the film is best, then it gets a bit too mushy out in the prairie scenes. And as a whole it could have been more subtle. Corporate greed has sold out American values, yes, we get it, Sydney, we get it.