The Counselor is certainly not for everyone. The plot isn’t strong (it’s far from bad, it’s just not the most important thing about the movie, plus it’s derivative) and I thought it was cool that Diaz plays so against character but she doesn’t quite nail it. Still, there’s one scene involving her on a car that’s bizarre and memorable.
It’s quite pulpy, the dialogue is brilliant and memorable, the acting from Fassbender and Bardem is expectedly very strong (Pitt also does well), the message is effective and it’s beautifully shot.
It’s a very chatty film which I imagine turned/will turn a lot of people off. That’s the big issue most people had with films like Cosmopolis and Killing Them Softly. If you hated those movies for that reason, there’s a high chance you’ll hate this one.
Where Cosmopolis is completely cold and Killing Them Softly is admittedly too heavy handed, The Counselor’s excessive dialogue is often witty and entertaining by comparison. If it’s not your thing, the difference may make no difference after all.
The Counselor isn’t Scott’s best film to date but its a riveting and occasionally disturbing experience that’s pulled off in a flawed, pulpy and stylish manner.
I was especially impressed that while there’s some violent scenes, the disturbing aspect of it comes from the dialogue, not on screen violence. McCarthy manages to create a very real and frightening world in our minds with his words. Our world and what people are capable of.
My review is based on my viewing of the unrated extended version (137 minutes) which runs 20 minutes longer than the theatrical cut (117 minutes). If you choose to watch the theatrical version, you should probably just disregard my review.
More like Michael SASSbender.
I watched my first Atom Egoyan film last night, his feature film debut “Next of Kin”.
The 1984 film runs only runs 69 minutes long and was obviously shot on a minuscule budget with non-professional actors and initially comes off slightly amateurish but once you get into the rhythm, it becomes more absorbing.
It’s about a depressed and unambitious 23 year old boy named Peter who lives with his parents. He has no friends and growing up he enjoyed watching his parents dislike each other. These days he likes to “pretend” he’s someone else.
Peters parents take him to a video therapy session where he winds up finding tapes of an Armenian family in therapy. The subject of their session is the disconnection between the father and his daughter as well as the topic of the son they put up for adoption 20 years ago.
Peter decides to get away from his parents and himself. He’s going to pretend he’s the Armenian family’s son. He wants to help them resolve their problems and learn from the different dynamics in a different family.
Next of Kin has some terrific, slow camera movements and zooms that really accentuate Egoyan’s theme of isolation. There are also some very warm and funny moments in the Armenian family when Peter enters the picture.
And the buffy/angel-fest continues. Only 88 episodes left.
I like “Doublemeat Palace”. It’s an odd episode and the setting is rad. Oh and more Xander torture is always hilarious 🙀
#buffythevampireslayer #xanderharris #doublemeatpalace
Watching Shohei Imamura’s Profound Desires of the Gods.
The film was supposed to be a 6 month shoot but similar to Michael Cimino with Heaven’s Gate, Imamura became more and more ambitious and the shoot ended up running 18 months long and went way over budget.
The result is a long film (173 minutes) that was too challenging for audiences and would effectively mark the end of an era for not just the directors, but the studios who financed their overly projects.
Cimino bankrupted United Artists with Heavens Gate and effectively scared American studios away from taking chances and the confusion and negative reaction to Imamura’s Profound Desire of the Gods killed his relationship with mainstream studios and soon after Nikkatsu (who were the main producers for PDOTG) began producing softcore pornography and also stopped taking on any ambitious projects.
There are so many great films in my collection and for some reason I’m drawn to these pieces of crap (with the exception of H20) today.
Resurrection just shouldn’t exist and the theatrical cut of Part 6… Please somebody give us the producers cut on blu-ray now that Echo Bridge have lost the rights to it.
Just finished watching this and wow… What a gem. You’d never guess from the title, cover and premise that it would be so unsettling and devastating. Also a younger, pre-plastic surgery Joan Rivers makes an appearance. Neat, I guess. Burt Lancaster really gives this bizarre role his all and his performance is equally disturbing as it is moving.
Grindhouse Releasing have put together an excellent package for this surprisingly terrific title. The restoration and audio are perfect and they’ve even produced a brand new 2.5 hour documentary, not to mention the other 50 minutes or so of extras they’ve also included as well as a booklet featuring essays.
Yet another outstanding release from Grindhouse Releasing who are treating cult cinema like royalty. This may be their best release so far.
My new shoes I found while op-shopping. Tha’ll do pig, tha’ll do.