sorcerer (1977) 3.5/5 men from different parts of the world on the run from their past take refuge in the same south american town. the bridge set-pieces are some of the most intense, chair-gripping scenes i've ever seen in a movie. it is just a bit plodding in the first half, but the second section is great, in a herzog-ian 'man vs the pitiless indifference of nature' way.
i watched 'sorcerer' a couple of years ago as part of a william friedkin retrospective. great movie. based on a french (?) novel/film, 'wages of fear' (which i regret not watching when i had my filmstruck subscription).
i read friedkin's memoir around then, also. very recommended. plenty of anecdotes about the production of his films up to 'killer joe'. one of the first stories he relates, maybe in the preface, is of turning down prince's offer to have him direct the video for 'little red corvette'.
i've never seen (or read) wages of fear either. it's received a criterion release, so hopefully it will be on the streaming site when it starts up in april. i'm probably being a touch too stingy in giving a something that has as many great moments as sorcerer only a 3.5, but i did find that first 45 minutes or so a bit droning. i just checked, & we have friedkin's memoir in our library system, so i'll give it a read once i'm through the books i've got in my queue. thanks for the heads-up.
wavelength (1967) experimental 45 minute film that mostly consists of a shot of a wall.
for the first 20 minutes or so, all i could think was that this was a pile of pretentious art-school wank, and i spent most of that time wishing i'd never taken it upon myself to watch all of the sight & sound 250.
but at some point i gave myself over to it, and tried to go into a meditative state, and i think i ended up kinda loving it. or maybe i'm just a wank myself.
it's shorter than stalker, and it serves the same purpose, i think.
headshot (2016) 3.5/5 indonesian action film with iko uwais. not half as good as last year's the night comes for us, and it doesn't even inhabit the same galaxy of greatness as the raid films (the two greatest action films of all time in my books), but it does have some pretty decent fights, though they're all marred by shaking camera syndrome. watch the better films first, by all means, but give this a go once you've done that.
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