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2 items from 2012

4:44: Last Day on Earth (2012)

31 August 2012 4:04 PM, PDT | Planet Fury | See recent Planet Fury news »

Written and directed by Abel Ferrara

Featuring Willem Dafoe, Shanlyn Leigh, Natasha Lyonne, Paul Hipp, Trung Nguyen

I’ve always have a tough relationship with the films of Abel Ferarra.

He’s always been one of the most unique and idiosyncratic New York indie directors over his 35 year career, but in the past decade and a half his work has completely degraded to the point where his films have become unwatchable. The director recently admitted he’s had some struggles with drug addiction, which makes sense: only someone who’s completely high would think it’s a good idea to cast Matthew Modine as your lead.

In Ferrara’s case, getting sober ahs yielded quite the dividend: 4:44 Last Day on Earth is not only one of Ferrara’s best films in years, but it’s one of the best films I’ve seen this year- like, Avengers good.


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- Dan Coyle aka Deadpool

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Blu-ray Review: ‘4:44 Last Day on Earth’ Meditates on the World’s End

26 July 2012 7:42 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – Apocalyptic dramas are a dime a dozen these days, and it’s not difficult to determine why. While the Mayan calendar has singled out the specific day of our demise, record-breaking temperatures have caused some to worry that the planet has indeed reached its final act. Neither of these theories may be true, but that hasn’t stopped them from permeating our collective consciousness.

While many indie flicks have centered on characters living out the final days of life on Earth, no picture has matched the operatic intensity of Lars von Trier’s under-appreciated masterpiece, “Melancholia.” Yet Abel Ferrara’s “4:44 Last Day on Earth” has a power all its own, and like Von Trier’s film, it’s an immensely personal work. Ferrara cast his long-time girlfriend, Shanyn Leigh, opposite Willem Dafoe, and their dramatic age difference mirrors that of the director and his leading lady.

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- (Adam Fendelman)

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