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The Tracker (2002)
My all-time favorite film! Pure aesthetic ecstasy! Unforgettable!
This is the extraordinary allegory of an Australian Aboriginal tracker, in forced servitude to English soldiers in 1922. It is the first staring role for iconic Aborigine actor David Gulpilil, featured in many films including Nicholas Roeg's "Walkabout" (Gulpilil's first film), Peter Weir's "The Last Wave", as well as a small role in "Crocodile Dundee." An exceptional actor and an amazing person, I feel a brotherly kinship with Gulpilil although we are polar opposites. The only connection I have with Gulpilil is our age (we were both born around 1948) and a spiritual brotherhood.
A search party of four: the Fanatic who leads the search party; the Follower, a young recruit trying to prove his fitness; the Veteran, an old soldier pressed into service; and the Tracker seek the Fugitive, an Aborigine accused of raping and killing an English woman. The Tracker, while enslaved by the English, retains his dignity, free spirit and kinship with his homeland and his people. His remarkable knowledge of the land is displayed by his tracking skills throughout the story.
The search proceeds through the incredible Australian outback, to a wonderful soundtrack performed by the Aborigine singer Archie Roach. Aboriginal cave paintings along the route document incidents that occur during the search party's trek.
The Fanatic heartlessly slaughters innocent Aborigines encountered during the mission. "They'll give me a medal for it," the Fanatic boasts.
The apparently docile Tracker has his own agenda. While the soldiers seek English justice, the Tracker pursues a more universal justice. He follows higher ideals, nurtured by his Aboriginal roots. He endures mistreatment but remains undefeated.
This is one of the most beautiful, passionate, engrossing and atmospheric films I have ever seen, and I have seen thousands of films. No one should miss the opportunity to enjoy the aesthetic ecstasy of watching "The Tracker." This movie is a game-changer!
Run All Night (2015)
Cinema is alive and well!
An old timer myself (I was a motion picture major at UCLA in 1972) I can recall a time in the '80s when critics were bemoaning the death of cinema. This year I have enjoyed several wonderful films that those critics might have deemed a resurrection! "Run All Night" is one such film! This action thriller has an esteemed cast, a powerful script and great direction. Put it on your "must see" list! Liam Neeson and Ed Harris deliver their routine excellent performances. They make you tingle! They make you bristle! Vincent D'oNofrio and Bruce McGill are welcome additions to any film! The real treat is a brilliant performance by rising star Joel Kinnaman! As a limo driver with an estranged, alcoholic, ex-hit-man father (Neeson), he is pulled into a nightmare spawned in his youth when he was boyhood friends with the son of the mob boss (Harris) for whom his father worked and had a close friendship. On one fateful night the fathers and sons are reunited by an incident that precipitates murder and breeds a vendetta that will produce many bodies before the night is over and the credits roll. Some fancy camera effects are a bit dizzying, but they cannot upstage the engrossing story or the superb performances!
Law Abiding Citizen (2009)
Refreshingly chilling sans gross-outs
This grisly tale is full of suspense. It does not pander to the current gross-out lust that permeates many recent thrillers. The story is intense and the sadistic violence is worthy of Hannibal Lector, but most of the ugliness takes place off-camera. Be advised: This is a profoundly intense movie! It will give you the creeps but, unlike many recent gore-fests, it is not a film you will wish you could un-see. It is, rather, a movie that invites multiple viewings. Anthony Hopkins move over! Gerard Butler is quite adept at playing the charming genius monster! That sums it up, but since IMDb requires 1000 words I will press on. Jamie Foxx is unremarkable in his role as assistant district attorney, but his performance is adequate. Gerard Butler upstages the rest of the cast. Bruce McGill who plays the district attorney has been a favorite of mine going back to his role in Animal House. Colm Meany is endearing as he aids Jamie Foxx in pursuit of our diabolic villain. These veteran actors are of my generation, but they seem to be aging more gracefully than I. Unlike myself, they enjoy the benefit of film immortality.
Brilliant and Ugly
A true paradox! Exhilarating and dismal, glorious and horrifying, the light side of the dark side of life. A film filled with disturbing and unsettling images and drama, woven into a truly humorous tapestry. Brilliant performances by Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle and Ewen Bremner. You will laugh hysterically and clench your eyes in disgust. You will love it or hate it or both! Danny Boyle has artfully created a comedy about tragedy. Choose life? Choose heroin? Choose Trainspotting! A masterpiece of the absurd, not for the prude or squeamish. Turn on the subtitles to decipher the heavy Scottish dialect. Watch it again and again! Beware! You may become addicted!