|Title:||The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford|
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|09.19.07||Alamo South Lamar|| I wonder if these "free but you can pay ten bucks to reserve a seat" screenings would actually sell out that quick if it wasn't noted that "this show is expected to sell out quickly" on the website. It's a pretty genius ploy for the theater. Lars should start saying "be sure to get there early because it's expected to fill up" every week instead of the weeks where he actually means it to see if any more people come (not that there are empty seats now). Whatever. I digress.|
This more-or-less advance screening had Casey Affleck and director Andrew Dominik in attendance as well as a few producers (but they didn't get up and talk so it's like they don't exist). They introduced the movie then everyone ordered ten bucks worth of food and I think some people were in for a big surprise. I'm sure there were a few American Outlaws fans out there who started checking their watch at the 100-minute mark; Brad Pitt fans feeling the sting of watching Meet Joe Black without checking the running time first. This movie is long but very good. It's also slow and dramatic with relatively little action and Nick Cave string score instead of Jon Bon Jovi tracks (Shot dowwwwwwn in the blaze of glory!). I thought it got just a tad actor-y and award-y at times but for the most part it's just a good movie.
It must have been a great script or everyone must really love Chopper because Dominik packed A-list talent in every nook and cranny of this film. I would listen them all out but that would take too long. It's Casey Affleck's movie though and he does really good (as does everyone else (even Brad Pitt)). The one thing I was a bit miffled at is how third-billed Sam Shepard is only in the movie for likie 7 minutes. He's great when he's there though. Everyone's great though and again, to list them all would take too long.
Plus it's beautiful. The picture coupled with the cold narration and wintery score gave me a HEAVY Wisconsin Death Trip vibe. I almost asked Dominik if he was influenced at all by the film but figured that question would be out of line with everybody else asking things like "who were your real life idols growing up" and "where did you shoot" (while ALBERTA, CANADA was gigantic on the screen during the end credits). Intentional or not, it's there. Which is great.
I'd keep going but I want to save some energy for the next film