|10.04.15||Netflix|| Man this is good. I watched this again to try and see if it turns out better than Green Room and all that happened is now I want to watch Green Room again.|
I went to kickstarter and watched the original pitch video for this. It's funny seeing the storyboards and test footage several years after the final product is complete. It only had something like 200 backers, 36 grand. I don't know how Saulnier achieved a movie that looks this good with that kind of money (in the pitch video he said he had 200 grand which is still unbelievably cheap), but this is a real gem of a movie. So well written, well performed, well shot and put together... Such constraint and intelligence behind the lens. I was afraid that my second viewing would be disappointing since the first was during Fantastic Fest but this really holds up incredibly well.
Macon Blair is so good in this. You completely believe him as an everyman. Whenever anyone describes a movie as "he's just a regular guy, not a superman" I compare it to this. Gush gush gush, love love love. ahhh.
|09.26.13||Alamo Lakeline||This Screening is part of event: FantasticFest 2013|
A hobo learns that the dude who killed his parents is getting out of jail and things go from there. I feel like most of the tone and pacing of this movie is due to the lead actor who gives a great performance as a shy hesitant man indelibly crippled by the loss of his parents. Of course the writer-director probably had something to do with it as well but this lead actor is not someone you'd immediately think perfect for a revenge movie and that's most of why I liked it. I also really liked the methodical approach the director takes in showing what's happening through silent details that create a larger picture. I got the sense that he doesn't take his audience for idiots which is always nice and sadly refreshing.
A great little revenge thriller with a unique tone shot in Virginia. I liked this one a lot.