The Last Detail (Hal Ashby, 1973)

Adam Kempanaar at Filmspotting was talking on this week’s podcast what it would be like to go back and watch a genre film before the groundwork had been laid, i.e. Mean Streets before Goodfellas or Reservoir Dogs.  Well, The Last Detail is a buddy movie (and a hell of a road movie for that matter) that I would have liked to seen before its ilk.  Not a false emotion or character pretense involved in this fantastic Hal Ashby effort.  Loved this movie and look forward to watching it again with friends.  I know a guy in my own life like … Continue reading The Last Detail (Hal Ashby, 1973)

Scarecrow (Jerry Schatzberg, 1973)

I watched Scarecrow on the heels of The Last Detail and they have interesting parallels.  Both are buddy road films released in 1973, one protagonist has just exited prison (Hackman, Scarecrow) and another is heading there (Quaid, The Last Detail).  A different protagonist is seeking reconciliation with family – Quaid with mother and Pacino (Scarecrow) with wife and child.  There is mental illness at work in both stories but more so in Scarecrow.  As for cinematography (although Winter plays a part in The Last Detail and dust in Scarecrow) it takes a back seat in both films to close up … Continue reading Scarecrow (Jerry Schatzberg, 1973)