The Walking Dead, Season 4, Episode 9, “After”

***WARNING. MANY SPOILERS AHEAD*** After the brilliant mid-season climactic Episode 8, “Too Far Gone,” possibly the best episode yet, we get a welcome return to Atlanta’s wasteland. The Group is split, we don’t know if baby Judith is alive, Rick is barely walking, his head recently severely broken up by The Governor. The Governor got his comeuppance in Episode 8, courtesy of Michonne’s Samurai sword and a gunshot to the head courtesy of his “wife.” He will reappear. We see nothing of the Group in After with the exception of Rick and his now very grown up and hardened teenager, … Continue reading The Walking Dead, Season 4, Episode 9, “After”

5 Quick Pics

The Girlfriend Experience (Soderberg, 2009) LOVE the way this film looks and I found the script very funny.  At the end the amateurish acting doesn’t distract. *** 1/2 / ***** Drag Me to Hell (Raimi, 2009) The scariest film I’ve seen in years.  Alison Lohman charms as usual and the kitsch works throughout. **** / ***** In the Heat of the Night (Jewison, 1967) Satisfying in the way Rod Steiger’s sheriff slowly develops a vague appreciation of Poiter’s Mr. Tibbs without being overly preachy in the slightest way.  Instilled with a wry sense of humor and stands up well to … Continue reading 5 Quick Pics

Five Easy Pieces (Bob Rafelson, 1970)

Jack Nicholson plays Robert Eroica (named after Beethoven’s beloved 3rd Symphony) Dupea, a gifted pianist from a family of gifted musicians.  After originally dedicating his 3rd symphony to Napoleon Bonaparte, Beethoven later changed the title to Sinfonia eroica, composta per festeggiare il sovvenire d’un grand’uomo (“heroic symphony, composed to celebrate the memory of a great man”).  The great man in this film is Dupea’s father who has suffered through two recent strokes.  This forces Dupea to go home to the family spread in Puget Sound to face an upper class world he has since rejected. He struggles with his talent … Continue reading Five Easy Pieces (Bob Rafelson, 1970)

Chungking Express (Wong Kar-wai, 1996)

I loved this film.  The pairing of the very related stories is fresh, hip and alive in a way completely foreign to me.  What little I know of Godard and the New Wave was in presentation here, I think.  Ironically, my parents lived in Hong Kong when this film was made and I spent a good amount of time there myself.  The film really captures the incredible energy of the place.  The movie is very sexy and so are the female leads, especially Faye Wong, playing “Faye” in the second of the two stories.  She is delightful and I won’t … Continue reading Chungking Express (Wong Kar-wai, 1996)