Monday Movies: Deadwood redux
This week we watched a couple movies with actors from Deadwood, along with some others:
- 71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance — in the six months or so since my last Haneke movie, I felt I had recovered enough to watch another one. I’m not sure how well the news footage really worked, but this movie did have some really striking moments, most notably when it is revealed that the adoptive parents are trading out the little girl for the homeless Romanian boy and when the wife yells at the husband for saying “I love you.”
- Winter’s Bone — John Hawkes, who played Sol Star, plays a much different character here. As The Girlfriend remarks, it seems like poor whites are the new inner city gangs, particularly with the drug element added by meth.
- 44-Inch Chest — I suggested this one because Ian McShane is in it, though he winds up being seriously underused. Overall, they focused almost exclusively on the least sympathetic or relatable character, and the only moments of relief came from cut-away scenes to his friends. The opening sequence was frankly amazing, though.
- 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days — this was a really harrowing experience. Perhaps the most interesting aspect is that they didn’t focus on the woman actually getting the abortion, but on her roommate, who truly goes above and beyond the call of duty in every respect.
What did you watch this week, dear readers?
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