Tuesday, March 31, 2009
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3 by Jeffrey Lau: The Haunted Cop Shop (1987), The Haunted Cop Shop 2 (1988), and Mortuary Blues (1990)
1. Altman is an artist.
2. He is a quintessential American artist.
3. Mia Farrow is powerfully miscast in A Wedding.
4. Altman made bona fide masterpieces in the 70s, 80s, 90s, and the first decade of the new millennium.
5. These blogs were an experiment for myself about an experimental artist.
6. Lists suck; as do some of these blog entries. However, there are some that I'm quite proud of.
7. Seven is a good number to stop.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
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Tuesday, March 17, 2009
When I was a kid, I often watched reruns of M.A.S.H. on television. I had no idea that it was first a film or that it was set in Korea.
Altman's film is truly a piece of Americana. It highlights the intellectual, logical, and dedicated doctors, who are very human. Intense on the job and mischievous and loose when off. Just about everything is ripe for comment: war, racism, religion, sexism, feminism, science, and politics.
I absolutely love the fact that Altman almost fills the final third of his film with a football game. I've always thought that no matter what was happening in the world that I would still be sitting in front of my television watching football on Sunday. The best scene in the film is when the wartime doctors take the young Korean kid, who they've been housing on their base, in to town. There is this overwhelming sense of humiliation and defeat in the scene as the crew realizes that their joke isn't going to work this time. Altman plays the scene with little melodramatic effect and most of the impact of the scene comes much later. In fact, a lot of this film stayed with me for a long time later. A must-see.