It’s not that I can’t tell a killer whale from a serial rapist — it’s simply that the dumbest puns sometimes amuse most, especially when they offer mild relief for otherwise unbearibly grim tales of doomed love and ill-fated desires. Benten‘s fourth DVD release Der Freie Wille (The Free Will) streeted last week (yes, it’s [...]
Marcy and I arrived in San Ignacio, in the Cayo district of Belize near the Guatemalan border, by overland bus, and proceeded straight to the closest Internet cafe because our weekly About.com newsletter was overdue. That last plugged-in task taken care of, we chatted with a couple of Castaneda-quoting hippies looking to reenact Burroughs’ and [...]
New on idrinkyourmilkshake.com: Who else could have played Daniel Plainview? Kinski? H.W.? H.M. Tilford? J. J. Carter? Where do all those initals come from? Graphological analysis of Daniel Plainview’s handwriting What’s with the hammers during the blowout? How evil is Plainview? Did you see his tear?
It’s not difficult to argue that all Herzog/Kinski films are attempts at making and remaking the same movie — Aguirre, Fitzcarraldo, Nosferatu and Woyzek less so — but that’s the beginning of the discussion rather than its conclusion. After all, most romantic comedies are remakes of the same movie, too. This final collaboration is no [...]
Not enough Kinski. Per qualche dollaro in più. Sergio Leone, 1965. *** [tags]sergio leone, klaus kinski, clint eastwood, film, 3 stars, italy, western, lee van cleef[/tags]
To me, Herzog’s Büchner adaptation smells of musty classrooms, but Klaus Kinski saves it with an incredible performance as the humiliated, schizophrenic private who can’t take it anymore. The murder at the climax is unbearably intense; the slow-motion take of Kinski with the knife might be one of the most gut-wrenchingly emotional single shots I [...]