Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Thums Up for Eastern Promises

  • I'm not a big fan o' David Cronenberg. I don't like his low production values, his narrative and pacing, or his depictions of violence [whether accurate or not].
  • The film stock and the violence still didn't work for mein Eastern Promises, but everything else does.
  • It's my favourite performance by Viggo M., Naomi Watts is affecting [and physically unattractive to me, making her performance even better]. Just damned fine work, imho.
  • And, in a day and age when films are no longer cut for television, and studios no longer wield a hacking knife, and theater-owners tolerate endless films [by putting in 3,000 copies of the goddamned thing], it came in in a brief, seemingly-momentary hour-and-a-half.
  • This, btw, was a review. It says a lot about me.

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