Thursday, October 21, 2010

Film Week

A review of the films I've seen this past week.

RUN OF THE ARROW (1957)
Rod Steiger stars as a Confederate soldier who fires the last shot in the Civil War, then goes West to live among the Sioux. He never gets over his anger at the Yankees and feels like he's not really a part of the United States; after meeting a disgraced Sioux and surviving the Run of the Arrow, he is allowed to live as a Sioux but never entirely welcomed. The most interesting parts of the movie are the way he relates to his new tribe, and they way they relate to him. Though he thinks of himself as one of them, and is even called a Sioux, it's all too obvious to the viewer that they think of him as a visiting white man. It comes to a head when his loyalties are naturally tested by both his tribe and his country. Written and directed by the great Sam Fuller. ***1/2 stars.

MOTHERHOOD (2009)
Oh, shut up, you stupid, jerk-off movie. No stars.

ONE LAST THING... (2006)
Michael Angarano is decent as a dying boy whose last wish is to date a supermodel. Painfully over-earnest, and its sincerity comes across as smarm after a while. * star.

MIRRORS (2008)
Alexandre Aja's film about things in the mirrors attacking Keifer Sutherland just... happens. There's no real emotional attachment, so it relies more on its situation, which it kind of drags out. Meh. It's there, and then it's gone. ** stars.

1 comment:

Tallulah Morehead said...

"He never gets over his anger at the Yankees and feels like he's not really a part of the United States;"

Sounds like a classic Teabagger Party Member. Did he try to get the Sioux to cut taxes for the rich?