backtrack; The good, the bad and the ugly (1966)

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Whether you call it »revisionist« or »alternative«, the sixties brought a long and winding decline of morals to western movies, with the italian variety adding its own distinct spices of contradictory beauty and sordid cynicism. No one is really »good« in this famously long, slow, and violent spaghetti epic – there are only different levels of self-serving cruelty.

Visually and musically hypnotic. In my book of greed.

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oh, the irony

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One day after triumphantly announcing that I’d seen all the movies on my list, I learned that there is indeed a 2014 edition! This means I have thirteen new entries to take care of before bragging:

Nostalgia de la luz (2010)
Blancanieves (2012)
The Act of Killing (2012)
وجدة‎ [Wadjda] (2012)
12 Years a Slave (2013)
A Touch of Sin (2013)
American Hustle (2013)
La vie d’Adele – Chapitres 1 et 2 (2013)
Gravity (2013)
Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
Nebraska (2013)
La Grande Bellezza (2013)
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

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a time to live and a time to die

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As of last post, I have finally seen every entry on my combined list of all english and swedish language editions of the book – wow!

So until the next edition is published I will keep on backtracking – there are still a couple of hundred movies left to write about…

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Irréversible (2002)

»Time destroys everything«

A continuously swirling, confusing, searching camera follows destiny’s whims in this suggestive, twisted, and harsh love poem of misguided masculinity.

Several scenes are unnecessarily long, dialogue is sometimes stilted, character behaviour often implausible. Still in my book of urgency, energy, violence, and danger.

»The future is already written«

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backtrack; The birds (1963)

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An effective nature’s revenge movie that goes unexplained and therefore unsatisfactory – but also more ominous.

Weird, nervous, suffocating. In my book of movie icons.

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backtrack; What ever happened to Baby Jane? (1962)

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Time is on no one’s side in this truly horrid display of bitter envy and devastating rutstuckness.

Chilling and grotesque american gothic. In my book of human decay – mental and physical.

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backtrack; The man who shot Liberty Valance (1962)

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Image is most important in this slightly cynical take on western myths such as heroism and progress.

In my book of lies, white or not.

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