Well, I'm shocked. I didn't expect this. I went to the video store last night, and rented a film by Paul Shrader. I thought, this is strange. Can't remember anyone mentioning this film. So I took it home, and left it for my sunday breakfast. And now I've been staring at the image for two hours without moving. Not only is it a Paul Shrader film. The script is by Harold Pinter! And the music is by Badalamenti! After an Ian McEwan story! I don't get it. How can I have missed it? I love it when this happens.
Apparently, people have mixed feelings about this film, and not everyone finds it good. Frankly, I don't care. I thought it was extraordinary, and it got me thinking about "Don't Look Now". Aren't there many similarities here? Although I find the latter better I mean. Still, both in the story and the mise-en-scène Shrader must have been inspired by Roeg.
Christopher Walken is such a mean motherfucker, and so terribly beautiful. I think I heard about this film the other day on a program about homosexuals in Hollywood - talking about how people don't take Rupert Everett seriously playing a heterosexual man anymore. I don't see why they shouldn't. I don't know if the film was made before or after he came out of the closet, but myself I don't see the problem. Me he convinces anyway. He's a very good actor, and also one of the most beautiful men on the planet. And Natasha Richardson. Cannot remember having seen her before. Don't remember her from Nell. Or the Parent Trap, which I think I have seen. She's lovely. Maybe I just think I have seen her before. She looks so much like her mother. And apparently she's the daughter of Tony Richardson! Well I've learned a bunch of stuff today, haven't I!!
Anyway, this film really startled me. I keep thinking about Ian McEwan. God! Where does this guy come up with these things? I haven't been this excited since I read Atonement. I'm reading his latest novel Chesil Beach right now, but I don't like it that much. Cannot wait to see Atonement though. I really hope I won't be disappointed. Also, it really pisses me off that I cannot see it before next year. How come the distributors are so fucking slow??? It had it's premiere in Venice - not long ago. And I'm sure it's already playing in England and France. Annoying.
Anyway, I have to work. Im translating a text from French to Norwegian. Really difficult legal document. Will take me hours to finish....
Shrader. Pinter. McEwan. Badalamenti. Walken. Mirren. Everett. Richardson. How can it NOT be good?
Love it when this happens.