Tuesday, March 1, 2016


(Post 41 of 50)

Some quick takes on the most relatively recent listings from the
1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die list

When I was choosing films to show for our foreign film series at the library last year, I chose Leviathan strictly because of the favorable reviews it had gotten. Of course, this film about the difficulties a Russian mechanic experiences with his small home town and local politicians isn't exactly a "feel good" film. After the crowd left our theater, I did get a few people tell me that I might want to choose something a little more upbeat next time. I guess that's probably a microcosm of what movie studios in general go through. People don't always (or even usually) want to see a downer.

I missed a little bit of the middle portion of the film when I showed it, but took it home and watched the whole thing again. It really is a well done procedural of this man's life and the Joblike downward spiral that is largely out of his control.

Downer or not, this one is in my book. 

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