Thursday, May 11, 2017
Thursday Movie Picks: Deserts (Hot or Cold)
For the second week of May of 2017 as part of the Thursday Movie Picks series hosted by Wanderer of Wandering Through the Shelves. We go into the world of deserts whether they’re hot or cold. Films set in places that are either the hottest parts of the world or the coldest. Here are my picks:
Nicolas Roeg’s 1971 film is set in the Australian outback where two kids get lost after their father had gone insane and killed himself where they’re saved by a young Aboriginal boy. Featuring outstanding cinematography and compelling themes of youth as well as growing into adulthood, the film is definitely a hypnotic film in terms of what Roeg does. Even as he is willing to explore the ideas of life outside of civilization and the fascination of sex as it relates to David Gulpilil’s character and the young woman played by Jenny Agutter.
Based on a real-life event, the first part of Gus Van Sant’s Death Trilogy follows two guys named Gerry who go on a hike through the desert and then get lost. Starring Matt Damon and Casey Affleck, who both co-wrote and edited the film with Van Sant, in this very unconventional film that completely deviates from traditional plot. Yet, it features some of the finest photography captured on film courtesy of the late Harris Savides as well as images set in Death Valley as Van Sant paid tribute to the cinematic style of Hungary’s Bela Tarr for much of the film’s visual approach.
3. Mad Max: Fury Road
If there’s one film that definitely fits into the world of the desert as an unforgiving environment, it’s George Miller’s fourth entry into the world of Mad Max where it has this sense of total chaos in a post-apocalyptic world where water is scarce and young women are used as objects for an evil tyrant. The performances of Tom Hardy as Mad Max and Charlize Theron as Imperator Furiosa is what makes the film so enthralling to watch as well as the action sequences which proves that practical effects are so much better than the visual effects that is often created by machines.
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