Thursday, January 10, 2019
Thursday Movie Picks: The Cold
For the second week of 2019 as part of Wandering Through the Shelves' Thursday Movie Picks. We venture into the subject of the cold as it is appropriate since it is winter here in America. It’s a subject that can delve into many kind of films and such set in the winter and the feeling of the cold. Here are my three picks:
1. McCabe & Mrs. Miller
Robert Altman’s revisionist western is set during the cold winter as it has this man trying to run a business in this small town where he teams up with a brothel madam and they get rich. Yet, it’s a film that play into a world of change where a couple of people try to create something that is their own and to help a small town with others threatening to ruin that for profit or to just have control. It’s one of Altman’s quintessential films and one of the finest westerns ever made.
2. The Revenant
Set in the early 19th Century, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s tale of revenge and survival is a study of what a man will do to go after another man who left him for dead after nearly being killed by a bear attack. Featuring Leonardo DiCaprio in a career-defining performance along with a strong supporting performance from Tom Hardy. The film isn’t just about this man trying to go after the man that left him for dead but also survive the unforgiving environment he’s in.
3. The Hateful Eight
Quentin Tarantino’s 2015 epic-western is probably a film that doesn’t get mentioned very much as it’s a shame considering that in its 70mm roadshow version. It is one of the finest films ever made with the 70mm presentation providing full scope of the cold environment with the sounds of snow and wind being with people stuck inside a cabin as the cold weather just adds to the tension. It’s a film that I think more people should see whether or not they’re fans of Quentin Tarantino.
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