Thursday, January 03, 2019
Thursday Movie Picks: Places in Titles
For the first week of 2019 as part of Wandering Through the Shelves' Thursday Movie Picks. We venture into film titles that feature the place in the title as it could be a place characters go to or the setting itself. Here are my three picks:
1. Zabriskie Point
From Michelangelo Antonioni comes one of the most divisive films of the 20th Century where it’s a film that people either love or hate. It revolves around a young woman who is an assistant for a corporate executive as she meets a young man who had stolen a small plane where they go to Zabriskie Point and make love. It’s a film that doesn’t have much of a plot but then again, Antonioni is known for making films with very little plot as it’s more focused on visuals. Still, it’s a fascinating film that play into its locations and Antonioni’s disdain towards modernism.
The first of what was supposed to be a thematic trilogy set in fictional American towns in the first half of the 20th Century, Lars von Trier’s film about a woman hiding in a town from mobsters where this town would hide her but she would have to do work to return the favor. Starring Nicole Kidman in a film filled with a massive ensemble that include Paul Bettany, Ben Gazzara, Jeremy Davies, Stellan Skarsgard, Patricia Clarkson, Lauren Bacall, Udo Kier, and James Caan. It’s a strange experimental film that play into a town hiding a woman and take advantage of her by abusing her and almost turning her into a slave.
From Alexander Payne comes this film about a man who walks to Nebraska to receive what he believes is money that he won. Taking his son with him, the film is a road trip of sorts that play into a family trying to deal with relatives as well as the possibility of getting this money. Featuring Bruce Dern in a career-defining performance along with a hilarious supporting performance from June Squibb as his wife. It’s a film that play a world that is simple and a man wanting to do something that would give his life some meaning.
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