Re: RARA-AVIS: Warped Movies (was Fredric Brown)

Date: 24 Jan 2000

Gifford slams DETOUR for making no sense is my recollection of his take on it. Ironic, when you consider the deeply crappy and full of itself LOST HIGHWAY; a movie which not only makes no sense, it does so unoriginal. It catalogs a number of almost generic plot devices, then jumps to something else, leaving them unresolved. It and WILD AT HEART (the movie) have led me to steer clear of Gifford as a writer in general. Maybe him and Lynch are just bad chemistry. BLUE VELVET, however, is one of my favorite movies. I just don't care for all these uninspired retreads of it. (Though I did like THE STRAIGHT STORY, but that's pretty far from noir.) I would also recommend THIS WORLD, THEN THE FIREWORKS. It's a stylized pastiche of the fifties, and extremely gritty at the same time. Billy Zane's VO narration is Jim Thompson's novella! Also, see AMERICAN BEAUTY while it's at the theater. Not only is it great, but it's also surprisingly weird and noirish.

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