Monday, January 01, 2007

Keith Uhlich: Frames and Flashes

The ones that cut the deepest:


The Black Dahlia

The Death of Mr. Lazarescu


Iron Island

Miami Vice (theatrical cut)

Neil Young: Heart of Gold

A Prairie Home Companion

The Promise (original version)

Three Times


Until next year:

Keith Uhlich is managing editor of The House Next Door, a staff critic for Slant Magazine, and a contributor to a variety of print and online publications.


Anonymous robbiefreeling said...

Beautiful. Poor poor Fiona Shaw.

But you forgot Rinko Kikuchi's Babel beaver, and you know, that, like, bus-van thing from Little Miss Sunshine with arms flailing about it in sitcom panic. (Okay, I still haven't seen it...)

3:38 PM  
Blogger Ryland Walker Knight said...

So many blind spots...and one disagreement...but the one I HAVE seen and DO agree on: man, the effect of that cut to black is a dagger.

"Rinko Kikuchi's Babel beaver"

Is that really why people think she deserves an Oscar or some crap?

6:34 PM  
Blogger Matt Zoller Seitz said...

That Fiona Shaw exit was the funniest and most horrifying thing I saw at the movies last year. I nervously burst out laughing when it happened.

6:54 PM  
Blogger Keith Uhlich said...

That Babel screener awaits me robbie. Some day. Many years on. When I'm feeling... inspired?

Ick... Little Miss Sunshine.

What's the disagreement, Ryland. Interested to know.

8:49 PM  
Blogger Keith Uhlich said...

I recall my first viewing of Black Dahlia. I didn't know how to take Fiona Shaw. Now I think she's indispensable to the whole, maybe the film's real star. I've turntabled her scenes on the DVD... as you said to me Matt, woman's got balls.

8:51 PM  
Blogger Ryland Walker Knight said...

It's that big bad beauty, THE BLACK DAHLIA. I'm in the process of taking another look but for now it's still in limbo and as I've said before, it's simply cold-clock-you baffling upon a first viewing. But your insights (and Matt's & Jeffrey M Anderson of Combustible Celluloid (he's got some good year-end thoughts, invoking Claire Denis), given both compared it to EYES WIDE SHUT) have made me at the least think twice, if not wholly swayed me. Plus, you know me and De Palma, it's a slippery slope...

9:06 PM  

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