Leather Jackets

Leather Jackets. Lee Drysdale. 1991. ☐

[six minutes pass]

Don’t tell me this is going to be durchkomponiert!

From the moment the movie started until I paused it now to type this, there’s been the worst selection of stuff from Now That’s What I Call Royalty Free Smooth Jazz Hair Metal playing and it’s the worst ever.

EVER!

[two minutes pass]

*phew*

The “music” stopped.

[twenty minutes pass]

I have no idea why I have this DVD. I don’t really see any redeeming qualities beyond Bridget Fonda’s performance, but that’s not really enough.

So I’m bailing on the movie here.

Out of the Blue

Out of the Blue. Dennis Hopper. 1980. ⚄

[half an hour passes]

Wow. I don’t know what I was expecting, but it wasn’t this.

It’s such an odd movie. It’s got these improvised scenes, and these little bits where the extras go “is that a cut?”, and this inchoate storyline… Was Hopper on drugs? I mean, what drugs was Hopper on? Whatever it was, he should do more of those! This is great!

Lovely use of music, too. Most prominently Out of the Blue (and into the black), of course, but all this cool (and not) music.

OK, it’s a bit on the nose here and there.

[the end]

Wha

wha

what the fuck.

Well!

That was pretty gruelling. I don’t even want to say anything about it other than …

wat.

I Know Where I’m Going

I Know Where I’m Going. Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger. 1945. ⚄

[ten minutes pass]

Well, that Wendy Hiller is really charming. A very singular acting method… you’re never quite sure what she’s up to.

She’s mainly a stage actress, and hasn’t appeared in many movies… but that’s a pretty impressive list of movies.

[forty minutes pass]

This is pure delight. It’s a fluffy bit of nonsense, and there’s all these super-quaint Hebrides people and super-scenic Hebrides landscapes. This could so easily have been pretty boring, but the sheer charm of the actors and the well-oiled, totally unsurprising plot keeps things puttering very nicely.

It’s a perfect little movie.

[the end]

It’s got a well-worn structure: a woman travelling to her future husband, but then getting derailed and finding her true love. Those movies frequently descent into pure abuse — the hero resorting to gaslighting or restraining the woman in question. Here they cleverly sidestep all that yucky stuff by having nature getting in the way of her getting to the island.

It’s funny, it’s exciting, and it’s moving.