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The Indian Runner – Directed by Sean Penn, starring Viggo Mortensen & David Morse

Posted by the editors on Tuesday, 3 January 2012

The Indian Runner (1991)  Written and directed by Sean Penn (Dead Man Walking (1995), Sweet and Lowdown (1999), I Am Sam (2001), Mystic River (2003), Milk (2008), and, as director The Pledge (2001), Into the Wild (2007)), starring Viggo Mortensen (A History of Violence (2005), Good, (2008), The Road (2009)), and David Morse (The Crossing Guard (1995), The Hurt Locker (2009)), with Valeria Golino, Patricia Arquette, Charles Bronson, Dennis Hopper, Benicio del Toro and Sandy Dennis.   Based on the Bruce Springsteen song, Highway Patrolman, The Indian Runner, a drama of family, brothers and their two different ways of being in the world, is Sean Penn’s first film as a director, and though not perfect, it is a moving, successful first effort.  David Morse  is very good as Joe, the older brother, solid, kind, sadly yearning for days gone by, his childhood and the family farm lost in foreclosure, and Viggo Mortensen, as Frankie, a Vietnam veteran, and in trouble all his life, a psychologically troubled bad-boy, capable of explosions of violence, and equally menacing calm, a sort of  lost outlaw, is honestly excellent.  The rest of the impressive cast, quite a feat for a relatively low-budget first film and a testimony to the seriously talented Penn, is, if somewhat unexpected, also very good: an exceptional and subtle Charles Bronson and Sandy Dennis in her last cinema appearance, are Joe and Frankie’s parents, dazed and adrift, sad and beaten by life; Dennis Hopper, as a trashy, edgy bar-tender is spot on; Benicio del Toro is great in a very brief cameo as a charming, funny, even silly Mexican who supplies Joe’s wife, played by an amusing and energetic Valeria Golino, with marijuana; and Patricia Arquette, as Frankie’s love interest, is annoyingly, sadly, childlike with her pale skin and short blond hair, and an ideal foil to Mortensen’s dark and menacing Frankie.  The Indian Runner is a thoughtful, atypical film, with complex characters, a fascinating examination of two very different, but loving, brothers, and despite a few weaker moments, the very fine acting, inspired writing and directing, and any number of very strong scenes make it a film to be viewed, and viewed again. (PR)

See our posts on the film Good, starring Viggo Mortensen and the films The Pledge, directed by Sean Penn, starring Jack Nicholson, The Game, starring Michael Douglas and Sean Pen and What Just Happened, starring Robert De Niro, with Sean Penn and Bruce Willis, and the film Traffic starring Benicio del Toro.

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Giant (starring Elizabeth Taylor)

Posted by the editors on Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Giant, starring Elizabeth Taylor*, Rock Hudson & James Dean, movie poster

 Giant (1956) (DVD) Directed by George Stevens, starring Elizabeth Taylor*, Rock Hudson, James Dean and others, including Dennis Hopper (Rebel Without a Cause (1955), Easy Rider (1969), Blue Velvet (1986)), Carroll Baker (Baby Doll (1956), The Carpetbaggers (1964), Andy Warhol’s Bad (1977)) and Mercedes McCambridge (All the King’s Men (1949), Johnny Guitar (1954), The Exorcist (1973)). Giant, an epic drama of more than  3 hours, was James Dean’s last film; in fact, Dean died in a car accident during post-production work on the film.

Giant looks at, among other themes, racism, the family, morality and aging, and the, then, new-found, exorbitant wealth brought about by the American oil-producing industry.

Elizabeth Taylor is wonderful as Leslie Benedict, Rock Hudson is quite good as her husband, Texan cattle-rancher Jordan “Bick” Benedict, James Dean is in full flower of Method Acting as Jett Rink, Dennis Hopper, as Taylor and Hudson’s son (!!), Jordy, seems, on the other hand, out-of-place.  George Stevens won the Academy Award for Best Director, for Giant, in 1956.

*It should be noted, sadly, that Elizabeth Taylor, died today at the age of 79.  Here is link to images of Elizabeth Taylor, found on Google.

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