Wednesday, November 08, 2006

plug in drive off

Who Killed The Electric Car? :logically we should want cars that don't run on fossil fuels- and yes I am frustrated that these vehicles did not penetrate the NASCAR hummer economy we inhabit- but damned if I did not keep quoting the hilarious South Park smug episode(find it watch it).93 minutes of movie- called a documentary- but really just a commercial for electric cars and alternative energy with lots of info repeated over and over again- I will say it again - the notion of an electric car is very appealing to me- and I am not surprised that the oil and automotive industry could see past their stock options to support forward thinking- this movie is not that entertaining and actually depressing - you can get the meat of the movie in the special feature Jump Start the future which is 15 minutes long- This is not terrible - but it ain't a documentary- it is very slanted . C+

The Killers

Ernest Hemingway's The Killers : The Criterion Collection is about as complete a collection as I have encountered- 2 feature length editions of the Killers- the 1946 black and white noir version directed by Robert Siodmak starring Burt Lancaster,Edmond O'Brien & Ava Gardner,the 1964 version starring Lee Marvin with a supporting cast that includes Claude Akins(sheriff Lobo), John Cassavettes, Norman Fell(Mr.Roper), Angie Dickinson & future president Ronald Reagan.Both versions have merit- the 46 version features a great performance by Burt Lancaster as the doomed Boxer Ole Anderson,tons of great Siodmak shots and the lovely Ava Gardner.The 1964 version is very different - it strays far afield from the Hemingway short story( the screenplay is by future Star Trek exec Gene L. Coon)- the athlete is now a race car driver- we see Lee Marvin in a dry run for his future role as cold-blooded killer in Point Blank and we see the oddest group of supporting actors all doing a good job- Ronald Reagen as the plotting and scheming bad guy- with his sidekick Norman Fell- we see Claude Akins loyal to the point of tears- we also get a disturbing opening and a great ending- it is a flawed movie- but worth seeing.I am not going to say the 46 is flawless- but it is gripping from the opening dinette scene to the climax.The DVD also features a student film version of the Killers by Andrei Tarkovsky, an audiobook reading by Stacey Keach and a radio theater version with Lancaster and Shelley Winters.The DVD also has essays on film noir and a video essay by Stuart Kaminsky. A