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Blake I. Collier | The Dirty Deacon

B.A. in History from The University of Texas at Arlington | M.A. in History from Texas Tech University | Contributor for Mockingbird | Co-creator of Son of Byford | Lover of horror, hip-hop, beer & anything British | Sinner saved by the grace of Jesus Christ
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Woody Harrelson

Wow. This show makes me speechless.
McConaughey & Harrelson w/ music scored and selected by T-Bone Burnett. 
A perfect theme song from The Handsome Family in “Far From Any Road.”
Dense, but natural, dialogue and heavy atmosphere. This is gothic americana music translated onto the small screen, finally.
And I thought I would be lost without BBC’s Luther, but I think I have found my newest addiction.

Wow. This show makes me speechless.

McConaughey & Harrelson w/ music scored and selected by T-Bone Burnett. 

A perfect theme song from The Handsome Family in “Far From Any Road.”

Dense, but natural, dialogue and heavy atmosphere. This is gothic americana music translated onto the small screen, finally.

And I thought I would be lost without BBC’s Luther, but I think I have found my newest addiction.

The Cusack Chronicles: 2012 (2009)
When I first heard about this film, I was thinking, “Great, another disaster film with little to no storyline and based on some thinly veiled scientific explanation.  Not gonna see it.”  Then I saw the preview and there was John Cusack driving a limousine (reprising his role in Identity?) down a crumbling road, weaving around falling buildings, it was at that point that I realized that I had been suckered in to going to see this film.  This was mainly for the simple fact of seeing John Cusack playing lead male in a summer blockbuster film.  If you had asked me if Cusack would have ever taken a script for a summer blockbuster, I would have told you no.  He is just too eccentric to simplistic summer blockbuster male leads.  However, I was once again proven wrong and to my surprise he makes a formidable blockbuster star.  I can’t say that about 2012, though. 
From the same guy that directed The Day After Tomorrow (which I found to be surprisingly entertaining), this apocalyptic tale about the end of the Mayan calendar has a lot of possibility but it ends up killing itself with its own pretension.  All of the character interactions could have been intriguing, but instead the writers went for cliches instead of realistic dialogue.  The scientific explanations are laughable at best and ultimately leave the film impotent in making any kind of serious point.  The highlight of the film, however, revolved around Cusack’s and Harrelson’s characters who were by far the most interesting and even they were tamer than they should have been.  That being said, there is nothing better than seeing Cusack crawl out of a crack in a landing strip in order to run towards a moving plane while the ground is crumbling behind him.  Great scene, made the movie worth watching right there!

The Cusack Chronicles: 2012 (2009)

When I first heard about this film, I was thinking, “Great, another disaster film with little to no storyline and based on some thinly veiled scientific explanation.  Not gonna see it.”  Then I saw the preview and there was John Cusack driving a limousine (reprising his role in Identity?) down a crumbling road, weaving around falling buildings, it was at that point that I realized that I had been suckered in to going to see this film.  This was mainly for the simple fact of seeing John Cusack playing lead male in a summer blockbuster film.  If you had asked me if Cusack would have ever taken a script for a summer blockbuster, I would have told you no.  He is just too eccentric to simplistic summer blockbuster male leads.  However, I was once again proven wrong and to my surprise he makes a formidable blockbuster star.  I can’t say that about 2012, though. 

From the same guy that directed The Day After Tomorrow (which I found to be surprisingly entertaining), this apocalyptic tale about the end of the Mayan calendar has a lot of possibility but it ends up killing itself with its own pretension.  All of the character interactions could have been intriguing, but instead the writers went for cliches instead of realistic dialogue.  The scientific explanations are laughable at best and ultimately leave the film impotent in making any kind of serious point.  The highlight of the film, however, revolved around Cusack’s and Harrelson’s characters who were by far the most interesting and even they were tamer than they should have been.  That being said, there is nothing better than seeing Cusack crawl out of a crack in a landing strip in order to run towards a moving plane while the ground is crumbling behind him.  Great scene, made the movie worth watching right there!

The Cusack Chronicles: The Thin Red Line (1998)
Beautiful film.  Cinematography is glorious.  Acting is spot-on for every actor.  Terrence Malick is a master of saying so much with imagery.  He makes silence speak volumes.  I remember the first time I watched this film, I was younger but I remember the scenery and I remember thinking how much emotion ran through the film.  Watching it again, I was struck by the same observation, but was, also, struck by how philosophy could be made beautiful.  This film asks such deep questions through spoken word, but, more often than not, through images.  I was shocked that Jim Caviezel did not receive an Oscar nod for his role, because, really, this movie revolved around him, he was the beginning and the end.  The bookends of this gorgeous film.  As good as Cusack did in his rather small, but important, role, Caviezel (aka Jesus) set the tone and pushed the philosophical underpinnings of the film.  Elias Koteas and Ben Chaplin were also key actors in this film.  All three of these guys were the heart of the movie.
This film is far superior to Saving Private Ryan which was also released in 1998.  The story is better, the meaning of the film is more immediate, and the direction was tighter and more intentional.  Every shot of this film meant something to the rest of the film.  There was no fluff shots, no b-footage.  Terrence Malick had a purpose in this film and it took him two hours and fifty minutes to accomplish that purpose.  Not a minute of which was wasted on the audience.  To take even a minute from this film would cause it to suffer.  It may in fact be the perfect war film; with only Bridge Over The River Kwai and “Band Of Brothers” to compete.  This is a must-see for anyone who truly loves film.

The Cusack Chronicles: The Thin Red Line (1998)

Beautiful film.  Cinematography is glorious.  Acting is spot-on for every actor.  Terrence Malick is a master of saying so much with imagery.  He makes silence speak volumes.  I remember the first time I watched this film, I was younger but I remember the scenery and I remember thinking how much emotion ran through the film.  Watching it again, I was struck by the same observation, but was, also, struck by how philosophy could be made beautiful.  This film asks such deep questions through spoken word, but, more often than not, through images.  I was shocked that Jim Caviezel did not receive an Oscar nod for his role, because, really, this movie revolved around him, he was the beginning and the end.  The bookends of this gorgeous film.  As good as Cusack did in his rather small, but important, role, Caviezel (aka Jesus) set the tone and pushed the philosophical underpinnings of the film.  Elias Koteas and Ben Chaplin were also key actors in this film.  All three of these guys were the heart of the movie.

This film is far superior to Saving Private Ryan which was also released in 1998.  The story is better, the meaning of the film is more immediate, and the direction was tighter and more intentional.  Every shot of this film meant something to the rest of the film.  There was no fluff shots, no b-footage.  Terrence Malick had a purpose in this film and it took him two hours and fifty minutes to accomplish that purpose.  Not a minute of which was wasted on the audience.  To take even a minute from this film would cause it to suffer.  It may in fact be the perfect war film; with only Bridge Over The River Kwai and “Band Of Brothers” to compete.  This is a must-see for anyone who truly loves film.