Mineshaft Gap

It's a screening log, no more no less. Maybe I'll have something interesting to say one of these days...


Five Easy Pieces (Rafelson, 1971)

With this tragic and immensely downbeat road picture, Nicholson established himself as the existential non-hero of the 1970s. I knew of this film for ever as one of my father's favorite movies, and I can see why. Nicholson is at the top of his form here, effortlessly showing us a man caught between two putrid worlds. Rafelson's script and direction are also sure handed, walking a line of classic structure and New Hollywood revisionism. Jack before he was "Jack", when he put his character into quotes, not himself. The monologues in the dinner and with his non-responsive father are famous for a reason, they are heights of the 1970s golden age.

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