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Monday, 20 October 2014

The Thin White Dude's Movie Of The Month: August/September 2014 - 20,000 Days On Earth


We get a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Push The Sky Away, but there is also a strong 'narrative' drive that aims to back up the mythology that Cave has developed around himself in his artistry. Cave himself gives a great performance of 'Nick Cave playing a semi-autobiographical version of Nick Cave,' wading through his 'archives' and pondering, contemplating in various guises his life. It's a well-shot picture by Erik Wilson, the music is, of course, terrific, with Warren Ellis also contributing a score alongside The Bad Seeds' Push The Sky Away album, and Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard have a clear aesthetic direction of where they are taking this, which is to a very good place indeed.

The Thin White Dude's Prognosis - 8.5/10


Runner-Up: A Most Wanted Man - Driven by the central performance of Philip Seymour Hoffman, Anton Corbijn's espionage thriller is a classy, elegant piece of work.

Honorable Mention: Lucy - An auteur (Luc Besson) at his most outrageous and imaginative, giving the film a delirious sense of playful insanity.

Second-Most Deadly Disease: The Expendables 3 - Not an outright bad movie, but certainly a poor, very weak one.

Avoid Like The Plague: Hector And The Search For Happiness - There's more happiness in Morrissey moaning about ghastliness and being "the son and the heir of a shyness that is criminally vulgar."

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