10 July 2012

Hit Me With Your Best Shot -- Road to Perdition

Adding my two cents (if it's even that much) to The Film Experience's ongoing Hit Me With Your Best Shot series.  This week's film is Road to Perdition, one of my top favorite films.  Without further stalling...


Meet Maguire
 This is the last shot of Harlen Maguire's introductory scene.  I was going to choose the vertigo shot with him under the bridge, but this one has more resonance in the film as every violent action involving Maguire includes windows.  Still not sure on the significance of that, but it's there -- this scene in the apartment, at the diner, in the hotel/street, and at the lake house. 

Another reason I love this shot is that it mirrors Mike Sullivan's final scene:  the dusty light sweeping in the windows, the camera, the rush of the train and water, someone leaning over a dead/dying man... 

And finally, you could easily take any shot/frame from this film and it'd be worthy of discussion and admiration.  Conrad Hall was a master of photography and his collaborations with Sam Mendes will stand the test of time as examples of how to shoot a movie.  American Beauty was gorgeous, but the palette was expanded with Road to Perdition.

The whole film is poetry in motion.

Writing Elsewhere...

I haven't been updating much as I've been occupied with other writing -- the kinds that earn me the money.  But I'm trying (again) to get back on-board with new posts every few days.  I'm writing anyhow, so it should be easy enough to fit a little bit of movie writing in there too.

We'll see...