Monday, September 17, 2007
JESSE JAMES OPENING IN ONLY 4 CITIES THIS WEEKEND
If you live in New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, or Austin, you'll have the chance to see the best film of 2007 this weekend: Andrew Dominik's THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD. I saw a 2 hour 15 minute cut of this film last March at a test screening, while a longer version (2 hours 40 minutes) will be the release version this weekend. It's a masterpiece, and one of the best Western's I've ever seen. It's the kind of film that rewards patient viewers, people who want to be immersed in the story and its characters. And it has to be the most beautiful film, on a purely visual level, since Terrence Malick's THE NEW WORLD (JESSE JAMES shares many common stylistic qualities of Malick's work). I can't wait to see it again and again.