I have also been watching Nicolas Winding Refn's Pusher trilogy. The first, which he directed in his mid-20's, utilises a very low-budget. The two so far have both covered similar territory, taking a viewer into the seedy underworld of Copenhagen and following small-time drug pushers who botch a deal, get in too deep with their bosses and become more and more desperate to come up with the money or drugs owed. These drugged-up losers initially seem hard to sympathise with, but incredibly - and this is a testament to the great work from Kim Bodnia and Mads Mikkelsen (the latter appears in both, but is the central character in Pusher II) - their stories become surprisingly moving. Its extremely ugly viewing at times, but demonstrative of Winding Refn's developing craft. Part III is on the list for this week.
Also this week: I appeared on The Matineecast, discussing The Avengers with Ryan McNeil, and inspired by Alex @ And So It Begins, came up with a list of my 11 Favourite Cinematographers.
Here are some links this week:
Richard @ The Reel Bits reviews Get The Gringo, which hits Australian cinemas May 31.
Kevin Knox reveals his 25 Favourite Films.
Ryan reviews one of the year's most entertaining comedy/thrillers, Headhunters.
Southern Vision is one of the best sources of diverse coverage of classic film. Tyler profiles Yasujiro Ozu and looks at Bergman's masterpiece, Through A Glass Darkly, purely through images.
Are Documentaries Cheating? Corey tackles the question.
Brian didn't like The Dictator. I am still yet to see it. Thoughts on this film?
Alex lists 100 Cinematic Reasons Why He Loves the 60's.
Finally, with Cannes now well under way, be sure to stop by Bonjour Tristesse for the best Cannes coverage.
That's all folks. Have a great week.