Pacific (G)Rim

Just watched what should have been a great film. Pacific Rim, directed by Guillermo del Toro and featuring Idris Elba.

What a waste, pseudo-dinosaurs boxing with gigantic humanoid robots. In an age of nuclear weapons, they prefer the left hook?! Cue macho male leads and a solo, subordinate, woman. Life’s too short. Very disappointing. Going back to Pan’s Labyrinth :)

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The Straight Road

The Straight Road is one David Lynch film you may not have heard of. It is certainly unlike any other David Lynch film I have ever seen.  And for me it is his best. Quiet, quirky and yet strangely affecting and unforgettable.

Like 84 Charing Cross Road, it is based on a true story. In 1994, the 73 year-old Alvin Straight unable to drive a car due to poor eyesight, rode 240 miles across Iowa and Wisconsin on a lawnmower, pulling  a trailer! As he drives slowly along the highways of the midwest, you get to see a fine painted image of communities he passes through. A splendid, and unexpected, treat from David Lynch.

The leading actor Richard Farnsworth, a Hollywood stuntman for over sixty years, received an Oscar nomination for his role. Well deserved too.