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Title: Meek's Cutoff (2010)
Post by: Spikeopath on May 28, 2017, 05:17:40 AM
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1518812/reference

Otherwise known as "the divisive one..."

I blame him for saying he did.

Meek's Cutoff is directed by Kelly Reichardt and written by Jonathan Raymond. It stars Michelle Williams, Bruce Greenwood, Will Paton, Paul Dano, Shirley Henderson, Neal Huff, Zoe Kazan and Tommy Nelson. Music is by Jeff Grace and cinematography by Chris Blauvelt. Story is based on an historical incident on the Oregon Trail in 1845, when frontier guide Stephen Meek (Greenwood) led a small band of settlers across the trail in search of richer pastures. For what was meant to be a two week journey, has now turned into five, and the settlers have this horrible feeling that Meek is lost. With no end to the journey in sight, low on food and water, and becoming ravaged by the terrain, the group starts to come apart at the seams.

Those familiar with Kelly Reichardt's work, Old Joy/Wendy & Lucy, will have some idea that Meek's Cutoff was never going to be a traditional Western picture. Often cited as a low-key, minimalist, director, Reichardt has stripped the Western right back to craft a beautifully shot film dealing with the hardships endured both physically and mentally of three families out on the Oregon Trail. Opening without dialogue for the opening seven minutes, where the first voice we hear is that of a child reading Tree of Life, tone is set from the off. We are asked to fill in the blanks ourselves, but it's evident that the group are in trouble, they already look haggard, afraid and near desperation. From here dialogue is as sparse as the terrain they traverse, the wagons crawl at pace, and so to does the film, a slow pace that remains throughout. The interest is all about the characters and their reactions to the situations that arise, no soft soaping or corner cutting, it's stark and uncompromising.

This is a different Wild West, the characters are etched into a parched, sun-bleached landscape, there's no romanticism here, just emotional turmoil, it's like the group are in purgatory, desperately trying to reach that Tree of Life on the other side of yet another obstacle. Shot in the 1.33 aspect ratio, this neatly puts the characters front and centre, most tellingly the women, who are the crux of Meek's Cutoff. This viewpoint gives the film a further lift out of the norm, deftly observing the family based woman's place in the West. One of a number of indelible moments in the piece sees the men move away from the women, who have to observe from distance as the men make the crucial decisions, left holding onto the last vestiges of the civilisation left behind, it says so much without actually doing much, something that Meek's Cutoff thrives on.

The acting is superb, with Williams, Paton and Greenwood leading the way. This collection of thespians really inhabit their roles, giving the film conviction. Conviction born out by Blauvelt's yellow and brown ochres. Grace's music is also sparse, but telling in a film that mostly deals in quiet conversations, or the natural sounds of wheels turning and tin cups clanking. It's finely detailed and the director wants us to not only examine said details, but also to be part of them. It has already proved to be a most divisive picture, something that is very understandable, even to someone like myself who has been beguiled by it. Where some see a slow crawl where nothing much happens, others see a rich human interest journey where the complete opposite is the case. Regardless of how it eventually works out for the viewer, it remains a film that serious Western fans simply have to see and evaluate. 9/10


Title: Re: Meek's Cutoff (2010)
Post by: cigar joe on November 20, 2017, 12:26:34 PM
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1518812/reference

 9/10

9/10 Gedthefuckoutahere! Fuck no, man, we are going to have to grade your reviews on a downwards curve, lol. What are you grading it against water boiling??????  

Here is my scenario for their next opus. A rancher gets up at the break of dawn, he heats up some coffee, fries some bacon and eggs, he gets the horses rigged up and attaches the wagon. He rides out towards town. 4 hours later  he hears a squeaky wheel. He stops gets some grease out of the grease bucket and greases the axle. He hops back on drives his team another 4 hours and finally gets to town. The end, another exciting tail of the true West.

This film was a total snooooooooozzzzzzzzzeeeeeeeeefesssssssstttttttttttttttt, with an ambiguous ending.

It's the real West, forget John Ford, Henry Hathaway, Budd Boetticher, etc., etc., directors who knew how to make exciting Westerns. This is the West as it probably actually was, boooooorrrrrinnnnnggg. And you give THIS a 9/10. It's more like a 4/10.

Watch Westward The Women, Wagon Train, this revisionist shit sucks donkey dick. lol. It's only for complete Western junkie nutters who'll watch anything that will give that Western fix, Easy on the sauce Spike, while watching these oaters, it's clouding your judgement.


*Note the real Meek did get the party of about 1000 pioneers to the Willamette Valley.  


Title: Re: Meek's Cutoff (2010)
Post by: stanton on November 20, 2017, 03:26:08 PM
8/10 for that Gedthefuckoutahereboooooorrrrrinnnnngggsnooooooooozzzzzzzzzeeeeeeeeefesssssssstttttttttttttttt is reasonable.


Title: Re: Meek's Cutoff (2010)
Post by: cigar joe on November 20, 2017, 04:16:40 PM
8/10 what are you using for a yardstick.  ;D


Title: Re: Meek's Cutoff (2010)
Post by: Spikeopath on November 21, 2017, 11:27:31 AM
9/10 Gedthefuckoutahere! Fuck no, man, we are going to have to grade your reviews on a downwards curve, lol. What are you grading it against water boiling??????  

Here is my scenario for their next opus. A rancher gets up at the break of dawn, he heats up some coffee, fries some bacon and eggs, he gets the horses rigged up and attaches the wagon. He rides out towards town. 4 hours later  he hears a squeaky wheel. He stops gets some grease out of the grease bucket and greases the axle. He hops back on drives his team another 4 hours and finally gets to town. The end, another exciting tail of the true West.

This film was a total snooooooooozzzzzzzzzeeeeeeeeefesssssssstttttttttttttttt, with an ambiguous ending.

It's the real West, forget John Ford, Henry Hathaway, Budd Boetticher, etc., etc., directors who knew how to make exciting Westerns. This is the West as it probably actually was, boooooorrrrrinnnnnggg. And you give THIS a 9/10. It's more like a 4/10.

Watch Westward The Women, Wagon Train, this revisionist shit sucks donkey dick. lol. It's only for complete Western junkie nutters who'll watch anything that will give that Western fix, Easy on the sauce Spike, while watching these oaters, it's clouding your judgement.


*Note the real Meek did get the party of about 1000 pioneers to the Willamette Valley.  

Like I said, it's divisive, plenty agree with me, plenty don't, but I aint rude to those who differ from me.

Cest la vie, grade away, see if I give a feck.


Title: Re: Meek's Cutoff (2010)
Post by: cigar joe on November 21, 2017, 12:22:48 PM
Like I said, it's divisive, plenty agree with me, plenty don't, but I aint rude to those who differ from me.

Cest la vie, grade away, see if I give a feck.

You gave it a nine out of ten, that's not remotely realistic, by that grading Once Upon A Time In The West would be 20/10, your judgement is seriously in question or you have a very low standard of good.