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« on: May 12, 2008, 03:26:00 PM »

Alex Cox directs this odd biopic (well, sorta) on 19th century American filibuster William Walker.
The only thing to truly dislike about this film is the very intrusive political symbolism (cars, Time Magazines, Coca Cola bottles, Modern assault rifles and even a Helicopter appear on screen). But if you are familiar with the unjust invasion of central America by the American government then you should be able to understand the parallels.


Rent it. The criterion dvd is over 25 dollars! Tongue


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« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2009, 11:56:19 PM »

I can't remember when was the last time I was so pleasantly surprised by a movie, let alone by an odd cross-genre quasi-biopic Western like Alex Cox's Walker! What a movie! I agree with @FC about the anachronisms: we could have easily done without them, and the political connotations could have been more subtle, but I must say they do add a unique flavor. Walker is sometimes so subtle, but in a extremely obtrusive way it's hard to determine if it takes itself with seriousness or not, and what genre does it really belong to, but Ed Harris' performance is so huge it gives to the movie a whole new prospective! I'd even go that far to call it his greatest role so far! What he pulled of here is almost unbelievable: with his magnificent portrayal of William Walker, a distant looking idealist-extremist-idiot, he alone held together a movie that was heavily balancing on the very verge of becoming just another bad Sam Peckinpah-Zapata Western imitation-spoof. Astonishing!


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« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2009, 01:43:01 AM »

Sounds like a good movie to me.

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« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2009, 01:54:53 AM »

Sounds like a good movie to me.

It is.
I wouldn't hesitate to call it "something of a masterpiece".

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« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2009, 04:39:04 AM »

Sounds like something of a masterpiece to me.

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« Reply #5 on: July 21, 2009, 01:29:15 PM »

Though it may seem like a shallow comedy at first, as the movie goes on it becomes very obvious what the movie really carries is the sardonic message of tragedy. I can't believe so many critics have (had) a problem with this movie.

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« Reply #6 on: July 21, 2009, 04:44:44 PM »

I guess I'll put this on my Netflix list  Afro

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« Reply #7 on: July 21, 2009, 05:40:36 PM »

I've bought the dvd today. Hope you won't let me down.

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« Reply #8 on: July 22, 2009, 12:10:08 AM »

I've bought the dvd today. Hope you won't let me down.

Re-watched it, my opinion hasn't changed. Though, the first 10 minutes are somewhat lame, you can skip them without remorse.

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« Reply #9 on: July 31, 2009, 01:37:59 PM »

"Somthing of a masterpiece" sounds about right. I don't have any qualms about its political message, it's merely pointing out the US's hypocritcal nature and the fact that the US is an imperialist nation. WALKER doesn't take itself very seriously, so the blatant anti-corporate imagery isn't hamfisted, more like light-hearted digs. It's very amusing, no matter where your political beliefs may rest. Most important, it's a very entertaining movie, reminiscent of Sam Fulller, particularly FORTY GUNS and THE BARON OF ARIZONA in that it's a 90 min. epic.

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« Reply #10 on: August 01, 2009, 06:30:15 PM »

In an early scene, when Walker is on a boat heading for Central America, Walker resembles Klaus Kinski in And God Said To Cain...
being that Cox is a big SW fan I don't think this is a mere coincidence.





Also,

George W. Bush

The W. stands for "Walker"...

Could GB have been named after the historical figure?

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« Reply #11 on: August 01, 2009, 06:33:58 PM »

In an early scene, when Walker is on a boat heading for Central America, Walker resembles Klaus Kinski in And God Said To Cain...
being that Cox is a big SW fan I don't think this is a mere coincidence.




And speaking of resemblances...

Ed Harris looks a lot like William Walker...




Good casting on all angles.

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« Reply #12 on: August 01, 2009, 06:47:38 PM »

Just got done with it. Its ok, entertaining, but I think it would have been better without the anachronisms. 

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« Reply #13 on: August 02, 2009, 04:13:18 AM »

Don't think anybody mentioned it but I also liked the music a great deal.

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« Reply #14 on: August 02, 2009, 04:16:48 AM »

Good casting on all angles.

I remember a couple of great angles of Blanca Guerra.

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