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February 17, 2013

Gary Oldman in "True Romance" (1993): One scary dude

I happened on this movie Friday night on Apple TV and watched the first half before I fell asleep.

However, I most certainly was wide awake and rapt for the scene up top, featuring Gary Oldman as a Jamaican drug lord embodying anyone's idea of pure evil.

Oh, mon.

I don't know why I persist watching films where Quentin Tarantino has a significant role (he wrote "True Romance," directed by Tony Scott).

Just as some people's involvement in a movie (Daniel Day-Lewis, Sean Connery, Brit Marling, to name three) make it — for me — automatically watchable, Tarantino's fingerprints guarantee I'll be bored to tears and restless long before the home stretch.

Diff'rent strokes.

February 17, 2013 at 08:01 AM | Permalink


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My all-time #1 favorite movie.

I have NEVER gotten over Oldman's performance. It is his best.

Walken gives his second best (after "The Deer Hunter").

Agree re: Q.T. There was a big row over the ending. Scott insisted on changing it. Q.T. lost and much later agreed that Scott's version was better. Q.T. is never good unless he has been restrained, IMO.

Took me years to notice that this dreamy-dopey fairytale pacing and directing is, basically, a fictional remake of "Badlands" (Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek).

I even like the soundtrack.

Posted by: PT | Feb 18, 2013 3:40:35 PM

Perhaps you have never seen the movie "Tiptoes". For which there is no excuse.

Posted by: YesBiscuit! | Feb 17, 2013 3:15:11 PM

I first saw Gary Oldman play a coked-up DEA agent in _The Professional_. Mesmerizing performance.

He has never failed to deliver.

Posted by: antares | Feb 17, 2013 8:45:55 AM

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