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POINT BLANK (1967) is a perfect revenge crime thriller set in Los Angeles. It can be argued that Lee Marvin’s portrayal of Walker is not that far removed from Schwarzenegger’s turn in THE TERMINATOR (1984). Both characters are single-minded in their quest and will stop at nothing to achieve their goal. In both films, there is a mechanical efficiency to how they approach their tasks. They both speak only when necessary… and even then it is an exercise in minimalism. Lee Marvin is a physical force as terrifying as Arnold… and this is clearly displayed as he takes “The 160 Angriest Steps in Cinema History” to begin his revenge on those who wronged him. Watch and listen as his unbroken, unstoppable momentum drives the story forward… —vashivisuals.com
Recommended reading, viewing, and listening:
- Alexander Jacobs’ screenplay of Point Blank
- Lee Marvin: A Personal Portrait by John Boorman is both a tribute to and an anecdotal reminiscence about the star of Point Blank who was also Boorman’s friend
- John Boorman and Soderbergh provide a fascinating commentary track included on the DVD of Point Blank
Stunning Photographs Inspired By Edward Hopper Paintings by Richard Tuschman.
“Let me repeat. I have not read all the work of this present generation of writing. I have not had time yet. So I must speak only of the ones I do know. I am thinking now of what I rate the best one, Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye, perhaps because this one expresses so completely what I have tried to say. A youth, father to what will—must—someday be a man, more intelligent than some and more sensitive than most, who—he would not even have called it by instinct because he did not know he possessed it because God perhaps had put it there, loved man and wished to be a part of mankind, humanity, who tried to join the human race and failed. To me, his tragedy was not that he was, as he perhaps thought, not tough enough or brave enough or deserving enough to be accepted into humanity. His tragedy was that when he attempted to enter the human race, there was no human race there. There was nothing for him to do save buzz, frantic and inviolate, inside the glass wall of his tumbler, until he either gave up or was himself, by himself, by his own frantic buzzing, destroyed.”
The nuns taught us that there are two ways through life:
The way of nature
And the way of grace
You have to choose which one you will follow
Grace doesn’t try to please itself
It accepts being slighted, forgotten, disliked
Accepts insults and injuries
Nature only wants to please itself
And others to please it too
Likes to lord it over them
To have its own way
It finds reasons to be unhappy
Though all the world is shining around it
And love is shining through all things
They taught us that no one who loves the way of grace ever comes to a bad end
I will be true to you, whatever comes.
—The Tree of Life (2011)
Happy 70th Birthday, Mr. Malick.