Wednesday, May 21, 2008

The Walker

This one's got a Hollywood cast, so expect to see it in at least a few arthouse theatres. We've got Woody Harrelson, Lauren Bacall, Lily Tomlin, and Kristin Scott Thomas (Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Other Boleyn Girl, and about three score others). We also have a murder mystery amongst the wives of the power elite in Washington, D.C., and their elegantly, tastefully flamboyant social companion, Carter Page III (Harrelson), whose boyfriend is an agit-prop photographer of German-Turkish descent. Carter, or "Car" as the ladies call him, is smarmy and at times fawning, making him almost a caricature of a gay man. But if you've seen some real Southern belle-fags like Maurice Bonamigo in Wash Westmoreland's 2004 documentary Gay Republicans, you know that Harrelson is not clumsily overacting: Carter is a self-caricature. Highly recommended, most especially if the political angle appeals to you.

The Walker, dir. Paul Schrader, USA/UK 2007, 107 min. 35mm

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