10 April 2011

Take Three @ TFE: Burgess Meredith

This week my "Take Three" column (every Sunday, three write-ups on three performances in a supporting/character actor's career) over at The Film Experience features Burgess Meredith.

Take One: The Sentinel (1977) Watching Michael Winner’s high-pitched horror The Sentinel has two great side effects: one, you get some great ‘70s New York apartment porn (with the bonus of having Ava Gardner as your guide); two, you’re treated to one of Meredith’s most under seen and relishable performances. It came a year after his Supporting Actor Oscar nod for his signature role as Mickey in Rocky. He plays Cristina Raines favourite new neighbour Charles Chazen, a dotty, slightly effete, amiable and – oh yeah – imaginary elderly resident in the suspiciously cheap waterside Brooklyn Brownstone. He lives happily with his parakeet, Mortimer (also imaginary), his cat Jezebel (the meows sound real), and a blind priest sentry guarding the apartment block from all the demons of hell. So, yes: he leads a simple, gentle life...

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  1. Dan Zukovic's "DARK ARC", a bizarre modern noir dark comedy called "Absolutely brilliant...truly and completely different..." in Film Threat, was released on DVD on August 24 through Vanguard Cinema. (http://vanguardcinema.com/darkarc/darkarc.htm). The film had it's world premiere at the Montreal World Film Festival and it's US premiere at the Cinequest Film Festival. Featuring Sarah Strange ("White Noise"), Kurt Max Runte ("X-Men", "Battlestar Gallactica") and Dan Zukovic (director and star of the cult comedy "The Last Big Thing").

    *****! (Five Stars) "Absolutely brilliant...truly and completely different...something you've never tasted before..." Film Threat
    "A black comedy about a very strange love triangle!" Seattle Times
    "Consistently stunning images...a bizarre blend of art, sex and opium, "Dark Arc" plays like a candy-coloured version of David Lynch." IFC News
    "Sarah Strange is as decadent as Angelina Jolie thinks she is...don't see this movie sober!" Metroactive Movies
    "Equal parts Film Noir intrigue, pop culture send-up, brain teaser and visual feast." American Cinematheque