Films watched in 2013
56. McCabe & Mrs. Miller (Dir: Robert Altman)
I really loved this film, it’s a bit of a slow burner but it’s totally worth going along with. Altman apparently called it an ‘anti-western’ but for me the final act is as great a piece of film in the western genre as I’ve seen. It’s an incredibly ‘cool’ film it just does what it wants when it wants and really works because of that. It doesn’t do the film any harm that it’s two stars are as good as they’ve ever been in my opinion Warren Beatty is sublime as John (Pudgy) McCabe and the always great Julie Christie is likewise as Mrs. Miller. Supporting cast is great also with Keith Carradine turning up half way through and putting in a great and rather moving performance. For years I knew this film only for it’s famously terrible sound mix of the films opening hour which Altman blamed on his editor, but the film is so good it didn’t bother me (I studied sound production for over 2 years and a bad sound mix usually pisses me right off). I also took real joy from seeing parts of the film that are very familiar because other cinema greats have nodded a head to the film, for one there is a moment you’d recognise if you were a fan of PTA’s ‘There Will Be Blood’ and surprisingly a moment you’d swear you seen in Stanley Kubrick’s ‘The Shining’. Less surprising however when I learned that after seeing it Kubrick phoned up Altman to ask him about a certain shot. If you have not yet seen McCabe & Mrs. Miller please go and do so, it’s just incredible.