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Monday, February 15, 2010

Red Riding Trilogy

I missed the Red Riding Trilogy's brief run at the Landmark E Street Cinema.  Luckily the films were all available on demand.  Still are, actually, until some time in April.

I'll leave the criticism to the professionals.  But I really, really liked these films.  Strong performances throughout.  Particularly Paddy Considine in "The Year of Our Lord 1980" and David Morrissey in "The Year of Our Lord 1983."  The first two films together recall Roberto Bolaño's 2666.  (Yes of course the Red Riding books were written first.  But whatever.)  The third film stands a bit apart in my mind, perhaps because it has to wrap up all the threads.  The trilogy requires quite a bit of patience until those threads came together.  But the wait is definitely rewarded. 

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