Great Shot of the Week

Strange Days (1995)

Dir. Kathryn Bigelow

That’s right, the director of Point Break just won an Oscar.  And I couldn’t be happier for her.  Once upon a time, she directed a film called Strange Days, an astute piece of social commentary about the synthesis of technology with the human brain, done so through the lens of a drug-like black market trade.  It’s an admittedly uneven film, but remarkably relevant to this day, mainly due to the performances by the great Ralph Fiennes and Angela Bassett, and the film’s single greatest asset, Kathryn Bigelow.  The woman knows how to film action, but does so with intellect, knowing just how to accent the visceral with the cerebral; her films at the best of times explore the physiological side of action, how the human body releases the chemicals it does during times of intense pressure and pleasure.  Look no further than the brilliant opening scene of Strange Days, a technical marvel if I’ve ever seen one, and one that sets the tone for one of the great underrated films of the last 20 years.  Enjoy.

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~ by febriblog on March 8, 2010.

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