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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
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Touki Bouki: The Journey of the Hyena
The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry
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Last Ride (Glendyn Ivin, 2009)
Judged moment to moment, Last Ride is a strong, lyrical work. It features some of the best cinematography in recent memory, with the desolate expanses of the Australian Outback as frequently serving as reflections of the young protagonistís emotional solitude as manifestations of his newfound freedom. Comparisons to another debut film, Terence Malickís Badlands, do Ivinís film no real favors, but they are not entirely off-base either. While somewhat more bound by plot (to its detriment) than Badlands, Last Ride aims for many of the same effects. That it succeeds in hitting the notes that it strives for more often than not is not to be discounted. If only the film were confident enough to be even more insular it might have been something truly special.
Still, Last Ride is a promising debut. While the basic premise of the film is something of a clichť, the execution is nuanced (at least until the somewhat forced conclusion) and the two lead performances are never less than convincing. Despite the predictability of the screenplay and the somewhat obvious nature of its themes, this is a movie that has something to get off its chest, which is appreciated. Last Ride is a strong indicator that Glendyn Ivin is a filmmaker worth watching.