Monday, June 4, 2012

Jason watches KEYHOLE

It's a Guy Maddin movie, that pretty much says it all.

Allegedly this is Guy Maddin attempting to be a little more accessible and less experimental (or what he calls "cinematic rehab.") As far as being accessible, it isn't...and that's not what I want from Guy Maddin anyway. What I want is a hypnotic, dream-like hybrid of a gangster flick and a ghost story. And that's what you get here. Ulysses Pick (Jason Patric) is an old-school film noir gang leader who has his gang holed up in an abandoned house (as an aside, his gang includes Kevin McDonald, who ends up spending most of the movie doing a ghost doggy-style. Since he previously directed Mark McKinney in THE SADDEST MUSIC IN THE WORLD, I know have a fantasy of Guy Maddin directing a Kids in the Hall reunion.) Anyway, he's really there with a psychic and a guy tied to a chair (spoiler alert: he turns out to be Ulysses' long-lost son Manners) and he's trying to find the ghost of his wife Hyacinth (Isabella Rossellini), who is shacked up in their marriage bedroom with her new ghost lover.

And if that all sounds like it makes really doesn't. But it's Guy Maddin, and I love it.

Running Time: 93 minutes
My Total Minutes: 286,667

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