Thursday, April 22, 2010

Body Heat

The Takeaway: If William Hurt takes his clothes off one more time, I swear to god... I'll turn gay.

Format: Netflix Instant Streaming

First Time Screening. Lawrence Kasdan. The man is pure genius. He's the last of the great screenwriters, embodying the classic style of cinema gold - crackling dialogue that stews with subtext. They don't make 'em like they used to - unless Kasdan is at the typewriter. He's responsible for The Empire Strikes Back (still the greatest Star Wars flick!) , Return of the Jedi (not nearly as bad as everyone says), Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Big Chill, Silverado, The Accidental Tourist, The Bodyguard, and a hidden gem - Mumford. He also wrote the absolutely sensational dialogue (and the rest of the script) for Body Heat. From the first scene I could tell this was Kasdan in rare form. He nails the film noir tropes with sumptuous imagery. Even William Hurt's ass sizzles here. Only the more recent L.A. Confidential rivals Body Heat for the last of the great noir classics - but it falls short. Body Heat is tops, a tremendous film, and MUST be seen.

Oh - and William Hurt loves to be naked. Enjoy, kiddies! Twilight Zone Marathon.

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