This is your life and it’s ending one minute at a time.
THEY FUCKING WENT THERE.
Rush (USA - Germany - UK, 2013)
The Place Beyond the Pines is a beautiful and poetic sighing for America, one that yearns for its ideal whilst mourning for its reality, that gap between what everyone wants it to be and what it has really become. When the film ends, AJ is right next to his father on an election platform, crossing right to his future on his father’s coattails; but the last shot begins with Jason, riding into his future off to the side of the frame into the unknown; and the camera stays focused on a tiny American flag, slightly out of focus, but smack-dead in the centre of the frame, surrounded by the pastoral barns, silos and landscape so familiar and so potent a symbol of an idea of America, one dear to cinema and indeed to filmgoers, and both like and unlike what the film has shown us. And then the first notes of Bon Iver’s ‘The Wolves (Act I and II) start and we hear the lyric ‘someday my pain, will mark you’ and the eyes lightly well up just as they did with Ryan Gosling in church and one thinks ‘This is a truly great movie’. (x)
Dallas Buyers Club (2013) - Dir. Jean-Marc Vallée
Sometimes I feel like I’m fighting for a life I ain’t got time to live. I want it to mean something.
The Master (2012)
DIR. Paul Thomas Anderson
"God, when I meet you, I’m going to be pretty if it’s the last thing I do. I’ll be a beautiful angel." - Dallas Buyers Club (2013)