Saturday, October 13, 2007

The Assassination of Jesse James

The Assassination of Jesse James By the Coward Robert Ford is one of the best films I've seen all year. Sure, it was long (2 hrs. and 40 min.), but I was completely blown away by the film's amazing cinematography (some of the best I can remember seeing, really) and the actors' performances. Maybe Jesse James was a good role for Brad Pitt, who in other movies never quite gets the audience to forget he's Brad Pitt, because James himself was a figure people often forgot was human, kind of a real-life movie star of his time. And the film really does hearken back to those great '70s art-Westerns, without any real heroes or villains (okay, maybe more heroes than villains) and a whole lotta psychological tension. I'm not saying it's a perfect film, or that it's easily digestible... but that might be one of its most admirable qualities.

Bruce Springsteen: "Jesse James" [MP3]
Bob Dylan: "Outlaw Blues" [MP3]
The Dying Californian: "On The Lam" [MP3]
Sixteen Horsepower: "Outlaw Song" [MP3]