Introducing LB's 'Two Contrasting Films Back to Back'. Today's subjects, which I watched last night: Dazed and Confused and Enter the Dragon.|
I've never seen Dazed and Confused before and I wish I'd sought it out sooner. It's immediately apparent that a whole slice of the pop culture references in my world have passed me by simply for not having seen this. A note-perfect film about nothing, in the mould of The Breakfast Club or Swingers, it manages to handle a huge ensemble cast with ease and tell us everything we need to know about all of these 30 odd characters in two hours and in one party. One for several rewatches, 9/10.
I've seen Enter the Dragon a deal of times and this has dulled my appreciation of it. Any film watched too much becomes a series of disconnected events to anticipate and then enjoy, and such things as plot, motivation, cause and effect get lost. Going back with fresh eyes really reveals what an astonishing man Bruce Lee was, in his control and self discipline, in his thinking, and in his fighting style. He does however seriously need to eat something. And the film? A badly dubbed, cheaply shot and disjointed masterpiece. 9/10 also.
Oh, and Mr Williams is the greatest single person to have ever lived.