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January 17th, 2015
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[film] A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
Saw A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night last night at the Rialto Colony (Colony, specifically: runs today through Thursday, at 9:30pm only). Worth your time.

Often described as a "vampire Western", A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night (written and directed by Ana Lily Amirpour) is to me really more like what would happen if someone told a young David Lynch and Godard about John Hughes young love movies of the 1980s and they collaborated on a movie together: it's like some mix of Le Samourai, Alphaville, Eraserhead, and Sixteen Candles. Great 80s-influenced soundtrack. It's slow paced like Only Lovers Left Alive was, but even sparser in the way Scorsese's After Hours felt: the city is deserted except for the characters. Black and white. Little onscreen violence, almost no nudity, lots of silence between dialogue. Some of the film didn't work as well for me as I think it was supposed to: scenes of the girl stalking her victims was just not quite precisely enough mirror behavior to work for me. But the skateboarding was a lovely zero-budget way to give the visual suggestion of flying on screen. Yes, skateboarding. It works, really. So 60 French New Wave, 70s experimental, and 80s pop romance all in one movie. Works for me.

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