Flickchart Road Trip: Texas

Derek Armstrong

Derek is a film critic, currently writing for the Australian film website ReelGood as well as his personal blog, The Audient.

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6 Responses

  1. Nigel Druitt says:

    Thought you might like that one. It is a movie that is sad to have spoiled for you (I didn’t, and it absolutely floored me), but it is 17 years old… What a twist.

    And yeah, I like Tarantino in this. This and a two-part episode of Alias are two cases where his acting is really quite great. And yes, he directs neither.

    • Derek Armstrong says:

      It’s funny, for some reason I thought you were suggesting that I wouldn’t like it. I did go back and forth about whether to reveal where the movie goes, but I guess I’m also of the opinion that a movie’s surprises come to be part of the zeitgeist after a certain amount of time. I mean, everyone pretty much knows the deal with The Crying Game, whether they’ve seen it or not, right? Then again, tell that to my wife, for whom I spoiled the ending of Soylent Green — even though neither of us had seen it at the time I spoiled it.

  2. Jandy says:

    I just watched this for the first time myself a couple of years ago (thanks to Jonathan’s influence, though I probably would have eventually anyway, being a Tarantino fan). I loved the first half, but the second half went a bit too off the rails for me. I can definitely see why people like it, though. I think it was just that I loved the feel of the first half so much I wanted more of it. :)

    Interestingly, I haven’t seen any of the films you put it up against. And only three states in! I wonder how often that’ll happen in this series?

    I’m kind of terrified to see what you think of Oklahoma! I had that movie memorized when I was a kid – I must’ve watched it a thousand times. But now I’m finding a surprising number of people who really dislike it, even people who generally like musicals. Curious what your take will be.

    • Derek Armstrong says:

      Jandy, you won’t regret making time for Bernie. I think it’s a real winner. And you’ll definitely get to Texas Chainsaw Massacre eventually, just to have the reference. Well, you might, anyway. The others you can probably skip.

      I have already watched Oklahoma!, but I will bite my tongue — er, my keyboard — until next week’s post.

      Thanks for reading!