Sunday, December 17, 2006

Brick (2005)

Somehow, over the last year my movie watching has taken a backseat to other projects. When I do sit down to watch a film I want something that entertains me, as well as, makes me say, "I didn't see that coming." Case in point is a very clever film shot just a few cities south of were I grew up. Brick, a detective story that is like no other. If you like old noir films with twists and turns this one will not disappoint.
β€œIn a modern-day Southern California neighborhood and high school, student Brendan Frye's piercing intelligence spares no one. He's not afraid to back up his words with actions, and knows all the angles; yet he prefers to stay an outsider, and does - until the day that his ex-girlfriend, Emily, reaches out to him unexpectedly and then vanishes. His feelings for her still run deep; so much so, that he becomes consumed with finding his troubled inamorata. To find her, he enlists the aid of his only true peer, the Brain, while keeping the assistant vice principal only occasionally informed of what quickly becomes a dangerous investigation. Brendan's single-minded unearthing of students' secrets thrusts him headlong into the colliding social orbits of rich-girl sophisticate Laura, intimidating Tugger, substance-abusing Dode, seductive Kara, jock Brad and - most ominously - non-student the Pin. Only by gaining acceptance into the Pin's closely guarded inner circle of crime and punishment that Brendan will be able to uncover hard truths about himself, Emily and the suspects that he is getting closer to.” - summary written by focus features
"Teen movies often have an unspoken underlying premise in which high school is seen as less serious than the adult world. But when your head is encased in that microcosm it's the most serious time of your life." – Rian Johnson (director)
Sister Ray, Lou Reed.
Lou Reed, Out of the Underground (Bootleg Recording)
January 27th, 1973, Alice Tully Hall, New York City, NY


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