Playing Tue May 30 at 6:15 and 9:50 at at BAMcinématek [Program & Tix]
Blogger (and Alt Screen paramour) Andy McCarthy at The Shine Box:
Hal Ashby knows how to draw forth Jack’s knack for the physicality of madness (Five Easy Pieces spazz-out in the front seat, axe work in The Shining ), Jack’s raunch eloquence (Cuckoo’s Nest hobohemian, camp bigotry of The Departed), and the cool, composed manner of ease when stuck with the insuperable condition of the world (varsity sweatshirt lawyer in Easy Rider, identity-thief media agent in The Passenger, King of Marvin Gardens maverick literati). Which is also to suggest the understated depth of Jack’s character, “Bad Ass” Buddusky. A true counterculture movie, where the subject of rebellion, alienation, the bare urge to uprise, is traced from the inside-out – three Navy guys who have each chosen their own imprisonment in order to cope with a chaotic universe. There is an ecstasy found in beating back those prison walls as if they were not the only choice for these navy boys. Buddy existentialism, just enough profound and just enough hilarious.