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director Kelly Reichardt whose earlier film, "Meek's Crossing" was a powerful portrayal of settler's moving through the Oregon territory. Like the leisurely pace of that film--- and indeed all of her films--- "Cow" tells the 1820's story of two unsuccessful souls who team up when their home made pastries strike a chord with homesick Westerners gathered around an Oregon fort--- and their patrons increasingly are willing to pay more and more as the tasty treat demand far outdistance the supply. Their only problem--- the crucial ingredient, milk, must be sought from the local boss's cow, the only bovine in the area.
"Cow" is a slow-burn epic that hammers home a critical lesson: to "make it," a man must get capital. If you ain't born to it, that leaves marrying or stealing...
No streaming I could find, but I have no problem giving Ms Reichardt a few bucks for the rental fee. She's an original talent, as critical and insightful an observer of our society and history as you could hope to find.
Between The Dig, First Cow and The Little Things though, it was quite a dirt filled few days.
"Once this was all Black Plasma and Imagination" -Michael McClure
Plays the local boss "Chief Factor". I liked him in "The Detectorists" series, which is also worth checking out if you enjoy low-key dark comedy like First Cow.
Looking forward to this:
Filmed at Grand Ronde, and evidently on the Grand Ronde Indian reservation. I thought it a good story, but amateurly done. I was kind and rated it two stars.
OK, let me give some props regarding this film. The main character actor and the cow did a great job. The main character's sidekick must have been a time traveler? He was far to cocky and modern for a Asian back then. Bruce Lee does the middle 1800's. Same for the first nation actors. Indians, Blacks, and Asians were mostly second class and often abused.
Makes me wonder if the producers who appeared to be Asian companies for the most part required this?
If you enjoyed it that is all that matters. I thought it was just a OK film based on a interesting story.
a labor-type guy, i.e. a stereotypical railway worker. In other words, he was an individual. "Cocky and modern:" I doubt all Chinese fit the stereotype of Hollywood: acquiescent, quiet, docile--- cow-like? He was a man, just like any other.
I don't buy it.
Western, and to me the depiction of the West was terrifically accurate--- "Silverado" or "McCabe and Mrs. Miller" were surpassed, in that regard--- and that's saying something.
Remind me what film did Wayne kill all those Indians?
by Wayne; his hatred takes him to a place where he would kill his own niece. Yeah, he's the hero. It's John Wayne, after all. "Stagecoach:" "Like most Westerns of the era, its depiction of Native Americans as simplistic savages has been criticized." wikipedia
I'm not going to search through all Wayne's westerns and do a body count. I think we can agree many died from his rifle and he survived against great odds in every film.
that reichardt talks about the museum being in at Grand Ronde used to be the elementary school. My wife taught school there for several years about 20 years ago. It's an interesting building with large round windows. I read that the film was shot on Sauvie Island, Oxbow Park, McIver Park, etc, but didn't see anything about it being shot on the GR reservation.
Interesting. I might be wrong about the reservation. There was a thanks to them, so I assumed so. Perhaps some of the actors were from the tribe? I didn't know it was shot in Oregon for sure till the end. I stuck around for the credits because it looked familiar.
Love Wendy and Lucy, as well as almost all her films, except River of Grass. Watched a bit then stopped. Just couldn't get into it.
pretty much included with a premium cable package for them out there looking for it. 02/08 and 02/12
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Saw Night Moves (terrible name) last week on Amazon Prime. Wendy and Lucy is interesting as well. There's a humanness and truth about her films.
The name of the boat was "Night Moves".
The dam they filmed at was actually Galesville Reservoir. My sister in law and brother in law used to live just a few miles down the road from the reservoir. Interestingly, in the film they call it Lake of Woods, which exists but is a natural lake, and later they call it Green Peter Lake, which does have a dam similar to the one in the film. In the scene near the beginning where they go through the cyclone fence, that sign in the background exists there, but they put text over it to change the name.
I don't disagree about the film's name. A different one could be much better.
Old Joy and Wendy & Lucy are rather bizarre to watch because the magic of movie making does some strange things with locations. Similar surreal effect watching Paranoid Park or My Own Private Idaho!
It's interesting when a geography you know so well ends up in a film. I know that the boat was called Night Moves. My objection to the title may be irrational...forgetting the Seger song, there was a 1975 film called Night Moves with Gene Hackman. When I first came across that Reinhardt Night Moves on a streaming service, I passed over it. Thought it looked terrible from the cover design and name. When I found out it was Reinhardt I jumped on it.
are attempting to rekindle their old friendship. I re-watched it several times and g0t new meaning each one. Prince Bonnie William plays one lead and is effortlessly natural. Highly recommended.
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