Based on the novel by Rudolfo Ayana, Bless Me, Ultima, is set in the Post WWII world of New Mexico. Director Carl Franklin films this world with a steady hand, moving along gracefully, not rushing anywhere or hurrying toward any particular conclusion. Typically, a movie will set up a protagonist, a goal, and a way to get there. Once it gets there, the movie fades to black and that is that. Bless Me, Ultima is not one of those movies and embraces the novel’s meandering qualities. At times it matters little where it is going. It’s more concerned with noticing what happens along the way.
Saturday is the Film Independent Spirit Awards and Sunday, The Oscars, and then that’s it. No more awards and the books on 2012 are finally closed. Time to move on. Well, not quite yet, next weekend maybe, but with the bulk of movie talk this weekend focused on the best in last years cinema, the studios are saving their big movies for March where they will get a little more attention. Not a terrible crop of movies out this week, just a touch on the thin side. It’s Oscar Weekend after all! 11 Flowers – We don’t get to choose … Continue reading Movie Beat – 02.22.13