Friday, November 19, 2004

MOVIE OF THE MONTH Embarrassed it took me so long to get around to seeing MILLER'S CROSSING: Fourteen years after it was released, this dark, gruesome film from the Coen brothers holds up as one of their strongest efforts.

The film moves through a complicated, morally-ambiguous story of prohibition-era mob feuding and revenge that would sound, on paper, like any number of flicks from the genre. But this is the Coens, so what we get is an idiosyncratic portrait that breaks all the rules.

The sets are stunning, the performances are strong and, thankfully, the movie isn't available from CleanFlicks.

CONTRAPOSITIVE is edited by Dan Aibel. Dan's a playwright. He lives in New York City.