Young Ones is one of my favorite movies of 2014, combining aspects of science fiction and Westerns with Greek and Shakespearean tragedy in a beautifully realized, utterly realistic, lived-in world with age-old themes that continue to echo throughout the human experience.
This film will spark debate. Is it hideously demeaning? Does it trivialize slavery? Should Hollywood introduce one of America's most heinous, genocidal institutions to this generation as a 180-minute joke?
It's the year 1821 in the gulf waters off the coast of Texas. A four-masted schooner smuggling slaves and mysterious, invaluable contraband, is boarded by a group of pirates led by none other than the infamous Jean Lafitte and the legendary Jim Bowie.
When I first came across Charley's story 20 years ago, my interest turned from curiosity into an obsession. The enigmatic 'Charley' Parkhurst lived 30 years of her life disguised as a man and became one of the great California stagecoach drivers.
I read just the other day that Jeremy Renner may take the lead role in a Steve McQueen biopic.
If it goes forward, I will be very interested to see the end product, but I would not care to be an angel investor.
Exceptionally well-acted, quiet and observant, Meek's Cutoff is pure arthouse fare, which is meant as a warning for those who might want a little action or some answers, and as praise for a talented director coming into her own.