Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Tom Noonan Spotlight

Wolfen
1981. 115 minutes. USA. Directed by Michael Wadleigh. Watchdate: 11/7/2010.
Tom Noonan is my new favorite supporting player. After seeing his haunting guest turn as a soothsaying doctor on an episode of Louie and his performance as the looming, suicidal anti-ego of Phillip Seymour Hoffman in Synecdoche, New York, I encountered him as a lonerish animal expert in Wolfen. I will now proceed to start to compulsively watch everything he has been in. Probably. What an awesome guy. Other than Noonan, this movie was pretty uneven. Though it did include one of the more sublimely ridiculous things I've seen in a while: a scene where Edward James Olmos strips naked, runs around like a wolf on a beach at night and then screams "It's all in your mind"at a bewildered Albert Finney. Actually, the movie reminded me a lot of Caroll Ballard's 1983 adaptation of Never Cry Wolf by Farley Mowat. That's another wolf movie that I have mixed feelings about that features a patently ridiculous nude scene. Also, the guy who directed Woodstock also directed this? It's the only movie he has directed not related to Woodstock? What?

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