Jul 15, 2007

Do you have a top 10 or top 5 list of favorite movies? Mine has changed over the years but one constant has been "Henry Fool". In my early twenties I went through my Parker Posey stage. I thought she was hot shit, and the good thing was my local video place had everything she was in. (i guess they thought she was hot shit too)

Henry Fool was directed by Hal Hartley, which almost made me not want to watch it. I've seen a couple of his other films and they were pretty mehhhh. Henry Fool was totally different, there was an actual plot and despite the intentional stage style over acting I loved it. It was funny, weird, quirky, peppered with snappy dialogue and the ending was great. In my opinion it was a great example of 90's independent cinema.

A week ago a friend mentioned there was a sequel to Henry Fool titled Faye Grim. Faye Grim was the name of the character Ms. Posey played. My friend also mentioned that the film has an espionage/spy angle. What? I was hoping she was misinformed but alas she wasn't.

The film is indeed a spy flick, but it does a good job of keeping the same strange mood set in Henry Fool. Im wont play spoiler so I'll leave the plot out. But here are some thoughts.

They cast the same actor that played Faye & Henry's child in the first movie. I thought this was a nice touch. In fact many of the same characters were in the sequel.

Parker Posey has aged but it still pretty hot. Elizabeth Huppert plays her signature, sex crazed bohemian chick role.

Im not a fan of Jeff Goldblum. Im not sure why.

They spent a ton more money on this film than the first. I noticed in the credits that Mark Cuban was an executive producer. That dude is a douche.

There is a noir-ish thing going on. I also realized this was in the first movie as well.

If you haven't seen the first movie, you will have no idea what it going on.

All in all it was nice to go back into that very strange world of Henry Fool. For the sequel the plot is pretty much a complete farce but maybe that was the point. If you watch this let me know what you think.


ert said...

i loved this movie. i saw Henry Fool so long ago i could barely remember it, but i had no problem loving this movie in-and-of itself. and! i got to see it on a lazy afternoon at the Nuart theater in Los Angeles, so i dunno, it just was an overall awesome experience.. a rad movie at a rad theater.

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