Point Blank

Director: John Boorman
Year Released: 1967
Rating: 3.5

Shaky at the get-go - or at least until I got the hang of what's going on - with all the psychedelics (it's clearly a product of its time) and jump cutting and elaborate editing; all confusion and frustration dissipated once I 'figured it out': it's a film about memory, so it's only appropriate that the end product be fragmented and half-remembered (like a dream). Lee Marvin, a real-life Marine, does a complete turnaround after his previous film Cat Ballou; the man's intensity was remarkable (Marvin, in a documentary by his friend Boorman, said the reason he got his break in acting was because he looked like a kid who missed something in life and was desperate to get it).