Winter Kills, 1979 (dir. William Richert)
SYNOPSIS: Bridges stars as Nick, the younger brother of the recently assassinated President. Nick tries to uncover the truth about his brother’s death and begins to suspect that his own father (John Fucking Huston) had something to do with it. And it’s sort of a comedy? In case you weren’t sure, here’s a fairly benign and expository scene featuring Sterling Hayden in a tank with a weirdo beard.
BOTTOM LINE: (Parallax View – Warren Beatty) + (Dr. Strangelove – Peter Sellers) x John Fucking Huston = Winter Kills
I caught this movie late one night in a student lounge when I was taking a break from writing a paper about representations of evil in the works of Goya. Like many films from the late-70’s/early-80’s, it was obviously financed by cocaine dealers and features a rather nihilistic worldview countered only by insane production values and gloriously broad tonal shifts (see also: Night Moves). The upside-down Bridges on top had weird eyes so I started over at the bottom but the eyes are too big. Something wrong with the nose too but my new, grey pen-brush helps. I tried to do something cool with the title. Tried.