So Larry Clark has finally descended into Hollywoodesque coyness with all the well ploughed banality and tedium that oh so common genre forces upon us. Now it may sound a bit weird that a man of Clarkes age is still doing movies about the youth and the discovery of sexuality. Too bad Clarke didn't feel it was worthy of more thorough investigation, or maybe he found it boring comparing to visually more satisfying exploration of his fantasies. But y'know, that doesn't always makes for the best film or sometimes it does. It sure couldn't be because he thought he had a good story to tell. I think he need to do a full 360 if he want to turn that around, maybe make a movie about adults instead or if the teenage thing have to continue let them keep their clothes on and focus on a good story instead, and maybe a cast that have acting experience. The title is somewhat misleading.
He skates, is in a band, occasionally enjoys a pot cigarette, is friends with a sexually liberated young mother, and is currently trying to get into his girlfriend's pants. The scene, which takes place inside an abandoned warehouse, is equally tense and unsettling, perhaps providing subtle commentary about how every encounter, no matter how trivial or meaningless, with the border patrol is in some way. Clark released the movie independently as a streaming rental through his website, with no intention of ever releasing it to theaters or home video. Its dreamy tone is sometimes entrancing, sometimes boring. Its honest depiction of teenagers and the degradation of values is something scarcely brought up but brilliantly handled overall, making for an exceptional debut film.
Were Ken Park did had a good story here it hasn't. It turns out that the title is taken from the very real town in which the film is set, Marfa, Texas. He is beginning to become sexually curious, hoping to get lucky with his sixteen-year-old girlfriend Inez Mercedes Maxwell , who he trusts completely, but also being tempted with sex from numerous other people, including his twentysomething neighbor. The film is named after its setting because Marfa is a character onto itself. I do not believe I have seen a single one, so I was a bit surprised Mr.
How this affects race relations, especially with Hispanic people, was also a great possibility. It shocked the world back then but it put his name on the map. Always the theme in his flicks are youth skating around and bore themselves a lot. An early moment, when Adam's mom talks with a friend about loosing pets and reincarnation, really impressed me. It often feels like you're watching someone being interviewed for a documentary, especially when that someone doesn't really want to be there. I have not known any of Larry Clark's filmography. She's friends with a twenty-something artist, the titular Marfa Girl, a young lady who believes in free love and equality of genders.
James actually gives a fantastic performance, making Tom an ugly creep but also, oddly easy to watch. All such visible stirrings are this time kept firmly within the lad's boxer shorts. As a writer, I can respect that immensely. Give us something better than the sequels and focus grouped rubbish which commercial filmmaking has become and we'll pay for it. The resolution puts a nice emotional bow on the story. It is a world with brutal quasi-police forces who prey upon the public.
For most of the film, he comes off as a thinly developed villain. After that much of a break, you'd expect a filmmaker to come back with something new, engaged with different subjects. He is known to use non-actors in his flick. The whole movie sets up this conflict between Adam and Tom. He is not limited by any means, is his own boss, and still possesses the freedom to make the movies he wants to make. Fifteen year old Adam, about to turn sixteen, is the protagonist. Frankly, his admittance of getting turned on by violence is awkwardly presented and Clark falling back on shock value and boners.
I really loved those seemingly effortless dives into complexities, coming from faces of Dazed and Confused magazine covers. But that's not their job to make me like them. The local policeman is a psycho maniac who gets turned on by pain whilst Adam's mother searches for cosmic vibes with pet birds and sound mediums. Anyway back to Marfa Girl: it's the same unlikeable group of teenagers smoking up and screwing as we've seen in other Clark movies. All things considered, it's what I would expect from the director at this point in his career.
Frequent scenes involve some sort of skateboarding, gathering, or languorously wandering the streets of Marfa. You might have wondered from where the film's title is derived. Much of what is said, is supposed to shock though and if you are not bigotted, it may just seem obvious. It's a film about ideas and loyalties. Larry Clark is both wise and brave to choose exclusively online digital distribution with no cut to iTunes or any other of the conglomerates. His last feature Wassup Rockers, however, felt nothing as much as a watered-down depiction of what Clark does best, which is handle the aforementioned themes. I didn't care for what happens to her in the last act though.
His character Tom is an unpredictable one, with an early scene with him taking place at a restaurant where he remarks to a waitress about how her feet wouldn't hurt if she didn't have such gigantic breasts. Clark continues to do intimate conversation well. A movie set in a small Texas town, near the border with Mexico. Larry Clark asked his assistant when he was on set to start film this, and seemingly they never found it and had to make up something on the spot. Yeah, the movie is set in Marfa, Texas. After our mind blowing experiences with Bully and Ken Park I was expecting something much better than Marfa Girl could deliver.