the film snob

A cyberspace journal about my experiences as an NYU film school grad student, reviews of current and classic films, film and TV news, and the rants and raves of an admitted (and unapologetic) film snob.

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Saturday, September 23, 2006

Dogfight













Not every movie we film students watch is pretentious, foreign or old.

Take this unknown, independent gem from 1991: Dogfight.

Dogfight stars the late River Phoenix as Eddie Birdlace, a cocksure Marine on a night's liberty before shipping off to a little place no one's ever heard of--Vietnam. He and his buddies have a game they play in each town in which they find themselves. The guys have to pick up the least attractive women possible and bring them to a party where the guy with the ugliest date wins a pot of cash.

River picks Rose (the always-enchanting Lili Taylor), a shy, pacifist waitress. The only thing Eddie didn't plan on was falling in love with the one woman capable of taking a punk-ass kid and turning him into a man.

Utterly charming.

4 Comments:

Blogger Justin said...

I recommend Flirting n your NetFlicks for another charming film.

5:11 PM  
Anonymous nate said...

So...many...movies...to see.


Oh, and look over there...Books!

9:38 AM  
Blogger gabster said...

I always love your movie reviews and almost always agree with you...but not in this case!!! A friend of mine told me about this movie, and after watching it I said..."WHAT?? That's IT? Totally didn't like it at all! Sorry.

7:34 PM  
Blogger Brandon Fibbs said...

Sister? What sister? I have no sister. Patooy!

8:36 PM  

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