Quick-Thought: Robert Altman’s McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971)

Smart choice, movie for making your musical head of choice Leonard Cohen. 

Pretty much a perfectly acted, perfect looking Peter Bruegel the Elder painting with its wintery and chattery reminisce of community, there’s not a damn second in this movie where I’m not convinced that we’re peeping into a real small town in development that’s just barely perished by its melancholic and doomed conditions. Inevitable corporate force seems to suppress our outside collaboration as it attempts to unevenly buy out the partnerships we’ve molded in equity; the excessive greed of others frightens us for what’s left to ever come through our gates, whether supposedly helpful or demeaning. As large corporations hunt down our leaders though, we’ll be rebuilding our places of hope while it’s happening, just one step ahead and just merely keeping up to survive with the small fragments of optimism we still have to cherish. Never underestimate a brothel too, huh? 

Verdict: A-

“McCabe & Mrs. Miller” is now available to stream on The Criterion Channel.

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