Wednesday, June 01, 2005
A practical ethical dilemma
1 I can't decide whether Bullitt is a good movie. I mean, I know it's cool and if I were the sort of person who wanted a car I'd want Steve McQueen's Mustang, but I don't know how to evaluate the film as, you know, art. The whole last half hour seems tacked on to me, as if the filmmakers finished up with the first set of crooks without managing to work in the big airport shoot out scene that they'd budgeted for, and I had a whole lot of trouble caring. On the other hand, right near the beginning of the final sequence of scenes Cathy, Jaqueline Bisset's character, confronts McQueen's Frank Bullitt saying that she doesn't think she really knows him because nothing ever touches him and how can you really know someone who's never touched by anything, so maybe the idea is to create some kind of empathy by alienating the viewer from the film in a way analagous to Bullitt's alienation from his own life. Also, as bad as the last half hour was, at least it didn't feature Denzell Washington chasing John Lithgow around an oversized jungle gym.
2 Which could have been worth up to $92 million dollars had we settled up promptly, and which may now be worth as much as $106 million.
3 While I clearly remembered Ralph Furley as distinctly Don Knotts-ish in appearance, Norman Fell is more of a William Demarest type.