J. K. Simmons deserved to win and if he’d been nominated for Best Actor (he’s really a co-lead), he might have still won. Terrence Fletcher was the best performance of the year and will be one of the most talked about and analyzed performances for some time.
Alpha 60, Professor von Braun’s hyper-intelligent computer, took over the city, creating a cold, rational paradise where weeping for a deceased loved one is a capital offense and emotional words are outlawed.
Secret agent Lemmy Caution (Eddie Constantine) arrives in “Alphaville” on a mission to find missing agent Henry Dickson, kill Professor von Braun, and destroy the computer.
Despite originating in a series of novels by British novelist, Peter Cheyney, Caution is clearly modeled on Humphrey Bogart’s interpretation of Sam Spade and would be at home in a Marlowe novel or a Hawks noir.
Godard’s meshing of two disparate genres, film noir and dystopian fiction, laid the groundwork for more recent work like Blade Runner (1982), and Terminator (1984). His film is effective and haunting, but his tendency towards inscrutability dampens the enjoyment of this film.
Leonard was viciously attacked and now suffers from anterograde amnesia. Deprived of the ability to make new memories, every day he has to start over while the world around him changes. He can’t develop new relationships, he can’t get a job; the only thing he can do is obsess and despair over his unfortunate predicament.
Varda’s follow-up to her seminal film is too self-aggrandizing. Instead of revisiting the people or places she met in the first movie, she reads congratulatory postcards from viewers. This pretentious film almost cheapens the power of the original.
Renato owns a nightclub featuring his longtime lover, and accomplished drag performer, Albin. This creates complications when Laurent, Renato’s son from a previous relationship, brings his fiancée and her conservative parents home.
After watching Robin Williams and Nathan Lane enthusiastically two-step their way through an energetic love affair alongside the perfectly cast Gene Hackman in the American remake, this was a major disappointment.