Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Seraphim Falls (2006)

Michael and Pax watch Liam Neeson hunt Pierce Brosnan in David Von Ancken's thriller (and probably parable) co-starring Michael Wincott and featuring cameos by Anjelica Huston, Wes Studi, Jimmi Simpson, and Xander Berkeley.

Also: a podcast recommendation, Wild West magazine, a couple of silent Jesse James films with James' real-life son playing the legendary outlaw, and this excellent primer on Hong Kong cinema.


  1. I came across the film out of the blue on cable a few years ago. Liked the in media res start and the first act since it was good actors with good material and a gorgeous backdrop. Once out of the forest the plot slowed (and sort of had to!) and turned into vignettes without much explanation of what was going on.

    And by the time it moved into the symbolic/surreal bits and the big reveal I sort of did not care anymore and had mentally checked out. So I agree with the point that they may have waited too long in doing the reveal. (Though it's nice to see Wes Studi and Angelica Huston in any case.)

    Came across another western mixing a good set of actors which is in all probability not top-notch due to plot or something. "Night Passage" features James Stewart, Audie Murphy, Dan Duryea, and... the kid from "Shane", though the last has a much smaller part and is a lot less whiny and annoying. And if you did not already know that Jimmy Stewart can play the accordion, you will after viewing this movie.

  2. Night Passage wasn't on my list. Corrected!

    I'm glad to know it wasn't just me checking out during the last part of Seraphim Falls. I'm still eager to rewatch it, but after hearing you and a couple of other folks talk about your experiences with it, I'm at least confident that the filmmakers are partially to blame and not just my being sleepy or whatever.