AMERICANA (2016)

THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?

​​THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

We hit #50 with 2016's Americana, just released on DVD and if more films were like this, I would never be counting down to 225 films in a year. Americana is a tough slog, although the idea is decent. Alcoholic film editor Avery (David Call) is trying to stop drinking and get his life on track - film prodicer Calib (Jack Davenport) has dried him out and given him a film stalled in post starring his sister Kate (Kelli Garner, luminous in her short screen time) to edit and res...ume his career. But a terrible thing happens - his sister is murdered before his very eyes by someone who seems to be getting revenge from a tragic incident years earlier. But is that what's really going on? Or is the motive for her death really a cover for a desire to make the film a sure-fire hit? Hollywood thinks the film will now be a smash with Kate's death. Avery has to figure this out while staying sober. And we have to figure this out while staying awake. Americana is slow, with beautiful cinematography, but dreary with unlikable characters throughout the film. I liked the idea of a throwback to the San Francisco thrillers of the 70s but if those 70s films were anything like Americana, no one would be remembering them fondly. And I am a huge fan of The Conversation (one of those fondly remembered films), There are some striking camera shots that are strongly reminiscent of Hitchcock's Vertigo, but there just isn't enough between those shots to make Americana a memorable experience. One of the slowest films I've ever seen - I don't mind deliberate pacing but the film has to GO somewhere. Had potential but ultimately disappointing.

TLA one-word review: dismal