‘Point Blank’ on TCM

It’s certainly been a while since I last posted a heads-up re: TCM, but now’s as good a time as any: Tomorrow afternoon at 5:00PM (central time) TCM will be showing John Boorman’s 1967 scattershot revenge classic Point Blank, starring a comically stoic Lee Marvin and an unstable, oversexed Angie Dickinson.


Point Blank is a bag full of shattered mirrors that admirably attempts to engineer its desired moods and tones using distinctly cinematic means. It flaunts the flimsiest of narratives and a gang of actors who seem to be trying either way too hard or not at all; and yet, the film’s constituent 90 minutes pass you by like the shadow of a low-flying airplane. Point Blank is also a crucial stylistic point of reference for one of 2009’s greatest cinematic achievements, Jim Jarmusch’s The Limits of Control. If any of this sounds like it might be up your alley, tune into TCM at 5:00PM tomorrow afternoon. I suspect that you’ll find this one to be a winner.


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