What is this expression on Mat’s face? Has he seen something Eevil? Has someone threatened to out him? (But he was neutered years ago.)
No, Mat is doing his impression of Casey Affleck in The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford. True, his eyes are yellow not blue, but he does get the scared/demented look of the Ford character. Besides the crazy blue eyes director Andrew Dominik has found a brilliant use for the Afflecks’ genetic rictus. So Casey is the actor in that family, while Ben (Gone Baby Gone) is the director. Good movie, beautifully shot, well-acted, and the sound editing is such that you can hear someone swallowing in the middle of a conversation. 2007 was the year of the American Frontier movieâ€”Blood, No Country, Yuma, this, Into The Wild, parts of I’m Not There. I suspect Americans miss America and what it stands for. They yearn for the big, open spaces and the freedom and possibility they represent. They’re still there, just wake up.
By the way, there’s an interesting article in the New York Times about how Matthew Santos, the presidential candidate played by Jimmy Smits in The West Wing some years ago, was based on a certain congressman named Barack Obama. The current American presidential race has many stunning parallels with the election on that TV show. Didn’t watch it, but I read that Santos won.
I also saw Jumper. Teleportation as a metaphor for Attention Deficit Disorder.