Have posted before, could easily post again, but damn.
Damn, she almost shot the “Stupid Hoe” moon with this magnificent thing
Paul W.S. Anderson as interviewed in “The Other Paul Anderson: The Psychotic Action Vision of ‘Pompeii’ Director Paul W.S. Anderson" by Matt Patches for Grantland, 2014. (via aintgotnoladytronblues)
"I’m a great supporter of transcendental meditation."
Cold Harvest (1999)
The Florentine Method.
What’s great about Isaac Florentine is the absurdly dense accretion of action filmmaking techniques he’s built up over his career. Even in an early work like this, creativity is bursting at the seams. Precise angles for capturing specific fight moves, respectful wides for broader strokes, many zany and nifty povs (you get bullet-cam, fist-cam, foot-cam, and even pitchfork-cam in this film). He’s clearly someone who has carefully observed the processes of the genre’s best: Woo, McTiernan, Kar-Leung, Hark, Chan, Sammo, etc.
In a way, this “massive toolbox” approach makes him something of a descendent of McT, but his films are less meaty and more in love with physical prowess. Woo (and, embarrassingly/goofily, Leone) are the obvious touchstones in this film, and in some ways I believe Florentine has surpassed Woo. He’s never made a film nearly as great as Woo’s best, but his filmmaking reflects a multitude of possible approaches to an action sequence, whereas with Woo I believe there to (mostly) be one ideal, with subtle variations. This is not to denigrate Woo; he created a brilliant approach, and refined it over the course of several excellent films.
I guess where he differs from the aforementioned greats is in wis willingness to be resolutely minor; every one of them is working on a grander scheme within their work. For Florentine, it comes down to the craft. It’s all pretty simple, at least in terms of theme and plot. The complexity lies in the array of interlocking moments, rhymes, mappings of movements. Cold Harvest is fairly crude Florentine, but films like Ninja (2009), Undisputed III (2010), and Ninja: Shadow of a Tear (2013) clearly display a talent nearly unmatched in action cinema these days.
Foot-cam in Isaac Florentine’s Cold Harvest (1999)