Monday, September 14, 2015
Forgotten Movies of Greatness: Once Were Warriors
No, buying a house, growing older, deeper antipathy for others did, those are your real killers. Them and OJ Simpson, of course.
Once Were Warriors is an awkwardly titled powerhouse of a movie. It is difficult to watch but so rewarding. It has a "fresh" rating of 94% from Rotten Tomatoes and was named the Best New Zealand Film of All Time by a 2014 poll of New Zealanders (or "Aussies" as they are sometimes known).
Rena Owen and Temuera Morrison are amazing, truly amazing, in this movie. Owen's performance, in particular, was worthy of an Oscar. And, AND, Morrison is fucking Jango Fett. Think about that for a minute, nerd.
Owen is Nee Alavar and if you really are a nerd you know exactly who that is. I, however, do not. But there was a link so now I do (spoiler alert: I don't think there's an action figure).
Depressing as hell, but oh so rewarding.