aku-aku: v.. To move a tall, flat bottomed object (such as a bookshelf) by swiveling it alternatively on its corners in a "walking" fashion. [After the book by Thor Heyerdahl theorising the statues of Easter Island were moved in this fashion.] source: LangMaker.com. Aku Aku also has another meaning to the islanders: a spiritual guide.
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great review: deliverance
Posted by dav at 2002 December 12 04:45 PM
File under: Movies


I stumbled on this great review of Deliverance (1972) directed by John Boorman. It rambles all over the place, touching on Kubrick and 70's vs 80's vs etc films, but delivers (heh) a solid analysis of one of my favorite movies. A sample:


John Boorman is a bit like Stanley Kubrick, but more of a hippy. Kubrick was reclusive and his films often gave the impression that he had a dim view of all of humanity. Boorman, on the other hand, is quite open in interviews (he used to be almost a parody of the over-analytical film student, in that he was the kind of person who would use the words 'linear' and 'ambiguous' without blinking, but is now a lot grumpier), and his films usually had some sympathetic people, quite often those who were 'closest to nature', although his human actors were often archetypes, put there to represent a segment of humanity (most obviously in Zardoz, where everybody was 'The something', i.e. 'The brutals' and 'The apathetics' and 'The immortals' and so on), or indeed humanity itself.

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