The Straight Story is a glorious aberration. At a time when movies tend to dazzle with speed and style, it rolls along at a snail's pace, allowing us plenty of time to observe the changing sky and the flora in the roadside ditches.
Badlands is about two teenagers on a cross-country murder spree. Yet it's terribly funny. As a comedy of middle-American blandness mutating into indifferent homicide, it's no less satirical than Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove.
By all rights, Dominic Cooper’s performance in last year’s The Devil’s Double should have turned this journeyman Brit actor into a major star. That it didn’t just proves once again the injustices of a life in Hollywood.