Jun. 8th, 2011

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There was nothing on TV tonight so I decided to plug in a movie I haven't watched in years, Road to Perdition.

Road to Perdition is the sort of movie whose plot really does not withstand much scrutiny but my God, is it a feast for the senses. Set in the 1930s, it captures the texture of that era so perfectly that you feel as if you're there -- you can smell it and touch it and taste it.

I first saw this movie right around the time I became a Supernatural fan, and so much about this story of a father and son on the run from gangsters tied into the things I loved about SPN. This movie had a big influence on two of my fics, Lazarus Came Forth and Deguello; actually, there's a little bit of this in the All Saints series too.

I usually prefer substance over style, but when the style is this good I'm a lot more forgiving. There's so much about the look and feel of this movie that I wanted to see in SPN -- if I were showrunner, this is probably one of the movies that I would make the writers watch before they started writing the new season.

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