As death continues it’s relentless march through the gifted and talented of TV and film, My Favourite… celebrates those we have lost by taking a look at a slice of their best work. Well sometimes best, sometimes just the one I like the most.
This time out: My Favourite…. Michael Parks (1940-2017) Film
Red State (1979)
Kevin Smith’s Red State is set in Middle America where a group of teens receive an online invitation for sex, though they soon encounter fundamentalists with a much more sinister agenda.
Now this is an odd one because, actually I’m not the greatest Red State fan. BUT for whilst the film overall falters in the third act, the performance by Michael Park’s is nothing short of amazing. Yes others such as Tarantino reignited interest for the once blacklisted actor, but Smith’s Red State gave Parks a role he could chew on and chew on it he did. With relish. Sinister, cold and dark his central monologue is chilling.
Yes there are better films with Park’s in them but Red State stands as one of his great performances, in a career of great performances.
See also: From Dusk Till Dawn, Argo