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My Favourite… Michael Parks Film

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



About Phil Hobden

Phil Hobden
Phil Hobden is the former Film Editor & Writer for renowned martial arts focused COMBAT MAGAZINE in the UK. He is also a filmmaker in his own right, having produced two cult Independent action films in LEFT FOR DEAD and TEN DEAD MEN. He was the host for the Filmsploitation podcast for 4 years and now writes and edits for his own site Phil's Quick Capsule Review...

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