Song of the Day #3,574: ‘The Pure and the Damned’ – Oneohtrix Point Never feat. Iggy Pop

I’m a sucker for a good crime film, and Josh and Ben Safdie’s Good Time is one of the best I’ve seen in years.

Starring a phenomenal Robert Pattinson as a desperate bank robber, and co-director Ben Safdie as the mentally disabled brother he’s trying to protect, Good Time is both an adrenaline rush and a surprisingly nuanced character study.

Pattinson disappears into his role as volatile crook Connie — we’re a long way from Twilight. It’s hard to make you root for a guy this morally compromised, but he pulls it off.

Benny Safdie, in his first substantial role, avoids the pitfalls inherent in playing a developmentally disabled character.

I was surprised at how invested I was in the fates of these unlikely protagonists. Good Time is tense, exciting, heartbreaking and ultimately hopeful.

[Verse 1]
Love, make me clean
Love, touch me, cure me

[Chorus 1]
The pure always act from love
The damned always act from love

[Spoken Interlude 1]
Every day I think about untwisting and untangling these strings I’m in
And to lead a pure life
I look ahead at a clear sky
Ain’t gonna get there
But it’s a nice dream, it’s a nice dream

[Verse 2]
Death, make me brave
Death, leave me swinging

[Chorus 2]
The pure always act from love
The damned always act from love
The truth is an act of love

[Instrumental Bridge]

[Spoken Interlude 2]
Some day, I swear, we’re gonna go to a place where we can do everything we want to
And we can pet the crocodiles

[Chorus 3]
Love
The pure always act from love
The damned always act from love
That’s love
The pure always act from love
That’s love
The pure and the damned
The pure and the damned
Love
The damned

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2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,574: ‘The Pure and the Damned’ – Oneohtrix Point Never feat. Iggy Pop

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I hadn’t heard of this film, but I’ll take your word for it that it’s a good one.

  2. Peg Clifton says:

    I remember seeing this trailer and being turned off by the chaos and loud music but maybe we should catch it on tv based on your review

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