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Old 02-15-2003, 05:12 PM   #1
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I saw true art last night, and it was named "25th Hour"

Amazing.
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Anybody seen it?
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No, but I really want to.
So helpful, I am.
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I wanna see it too.
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i want to see it

i should go see that tomorrow or on monday...monday i can go in the afternoon and only pay $3.75 and see it with all the old people who can't hear...

if i went and saw it tonight, i might run into my sister at the mall, and i DON'T want that to happen
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Who's in that? I think one of my roommates saw it when I went home a month or so ago.
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Edward Norton, and the chief from Super Troopers.
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I saw it a few weeks back, and I was disappointed.

I think Spike Lee (and I've been a fan) is on his last breath with this film.

This is probably his first film with non-ethnic principals and very little real racial thematic element, and I feel he blew it.

The rant in the washroom was way over the top and really didn't contribute anything to the movie.

I also felt that showing the excessive shots during the intro of the WTC-less NY skyline and then the subsequent completely irrelevant shots of Ground Zero crews sifting thru ash for the remains of survivors (complete with cheesy ultra dramatic music) was gratuitous and uncalled for, bordering on disrespect.

Also, I felt the movie dragged on way too long.

Therefore while the movie could have been Oscar material had it left out these glaring problems, it gets my thumbs down.

Good story though, and overall Ed Norton is amazing. Too bad Lee had to screw it up.

He may not survive this one.
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I saw it and thought it was excellent. I would reccomend it.


Gabriel,

I hear what youíre saying. Spike canít win. Either his films are too black or not black enough..

The police were black. And the criminals were white. I liked the reverse type casting.

I liked the whole film. Donít forget Seymore-Plillip.

Isnít Spike from NYC? The father in the film was a fireman so the WTC shots seemed ok to me.
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my friend's roommate was telling me about this movie tonight. he loved it!
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i read an article in the newspaper about a month ago that was discussing the movie in terms of it staring NYC, and using examples from 25th hour and GONY to draw conclusions about why NYC should get an oscar for best actor...or something like that...

i'll see if i can find the article...anyone from boston in here that might have seen this article? it was in the globe...
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Gabriel,

I hear what youíre saying. Spike canít win. Either his films are too black or not black enough..

The police were black. And the criminals were white. I liked the reverse type casting.

I liked the whole film. Donít forget Seymore-Plillip.

Isnít Spike from NYC? The father in the film was a fireman so the WTC shots seemed ok to me.
Interesting Deep, and now that you've pointed that out I tend to agree with you.

Seymore-Philip would be the teacher? Good role, admittedly.

The reverse type casting was kinda cool.

I admit I found it hard to look at those images, especially of the close up of the sifting work. Sometimes raw imagery is necesssary tho so I suppose it had its place.

Guess what really set me off was the rant. It seemed out of place and unnecessary. Really what I meant was that Spike couldve really made a real statement by having made a movie that deliberately DIDNT feature any overt racial tones (the reverse type casting would still be there, but more implied and hence far more classy). The rant just seemed like a "Spike Lee" moment, where none was necessary or even fitting.

All in all tho it was a good movie, I just think it was directed poorly. A director dices and cuts, and the rant scene to me was a definate candidate.

AND, a good movie elicits good conversation and different takes, so I guess that makes it a 'good movie' candidate.

Ok...the end....well I guess we can't talk about the end until everyone ELSE sees it!!
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Gabriel,

I appreciate your take on the rant scene. I am not sure what I think about it.

I see 30-40 movies a year. I live in a market where there are many different films offered. I do my research before I go. I am less demanding than most.

One reason I think people should see this film is the popular misconception that doing time is a cakewalk.
I donít believe it is the country club life that phony politicians say it is to get the masses riled up.

This film never suggests that criminals should not be locked up. There was not one scene in prison. But it conveyed the reality well.

Thank you for taking time to think about what I wrote. I recommend the film.
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I also liked the reverse type casting. And I thought the opening shots (post 9/11 visuals) were incredibly tasteful. I haven't been back to NYC since 9/11 (I used to live there) but my friends say you can't escape it, it's just there, it's a different NYC. I don't see any way a Spike Lee film could ignore it. It would have been weird not to have it there.

I'm still not sure what I think about the bathroom rant either. It kind of bugged me.

But mostly I am still carrying a grudge against Spike because he snubbed me on the street in midtown years ago. I flashed him a sweet smile and he just glared at me like "get outta my way stoopid white girl." Or that's where I went with it anyway.


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Oh, and Philip Seymour-Hoffman!!
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