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Old 10-09-2007, 08:00 PM   #706
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The cat ate his bird. That comes under the Act of God clause
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Abre los Ojos a.k.a. Open Your Eyes (Alejandro Amenabar, 1997)

Just watched this again after not having seen it in a very long time. For those who aren't familiar with the title, this is the film that Vanilla Sky was a (mostly inferior) remake of.

I was lucky enough to have seen this not too long after it originally came out, even before Cameron Crowe's retelling was even announced. I don't think I've seen it since Vanilla Sky's release, and it was nice to revisit it again. It held up very well. Vanilla Sky was a very faithful adaptation in terms of story, and all Cameron Crowe really did was add a really cool soundtrack, a lot of unnecessary pop culture signifiers, and a denoument that was a bit clunkier than the original's. They also made Tom Cruise's character even more of a prick than he is in Open Your Eyes, which probably wasn't necessary either, considering how many in the audience resent him anyway.

It was nice to see Penelope Cruz here again, and not just because she takes her top off (although I must add that this element couldn't be overpraised), but for how fresh she seemed, before being swallowed up by the Hollywood machine, and eventually Mr. Cruise himself. Of course she has since redeemed herself with a (in my opinion) Oscar-deserving performance in Volver, but this is the first time I ever saw her and I was instantly in love. It's not hard to identify with the main character.

The story is just the type of thing that I love. A hint of science fiction in the service of something much deeper, whether it's contemplating the nature of reality, identity, memory, whatever. I'd put it on a list of films alongside Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, A Scanner Darkly, Blade Runner, eXistenZ, 12 Monkeys, The Science of Sleep, and some others that escape me at the moment. There's a certain level of melancholia that accompanies these films, because often the characters come to the realization that the past is something that always seems to slip through our fingers if we attempt to hold it too tightly. And even if this film doesn't explore relationships in the way that Eternal Sunshine does, there's something that one can identify with that makes the final scene very bittersweet.

Amenabar went on to make a tremendously effective horror/suspense film with the future Mrs. (or future ex-Mrs.) Cruise, The Others, and then most recently The Sea Inside, a powerful film about euthanasia. I look forward to his next work, but I have no idea what he's currently working on, if anything.
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Old 10-10-2007, 01:02 AM   #708
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I just realized I meant to post this in Review The Movie You Just Watched.

Not that it really matters. Same bunch of jokers reading both threads, right?
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Well, more jokers in the proper thread than this one, but, everyone in here, I think, posts in there.
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I aint no Joker. More like Two-Face.
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Speaking of Two Faces:



Ahh, this is never gonna get old.
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Ahh, this is never gonna get old.
While Lance is out listening to Radiohead, he's been pwned twice in 2 different film, I mean, movie, threads.
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Eric Bana set to play villain in Abram's Star Trek!!!

http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/star.../news/1678690/

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Eric Bana set to play villain in Abram's Star Trek!!!

http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/star.../news/1678690/

That's good news. I Abrams re-energizes the franchise.
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Eric Bana set to play villain in Abram's Star Trek!!!

http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/star.../news/1678690/

And he's Romulan.

In other news, the trailer for Jumper is pretty badass:

http://www.jumperthemovie.com/

I don't think Hayden Christensen will be terrible either, call me crazy.
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Hey, better Hayden than Josh Hartnett or Chris Evans, right?

Plus, Rachel Bilson is teh hot, so you're not going to have to drag me to this one.

They actually got permission to film in the ruins of the Coliseum in Rome, which is pretty damned cool.
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Rachel Bilson doesn't get enough credit for her hotness and adequate acting.

Chris Evans is actually pretty good in Sunshine... nothing at all like The Human Torch in the god-awful Fantastic Four movies.
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Chris Evans is actually pretty good in Sunshine... nothing at all like The Human Torch in the god-awful Fantastic Four movies.
FLAME UP!!! lol, he's a flamer
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You should reiterate the spoiler warning that's on You Tube, NSW. If you haven't seen Once Upon a Time in the West, you probably don't want to click on that link as it HEAVILY spoils the end of the film.

As it's one of my all-time favorites, I'd hate to see it ruined for anyone.
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