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Old 03-04-2008, 09:08 PM   #196
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Yeah, the ending was certainly over the top, but it certainly didn't ruin anything for me. There was just enough motivation set up to make it work... but just barely. Still, I enjoyed it quite a bit. 7/10
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Yeah, the ending was certainly over the top, but it certainly didn't ruin anything for me. There was just enough motivation set up to make it work... but just barely. Still, I enjoyed it quite a bit. 7/10
Oh, my original post made it clear that I liked it, too. But, it's been a long time since I saw a film I enjoyed that much with an ending I just could not make myself accept as plausible. Still a lot of fun to watch Crowe and Bale go to work. Peter Fonda was enjoyable, too. Also, I like Alan Tuyk in just about everything, for whatever reason, including his turn as Ann's Father in Arrested Development.
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Oh, my original post made it clear that I liked it, too. But, it's been a long time since I saw a film I enjoyed that much with an ending I just could not make myself accept as plausible. Still a lot of fun to watch Crowe and Bale go to work. Peter Fonda was enjoyable, too. Also, I like Alan Tuyk in just about everything, for whatever reason, including his turn as Ann's Father in Arrested Development.
"Who wants some sparkling apple cider?"

But yeah, like Papa Swayze said, the ending would've been better with more insight into Crowe's character. I can see him respecting Bale and his devotion to his family, going on the train and staying there in the final shot - that works for me, even if you're led to believe he'd escape again anyway. But the horse trailing at the end undermines that moment at the end almost completely.

The rest of the ending I had little problem with, but that's just me.
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No comments on Crimes? This is a MAJOR work.
I always thought the final scene between Woody & Judah had the potential to be Woody's greatest moment, considering the subject matter and the number of times he touched upon moral dilemma and questions of this sort. But I thought it missed that mark for whatever reason, I wish the scene would have been longer, allowing them to discuss the questions further. Or maybe have Sam Waterston join them, his character could have added another viewpoint to it all. But still, it's a great scene. And one of my favorite Woody films.

For whatever reason, I get Woody's character in this film mixed up with his character in Hannah & Her Sister's
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He plays a writer in Hannah, and a director in Crimes, right?

Hannah is funnier and has a better cast, but I think Crimes says something much more profound and against the grain.
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Definitely agree there. Hannah is much more typical Allen. Incredibly dysfunctional family, lies, betrayal & laughs. Woody's date with Dianne Wiest is a riot, as is his recap of that date later in the movie when they're together. And Lloyd Nolan & Maureen O'Sullivan are tremendous, as is Michael Caine. One of my favorite moments is when Max Von Sydow is railing on everything, as usual, and touches upon the holocaust. "The question isn't how did the holocaust ever happen, it's why it doesn't happen more often"

Crimes has some great moments of humor, with Woody of course, searching for something to believe in while thinking he has a brain tumor But it definitely is a more somber tone than Hannah. Getting us to pull for an adulterer, who wrestles with his conscience and comes so close to turning himself in. Thank heaven for Jerry Ohrbach
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Hannah's the one with Woody and the brain tumor.
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See what I mean?
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Both also involve a character consumed by guilt from an affair... with different results. And both actors in each case deliver the best performances of either film: Michael Caine in 'Hannah' and Martin Landau in 'Crimes.'

Oh, and when's your birthday, Laz?

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I can't believe that thing is all sold out. Are there that many people with awful taste?

I'd rather have a rotting corpse on display at my house (actually, if you count a crawlspace as "on display", I do).
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I'd rather have a rotting corpse on display at my house
Not planning to go all Norman Bates on us, are you laz?
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Mother and I are perfectly fine, thank you.

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Aww. Bet you wouldn't hurt a fly.
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http://twitchfilm.net/site/view/japa...d-cliff-stuns/

Check out the new Red Cliff trailer.

Pretty kewll.
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Where the hell is NSW?
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