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Old 12-27-2007, 04:40 PM   #631
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No Country for Old Men.

I didn't like it nearly as much as everyone else. The acting was great and all, but I got kinda bored and fidgety. Maybe I'm just seeing too many movies during my break.

However, I was interested in seeing it because it was filmed here in New Mexico and around Marfa, Texas, two places I know so well. In fact the first guy that got pulled out of the car and shot ("Man in Ford") is someone I recognized from Marfa.

And I had seen Tommy Lee Jones in Whole Foods and Javier Bardem (wearing a Bruce Springsteen t-shirt) in Starbucks with that hilarious haircut while they were filming here. At the time I could not imagine what he was doing that would require that hairdo. And I still don't know.

Many great things to say about it from a film-making standpoint. Maybe just wasn't my thing.
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No Country for Old Men.

Many great things to say about it from a film-making standpoint. Maybe just wasn't my thing.
I actually feel exactly the same way as you.

One question for you since you're from that area - did motels back in 1980 have central A/C built in like that? I found it weird because anytime I'd go down to the south of the US and stayed overnight in a motel, I remember those clunker A/C units, almost always under the window. The whole duct thing struck me as strange.
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the tracking shot is impressive
they introduce a couple of characters with the miscast lead (he was really good in Last king of Scotland) but never works in this film

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I did enjoy Vanessa Redgrave, she is a living legend
and her screen time is a joy to watch
Really? I didn't read the book so I can't comment on the casting choice but I thought McElvoy was the best thing about Atonement. Maybe it's just because I find him to be incredibly hot. But I thought he was really great.

Vanessa Redgrave was the other great thing.

And I liked the war segment.

Kiera Knightly annoys me but less in this movie than other things.

All in all, I guess it was what I expected it to be--a big, entertaining but quickly forgettable Hollywood film.
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I actually feel exactly the same way as you.

One question for you since you're from that area - did motels back in 1980 have central A/C built in like that? I found it weird because anytime I'd go down to the south of the US and stayed overnight in a motel, I remember those clunker A/C units, almost always under the window. The whole duct thing struck me as strange.
I'm actually not from this area but have lived here for 10 years. I bet most cheap motels in the Southwest still have the clunkers under the windows since I've stayed in many medium range motels in recent years that still have the clunkers. Good eye, anitram.
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Juno (dir. Jason Reitman)

MEH. This has got to be the most overrated film of the year. It's not bad, but I can't believe all the accolades stripper-turned-writer Diablo Cody is getting for her screenplay. The characters speak these witticisms that are so forced and unnatural (unless you know 16 year-olds that say shit like "Honest to blog?"), it makes Gilmore Girls look like a documentary.

Luckily, the lines are delivered by some very good actors, most notably Ellen Page in the title role. The only reason this film works at all, and still manages to be moderately moving, is because of Page and her castmates, as well as Jason Reitman's ability to pull some truth out of the flimsy screenplay. When Cody tones it down, there are some great human moments, but it took me a while to stop rolling my eyes at the whole thing.

The other thing that bothered me is the oh-so-precious indie rock soundtrack that made me want to gag. It's funny because two of the main characters talk about their love for music and different bands, but it's all classic rock or old school alternative, none of the lightweight crap that keeps getting played over the images.

This isn't half as funny or intelligent as Knocked Up, or as cathartic and looney as Little Miss Sunshine, or as artistically imagined and seminal as Ghost World.

Please, gods of cinema, do not let Diablo Cody win an Oscar for this over-inflated trifle. Give it to Ellen Page instead.
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The other thing that bothered me is the oh-so-precious indie rock soundtrack that made me want to gag.
YES. God, yes.
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My friend is really excited to see Juno, so I'll be seeing it with him as soon as it comes out around here, but my expectations are only moderate.

I'm much more looking forward to The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, The Savages, Persepolis, and Youth Without Youth, but hopefully I'll get to see them all before too long.
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The Last Legion

Damn you Ben Kingsley and Colin Firth. A plague on both of your houses.
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My friend is really excited to see Juno, so I'll be seeing it with him as soon as it comes out around here, but my expectations are only moderate.

I'm much more looking forward to The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, The Savages, Persepolis, and Youth Without Youth, but hopefully I'll get to see them all before too long.

I'm going to try to see Persepolis before I leave town, as I'm not convinced that it will ever make it to Central Florida (not that Youth Without Youth or Diving Bell will).
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I'm going to try to see Persepolis before I leave town, as I'm not convinced that it will ever make it to Central Florida (not that Youth Without Youth or Diving Bell will).
Cool indie theater in Winter Park:

http://enzian.org/

They're showing Blade Runner right now and Persepolis in February I believe.

I saw Juno today and really enjoyed it, but the indietastic soundtrack got to me a bit. The one track during the delivery scene/montage was great, but the rest was the oh-so-cute stuff you guys said earlier. My friends enjoyed it, too, so that was good.
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Eyes Wide Shut - 10/10

After first viewing, at least my second favorite Kubrick. I'm really not too sure what to say exactly about the film's thematic or narrative content, because I'm still sorting it all out and I'm sure it will require a second viewing before I get anything close to a firm grasp. First and foremost I'll have to sort out exactly what I make of the dreamscape of the film, and how much I interpret as reality and how much as fantasy.

Much of this is due to the astronomically dazzling technical and artistic design of the film. The production design is immaculate, the costuming was exquisite, and the lighting and cinematography were up to and often exceeding the high standard Kubrick had previously set for the medium. The lighting is very much in marriage with what I absorbed from the themes, motifs, and specific characters of the film. And combined with some of the finest camera work, especially some of the most expressive and dazzling steadicam work I've ever seen, Eyes Wide Shut firmly plants itself among the most stunningly gorgeous films I've had the pleasure of watching.

Aside from that, Tom Cruise is ever-enjoyable to watch, and Nicole Kidman was surprisingly fantastic here. The supporting cast is completely fascinating and keeps pace with the leads. The soundtrack and score matches the level of inspiration and impression all his past works have achieved.

Honestly, I can't think of a single thing I didn't love about this thing, though I'm hardly certain as to much of the intent behind some of the artistic decisions, specifically the narrative.

Beautiful. Just beautiful.
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Well done, Lance. Kidman should have been at least nominated for an Oscar for those two captivating monologues, and that's just for starters.

I don't know who was responsible for the photography here (the only official credit that comes close is "Lighting Cameraman" Larry Smith), maybe it was Kubrick, but it was breathtaking.

This is one that people will be studying and appreciating for many years to come, despite the original lukewarm reception. But hey, at least Martin Scorsese thinks it's one of the Top 3 films of the 1990's.

So many things and layers going on here it takes many viewings to scratch the surface. One theory I heard is that each woman Cruise comes into contact with during his extended fantasy (if you've viewing it that way) is a representation of one aspect of his wife. Something to consider next time you watch it.

You forgot to mention the brilliant final line of the film.
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Currently, I'm leaning towards the majority of the film being more of a fantasy (though who knows what I'll feel tomorrow let alone after another viewing). Specifically because of the rainbow motif, introduced by the line from the two models during the party (Bill arrives "at the end of the rainbow" just before he's asked to go up and help Victor with the hooker), visited again most blatantly with the costume shop, and carried out by the lighting throughout the film and the trail of colored Christmas lights that Bill follows throughout his journey.


And that really is a stunning final line, although it's impact has probably been a bit lessened on me having just seen TWBB last night, a film which elevates the art of killer final lines to an entirely new level, the likes of which I wouldn't dare spoil for you.

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