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Old 01-05-2008, 04:18 PM   #796
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Glad you loved it NSW. Easily the best film of the year.
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Definitely the best film I saw all year, though, admittedly, I missed some good ones this Fall/Winter.

I wish I understood a guy like Daniel Day Lewis. That sort of dedication to his craft unnerves me, but in a good way. To so totally inhabit a character to the point where it's no longer an actor but a fully realized alternate persona.....that's just powerful.
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It's almost like a controlled insanity. I wonder what the guy's like in real life.
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Troy
4/10
I just got to watching this.
After seeing 300, Troy was a joke.
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Old 01-05-2008, 05:53 PM   #800
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There Will Be Blood.

Here's my rating:



10 drools.

My lame review:

I do not know what film I've seen that I can compare it to. Citizen Kane, maybe? Not for technical aspects, but just for the character study. Someone like Laz will likely think of a better comparison, with his greater depth of film knowledge.

Glad the love fest continues. Unfortunately you guys are going to have to wait a couple weeks for me to see it and catch up.

As for other comparisons, what about Giant? A long, non-epic set against the oil industry that is much more about the characters than the world around them. Also, and I don't know too many specifics about the ending of TWBB aside from the milkshake line, if you've seen it you'll recall the ending of Giant takes place in a diner (a confined, urban location which is a contrast to the rest of the film's wide open spaces) and features kind of a postscript dust-up between two of the main characters. Seems like the bowling alley coda would be a nod to that, unless it was in Sinclair's novel (which I doubt, as PTA changed a lot apparently).
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Dan In Real Life - 3/10

Too cutesy, Steve Carrell is great and I had no issues with him, but Dane Cook makes me want to pop my eyeballs out with q-tips covered in salt even when he's not being himself. Juliette Binoche seemed out of place in it, as well.
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Hatchet- 7/10. A funny & entertaining gore-fest.
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I love Gary Paulson.
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His name is ROBERT Paulson.

His name is Robert Paulson.

His name is Robert Paulson.
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The Newton Boys (Linklater, 1998)

This film has a bit in common with the Coen Bros. 1994 film The Hudsucker Proxy--both were considered the first failures in promising independent film careers, both critically and financially. Both films are also period pieces with the biggest budgets the filmmakers had worked with to date. And most importantly, they are both very underrated films, especially respective to the careers of the artists.

What's interesting about The Newton Boys is that it's really the only "big" film in Linklater's career. Even works like Before Sunrise/Before Sunset, which take place in Europe, are very modestly scaled. Perhaps it's this tendency to work in a more intimate fashion that gives The Newton Boys much of its authenticity, and its homey feel.

The story is about the most successful bank robbers in the history of the country, rumored to have knocked over somewhere between 40 and 80 banks across the U.S. (and Canada), culminating in a train robbery of 3 million dollars that proved to be their undoing.

Linklater may have appeared to many critics upon the film's release to be out of his league, but you'd never notice watching it today. He handles the bigger scale effortlessly, and his 'scope shots and pacing seem a step above his normal relaxed and non-descript style. This is a director who is capable of action, suspense, you name it, and it's a shame he hasn't been given (or chosen to take on) another larger project since. Of course this made way for the experiments into animation with Waking Life and A Scanner Darkly, which I wouldn't trade for the world.

Even if this proves to be a small detour in his filmography, it's a very worthy one. This isn't something stunning on the level of The Assassination of Jesse James, or necessarily as entertaining as Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid, but if you're a fan of the director or interested in the story it's well worth checking out.

Matthew McConaughey is pretty captivating in this, before he became synonymous with awful films. The twinkle in his eye isn't followed by the greasy sleaze you'd see nowadays. Probably his best work along with A Time to Kill. Ethan Hawke is a pleasure to watch as well, a complete opposite of the dour, moody roles we normally see him in.
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Well, I just found out TWBB comes out in Austin on the 18th, so I'll see it around then.

What really sucks is I could have seen it back in September at Fantastic Fest. Oh well, though.

I also missed Juno in November at the Austin Film Festival. I really need to get on top of this shit.
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Gone baby gone 7/10

Some actors are just better behind the camera (Gibson, Eastwood) and it seems Ben Affleck is on the right path with this movie too. Good acting (especially Affleck's younger brother and his girlfriend), backed up with legends like Freeman and Harris. Big twist and an ending that stays with you.
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In a lesser year, this would have definitely made my Top 10. Luckily Amy Ryan is certain to get a nomination and should give the film a little more publicity. Casey Affleck was better here than in James/Ford, in my opinion. Certainly more natural.

Also, loved the 'do and facial hair on Ed Harris.
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He looked like Dennis Hopper.
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Good call.
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