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Old 04-24-2008, 04:19 PM   #601
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I'm going to have to disagree.


...strongly.
Whaaaaat? Payne's film is great fun while Johnnie To's triad film, while it has some good moments, is just average.
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Old 04-24-2008, 04:48 PM   #603
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Whoa.

I assume you're not talking about Lance's Mom. That shit's drier than an August in Arizona.


YOU BETZLER!
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odd combination... is that for both or separate or what?
lol I saw Election on Showtime and i went out and bought Jackass 2.5.

I've been wanting to see 2.5 for a while and it was ok. Not as funny as part 2 though.
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Walk Hard was absolutely hilarious. It's incredibly silly and doesn't at all take it self seriously, but still manages to do a much-needed riff on the pretentious music biopic genre. If anything, this movie re-affirmed two things for me: John C. Reilly's one of the 5 funniest guys working today and Jenna Fischer is painfully hot.

Definitely check out if you enjoy comedy, but don't get too caught up in the realism of it all.
Hubby and I laughed throughout this...it is nice to just watch silliness every once in awhile..."I've been cut in half real bad".... is one of my favorit lines
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Hubby and I laughed throughout this...it is nice to just watch silliness every once in awhile..."I've been cut in half real bad".... is one of my favorit lines
...wrong kid died!
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The man still knows how to frame a face. Better than anyone, really.

Soon after David Strathairn came into the film, I started taking it seriously. It's amazing how he disappeared into this thing. Not a showy drunk performances, but one that just slowwwly oozes the melancholia of an ongoing drunk with few respites. That scene with the chips...wow. This is Oscar material, though I doubt he'll be remembered.



And then somewhere in the big scene between Weisz and Jones, with that long take during the former's monologue, it put its other hooks in me, and I fell under its spell. The British actress digs very deep with some very short screen time, and looked fantastic onscreen in all her ramshackle glory.

The beginning is certainly a little shaky. You're sitting there pointing out the various WKW trademarks: super grainy, repetitive shots (alright, the train, WE GET IT), dialogue that seems like it's more monologue...but once it gets on the road it definitely takes you somewhere. Now I don't know if WKW captured Memphis, or captured Nevada as he has with Hong Kong, but it doesn't matter. Lizzie's character is getting out of something familiar, and the locations are foreign enough by comparison to be legitimate. In his films, the outside world/society is barely suggested anyway; the extras drift like apparitions in the background, so focused is our attention on his leads.

The sense of melancholia that pervades previous work is still present. Perhaps it's difficult to feel empathy with these familiar faces; Law, Portman, and to a lesser extent Weisz have cinematic baggage that makes it difficult to place them in the WKW universe. But for me, it worked. I don't understand the problems people have with Jude's work here. Not convincing as a glorified short-order cook? I bought it. The man can do so much with glances, unspoken moments, few words. He's getting to become underrated.

Portman was a breath of fresh air, especially compared to the rest of her filmography. Even though she already played tainted in Closer, she was still the angst-ridden Natalie. Here she's breezy, and light...until she needs to be heavier, and I found her convincing.

Jones, who obviously isn't a pro, still has the wide-eyed face that's perfect for what's being projected onto her. And maybe I'm just a WKW apologist, but I did think she opened up over the course of the film, to the point where she begins to stand up more for herself (and her feelings) in the Vegas sequences, and when she comes back to the diner, there's a confidence , even a slight cockiness, that wasn't there before.

Lastly regarding the actors, it was VERY nice to see that cameo from Chan Marshall complementing her music on the soundtrack. Delicate but perfect work.
This isn't Major WKW, but who cares? A confection is still tasty if done right, and it's still a bittersweet one that still has an aftertaste. The critics think the master is slumming; I'm perfectly happy that he decided to drop by the neighborhood. Who knows what could happen if he decides to stay?






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Agreed on all accounts Laz. Especially with regards to the performances. Weisz really blew me away in particular, Strathairn less so if only because he's ALWAYS amazing.
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Lance, did you get ahold of the European Cut yet? I downloaded it and plan to watch it soon to do an accurate comparison.
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Old 04-26-2008, 04:06 PM   #612
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Turns out I downloaded then same cut we saw in theaters.

I may try to find the right one again when I have more time.
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I really want to see Blueberry Nights in a theater

I have to drive 90 minutes to do that.

So, I will probably stay and watch two movies while there.

My options for the second film are:

Flawless or Under the Same Moon (La Misma Luna)

recommendations, anyone?
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Old 04-26-2008, 05:12 PM   #614
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I've heard only bad things about Flawless, not too much about the second one.

Any other choices?
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Old 04-26-2008, 05:18 PM   #615
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I have seen all the other so-called "art films" playing at this multiplex

I could wait about 105 minutes and see clooney's "Leatherheads"


flawless does have m caine and demi moore,
they did make one movie i enjoyed many years ago.

"blame it on rio"

is not pc
and would not get made today, i think



edit to add

here is the theater with films and showtimes
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