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Old 02-17-2005, 06:23 PM   #16
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I also knew nothing about Hughes, but thought that it was made pretty clear in the opening Hell's Angels scene that Hughes' parents died and left him tons of money that had something to do with oil business back in Texas. Plus in the scene with him as a child his mother washes him in what looks like a very opulent and posh room.
That scene was a rip off of Citizen Kane, a movie which was considerably better at examining the life, beginning to end, of a great, but complicated man.

To me, it didn't help that The Aviator felt like "The little Citizen Kane that could" but didn't.
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Old 02-17-2005, 06:35 PM   #17
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You gotta remember though that Charles Foster Kane was a fictional character (although loosely based on a real-life person). With the character existing only within the confines of a film, there is no agonizing with what events from his life to include or not include in the film.
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But that's what makes a great storyteller - choosing the right things to emphasize.

I always felt Scorsese was good but not great. There was that *something* lacking and his characters were never three-dimensional, warm, understandable to me.
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But that's what makes a great storyteller - choosing the right things to emphasize.
Oh, for sure. I just wanted to say that when a real-life person is concerned, different people are going to disagree on what things are right to emphasize.
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I feel Scorcese truely deserves the Oscar this year for this movie. Jamie Fox on the other hand deserves to win for best actor. I only bring this up because I just finished watching Ray, and it totally blew me away....the performances were just stunning. I even came withing seconds of crying at the end.

Anyway, up until I saw Ray not 5 mintues ago I really thought DiCaprio shoudl win the Acadamy Award. He was phenominal in The Aviator. If he wins, I certainly won't be disappointed.
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There's certainly a lot of talk about Jamie Fox... maybe too much talk. Remember how a couple of years ago everyone was certain that Daniel Day-Lewis would win Best Actor for "Gangs of New York", and then Adrien Brody ended up with gold?
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Can't speak on the new movie but if Scorcese gets some oscars it will probably be in belated recognition for the REALLY great stuff he's been responsible for, like:

Goodfellas
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There's certainly a lot of talk about Jamie Fox... maybe too much talk. Remember how a couple of years ago everyone was certain that Daniel Day-Lewis would win Best Actor for "Gangs of New York", and then Adrien Brody ended up with gold?
Yes, and I still think Daniel Day-Lewis SHOULD have won for that performance. It was one of the best film performances I have ever seen.
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