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Old 12-21-2013, 05:03 PM   #91
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Stoker's got a really spectacular match-dissolve if nothing else.
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The camerawork on that long tracking shot during the party scene was fantastic.

Whatever the shortcomings of the script may be, the whole thing is very well-directed. And I loved the analog look of the film. Aside from a cell phone I don't think you see anything digital throughout, which produces a real classic atmosphere.
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I thought it was terrific on many levels. Acting, direction, cinematography, score, etc. But I've got to say, the story left me cold. It felt a bit stale, at least compared to Oldboy, which hit me hard.

Also, the tone wasn't quite right. It all felt a bit too absurd, yet the film seemed to take itself very seriously. I'm not sure those involved knew what they wanted to do with it. Should it be deathly serious? And if so, what is it trying to convey? What is the message and subtext? It missed goofy slasher by some distance. As a Shadow of a Doubt homage, well, suffice it to say that I prefer the original, which sent a chill down my spine without making any overt effort to do so.

But it is a well crafted film and I appreciate that. Glad I watched it.
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Old 12-22-2013, 08:49 AM   #94
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You guys should see Rush. It's really good.
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Old 12-22-2013, 03:30 PM   #95
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yeah, that actor is really good
he mad the Fifth Estate a good movie too.
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Her, WOWS and try and wait for Inside Llewyn Davis to show up around these parts.
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for some reason, my mother and brother will not get the message (which is hey, the dozen or so dvds you've given me over the years? i have not watched a single one), and i wound up with copies of looper, inception, seven psychopaths, and mud. none of which i have very much interest in ever seeing. popcorn and raisinets as well (blech), and i'm fairly suspicious since they didn't know what to get me, i got what they would have liked someone to get them.
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Seven Psychopaths & Mud are worth checking out.
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Looper is watchable but nothing essential. Inception is fantastic. I haven't seen the others.
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Looper enjoys being a science fiction flick, playing with tropes and having a blast doing it. Inception is the exact opposite: dour, constantly gray, boring bullshit.
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I have seldom been more excited by the possibilities of the medium than I was watching Inception for the first time. Say what you will about the narrative and performances (which I personally enjoy), it's an absolute blast to watch on a good TV. Plus, Zimmer didn't entirely sleepwalk through the score!
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Inception is my least favorite Nolan film. Not counting Insomnia, which butchers the excellent Norwegian original.
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Inception is maybe my second favorite Nolan film actually, though it is in fact dour grey bullshit for the most part (The Prestige still holds up pretty well... I genuinely like that one quite a bit), but I am at a complete loss to imagine what about it could excite one of "the possibilities of the medium" so thoroughly. It's inventive, but only insofar as cross-cutting several different concurrent narratives (that itself is a technique almost 100 years old) which have vastly different relationships to one another in terms of rate and time within the story, where their duration on screen to us plays out equitably, but take place within ever expanding amounts of real-world time within one another. That's the exciting thing about the film, and it's a really great feat of logistics to execute properly, but even then it's still just a twist on fundamental film grammar with very little else going on around it.

Looper on the other hand, I haven't actually gone back to revisit though I'd like to, has just about as many interesting things to do with narrative logic, but actually has a lot of fun doing it, and embraces the batshit turns it takes along the way for what they're worth.
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