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Old 12-28-2008, 10:17 PM   #46
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Good point. I won't let it bother me anymore.

And yeah, the baby was a bit ... off. But I can live with that, too.

The last shot of the movie was, I thought, a perfect ending.

Oh, and I was very happy to see Tilda Swinton. I had no idea she was in this.
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a quick glance at the short story by Fitzgerald

http://www.readbookonline.net/read/690/10628/

seems the movie is quite different form the story.
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I read and saw a tv program that the youth scenes were indeed digitally enhanced.
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I can't convince Maddy to go with me to see it. No interest I guess. And the fact I've bugged her every day doesn't help. I'll just have to find time to go alone I guess.
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Old 12-29-2008, 01:02 AM   #50
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Lazarus, U2popmofo, LemonMacphisto, Dalton and I are all guys, and we all loved it.
I second this.

Benji Button 4 chik flik of the year, right in front of (omg) The Sex and the City movie and 27 Dresses!!
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The other was that while I totally almost lost it when he shows up again in New Orleans as a child showing signs of dementia ... if he's getting younger, why dementia? He was "old" as a baby, with all the physical afflictions. Why would he be having dementia as he gets very young? Were all the "old" afflictions purely physical, but any mental deterioration not show up until he is "young"? Should we understand that his mind was opposite from his body - mind is old when body is young and vice versa?
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A child's brain has less capacity than an adults.

A brain getting younger would have less information stored in it.

They also, kind of eluded to this when he was having the fling with the swimmer in Russia.
He said it was more fun each time.
That is the process in reverse, or so I have been told.
See, I read it as his brain is normal while his body is backwards. To me, what he experienced near the end of the film was more like Alzheimer's than anything else--didn't know where he was, who he was, who Daisy was.
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See, I read it as his brain is normal while his body is backwards. To me, what he experienced near the end of the film was more like Alzheimer's than anything else--didn't know where he was, who he was, who Daisy was.
Yeah, same here.
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I read and saw a tv program that the youth scenes were indeed digitally enhanced.
They did a fantastic job with it, then. They looked great without looking completely fake.

Re: the Alzheimer's thing. Makes perfect sense to me now. I don't know why it didn't seem right to me yesterday.
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See, I read it as his brain is normal while his body is backwards. To me, what he experienced near the end of the film was more like Alzheimer's than anything else--didn't know where he was, who he was, who Daisy was.
That's how I saw it as well.
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Re: the Alzheimer's thing. Makes perfect sense to me now. I don't know why it didn't seem right to me yesterday.
Perhaps because you're experiencing its efffects yourself as we speak.


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They did a fantastic job with it, then. They looked great without looking completely fake.
Esp. the young Brad Pitt, I thought. I really could not believe how baby-soft his skin looked. With Blanchett I could almost convince myself she'd been botoxed like crazy with a lot of make-up or something (except a lot better), but Pitt looked genuinely young.
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Esp. the young Brad Pitt, I thought. I really could not believe how baby-soft his skin looked. With Blanchett I could almost convince myself she'd been botoxed like crazy with a lot of make-up or something (except a lot better), but Pitt looked genuinely young.
I really believe those young versions of them were digitalized,
it was not botox
or make up
or even rubber skin glued on their faces,
> it was like CGI?

you know how all the singers are filtering their voices though computer programs to get their singing on pitch

well, these guys put their faces through a program to get them on pitch
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I really believe those young versions of them were digitalized,
it was not botox
or make up
or even rubber skin glued on their faces,
> it was like CGI?

you know how all the singers are filtering their voices though computer programs to get their singing on pitch

well, these guys put their faces through a program to get them on pitch
Yes, I know, they were digitalized. I just meant that given that both were digitalized, Pitt looked better to me as the younger Benji. Maybe my eye is used to seeing women in film botoxed so that's why I said I could almost convince myself about Blanchett, but it was much better than that. I knew they were digitalized going into the film yet never once did I think he in particular looked fake as the younger character.
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I also agree, I thought Brad Pitt looked incredible in the younger version (and he is not my "type" either). Cate was beautiful but something about her looked more fake than Brad's digi-face.
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I can't convince Maddy to go with me to see it. No interest I guess. And the fact I've bugged her every day doesn't help. I'll just have to find time to go alone I guess.
I'm looking for someone to go see it with, Lila
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