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Postby Сталкер » Mon Oct 17, 2011 11:32 pm

Sleeping Beauty leaked the other day, did anyone see it yet? looks pretty good.

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Postby GrizzlyBlair » Tue Oct 18, 2011 5:31 pm

Any other film students in this thread? I just finished working my first job as a PA and had a fucking blast.
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Postby Cro-Matt » Tue Oct 18, 2011 8:45 pm

GrizzlyBlair wrote:Any other film students in this thread? I just finished working my first job as a PA and had a fucking blast.


Yes, right here! What did you work on? I'm working as a Script Supervisor for a short film my classmate is shooting next week. Then I'm working as a Gaffer on another project for another friend.
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Postby GrizzlyBlair » Tue Oct 18, 2011 8:52 pm

Cro-Matt wrote:
GrizzlyBlair wrote:Any other film students in this thread? I just finished working my first job as a PA and had a fucking blast.


Yes, right here! What did you work on? I'm working as a Script Supervisor for a short film my classmate is shooting next week. Then I'm working as a Gaffer on another project for another friend.


A short film a few guys from my school were doing for their thesis project. It was tense/busy, but that's part of the fun, I guess. Car chase sequences are unbelievably fun to work on - never pass up that opportunity if it comes along.

A friend was the Script Sup on this project. It seemed like a stressful, but very fun job.

Have a good time, man. I probably won't be working on another big project until January, and I'm already wanting to be back on a set.
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Postby foodgazi » Wed Oct 19, 2011 5:37 pm

That song was stuck in my head for so long after I saw it.
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Postby drown the world » Sun Oct 23, 2011 3:37 pm

Does anyone follow any critics? Hate any critics?
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Postby New Fury » Sun Oct 23, 2011 3:44 pm

I watched Contagion last night. It's really very good.

There's a real sense of suspense and tension that keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time. Matt Damon does a great job throughout the film and there's a very real scariness that runs through the whole feature and stays with you after the credits have rolled.

Go see it.
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Postby foodgazi » Sun Oct 23, 2011 3:48 pm

drown the world wrote:Does anyone follow any critics? Hate any critics?


I like Peter Travers, from Rolling Stone. We seem to have pretty similar taste. Most other critics are hit or miss for me. I read Ebert's stuff every week, but his holier-than-thou attitude gets old quick.
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Postby drown the world » Sun Oct 23, 2011 3:48 pm

New Fury wrote:I watched Contagion last night. It's really very good.

There's a real sense of suspense and tension that keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time. Matt Damon does a great job throughout the film and there's a very real scariness that runs through the whole feature and stays with you after the credits have rolled.

Go see it.


I am a fan of it too, but I thought it definitely had some weaknesses. Marion Cotillard's story was pretty outrageous, it didn't make sense at all. Some awesome performances, especially from Matt Damon. That scene with him in the closest was heartbreaking.
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Postby Spider Jerusalem » Sun Oct 23, 2011 3:53 pm

drown the world wrote:Does anyone follow any critics? Hate any critics?




I like Devin Faraci from badassdigest.com.
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Postby Сталкер » Sun Oct 23, 2011 4:52 pm

watched Sleeping Beauty last night, i liked it for the most part but it wasn't as good as i expected after seeing the trailer. still, i'd recommend watching it to people who like to keep up with current releases, but it's not a must see. it'll probably make it into the lower end of my top ten for this year.

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Postby New Fury » Sun Oct 23, 2011 5:08 pm

drown the world wrote:
New Fury wrote:I watched Contagion last night. It's really very good.

There's a real sense of suspense and tension that keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time. Matt Damon does a great job throughout the film and there's a very real scariness that runs through the whole feature and stays with you after the credits have rolled.

Go see it.


I am a fan of it too, but I thought it definitely had some weaknesses. Marion Cotillard's story was pretty outrageous, it didn't make sense at all. Some awesome performances, especially from Matt Damon. That scene with him in the closest was heartbreaking.


For real, I found myself getting a bit choked up there.

You're not wrong about the Marion Cotillard story. That whole angle could have been dropped and the film wouldn't have been any worse for it, which says a lot.
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Postby unholy living dead » Sun Oct 23, 2011 5:18 pm

Sleeping Beauty was interesting, i enjoyed it, though it wasn't what i had exactly expected from seeing the trailer, but i felt it was somewhat unfulfilled. i liked the intriguing characters; they all seemed to be severely professional and coldly contemptuous most of the time with slight breakthrough moments which gave hints of their possible past and/or who they really are under their public exterior. when i saw the end i was taken aback for a second, surprised they ended it where they did, but now i think it was actually a fair moment to end it; it leaves the audience to ponder what will happen next. overall it’s a fine film, not amazing, but i'd still recommend it.
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Postby Сталкер » Sun Oct 23, 2011 5:27 pm

unholy living dead wrote:Sleeping Beauty was interesting, i enjoyed it, though it wasn't what i had exactly expected from seeing the trailer, but i felt it was somewhat unfulfilled. i liked the intriguing characters; they all seemed to be severely professional and coldly contemptuous most of the time with slight breakthrough moments which gave hints of their possible past and/or who they really are under their public exterior. when i saw the end i was taken aback for a second, surprised they ended it where they did, but now i think it was actually a fair moment to end it; it leaves the audience to ponder what will happen next. overall it’s a fine film, not amazing, but i'd still recommend it.


[spoiler1]what did you make of her reaction at the end? i'm honestly confused by it, why did she freak out like she did? the way i saw it there was no way she could've known that the old guy was actually dead and not just knocked out.

also, why did she burn the money when she obviously needed it so badly?[/spoiler]
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Postby unholy living dead » Sun Oct 23, 2011 6:02 pm

Сталкер wrote:
unholy living dead wrote:Sleeping Beauty was interesting, i enjoyed it, though it wasn't what i had exactly expected from seeing the trailer, but i felt it was somewhat unfulfilled. i liked the intriguing characters; they all seemed to be severely professional and coldly contemptuous most of the time with slight breakthrough moments which gave hints of their possible past and/or who they really are under their public exterior. when i saw the end i was taken aback for a second, surprised they ended it where they did, but now i think it was actually a fair moment to end it; it leaves the audience to ponder what will happen next. overall it’s a fine film, not amazing, but i'd still recommend it.


[spoiler1]what did you make of her reaction at the end? i'm honestly confused by it, why did she freak out like she did? the way i saw it there was no way she could've known that the old guy was actually dead and not just knocked out.

also, why did she burn the money when she obviously needed it so badly?[/spoiler]

[spoiler2]well i interpreted it as follows... since this was the first time she got an opportunity to tape what actually goes on in that room while she is sleeping, after waking to a dead old naked man (i think by the way she was awoken by the usually calmly professional Clara made it clear to her he was dead), one she served semi-nude at that dinner party, she is flooded with endless disgusting possibilities, some of which are probably true - as we the audience have seen men lick her, burn her, carry her, curse her, etc. as well, on top off all that, she is reminded that she laid in bed with birdmann, the one person she seemed to sincerely care about, until he died. i could be wrong on all this, perhaps she left birdmann before his death, but it's all quite subjective, yet very interesting. i, too, at first was perplexed by why she was freaking out so much over just sleeping naked beside a dead body for a few hours. what i find very interesting is thinking of what will happen moments after the film end. will this be the breaking point that unleashes Lucy to do something far more destructive than burning money? and if so will the destruction be directed towards herself or those around her?

as for the burning, i read an interesting review on imdb, and this reviewer states since she is surrounded by controlling forces (boss, rent, school, etc.) she finds little ways to get back at the powers that be, even if they are such minuscule petty actions that these powers won't even notice. so she burns the money as a simple way of disregarding those who gave her the money and those who want her money. another thing to point out is her dropping those berries, that she picked just before entering the car, inside the car that escorts her to the mansion - it does nothing to these forces that control her, but it makes her feel like she is taking a stand as independent and non-submissive. as well, on the contrary, those who don't try to control her are treated much more kindly by her - the birdmann, the woman asleep on the train, etc. again this is all really just subjective, so i could be wrong.[/spoiler]
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Postby genu » Sat Oct 29, 2011 11:31 pm

foodgazi wrote:Woah, didn't know this thread still existed. Glad to see it back.

"Hesher" - a complete waste of time. Avoid.

disagree completely, hesher was great.
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Postby drown the world » Sat Oct 29, 2011 11:37 pm

foodgazi wrote:
drown the world wrote:Does anyone follow any critics? Hate any critics?


I like Peter Travers, from Rolling Stone. We seem to have pretty similar taste. Most other critics are hit or miss for me. I read Ebert's stuff every week, but his holier-than-thou attitude gets old quick.


I think Travers has good taste, but he never really fleshes out his opinion. I'm a huge Roger Ebert fan, I'm not sure what you mean by the "holier than" thing, holier than his reader? In what way? He's pushy?

For the endless amount of critics who sweat Pauline Kael and wish to be her, I think he's as close as anyone. His writing is so eloquent and conversational. I don't know if anyone has read Armond White, but he's definitely the one I hate the most. I can never wrap my head around some of his opinions, they just don't add up ha.
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Postby Spider Jerusalem » Sun Oct 30, 2011 1:50 pm

Just watched the new Beat Takeshi movie, "Outrage".


Pretty standard fare for a Yakuza movie but the violence was top notch.
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Postby foodgazi » Sun Oct 30, 2011 1:59 pm

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drown the world wrote:Does anyone follow any critics? Hate any critics?


I like Peter Travers, from Rolling Stone. We seem to have pretty similar taste. Most other critics are hit or miss for me. I read Ebert's stuff every week, but his holier-than-thou attitude gets old quick.


I think Travers has good taste, but he never really fleshes out his opinion. I'm a huge Roger Ebert fan, I'm not sure what you mean by the "holier than" thing, holier than his reader? In what way? He's pushy?


First off, I'm a big horror nerd, and I hate that he never gives horror a chance. Sure, nothing will ever be "Nosferatu" but it's unfair to just sit there with your arms crossed, refusing to believe that anything new can be innovative and fresh. I think he's so overly critical of newer movies in comparison to older classic, he just seems to be stuck in the heyday of Bergman and Kurosawa. He always makes valid points, and his criticisms are good, but he always seems so stubborn on anything outside of his comfort zone.
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Postby foodgazi » Sun Oct 30, 2011 2:01 pm

genu wrote:
foodgazi wrote:Woah, didn't know this thread still existed. Glad to see it back.

"Hesher" - a complete waste of time. Avoid.

disagree completely, hesher was great.


What did you like it about, out of curiosity? I just couldn't find one thing I enjoyed throughout. It just seemed to go through the motions of a typical indie drama (abusive father, kid who's waaaay too smart for his age, death in the family, etc). I think "Hesher", "Everything Must Go", and "50/50" all suffered this same fate, which is disappointing considering I wanted to like all of them.
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Postby genu » Sun Oct 30, 2011 6:11 pm

foodgazi wrote:
genu wrote:
foodgazi wrote:Woah, didn't know this thread still existed. Glad to see it back.

"Hesher" - a complete waste of time. Avoid.

disagree completely, hesher was great.


What did you like it about, out of curiosity? I just couldn't find one thing I enjoyed throughout. It just seemed to go through the motions of a typical indie drama (abusive father, kid who's waaaay too smart for his age, death in the family, etc). I think "Hesher", "Everything Must Go", and "50/50" all suffered this same fate, which is disappointing considering I wanted to like all of them.


Thought joseph gordon levitt played his role of a chaotic character dropped into this morose families little world and being their catalyst quite well. Enjoy rain wilson playing gloomy, liked him in super as well, he plays a good sad sack. I am a sucker for films like the squid and the whale so this was right up my alley..and finally the soundtrack was awesome. Went in not knowing much about it, expected it to be a comedy but it wasnt, had a few dark comedic elements but it was played pretty straight. I just liked it, it worked for me.
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Postby womens motocross » Sun Oct 30, 2011 6:14 pm

genu wrote:
foodgazi wrote:
genu wrote:
foodgazi wrote:Woah, didn't know this thread still existed. Glad to see it back.

"Hesher" - a complete waste of time. Avoid.

disagree completely, hesher was great.


What did you like it about, out of curiosity? I just couldn't find one thing I enjoyed throughout. It just seemed to go through the motions of a typical indie drama (abusive father, kid who's waaaay too smart for his age, death in the family, etc). I think "Hesher", "Everything Must Go", and "50/50" all suffered this same fate, which is disappointing considering I wanted to like all of them.


Thought joseph gordon levitt played his role of a chaotic character dropped into this morose families little world and being their catalyst quite well. Enjoy rain wilson playing gloomy, liked him in super as well, he plays a good sad sack. I am a sucker for films like the squid and the whale so this was right up my alley..and finally the soundtrack was awesome. Went in not knowing much about it, expected it to be a comedy but it wasnt, had a few dark comedic elements but it was played pretty straight. I just liked it, it worked for me.


Agreed! It was an absolutely charming yet chaotic and uncompromising film. I really like the work Blue Tongue has been doing of late.
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Postby OutofStaat » Tue Nov 01, 2011 9:48 am

Finally saw Melancholia, in theaters while I was in Rome last week. Really awesome, the middle portion could have been a bit shorter, but I loved the beginning and the ending.
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Postby david... » Wed Nov 02, 2011 8:12 pm

Barnes and Noble is having a 50% off Criterion Collection sale again. till November 21st i think
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Postby womens motocross » Wed Nov 02, 2011 8:13 pm

Is it only on the Blu-ray titles or DVD as well?
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Postby david... » Wed Nov 02, 2011 8:14 pm

both
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Postby OutofStaat » Wed Nov 02, 2011 9:43 pm

david... wrote:Barnes and Noble is having a 50% off Criterion Collection sale again. till November 21st i think

Took advantage of this today, plus got another 5-ish percent off with my B&N membership. The person working there informed me it'll be going on til the 21st, pretty stoked about that.
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Postby foodgazi » Wed Nov 02, 2011 9:49 pm

Saw Drive again last night. Might be my favorite of 2011 so far, although I really need to see Tree Of Life again as well. Haven't found any time to sit down and watch Melancholia yet, but I have high hopes for that.
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Postby unholy living dead » Mon Nov 07, 2011 12:09 am

tonight i watched, Kurosawa's Red Beard, which is now definitely one of my favourites of his work. it's quite embarrassing since i have been putting off watching this for so many months, but tonight on somewhat of a sudden whim i thought i'd watch it instead of Ashes and Diamonds. the story was great, even being about three hours there were no boring moments. the acting was all well done, even by the children. the music fit quite nicely with the film. but what struck me the most, throughout the film, were the numerous beautiful scenes - the lighting and camera work were both superb. please i beg anyone who has yet to see this film to do so as soon as possible, especially if you want to watch a powerful film with spectacular cinematography. highly recommended.
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Postby pump it up » Mon Nov 07, 2011 1:38 am

I just watched Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! It was pretty fun, I will definitely be checking out some other Russ Meyer stuff. Love dem titties :smt016

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Postby pump it up » Mon Nov 07, 2011 1:41 am

Anybody got exploitation recommendations?
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Postby womens motocross » Mon Nov 07, 2011 1:43 am

pump it up wrote:Anybody got exploitation recommendations?


Mine are probably pretty generic, but Run nig nog Run (The Black Connection), I Eat Your Skin/I Drink Your Blood and Fight For Your Life.

Also, I don't know if you've peeped any Jodorowsky, but check out El Topo. It's not exactly exploitation, but it's one of the pioneering films of the 'Midnight Movie' scene.
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Postby OutofStaat » Mon Nov 07, 2011 3:13 pm

Went and saw Martha Marcy May Marlene last night, it was creepy, somewhat disturbing at times. A couple scenes in it gave me an A Clockwork Orange vibe.
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Postby pump it up » Mon Nov 07, 2011 5:35 pm

womens motocross wrote:
pump it up wrote:Anybody got exploitation recommendations?


Mine are probably pretty generic, but Run nig nog Run (The Black Connection), I Eat Your Skin/I Drink Your Blood and Fight For Your Life.

Also, I don't know if you've peeped any Jodorowsky, but check out El Topo. It's not exactly exploitation, but it's one of the pioneering films of the 'Midnight Movie' scene.


Ice Cold, I'll check out those first ones you mentioned. I saw El Topo years ago, I just remember it was bizarre, I wouldn't mind checking it out again though.
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Postby Сталкер » Mon Nov 07, 2011 11:26 pm

pump it up wrote:Anybody got exploitation recommendations?


Fight For Your Life
Thriller - A Cruel Picture
Ms.45
Lipstick
I Spit on Your Grave (og)
Last House on the Left (og)
House on the Edge of the Park
Hitch Hike
Ilsa - She Wolf of the SS
Ilsa - Harem-Keeper of the Oil Sheiks
Sex and Fury
Female Prisoner Scorpion
Zero Woman - Red Handcuffs
Terrifying Girls' High School
Hanzo the Razor
Men Behind the Sun
Coffy
Foxy Brown
Turkey Shoot
Buio Omega
New York Ripper
Torso
Strip Nude For Your Killer
Femina Ridens
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Postby Ok Pal » Mon Nov 07, 2011 11:50 pm

This video is so absurd. Not sure how I stumbled across it.

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Postby pump it up » Tue Nov 08, 2011 12:49 am

Сталкер wrote:
pump it up wrote:Anybody got exploitation recommendations?


Fight For Your Life
Thriller - A Cruel Picture
Ms.45
Lipstick
I Spit on Your Grave (og)
Last House on the Left (og)
House on the Edge of the Park
Hitch Hike
Ilsa - She Wolf of the SS
Ilsa - Harem-Keeper of the Oil Sheiks
Sex and Fury
Female Prisoner Scorpion
Zero Woman - Red Handcuffs
Terrifying Girls' High School
Hanzo the Razor
Men Behind the Sun
Coffy
Foxy Brown
Turkey Shoot
Buio Omega
New York Ripper
Torso
Strip Nude For Your Killer
Femina Ridens
...


Awesome, thanks dude.
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Postby pump it up » Tue Nov 08, 2011 12:49 am

Ok Pal wrote:This video is so absurd. Not sure how I stumbled across it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7h21V2qhq4


eewwwwww
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Postby pump it up » Tue Nov 08, 2011 3:58 am

Just finished Cannibal Holocaust, the part with the turtle... :smt009
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Postby I'm Appalled » Tue Nov 08, 2011 5:27 am

Сталкер wrote:
pump it up wrote:Anybody got exploitation recommendations?


Fight For Your Life
Thriller - A Cruel Picture
Ms.45
Lipstick
I Spit on Your Grave (og)
Last House on the Left (og)
House on the Edge of the Park
Hitch Hike
Ilsa - She Wolf of the SS
Ilsa - Harem-Keeper of the Oil Sheiks
Sex and Fury
Female Prisoner Scorpion
Zero Woman - Red Handcuffs
Terrifying Girls' High School
Hanzo the Razor
Men Behind the Sun
Coffy
Foxy Brown
Turkey Shoot
Buio Omega
New York Ripper
Torso
Strip Nude For Your Killer
Femina Ridens
...


some good stuff there. I'll add-
Candy Snatchers
The Exterminator
Rape Squad
Island of Death
Race with The Devil
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Postby genu » Tue Nov 08, 2011 11:23 am

pump it up wrote:Anybody got exploitation recommendations?


combat shock
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Postby McConaugheyrobotleg » Tue Nov 08, 2011 8:13 pm

Ok Pal wrote:This video is so absurd. Not sure how I stumbled across it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7h21V2qhq4

This hurts a little. I love Videodrome. I actually just picked up Diabolique from that criterion sale at Barnes in Noble the other day and am probably going to watch that after finishing up this Life Aquatic commentary. I've done a lot of time in weird horror trash and have been trying to expand lately. Glad to see there is a thread for it.
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Postby Spider Jerusalem » Wed Nov 09, 2011 1:25 am

The Hobbit is going to be the best looking movie of all time.

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Postby womens motocross » Wed Nov 09, 2011 6:36 am

Spider Jerusalem wrote:The Hobbit is going to be the best looking movie of all time.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHF536TJ0iE


God, I can't wait to see this at 48 fps. Just looking at that scene of Gandolf and crew walking through the forest with the backlights shining makes me dream of how it will look. We'll be so immersed in the picture and the resolution will be so high that I feel like we'll get lost in the picture, almost forget it is simply a projection.

This film can't come soon enough.
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Postby McConaugheyrobotleg » Wed Nov 09, 2011 4:22 pm

What did everyone think of Closer? I just watched it in my film class about an hour ago. Also, bought Robinson Crusoe on Mars from that 50% off sale at Barnes and Noble.
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Postby womens motocross » Wed Nov 09, 2011 4:31 pm

I don't think Mike Nichols overcame the fact that it was a stage play at it's heart. Clive Owen, Julia Roberts and Jude Law were all absolutely incredible in their respective roles, but I still felt like I was simply watching a stage play play out on screen. Mike Nichols is one of the most interesting and talented visual directors of all time, so I was hoping he'd justify the adaptation, but he unfortunately did not. I also thought Natalie Portman was pretty terrible in it.
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Postby McConaugheyrobotleg » Wed Nov 09, 2011 4:36 pm

Apparently the dude who wrote the actual play wrote the screenplay for it, so I'd really like to see the play to highlight the differences. I can kind of see what you mean about Natalie Portman in it though.
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Postby womens motocross » Wed Nov 09, 2011 4:46 pm

I just feel like it worked better as a contained stage play. You should get a copy of it in book form and check it out.
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Postby McConaugheyrobotleg » Wed Nov 09, 2011 4:48 pm

Definitely will look into it. Thanks, dude. Time to head to class :smt010
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