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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #22450 on: November 13, 2009, 07:22:05 AM »
Verite and worm told me a while ago to go and see a few films by Claire Denis, so I did.

Vendredi Soir (Friday Night) is the story of two strangers who meet one night and make a connection

35 Rhums (35 Shots of Rum) is the story of a father and a daughter and a few of their friends, neighbours, colleagues, and the connections they all have with each other, and figuring out what they are exactly.

Both of these films are quiet and beautiful. We meet these characters, and are allowed to observe them for a while to figure out ourselves who they are and at what point of their lives they are, what they feel and how they think.

Unfortunately, I was a bit impatient about that in the early parts of both of these films. But then, again, in each of them, there came a point that was so tonally perfect and exciting, where things actually happened, that both my attention and my emotions were extremely strongly engaged with the films from these points onwards (in Vendredi Soir, it was them meeting again in the Café after they'd already separated, in 35 Rhums it was also a scene in a Café/Bistro - this time it involved dancing).

I don't know if it's a good idea to lump the two films together like this, but I'll keep on doing it because that's how I think of them.

What both films do exquisitely is portray relationships. There is such great chemistry between the actors that you only need glances and extremely small gestures to grasp the quality of a moment and of an entire relationship.

Vendredi Soir was by the end almost heartbreaking in its simplicity and in the reality of the emotion, and 35 Rhums succeeded brillianty in being both melancholy and optimistic, and I'll remember these characters for a long time. I only wish it hadn't taken me so long to start to engage with them, even though it worked wonderfully well in the end.

8/10 each.

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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #22451 on: November 13, 2009, 07:39:51 AM »
Vendredi Soir was by the end almost heartbreaking in its simplicity and in the reality of the emotion, and 35 Rhums succeeded brillianty in being both melancholy and optimistic, and I'll remember these characters for a long time. I only wish it hadn't taken me so long to start to engage with them, even though it worked wonderfully well in the end.

8/10 each.

Wooooooooohooooooooooooo!!!! You just made me SO happy, Em :).

I totally get what you mean about the gestures and glances. There seems to be so much history between these characters and all of that past is merely suggested at and never quite explained and yet that didn't keep me from being completely invested in their stories.

I am so excited to watch this again before the Filmspots!

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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #22452 on: November 13, 2009, 08:27:15 AM »
#267.

Two Lovers (James Gray, 2009) -

There was just something about this film that made me like it. I can't put my finger on it and I can't explain it. I connected with Leonard somehow, even though I couldn't decide if he was a good guy, a bad guy, or just another guy. The performances were spectacular. Phoenix, Goop, and Shaw all carried themselves so well on screen. I had forgotten how much I love Goop (Paltrow). She really is a fine actress, and to boot she is gorgeous. Also, this made me slightly sad that Phoenix has retired, hopefully just for now, from acting.

Rating: ***1/2...#16 of 2009 so far

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Big Fish (Tim Burton, 2003) -

Well now I can say that I liked something that was directed by Burton. I was not overly impressed, but it was very charming, had some good performances (McGregor, Crudup, Finney, Lohman even), and had some great images (field of daffodils). Plus I didn't know Marion Cotillard was in this. Did I mention I am in love with her? Anyway. It was a great set of tales and I had fun with it.

Rating: ***

Big C, your distaste for one of the most interesting directors working saddens me. Glad you liked Big Fish though. You neglected to mention that this was the first film to feature Miley Cyrus, I think.

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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #22453 on: November 13, 2009, 09:03:47 AM »
The Box

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Scenario 1: You are a professor of Philosophy. You are teaching an Intro course and have assigned an end of term paper. Your dumbest and worst student is also flunking a film making class. Instead of writting the paper he makes a film demostrating how little he understands philosophy. That movie in The Box.

Scenario 2: A strange man makes you an offer. He has given you a box with a button. If you push the button someone dies. If you do not push the button you have to watch The Box.

PUSH THE BUTTON!

I really thought there was no chance another movie would compete with Transformers 2 for worst of the year. The Box is really close. Terrible acting, terrible cinematography, worst score I have ever heard, and a laughably bad story. This movie has no redeeming qualities.



I really don't want to see this, so I'm glad to see this negative review. 
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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #22454 on: November 13, 2009, 09:10:06 AM »

Big Fish (Tim Burton, 2003) -

Well now I can say that I liked something that was directed by Burton. I was not overly impressed, but it was very charming, had some good performances (McGregor, Crudup, Finney, Lohman even), and had some great images (field of daffodils). Plus I didn't know Marion Cotillard was in this. Did I mention I am in love with her? Anyway. It was a great set of tales and I had fun with it.

Rating: ***

I think you've got this about right.

When I first saw the trailers for this back in 2003 this had all the making of this being Burton's magnun opus, so upon seeing it - it was quite a let down.  (this was back when Burton brand was still a relatively new and interesting novelty)

But since then I've rewatched it several times and have managed to appreciate it for what it actually is (you described it pretty well) and as a result I'm warmed up to it quite a bit. 
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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #22455 on: November 13, 2009, 09:16:44 AM »
LAW Abiding Citizen I saw it and enjoyed it. the theater was packed and so were a lot of other shows and i know a lot of other people that tried to see it and it sold out. i honestly wouldn't be surprised if it was number 2 or number 1.

the ending kinda sucked even though we all knew it was gonna be that way.

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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #22456 on: November 13, 2009, 09:21:46 AM »
LAW Abiding Citizen I saw it and enjoyed it. the theater was packed and so were a lot of other shows and i know a lot of other people that tried to see it and it sold out. i honestly wouldn't be surprised if it was number 2 or number 1.

the ending kinda sucked even though we all knew it was gonna be that way.

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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #22457 on: November 13, 2009, 09:29:26 AM »

Big Fish (Tim Burton, 2003) -

Well now I can say that I liked something that was directed by Burton. I was not overly impressed, but it was very charming, had some good performances (McGregor, Crudup, Finney, Lohman even), and had some great images (field of daffodils). Plus I didn't know Marion Cotillard was in this. Did I mention I am in love with her? Anyway. It was a great set of tales and I had fun with it.

Rating: ***

I think you've got this about right.

When I first saw the trailers for this back in 2003 this had all the making of this being Burton's magnun opus, so upon seeing it - it was quite a let down.  (this was back when Burton brand was still a relatively new and interesting novelty)

But since then I've rewatched it several times and have managed to appreciate it for what it actually is (you described it pretty well) and as a result I'm warmed up to it quite a bit. 

I don't get why everybody doesn't just give this movie a 5/5.
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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #22458 on: November 13, 2009, 09:58:18 AM »
I only saw Big Fish one time, so I may be in need of a rewatch, but I thought it was really boring.
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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #22459 on: November 13, 2009, 10:02:29 AM »
I only saw Big Fish one time, so I may be in need of a rewatch, but I thought it was really boring.

And I thought Casino Royale was really boring!


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