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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #39170 on: January 02, 2011, 06:56:55 PM »
Jeanne Dielman

This review contains mild spoilers and a bunch of nonsense.

Who doesn’t love a prostitute?
Pierogies!
Apparently there is a water shortage, or maybe she’s just an eco-babe.
I totally would have turned that china cozy horizontal.
Mmm…gas stove.
And I thought I was a light nazi, nary an extraneous lighted room.
Oh wait, I don’t think those are pierogies, I think they are just potatoes. This movie sucks.
For Elise makes for compelling film.
Listening to music, knitting AND reading a magazine? Woah, slow down lady.
Are you sure these are the actors or did we accidentally include a scene of the crew changing the set for the next scene?
I can’t tell whether it took a lot of time and work to get that hairdo or whether that is just what happens when you admit defeat but aren’t old enough to pull off a bob.
Marrying an ugly, poor man…it really is a miracle (or a woman’s burden).
You know, a cuppa wouldn’t be a terrible idea right now *pauses film*
It took me at least 50 minutes to ask “why am I doing this to myself.” And then on tea break I ended up watching most of In Bruges since my dad was.
Apparently she’s making coffee, not tea. This movie sucks.
I’m not a back guy really, but if I were, this five-minute sequence of her washing dishes would really do it for me.
If I did a shot every time someone talked in this film, I wouldn’t get drunk.
Ooh, she’s making a mess of this kitchen making breaded…well, whatever animal that is. I bet I’m gonna get to watch her clean it up…anticipation! I might even get to see her cook the aforementioned breaded animal (veal we find out, quelle horreur).
Oh hey, Ajax cleaner…like the football club.
Oops, she burned the potatoes, clearly this failure as a woman demands that she commit hari kari. Also, I’m hungry, I need a snack *pauses film*
Halfway there, no need to worry.
Conveniently she discovers that they own a radio again.
The great button hunt...I resew buttons using floss so I think we know where I come down on this use of effort.
Ok, past the two hour mark and then the three hour mark my attention is really starting to flag such that the snark has failed me…well, except…
I think we know what happened to Mr. Dielman.

Speaking of the ending, I was reading an essay on the film that posed a few questions the audience might ask of the ending starting with "what did he do to deserve it?" I found this to be sexist, assuming the man is probably at fault. For my interpretation, I went with the assertion "bitch be crazy."

As for a real review, it would be easy for me to just say this film is too damn long, but in a world where I’ve accepted Wiseman as a great documentarian, that isn’t really sufficient complaint. Saying a film is too damn long implies that if it was shorter it would have been more effective. I think this film arguably needs to be how it is for what it is going for, but I don’t find what it is going for very compelling. It is admittedly a 35-year-old film so certain aspects of its look at gender aren’t going to play as well today. Housework is still more likely to be done more by women than men but technology has likely made it even less austere or arduous. This is what podcasts are for these days, being able to pair something rather interesting with those rather tedious aspects of life. If it is to be said that this film tries to make a point (and really I hope every film does), the problem is that it is so vaguely phrased or just fails to connect and makes the film ultimately underwhelming.
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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #39171 on: January 02, 2011, 07:06:51 PM »
At first I thought it was a review comprised entirely of Tweets.

Jeanne Dielman

As for a real review, it would be easy for me to just say this film is too damn long, but in a world where I’ve accepted Wiseman as a great documentarian, that isn’t really sufficient complaint. Saying a film is too damn long implies that if it was shorter it would have been more effective. I think this film arguably needs to be how it is for what it is going for, but I don’t find what it is going for very compelling.
This is the most mature statement you've made about lengthy films.  I think your filmspotting heart grew a little today.
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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #39172 on: January 02, 2011, 07:18:15 PM »
At first I thought it was a review comprised entirely of Tweets.

Heh, nope, just my stream of consciousness.

I still reserve the right to think films are too damn long. ;D

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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #39173 on: January 02, 2011, 08:00:18 PM »
I feel for you Bondo. I respect the film, maybe the academic side of me can even call it good, but it's not an experience I'll ever want to repeat.

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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #39174 on: January 02, 2011, 08:15:12 PM »
The King's Speech



I really resisted this film. I thought it looked like an SNL parody of an Oscar bait movie. I must confess that all the praise it has received is warranted.

Perhaps the most surprising aspect is that this is the funniest movie of the year. I laughed out loud more during this any any pure comedy. It is also very touching.

It's not about stuttering. There are so so many interesting aspects to the plot including political intrigue, family relations, the weight of the crown, WWII, marriage and the power of friendship.

The acting is uniformly brilliant.

It is not only one of the funniest movies of the year but also the most interesting and touching.

Grade: A

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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #39175 on: January 02, 2011, 08:20:25 PM »
Good Will Hunting

Why is this film so damn good?

It's a perfectly written, perfectly directed, perfectly acted perfectly perfect little movie. Not a single false note in the whole thing. It seems to me the writing of the dialogue in the movie is heavily inspired by early Kevin Smith. But the similarity doesn't end simply with the dialogue. There's an emotional nakedness that is present here just as it's present in Chasing Amy. Except that this is even better than Chasing Amy. It wouldn't say it's funnier, though it definitely has its moment. But it reaches deeper and is often more believable. And it doesn't have Joey Adams' awful voice to ruin otherwise great scenes. No, there is not amazing speech like the one Ben Affleck delivers in Chasing Amy, but the "It's not your fault" scene, while hokey when you think about it, works so well and so simply in the moment that it sprinkles dust in my eyes every single time I watch it. That, and Gus Van Sant is just a better director than Smith. I actually wonder how awesome a heartfelt movie like Chasing Amy, written by Smith, but directed by Van Sant would turn out. Anyway, I'm rambling here, but I felt the need. Watching this movie again simply reaffirms its place as one of my very favourite films. And it cements my appreciation for Ben Affleck and Matt Damon forever as well. I can't wait to see what those two decide to cook up for us in their deal with Warner Bros.
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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #39176 on: January 02, 2011, 08:36:05 PM »
I've heard a whisper from some people that Matt Damon has picked a script to direct.  Though he didn't write it.
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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #39177 on: January 02, 2011, 08:41:05 PM »
I've heard a whisper from some people that Matt Damon has picked a script to direct.  Though he didn't write it.

That's the movie about the wife swapping Yankees right? Supposedly being written by Ben and Casey, and starring Matt and Ben, right?
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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #39178 on: January 02, 2011, 08:43:17 PM »
Despicable Me

The best large scale animated film to be given a wide release since Bolt, and outclassed only by Bolt and Shrek in that category as well of the recent CGI trend. I suppose Toy Story is a better film as well, though perhaps not.

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Re: Write about the last movie you watched
« Reply #39179 on: January 02, 2011, 08:50:14 PM »
I've heard a whisper from some people that Matt Damon has picked a script to direct.  Though he didn't write it.

That's the movie about the wife swapping Yankees right? Supposedly being written by Ben and Casey, and starring Matt and Ben, right?

I know someone who is possibly working on the film.  He wouldn't tell me anything about it.
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