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Re: Top 5 Movies About Memory
« Reply #10 on: August 03, 2007, 12:14:20 PM »
1. Je t'aime, je t'aime
2. Last Year at Marienbad
3. Hiroshima mon amour

Now, there's a lot to criticize Alain Resnais about, but as far as these early films go (and more than likely La Guerre est finie and Muriel will be in line) these are the best films in the world about memory. I hope one day more people get to see Je t'aime, Je t'aime, but the 90% of the film is composed from a few sequences of memory that would have played at about 10 minutes when shown linearly.
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Re: Top 5 Movies About Memory
« Reply #11 on: August 03, 2007, 12:41:07 PM »
Anyone else think Memento is ridiculously overrated?
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Re: Top 5 Movies About Memory
« Reply #12 on: August 03, 2007, 12:45:24 PM »
Anyone else think Memento is ridiculously overrated?
Not ridiculously, no.  I was pretty blown away by it on my first viewing.  On subsequent viewings, though, I saw that movie-told-backward thing as more-or-less a gimmick.  Despite what AdamandSam say, I think it remains a gimmick.  A brilliant one, One that works, but still a gimmick.  So, I think it's slightly overrated because I still think it's an awesome movie, and for a first-time viewer, it's still mind-altering - not blowing, but altering.

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Re: Top 5 Movies About Memory
« Reply #13 on: August 03, 2007, 12:54:36 PM »
Anyone else think Memento is ridiculously overrated?
Not ridiculously, no.  I was pretty blown away by it on my first viewing.  On subsequent viewings, though, I saw that movie-told-backward thing as more-or-less a gimmick.  Despite what AdamandSam say, I think it remains a gimmick.  A brilliant one, One that works, but still a gimmick.  So, I think it's slightly overrated because I still think it's an awesome movie, and for a first-time viewer, it's still mind-altering - not blowing, but altering.

Interesting. I watched it very recently for the first time and it didn't have that effect on me at all.  I think my biggest problem with it was actually Guy Pearce's performance. Plus, I knew the twist was coming, so that could have been it as well.  Actually I didn't feel like it was a gimmick because the backwards device fits the story; it applies to the concept of memory and I wouldn't have told that story any other way. It just didn't have that "mind-altering" effect on me.
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Re: Top 5 Movies About Memory
« Reply #14 on: August 03, 2007, 01:08:55 PM »
Actually I didn't feel like it was a gimmick because the backwards device fits the story; it applies to the concept of memory
No, don't get me wrong.  I think it fits the story perfectly also.  But I wouldn't go so far as to say the story can't be told any other way.  That was one way, and it was a brilliant way.  But to me, it's still gimmicky.  Like I said, a brilliant gimmick, but a gimmick nonetheless.

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Re: Top 5 Movies About Memory
« Reply #15 on: August 03, 2007, 01:59:48 PM »
Anyone else think Memento is ridiculously overrated?
I do.  I haven't watched since it was released, and I have been thinking of a fresh viewing, but I remember it as a gimmick-film more than anything.  I'll have to rewatch to have anything substantial to write...
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Re: Top 5 Movies About Memory
« Reply #16 on: August 03, 2007, 04:39:42 PM »
All lists above are all great!

1. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
2. Blade Runner
3. Mulholland Drive
4. After Life
5. Oldboy

Amateur, Dark City, The Straight Story,The Royal Tenenbaums

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Re: Top 5 Movies About Memory
« Reply #17 on: August 04, 2007, 01:18:23 AM »

4. After Life

Really glad someone mentioned After Life.
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Re: Top 5 Movies About Memory
« Reply #18 on: August 04, 2007, 08:20:06 AM »
5. A Tale Of Two Sisters
4. A History Of Violence
3. Mulholland Drive
2. Wild Strawberries
1. Bourne Identity/Supremacy

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Re: Top 5 Movies About Memory
« Reply #19 on: August 04, 2007, 02:41:32 PM »
Anyone else think Memento is ridiculously overrated?

Yup.

I much prefer the original, the Dana Carvey classic Clean Slate with Valeria Golino and a one-eyed dog.
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