Alexander Payne + Clooney + Hawaii = The Descendants

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feel like he kind of bit the Michael Clayton ending

A Little Princess btw (s1ocki), Tuesday, 22 May 2012 05:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

how so? i don't actually remember the last shot.

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Tuesday, 22 May 2012 05:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

i think "bogus" is actually a kind of brutal but fair term to apply to this film.

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Tuesday, 22 May 2012 05:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

ok wait now i remember. do you just mean it ends w/ a silent long take meant to make us wonder what the character(s) are thining? that's kind of tradition that goes back far beyond michael clayton though.

a.o. scott's incredibly enthusiastic review was really weird btw, and reads even weirder today.

http://movies.nytimes.com/2011/11/16/movies/descendants-with-george-clooney-review.html?pagewanted=all

To call “The Descendants” perfect would be a kind of insult, a betrayal of its commitment to, and celebration of, human imperfection. Its flaws are impossible to distinguish from its pleasures. For example: after what feels as if it should be the final scene, a poignant, quiet tableau of emotional resolution and apt visual beauty, Mr. Payne adds another, a prosaic coda to a flight of poetry. Without saying too much or spoiling the mood, I will say that I was grateful for this extra minute, a small gift at the end of a film that understands, in every way, how hard it can be to say goodbye.

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Tuesday, 22 May 2012 05:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

i mean it's a kind of 400 blows gesture in a way.

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Tuesday, 22 May 2012 05:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

I wish more movies simply ran out of film and were forced to freeze.

Count-Dracula-Down (Eric H.), Tuesday, 22 May 2012 11:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

...on George Clooney in sockless boat shoes

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 22 May 2012 11:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

"bogus" is a good word. A dubious honor for Clooney to star in two of the most meretricious Oscar films of the last twenty years.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 22 May 2012 11:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

There’s a scene at the end of the movie where they’re spreading the mother’s ashes in the ocean, and it gets broken up by a cruise and a bunch of drunk guys. That was shot, it was funny. But they didn’t want to cut away from that very poignant emotional closure.

You can't have humor interrupting very poignant emotional closure!

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 22 May 2012 11:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

Still prefer both to Syriana.

Count-Dracula-Down (Eric H.), Tuesday, 22 May 2012 11:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

DWH needs to reappreciate Kramer vs Kramer

someone get Sotosyn some friggin' boat shoes already

World Congress of Itch (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 22 May 2012 11:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

I'm wearing a pair with argyles.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 22 May 2012 13:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

I'm not saying Kramer Vs. Kramer is bad, Morbs. It's just nothing terribly special, and surely not the best film of 1979 any more than The Descendants has one of the very best screenplays of 2011 (hopefully you'll forgive my dubiousness towards the decisions of the esteemed Academy).

Quiet Desperation, LLC (Deric W. Haircare), Tuesday, 22 May 2012 13:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

Morbs agrees, I think.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 22 May 2012 13:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

he liked Boat Shoes Vs. Boat Shoes more than a lot of us

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 22 May 2012 13:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

Both end with the credits rolling over George Clooney as he stares thoughtfully into the middle distance

A Little Princess btw (s1ocki), Tuesday, 22 May 2012 14:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

It's not the fact that they end with that kind of shot, but holding it for so long with the credits over it is something I can't remember seeing before MC

A Little Princess btw (s1ocki), Tuesday, 22 May 2012 14:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

i considered barking a little in defense of kramer vs. kramer, yesterday. i remember it fondly, though i was only 12 at the time, but i decided that it's been too long for me to say with any certainty that i'd still like it. also, i thought there was a slight misogynist streak to the descendants, similar to what jonathan rosenbaum objected to in KvK.

spextor vs bextor (contenderizer), Tuesday, 22 May 2012 14:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

I kinda think all the characters in The Descendants are equally miserable.

World Congress of Itch (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 22 May 2012 15:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

It's not the fact that they end with that kind of shot, but holding it for so long with the credits over it is something I can't remember seeing before MC

― A Little Princess btw (s1ocki), Tuesday, May 22, 2012 9:02 AM (12 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

i'll agree that it works better in michael clayton.

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Wednesday, 23 May 2012 03:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

3 months pass...

I found this kind of a snore, tbh. However I really loved seeing Hawaii shown in a 'hey people live here' way. Honestly I enjoyed it more once I ignored the story and just watched it as a travel documentary, lol

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 24 August 2012 15:33 (1 year ago) Permalink


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