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This films SOUNDS like it should be fucking great to me, even though everyone walked out on it in Venice. the CNN review (by some reviewer I've never paid attention to before) kind of pans it although all the problems she notes don't sound like problems to me (comically long tracking shots? I'm there!). Has anyone seen it yet?

kyle (akmonday), Thursday, 28 October 2004 20:46 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I haven't seen it yet, but it has my attention as well. It's hard to tell from the trailer whether it's going to be yet another "Sixth Sense" magic-power little kid movie, but it seems like it has the potential to be a lot more.

I'm a big fan of any film that deals with taboos, so the controversy peaks my interest.

What's wrong with long tracking shots? When used appropriately (such as in Van Sant's "Gerry" which was mentioned in the review) they work extremely well to set mood.

The reviewer sounds like a hack. It actually makes me want to see the movie more now.

jay blanchard (jay blanchard), Friday, 29 October 2004 02:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

me too! I think maybe I'll see it tonight if it opened.

kyle (akmonday), Friday, 29 October 2004 15:13 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

this movie was great. all the things pointed out as drawbacks were things I liked a lot. That scene where it holds on Nicole Kidman's face in the symphony for like five minutes and you only really see maybe one emotion cross her face during the entire time? brilliant! new husband going nuts and spanking the kid? frightening and hysterical! the crappy bathrooms in the lush, straight-out-of 1970 New York apartments with their lush deep green paint, ornate brass sconces and incredibly heavy drapery? beautiful! Kidman? gorgeous! the opening tracking shot? uh, it's just a tracking shot on it, I didn't see anything ridiculous about it. THe freaky shot of Sean in the tree? Scary!

There are a few things about the film that don't quite make sense, such as

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how does Sean know where Sean died? I guess maybe he looked it up.

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but I still think this is easily one of the best films I've seen all year.

kyle (akmonday), Saturday, 30 October 2004 15:15 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

you are wrong!

adam... (nordicskilla), Saturday, 30 October 2004 21:57 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

you are insane!

kyle (akmonday), Sunday, 31 October 2004 02:33 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Actually, I...enjoyed watching it and agree with one or two of the things that you say. I also think it failed on several crucial levels.

adam... (nordicskilla), Sunday, 31 October 2004 02:51 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

this was a weird film. i guess i kinda liked it, but then i am a sucker for this sort of thing and cant trust my immediate judgement.

the last scene was a bit overwrought though. the film as a whole doesn't really build to any sort of revelation, and maybe that's the point, but the kidman character doesn't really go through any change at all. (in fact the whole movie seems to be about raising her expectations and then destroying them--c'est la vie, perhaps, but i felt mugged, yeah life sucks glazer, thanks for reminding me.)

ryan (ryan), Sunday, 31 October 2004 22:21 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

i liked the music a lot

ryan (ryan), Monday, 1 November 2004 02:30 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...
I definitely think it didn't succeed in doing the things it tried to do that well, but I still thought it was great. This is coming from the position of someont who could watch NK's face for hours, not just minutes, though.

Unravelling the basically irrelevant Rertour de Jock Ewingesque plot late on felt kind of pointless - maybe it was just there to show that it doesn't matter whether love is warranted or not, but we all knew that, right?

But never mind. The point, as Jonathan Romney said in his Independent on Sunday review, is to follow it emotionally, and that I did. But it wasn't quite all there for me. I don't think I blame NK.

Alba (Alba), Tuesday, 16 November 2004 01:45 (fourteen years ago) Permalink


Alba (Alba), Tuesday, 16 November 2004 01:46 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

seven years pass...

I love this movie

lag∞n, Tuesday, 12 June 2012 01:41 (six years ago) Permalink

four years pass...

This movie is still brilliant.

rhymes with "blondie blast" (cryptosicko), Friday, 25 November 2016 21:15 (two years ago) Permalink

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