Brick - anyone else seen this yet?

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I saw Brick over the weekend and it was the first movie in ages that's stuck with me. Pulp-noir-meets-high-school isn't a particularly new idea, but despite the dialog it didn't feel particularly retro or consciously ironic. Couple of scenes had that "first time director" look, but honestly I'd rather see sometime different that doesn't quite make it versus the some-ol cliche factory.

This year's Donnie Darko?

LOL Thomas (Chris Barrus), Tuesday, 25 April 2006 17:00 (fourteen years ago) link


Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 25 April 2006 22:30 (fourteen years ago) link

yes, it's quite good! completely convoluted plot, of course, but very well done and extremely well-acted and very entertaining.

gear (gear), Thursday, 27 April 2006 07:23 (fourteen years ago) link

The only bad thing is the overbearing (and cheesy) score.

milo z (mlp), Thursday, 27 April 2006 16:19 (fourteen years ago) link

The only bad thing is the overbearing (and cheesy) score.

It seemed like they were trying for a Morriconesque theme for every character but it was so loud that it got on my nerves.

I want to see it again though.

LOL Thomas (Chris Barrus), Thursday, 27 April 2006 19:18 (fourteen years ago) link

two weeks pass...
The film is scheduled for release in Australia on August 10th

Shamgod, Tuesday, 16 May 2006 02:27 (fourteen years ago) link

It's not bad, someone on another thread nailed it "a cross between 10 Things I Hate About You and a Raymond Chandler book"

JohnFoxxsJuno (JohnFoxxsJuno), Wednesday, 17 May 2006 10:09 (fourteen years ago) link

three weeks pass...
This is the first film I've seen that's directly inspired by Miller's Crossing. This should be a good thing, since Miller's Crossing is arguably the greatest thing since the invention of the kinetoscope. Unfortunately, the mannered dialog that is so appealing when spoken by prohibition-era gangsters and dames just doesn't work in a modern-day high school setting. It almost felt like I was watching an exercise in film technique instead of an actual film. Having said that, I loved the plotting of the film. The actors were good, and there was some nice humor in the film. Job well done for $350K. I would put money on Rian Johnson's future.

cosmo vitelli (cosmo vitelli), Thursday, 8 June 2006 19:01 (fourteen years ago) link

I liked it. The Pin, pretty cool guy I reckon.

DV (dirtyvicar), Monday, 12 June 2006 20:20 (fourteen years ago) link

three months pass...
I have seen it.

christopherscottknudsen (christopherscottknudsen), Wednesday, 13 September 2006 20:02 (fourteen years ago) link

one month passes...
i need to see this again.

i really hated how the characters had to talk so quietly and mumble and slur all the clever dialogue so it was more stylized

but i still liked this movie a lot. i thought the noir in high school device was pretty cool.

researching ur life (grady), Thursday, 2 November 2006 07:35 (thirteen years ago) link

Part of it's age and tinnitis, but I appreciated having the closed captioning for this movie. The dialogue is tight, and worth reading. I liked it quite a bit. Well-done and stylized, taking the film noir cliches and placing them well into the high school setting.

Particularly liked the fight between Levitt and the football player - realistic and punishing - and the fact that Levitt carries the damage from his fights throughout the film.

lumberingwoodsman (Chris Hill), Friday, 3 November 2006 17:34 (thirteen years ago) link

I loved it! Best new film I have seen in 2006.

the pinefox (the pinefox), Thursday, 9 November 2006 12:20 (thirteen years ago) link

The actors were, seemingly, directed to mangle the dialogue. A real disappointment.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn (Alfred Soto), Tuesday, 14 November 2006 16:12 (thirteen years ago) link

two months pass...
I really dug this movie. I thought the direction and acting were both GREAT. I usually can't stand Joseph Gordon Levitt, but he was more than bearable in this movie...he was actually good. I love seeing a return to film noir! Not trying to spam, but my buddies and i did a podcast about brick back in September:

PodFlix - Brick Episode!

Also if you liked this movie you should really check out Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. Same type of Noir feel to it.

PodFlixWilly (PodFlixWilly), Wednesday, 7 February 2007 20:36 (thirteen years ago) link

two months pass...
This was slicker than I expected, but just as grotesque and pointless. A shame to waste a great noir line like "Which wall's the door in?" in a high-school play level of verisimilitude.

Dr Morbius, Saturday, 28 April 2007 19:09 (thirteen years ago) link

Particularly liked the fight between Levitt and the football player - realistic and punishing

oh Jesus

Dr Morbius, Saturday, 28 April 2007 19:10 (thirteen years ago) link

Saw it when it came out on DVD, very dissapointed. Glad I didn't spend the money for it in the theatres.

oscar, Sunday, 29 April 2007 00:29 (thirteen years ago) link

Well, it's no Donnie Darko, which is in Brick's favor: Darko just spun around and around, and its pseudo-physics bullshit never made any sense. My hipster friends seemed to like it more for its soundtrack. Of course, they still scoffed in disbelief whenever anyone said they didn't it. All the same, the dialogue in Brick is Mamet-lite and never rises above its obviously stylized stiltedness. It's been a while since I saw it though - I didn't think it was a disaster, or even bad - I'm just rather indifferent. I agree with the original post - it's at least exciting to see someone try something new with the genre. Even if, at times, it seems contrived.

jposnan, Thursday, 3 May 2007 22:43 (thirteen years ago) link

0 but contrived

Dr Morbius, Friday, 4 May 2007 15:58 (thirteen years ago) link

I didn't enjoy the film. It just wasn't believable to me. However, I have only seen it once maybe a second viewing will make me come around since the dialogue was too quick.

somuchsomuch24, Monday, 7 May 2007 00:27 (thirteen years ago) link

i figured it was like the newer shakespeare re-imaginings, i.e. "romeo + juliet" and "othello" in high school. i liked it but i think i liked it more when i was watching it than i do now, it doesn't leave much to hold onto beyond being an enjoyable genre experiment.

félix pié, Monday, 7 May 2007 18:12 (thirteen years ago) link

just kisses the ass of youth, Sundance-style

Dr Morbius, Monday, 7 May 2007 19:22 (thirteen years ago) link

four years pass...

watchin this again, still love it

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Saturday, 23 July 2011 16:05 (nine years ago) link


who shivs a git (darraghmac), Saturday, 23 July 2011 17:16 (nine years ago) link

six years pass...

Forgot that they used "Sister Ray" over the credits.

louise ck (milo z), Thursday, 23 November 2017 01:59 (two years ago) link

annoyed that Johnson will probably go more than a decade without making a film of his own

I'm down if he uses Disney dollars to fund Shane Carruth on the side though

shackling the masses with plastic-wrapped snack picks (sic), Thursday, 23 November 2017 08:02 (two years ago) link

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