Brian De Palma: C/D, S/D etc

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I saw Femme Fatale with the gf. the other day and was in lurve until near the end (the ten minutes before the "twist" -- which was itself okay) as was she. She recalls a discussion we had about DePalma except I don't recall having ever seen another of his films excepty Scarface, Carrie, and Mission Impossible (and forgot about him until we rented Femme Fatale) so either I was parroting some article I'd recently read or I was ill-informed but talking anyway, or both, or maybe she has a faulty memory or I coulda been just talking about Scarface, or perhaps strangely praising Mission Impossible (!).

Anyway, classic.

Sterling Clover (s_clover), Wednesday, 7 May 2003 20:59 (seventeen years ago) link

how good is the first 40 minutes of that movie

slutsky (slutsky), Wednesday, 7 May 2003 21:07 (seventeen years ago) link

Is the trailer for Femme Fatale misleading? Because it didn't look like any film that I wanted to be anywhere near.

Andrew Farrell (afarrell), Thursday, 8 May 2003 12:51 (seventeen years ago) link

You should see the French trailer, it's great (it's pretty much the whole movie sped up to fit into 2 minutes). I don't remember the other one.

slutsky (slutsky), Thursday, 8 May 2003 13:49 (seventeen years ago) link

I just watched Casualties Of War for the first time last night, and it might be my favorite DePalma film save for Dressed To Kill. He's lucky that M.J. Fox's awkwardness fit the character, cuz otherwise it would have sunk the film (it obliterates the one long speech he gives near the end, the scene is so lame it belongs in a different movie). Some of his most masterful direction and its NOT ABOUT MOVIES. The ending is a bit flat, but it's great in way that builds on his earlier successes while evolving beyond the camp elements of his '70s works. Sean Penn, John Leguizamo and John C. Reilly are great too.

Anthony Miccio (Anthony Miccio), Saturday, 10 May 2003 16:24 (seventeen years ago) link

I hated Scarface so much I stopped halfway through.

Femme Fatale was damn cool, though I don't find RRS very appealing.

Mission Impossible was mostly disposable, save for the hanging-from-the-ceiling bit.

Leee (Leee), Sunday, 11 May 2003 23:42 (seventeen years ago) link

four years pass...

omar little, Saturday, 8 December 2007 01:46 (twelve years ago) link


kudos for original list maker mentioning Carlito's Way and NOT Scarface.

granted, I like the latter. when I'm angry it's a movie that gets my jices flowing, but all things considered it's very one-dimensional. No reason for it to be three hours long outside of the fact that De Palma probably figured American audiences assumed longer=avant garde.

His rise to power was nothing more than a montage and his fall from grace comes out of nowhere and very abruptly.

Really if you approach the movie for what it is, eye candy with catchy one liners, it's a good time. But there's nothing to worship about it.

Carlito's Way was much better.

Bo Jackson Overdrive, Saturday, 8 December 2007 03:47 (twelve years ago) link

Well, you know what my D choices are. Everything else can go in C.

Eric H., Saturday, 8 December 2007 04:53 (twelve years ago) link

er, everything else can go in S.

Eric H., Saturday, 8 December 2007 04:53 (twelve years ago) link

four years pass...

trailer for PASSION

Legendary General Cypher Raige (Gukbe), Thursday, 23 August 2012 17:30 (eight years ago) link

six years pass...

Local rep:

I think I've seen them both (once each, a while ago), but I'll be there for sure.

clemenza, Monday, 25 March 2019 18:06 (one year ago) link

Arrow USA just did a box w/those two and Hi Mom!.

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 26 March 2019 18:57 (one year ago) link

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