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Sifr's random movie discourse thread!

Discussion in 'TV + Film' started by sifr, Mar 14, 2009.

  1. Peter Hyams can be okay as Timecop is decent enough and Running Scared is a cracker of a film. Capricorn One though is a major bowel movement of epic proportions.

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    "I honestly cannot believe you think Danny Boyle is a bad director."

    I do. His direction is too thought out, cold, sterile and dull. Pure porridge. Trainspotting, which I like but have no great love for, works because the script is good and has excellent actors playing interesting characters. Boyle just drags it down with his stodgy direction. Even though the visuals are pure MTV, the feeling of energy getting sucked out is all too apparent to me.

    I have not seen Slumdog Millionaire and I seriously don't want to. And 28 Days Later was AWFUL. Perhaps the very worst script I've ever seen turned into a film. And Boyle can't film scares at all.

    Winterbottom is worse. Martin Scorsese uses all these great camera tricks and freeze frames etc in Goodfellas and Casino and it's exhilarating. Winterbottom uses similar tricks, but is even more extreme and liberal with them in 24hr Party People, and yet it's not exciting. It's just a bit dull and grey. The feeling I get is that the director has good ideas but he's dead behind the eyes. Another energy sucker. The only reason 24hrs is a good film is because the subject matter is too interesting for Winterbottom to sink it.

    "Who else could go from a naturalistic London drama to a moody, beautiful Western? (The Claim)"
    Why is it remarkable that he can film different genres? You give someone a script and they film it. The genre it's in really shouldn't present any problems unless the director is really bad or they just have completely no sympathy or understanding for that genre. Anyone could film a Western surely? Kevin Smith could if he wanted to?

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    "If you live in a world where you don't have to explain to people what Videodrome is when you bring it up, I envy you."

    I suppose it's maybe a bit obscure, but I think the majority of people who know a tiny fraction about films are aware of it.

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    I like De Palma but his early films are terrible (I've not seen Carrie as it really doesn't appeal to me at all). His films from Dressed To Kill (1980) onwards are a massive improvement. His films have amazing visuals (the shot outside looking up through a window as Travolta hides a tape above a ceiling tile in Blow Out is perhaps the most amazing shot in film history) but he does have a tendency to come up short on satisfying characters and plots.

    Kubrick was a master of finding fascinating books and then filming them. It's hard to know, apart from finding brilliant source material and constructing nice sets, what he really brings to a film. De Palma brings a series of great cinematic images but his source material is usually a bit shlocky. Their work with actors seems competent but there is a small whiff of truth to Mark Cousins comment about the lack of psychology on screen.

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    "Rushmore I more admired than liked, but it's still a good movie"

    Probably my very number one favourite movie of all time. I engage fully with it. My five star review on Amazon:

    "The Perfect Movie?
    Max Fischer is a unique character in film. I can't think of any other like him. The montage of all his clubs and activities is one of the funniest things ever filmed.

    The film is smart, funny and witty. Not just in its screenplay, but also in its visuals. As stylish as it is, it's not stifled by its own quirky techniques (unlike "Life Aquatic" by the same director). It's rare for a movie as stylish as this to have any heart or soul, and yet this one does.

    It's also one of those rare movies like Pulp Fiction were the music on the soundtrack is exceptional. "Making Time" by the Creation, "I am Waiting" by the Stones and "A Quick One (While He's Away)" by the Who are used to stunning effect.

    It's a shame most people reject it outright without giving it a chance. The movie is as faultless as it can be.

    This is a classic that I seem to watch at least a couple of times every year."

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    Cruising is a mess that comes apart half way in and makes no sense. Having said that it looks great and it has a fascinating storyline. Well worth seeing even though it's borderline incompetent.
     
  2. Hurray, someone else who likes Timecop! And Running Scared, which is annoying to be a fan of now, because when you bring it up, you have make sure they don't think you're talking about a Paul Walker movie.

    I think we'd better leave off the Boyle/Winterbottom contention, since we'll clearly never agree on this and we'll just be contradicting each other endlessly! I will just clarify that when I said I admired Winterbottom for changing genre every film, of course I know it's something any director could and many of them do. But why it struck me so much with him (especially when I was at Uni 98 - 01) is that for a British director who doesn't have regular finance, I found it very adventurous. Most Brit directors at the time either stayed with what they knew (mainly costume dramas) or, like Mike Newell, say, jumped to US financed projects. Even Danny Boyle did that around that time with The Beach, so for me to see an independent UK director go from period drama, to warzone true story, to neo noir, to family drama, to western...it was just pretty cool and encouraging.

    Carrie didn't appeal to me for the longest time, but I would recommend seeing it once in your life, if only for Sissy Spacek's incredibly beautiful performance. And Blow Out is terrific. I haven't actually seen Dressed To Kill yet, even though I own the DVD (that is a terrible thing actually.)

    I won't ever like or give weight to Mark Cousins' insights since his One on One series and his taking over Moviedrome from Alex Cox seemed to illustrate to me he examined films rather than enjoyed them, so I guess we'd better leave off him as well!

    The one thing that prevented me loving Rushmore was Max Fischer - I just couldn't engage with him, try as I might (and I did try!) But it is a beautiful film (and the Apocalypse Now re-creation in amazing) The only other Wes Anderson movie I don't like that much is Bottle Rocket, but I know I need to see that again. The Royal Tenenbaums is pretty much perfect, I think.
     
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