Yes, the montage of the camera circling around his blond love interest kind of defies economical storytelling.
I took this as Antonioni flipping off America, which I’m fine with. The film is beautiful to look at. The acting is bad, I think that was on purpose, I don’t think Antonioni wanted good actors, he wanted bad actors to display the US as a country full of fakes - which it is. The ending, the blowing up of capitalism is great, and the desert orgy, I feel was commenting that the idea of free love is a waste of activity.
It's not even over yet, but this is one of the worst movies I have ever seen and is an affront to the original Die Hard, which is one of the best action films ever. While I have no problem with suspending belief for a while, this the producer and director obviously felt that their demo were all idiots. There are just sooooooooo many things wrong with this piece of shit.
I just spent five hours in San Luis Obispo (where the film is mostly set) covering a college track meet, it made me wonder how many of the athletes had seen this film.
I love this film's score by Barrington Pheloung, but I've never seen the film.
I like the film despite myself, there was little to no subtly in the story or technique, but it in no way harmed the film. Coutard was blessed with beautiful locations to shoot (I want to go to that villa), and he along with Godard took full advantage of the wide-angle lens, pushing a distortion of how life looked to the characters. There were dialogues that were too self-aware and stagy, but again they worked.
Coming to Blu-Ray end of April
A great score by Stewart.
I like Philip Glass' music, I dig his style, but man did it not work At All with this movie. It was playing on cable and I wasn't playing attention, but when I heard the music, I knew it was Glass, and then paying half attention, the score stood out like a sore thumb. Good music, not the right movie for it to be in.
Okay, rewatched it and while seeing the beautiful cinematography in the finely restored Criterion edition helped, I still have huge issues with the clever-like editing. I added one star to my rating.
Deutschman is a good guy, attended the same jc film school as I and always back back to show his work.
Restored print of the film is out on Blu-ray on 3-12
Having first seen the original Criterion release, then looking at the Blu-ray after the '09 restoration... What an amazing job they did in restoring the image, spectacular, it's mostly clean, colors pop with vibrancy. As much as the film is a work of art, the restoration is as well.
The Eyes of Mars is a killer song and the whole thing is well done, probably my favorite piece of the Lady Dior films.
Johnson and Leachman are well deserving of all the accolades thrown in their direction for this film, but when Sam passed and the town began to fall apart, the film did a little too, and that credit goes to Bogdanovich, he made his film another character. The film lost its center, just as the town had. Well done.
Turns out that this is the film that made Gary Oldman want to be an actor...
The third act saved it for me, but some of the music cues seemed to come straight out of 70s soft porn.
They should have played up the lesbian angle more, imagine what Pinhead would do with that info in tempting someone to his world, but they played it too safe... But I still like it.
A complete collection of Majewski's films was released in Poland in '10/'11, with only Mill and the Cross not contained (it wasn't yet in theaters), but it is crazy expensive to buy the three volumes. Time to save money for them and for a region free player.
It really is just a damn fine piece of comedy writing, acting, timing.
Stupid fun and I'm okay with that.
I read the novel by Kirsty Gunn and was really taken by it; she wrote with a beautiful style, almost poetry in prose. The film, though good, wasn't able to capture that beauty, as is usually the case. I would recommend seeing the film, then track down the book. Actually, track down the book, then see the film.
While there were things I liked about the film -- the cinematography was beautiful, use of a certain song -- I hated Margo, I thought Williams' performance was strong, but the character herself I didn't, I'm pretty sure I dated a Margo. Polley has shown herself to be a fine director and writer and I certainly look forward to more of her directing efforts when she gets around to them.
Loved the score, appreciated the fight sequences, but there wasn't really that much there.
Just a fun film. I'm not a Bogart fan at all, but the performances here were perfect. And it was funny, very funny. Also, very Ustinov did something, I just thought of Tom Hardy playing that part.
A solid 2.5, but some Stallone issues hurt, and the Lindsay Wagner story was developed enough, the device of using date and location in the beginning worked okay, but then it was abandoned, what was the time frame we were looking at, how long was he in NYC, how long was the training Stallone and Billy Dee went through? It was nice to see Persis with hair.
How did I have this on two favorites lists but had forgotten to rate it and fan it? Oy
"They make scary movies that start out like that." "Hey, but they make porno movies that start out like that, too, man."
The TK element was set up well and was not any kind of distraction. People complaining about it in a film dealing with time travel really need to get over themselves.
While there are some nice set pieces and I liked the humor, it was just too convoluted, Johansson doesn't know how to fire a gun and Renner is completely uninteresting. The main thing I got out of the movie is that I want to see Ruffalo and Downey in some other film together.