actually one of the better Hollywood films to come out. if only more Hollywood films were allowed these risks and ideas
Phenomenal film. Never really took it seriously when it first came out.
Utter nonsense. Someone please give me those three hours of my life back.
Without a doubt, one of the worst films to come out of Hollywood in at least 15 to 20 years, and that's saying a lot with all the pure crap being squeezed out these days. Completely over-ambitious and failing to deliver from a director who had only done one feature that comic book nerds blew way out of proportion. I'm not sure I'd want to see anything else by R. Kelly (:P) after this.
I don't know what that was, but there's nothing like it. Wouldn't mind reading those graphic novels.
A film so good, I didn't realize it was a musical until the halfway point. Rohmer's best.
It's kind of a mixed bag. The therapist/patient relationship is the most tangible element, but the horse symbolism just provides way too many questions than answers. I was kind of disappointed when I read that Shaffer just took the news clipping and constructed a drama around it. What did the real boy have to say? Is there any account of why he did it? Maybe the true story would be more interesting than the . .
In my mind the unattainable aspect of it was the film/plays point. To show how psychology tires to define the human soul, but eventually fails to grasp the larger aspect of it. Mixing gay thematics, with religious horse metaphors, and sexual restraint is to my mind more interesting than a true story.
An example of flawless direction and storytelling in the traditional style.
Did Pialat just make the best cop film ever?
For what it is, it's essentially perfect. Does what few films can by completely absorbing you in its reality. I only wish I could have seen it projected from a good print. I could watch this every day for years. The highest praise!
Usually eclipsed by Matsumoto T. and Terayama S., but still an important voice in the Tokyo experimental scene of the time. His films should be shown more.
I wish the real estate agents in FL were this crazy. Has a bit more theatricality than I prefer, but it works as a work of drama, and not necessarily as realism.
Pialat is unmatched in shooting endings. And those small little quirks to each character . . .
Never thought the neorealist approach would work these days, but it still seems to be an effective tool. Even with a lot of camerawork and lighting preferences that gave ode to Malick, it doesn't come off as too lush and sensuous visually (which can be a distraction), but still approaches the truth of the matter. A great American contemporary classic.
The strongest performance I've ever seen from Trintignant.
The woman in red, dancing to herself.
Doing anything for nine hours is certainly a chore, especially watching a film, when commercial restraints restrict it to less than two to ensure multiple bookings per day at theaters. Having stated that, it really shows how far ahead of the curve Diaz is in terms of his filmmaking. He won't be commercial, because commercial in itself is restrictive. He's too big for that box. And if it takes 10 hours to say . . .
what he wants, then it's just going to take 10 hours. Far more than the Philippine situation, which I found similar to accounts of most of the formerly colonized places on earth, I was more challenged by the aesthetic. Being forced to look at an image for so long. To think about how the old school of filmmaking teaches us to use the camera to accentuate all the body movements of characters and other events on the screen, even things which aren't that significant. Which is to say, the Filipino New Wave isn't just introducing a hitherto suppressed culture to the world, which in itself would only be a history lesson and wouldn't last, but it's expanding the language of cinema as well. It's fortunate that I'm alive to see this movement as it develops and be there to see what it will turn into.
One star because that's the lowest rating possible and another just for the sheer audacity to turn The Great Gatsby into a vaudeville show.
So intensely sad, beautiful, and sincere at the same time. Everything you'd want from a first film. The mistakes can easily be look past.
I go to the movies just to go. Today, I had to watch two sequels. The first one (Hangover 3) was a step-down from the insane laughs of the first two, and had much worse screenwriting. Fast and Furious was better, as far as visual craziness is concerned, but it's time to wrap up this block of franchises that's been going. I guess some of the "real world" movies are trying to compete with Batman and Superman, but . . .
Please, god, no more.