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Old 03-05-2015, 05:48 PM   #15031 (permalink)
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I was generally talking about romantic comedies. If the conversations seem mechanical and obviously scripted I can't like it. The Notebook was the worst offender. It's not like I'm looking for realism in sci-fi.
Not many examples of out and out surrealist romantic comedies, though I think they could work. The Notebook isn't really a comedy. If we're talking of romance in general, I'd go as far to say I prefer things to be a bit melodramatic. Ever watched any Douglas Sirk? Or Letter From An Unknown Woman?
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Not many examples of out and out surrealist romantic comedies, though I think they could work. The Notebook isn't really a comedy. If we're talking of romance in general, I'd go as far to say I prefer things to be a bit melodramatic. Ever watched any Douglas Sirk? Or Letter From An Unknown Woman?
Nope. Should I? Also, yeah you're right. The Notebook wasn't a comedy lol.
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Nope. Should I? Also, yeah you're right. The Notebook wasn't a comedy lol.
I don't know if they are to your taste, but they're among my favourites. All That Heaven Allows is a certified classic, and the Todd Haynes homage to Sirk 'Far From Heaven' is excellent too, for a modern take.
Letter From An Unknown Woman is an oldie, and has a truly ridiculous plot. I loved it, but I'm a big softie.
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I've seen Far From Heaven. I liked it.
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I've seen Far From Heaven. I liked it.
You'd probably like Sirk then! Film is a straight up tribute!
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Old 03-07-2015, 09:53 AM   #15036 (permalink)
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Foxcatcher

Like Whiplash, I’ve been aware of this film for a long time as it had a very early run at film festivals early last year. I heard Steve Carell was a revelation, that the film was a contender for Best Picture, and that Bennett Miller crafted a tight thriller aimed to get under your skin. Well, some of those things ended up being true, some didn’t. Let’s get into this.

Steve Carell – This was really the first thing I heard about the film. Steve Carell, Michael Scott himself, can act with the big guys. Considering he was recognized by the Academy, I’d say that he has found his way into talk of great working actors today. I didn’t think however that his performance was as monumental as most are claiming. I think that the fact that it was Steve Carell behind that enormous shnoz added to the talk of greatness. The guy who was speaking gibberish on Bruce Almighty and throwing tridents at people in Anchorman was now taking on a serious acting role in trying to portray John duPont. I think he did as fine a job as anybody could have, I just think the actual part was a bit underwhelming. duPont doesn’t say much. This role was all in the eyes for Carell and by all means did he nail it. My favorite parts of the film were when Carell, as duPont, is confronted with a problem, and his gaze goes cold, and his mind seems to be racing, but there is zero emotion on his face. That’s all Carell. He was able to give off such a creepy and subtle psychosis that even though I didn’t know the outcome of the story, I knew something bad was brewing. David Oyelewo should have been in the Best Actor category, but I had no problem with Carell being there.

The screenplay – This is where the film had its flaws. I love quiet films. This film is VERY quiet. There is a very subtle score consisting of light piano and strings but most of the film is dialogue and while that is happening, there is silence. There were times where this kind of slowness was totally important in the building of these characters. Other times it meandered. There were scenes involving duPont and his obsession with being in control that were important theme wise but seemed to drag on film wise. The two hour and fifteen minute run time felt like three hours mostly due to this meandering. The end of the film was also very abrupt and didn’t really give us reactionary points of view from all parties. Shocking? Oh, hell yeah. The pivotal scene that begins the end of the film is one of the most chilling scenes I’ve seen this year, but after that the film just kind of fades away. I needed more resolve. There was also a lot of holes in the film where Shultz and duPont start to get closer to each other. There’s a scene on a helicopter before a ceremony that leads right into bad haircuts and total character change. Nothing explained it other than what happened on the helicopter. Just felt forced.
Other than that, I felt that the comparison and development of duPont and Mark Shultz was fascinating to watch. Both these characters had father/mother issues, felt like they were in the shadows of somebody else, and loved America a whole lot. It’s a great character study.

Mark Ruffalo and Channing Tatum – Both of them, teamed with Carell of course, kicked major ass in this film. I said as the film was starting that I wanted to see if Tatum could actually act or if he was just a one trick pony with his sexy dancing and his buddy cop comedies. The dude can act. I’m now in the group of people that sees him as an actor rather than a celebrity who tries to act. For the record, I loved him in 21 Jump Street. Like Carell with duPont, Channing portrayed Mark Shultz as a silent time bomb, ready to explode at a given point. I was impressed. Ruffalo has been a favorite actor of mine for a while and even I didn’t understand the praise he got for this film until about three quarters of the way in. Then I got it. The last quarter of this film, Ruffalo becomes one of the more sympathetic characters I’ve seen in film in a while. He portrays the character and personality of Dave Shultz so well that all sorts of emotions were flying by the films end. He earned his praise.

The liked the film. I’m glad I didn’t see it in theaters because I may have fallen asleep but the film worked in most ways in telling the chilling tale of what happens when you mix immense power and money with mental illness. The three actors knocked it out of the park and the film had great tone and color. It dragged in bits, but overall it’s a film that I can see getting better with age. The character study alone of duPont and Mark Schultz was worth the watch.

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Foxcatcher's a good 100-minute film dragged out and overcooked so that it can masquerade as a great one. Ruffalo is fantastic. 3/5
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Ruffalo is fantastic.
Ruffalo needs a really meaty project so he can get an Oscar nod. He's one of the best of the current crop.
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Ruffalo needs a really meaty project so he can get an Oscar nod. He's one of the best of the current crop.
He has two now.
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Ruffalo's one of the only interesting things in the MCU.
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