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Old 09-20-2010, 11:52 AM   #8071 (permalink)
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Actually I disagree with you there, it's didn't feel slow paced at all, that's the one positive thing about it, it may have been long, but I didn't feel like it was a particular chore to go through. Just thought I'd encourage anyone reading, it's not a contemplative mood piece like some Tarkovsky film, it's got a fairly interesting plot which makes it very watchable. I just thought it definitely lacked any particular directorial flourishes which made Once upon a time in the West so spectacular. There was nothing there that would make me think it's a Leone film, like framing or the particular use of sound. Maybe it's because the setting is so different.

And now that you mention emotions, I guess that was another thing that the film lacked, I didn't get any feel of De Niro's character, or any other to be honest. They're all just...there. Which made the rather baffling last half hour a bit of an anticlimax. :\
Huh. It's interesting that we had such different experiences.

To be fair, I don't think it was exactly a chore--I don't mind the length necessarily, it just did seem really very long (but then so did Once Upon a Time in the West and the Dollars trilogy). And yeah, the setting is really different, but he has the same affinity for really long, relatively static takes, a lot of close-ups of faces, passages with little dialog (although somewhat less of those). Plus the lights, music and that kind of slightly dusty quality the film itself had.

And how the emotion is conveyed, I guess is part of that, cos it's definitely subtle and Noodles is a really complex character. It's been a while since I've seen it so I don't feel like I can go into that much detail, but I remember the whole movie basically being about his relationship with Max.

Actually, I might watch that again this week since I have some time off...
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Old 09-20-2010, 11:55 AM   #8072 (permalink)
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Is Scotland not part of Britain anymore?!
Well of course it is, but I don't think Trainspotting is British in any way. It's Scottish. Just like I couldn't relate to This Is England that much because i'm not English, I don't think you can relate to some of the parts if you're English. Some exceptions of course.
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Old 09-20-2010, 12:01 PM   #8073 (permalink)
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I'd like to know what Americans think of films steeped in British (or Scottish for that matter) identity
It's interesting coming across that in movies/TV because I guess I don't think about it as much without a language barrier but there is a distinct otherness there. To me, though, I've never come across anything where that made it at all unrelatable, it just gives it another layer of interest--like "Oh... that's a bit different, innit?"

BTW, I've never seen This is England, but I'm looking it up now and I'm intrigued. Would your mention be an actual recommendation, or just a comment on its "Britishness?"
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Old 09-20-2010, 01:40 PM   #8074 (permalink)
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i went and watched scott pilgrim last night for the second time.

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Old 09-20-2010, 01:53 PM   #8075 (permalink)
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^ I'm kind of tempted to go see that again m'self.

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Oh, it's bad. But like Death to Smoochy or Toys, it's not just bad, it's weirdly, ridiculously bad very much in its own way and I kind of like it for that.

Plus, the cast is awesome. Pam Grier and Joe Don Baker in the same place? Hah!
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Old 09-20-2010, 02:14 PM   #8076 (permalink)
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Um...it's a parody...so, I think it was intentionally bad...and it's actually pretty good/funny.
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Old 09-20-2010, 02:16 PM   #8077 (permalink)
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I loved Mars Attacks...why anyone would try to take that seriously is beyond me.
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Old 09-20-2010, 02:32 PM   #8078 (permalink)
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I loved Mars Attacks...why anyone would try to take that seriously is beyond me.
Yeah, Mars Attacks was an obvious parody style movie from the start. Tom Jones is in the ****ing move, how serious could it be. A lot of laughs to be had in that one though.
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Old 09-20-2010, 03:11 PM   #8079 (permalink)
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Hm. I'm surprised to see such love for it--everyone I know kind of hates it/doesn't find it very funny. I dunno how you could not though.

It could've been a lot better/more thought out, but c'mon, so many weird little parts--like Rod Steiger basically imitating George C Scott from Dr Strangelove.
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Pretty decent thriller, worth a watch.
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