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  • Stardust
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    #150013

    So object to something about a favorite director or actor/tress of yours.

    I’ll start off with 2 actors:
    Streep – she ought to return to the stage and reinvigorate her craft, rediscover, and yes work with better directors
    Hackman – the bugger needs to come out of retirement and work with Blanchett (who, in keeping with the theme, ought to work in more experimental/quasi-experimental projects)

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    babypook
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    O here we go…..

    Terrence Malick has directed what is probably my favorite film of all time, and I am becoming somewhat concerned about the ‘direction’ his film-making appears to be taking.

    If he isnt careful, he’s going to wake up someday soon, look in the mirror, and see a guy who uses his gifted craft as a means towards psychotherapy, not just for himself, but also perpetrated upon his, perhaps, unfortunateanddidntaskforthis audience. He’ll be staring back at Lars von Trier, or my personal favorite, Michael Haneke. If he had a trace of Uwe Boll in him, I might even continue liking him.

    lol.

     

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    KT
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    What film is that?

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    babypook
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    I saw it recently.  The Linda character was very compelling.  And of course, the cinematography was magical, how Malick went for very low (natural) lighting.  I loved listening to the extras and hearing how dedicated everyone was to capturing a genuine period look.  Also, interesting that there were technically two cinematographers.  And hearing the many choices Terry made in the year(s) editing, adding the VO.  It was really like a fable—I just let it all absorb me, rather than scrutinizing the love triangle plot.  Love Ennio.

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    O here we go…..

    Terrence Malick has directed what is probably my favorite film of all time, and I am becoming somewhat concerned about the ‘direction’ his film-making appears to be taking.

    If he isnt careful, he’s going to wake up someday soon, look in the mirror, and see a guy who uses his gifted craft as a means towards psychotherapy, not just for himself, but also perpetrated upon his, perhaps, unfortunateanddidntaskforthis audience. He’ll be staring back at Lars von Trier, or my personal favorite, Michael Haneke. If he had a trace of Uwe Boll in him, I might even continue liking him.

    lol.

    As the years go by I am more and more convinced
    that that film depicts the complexities of relationships better than any
    movie before and after its initial release. Basically what I am saying
    is that your choice is a great one 🙂 Switching to the second topic you brought up, can
    you really see Malick making dull movies that are nothing more than
    unrelenting battering rams of misery like Amour, and The White Ribbon? Where To the Wonder failed and failed HARD, Knight of Cups and the untitled project will succeed.

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    Stardust
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    [quote=”babypook”]

    O here we go…..

    Terrence Malick has directed what is probably my favorite film of all time, and I am becoming somewhat concerned about the ‘direction’ his film-making appears to be taking.

    If he isnt careful, he’s going to wake up someday soon, look in the mirror, and see a guy who uses his gifted craft as a means towards psychotherapy, not just for himself, but also perpetrated upon his, perhaps, unfortunateanddidntaskforthis audience. He’ll be staring back at Lars von Trier, or my personal favorite, Michael Haneke. If he had a trace of Uwe Boll in him, I might even continue liking him.

    lol.

    As the years go by I am more and more convinced
    that that film depicts the complexities of relationships better than any
    movie before and after its initial release. Basically what I am saying
    is that your choice is a great one 🙂 Switching to the second topic you brought up, can
    you really see Malick making dull movies that are nothing more than
    unrelenting battering rams of misery like Amour, and The White Ribbon? Where To the Wonder failed and failed HARD, Knight of Cups and the untitled project will succeed.[/quote]
    That’s the hope! 

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    ETPhoneHome
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    Ok, I’ll say that Gary Oldman needs to be more selective. I think he’s one of the best actors currently working, and I go to see anything that he’s in. He’s always good, but, in what is becoming more frequently the case, he is the best part of the film (Paranoia, Robocop). Admittedly, Child 44 looks like it could be interesting, and the new Planet of the Apes movie looks ok. Hopefully he returns to more interesting material that warrants his talent.

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    vinny
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    Kate Hudson needs to find better scripts. The last good movie she made in my opinion was How To Lose A Guy in Ten Days. After that it seems like she just wasn’t selective and we got such bad choice from her. The only post 2003 movie she made was Nine.

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    BenitoDelicias
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    I’ll agree with Kate Hudson. I like her a lot and I don’t get why she doesn’t do anything interesting anymore. Yes, I’m a huge guilty pleasure fan of How to Lose a Guy, she was great in it, she hasn’t done anything good since. Perhaps Nine which was a surprise for me, her musical number is great, the movie is not, of course. But it was sort of a “revelation” for lack of a better word. I can’t even remember anything else she’s done since 2003 besides Nine.

    Cameron Diaz is another one. Yes Bad Teacher was good, Annie looked good on paper, definitely not on trailer where she seems like the biggest problem. It seems like everybody else is passing her by and leaving her behind. Let’s see what Sex Tape does.

    Alexander Payne. I really liked Nebraska, though not enough, and the more I watch The Descendants the less I care about it. I want to see him go back to things like Election and Sideays. 

    Cameron Crowe. I have high hopes (yet again) for this new film he’s doing with Krasinski, Stone, Cooper and others. Elizabeth town was a mess and I don’t even understand how he ended up with We Bought a Zoo.

     

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    ^Totally agree on Cameron Crowe, but I can say that ‘We Bought a Zoo’ > ‘Elizabethtown’…infinitely so.

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    UGH. i wrote a whole post about Kate Winslet and it didn’t post.  Anyway, to synthesize what I said, I want her to work with someone like David O. Russell or Woody Allen, who create such rich and vibrant characters and such beautiful films.  Also, I think a role in a Martin Scorsese film, kind of like Ginger in Casino, would be amazing for her and I think she could really kill it and show off her chops, but in a different way than we’re used to seeing from her.  I think she’s worked with some good directors recently, but the films have been disappointments, even though she’s been fabulous (Carnage, Mildred Pierce, Labor Day).  Also, I hate the fact that she’s signed on to the Divergent franchise (even though its only 2 films for her character) and did Movie 43 (what was she thinking?), I like her doing her typical smaller but high quality films.  Lastly, I think she needs a change of pace role a la Clementine in ESOTSM.  That changed her career trajectory after years of being ‘corset Kate’ and I think she’s become with her roles in Little Children  and Rev. Road and Labor Day ‘bored/depressed housewife/mother Kate’.  I think a quirky off beat character would be great for her at this point (or like I said, a gritty role in a Scorsese picture).

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    UGH. i wrote a whole post about Kate Winslet and it didn’t post.  Anyway, to synthesize what I said, I want her to work with someone like David O. Russell or Woody Allen, who create such rich and vibrant characters and such beautiful films.  Also, I think a role in a Martin Scorsese film, kind of like Ginger in Casino, would be amazing for her and I think she could really kill it and show off her chops, but in a different way than we’re used to seeing from her.  I think she’s worked with some good directors recently, but the films have been disappointments, even though she’s been fabulous (Carnage, Mildred Pierce, Labor Day).  Also, I hate the fact that she’s signed on to the Divergent franchise (even though its only 2 films for her character) and did Movie 43 (what was she thinking?), I like her doing her typical smaller but high quality films.  Lastly, I think she needs a change of pace role a la Clementine in ESOTSM.  That changed her career trajectory after years of being ‘corset Kate’ and I think she’s become with her roles in Little Children  and Rev. Road and Labor Day ‘bored/depressed housewife/mother Kate’.  I think a quirky off beat character would be great for her at this point (or like I said, a gritty role in a Scorsese picture).

    I enjoyed reading your post. Have you read about Triple Nine? It’s a cop thriller directed by John Hillcoat that should have some grit. Winslet has been cast as a mobster’s wife, in a role that Cate Blanchett had to drop because of scheduling conflicts.

    I agree that she has gotten into a rut with the screen persona of a depressed housewife. I’d really like her to do a thriller or mystery film. A lot of Charlize Theron and Cate Blanchett’s current roles seem to be in her wheelhouse.

    But I think she was right to accept Divergent. It will introduce her to younger audiences. It’s already the highest grossing film she’s ever made, apart form Titanic. Can’t be a bad thing.

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    Tree of Life for Malick – a soul-crushing experience for me. Fortunately, he rebounded with To the Wonder.

    Everything Clint Eastwood has done since Gran Torino, a great film that should have won him Best Actor. 

    Still wrapping my brain around Nymphomaniac, might never quite make up my mind about it. 

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    Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    (Toy Story franchise. Being different FTW): Seriously, toys? Wha… toys? I hate toys. They’re so plastic-y and bendy. How can anyone make a 90 minute long movie with just a heap of plastic. And what… they could to life? How. The movie never says why they do that. I’m just supposed to believe that? Explain screenplay? And I’m supposed to believe that in the many years these toys came to life, not one was alive in front of a human. I believe that one cocky toy would’ve foiled that secret years ago and we would’ve burned all the toys in the world. But honestly, what the actual hell?

    And look at the humans in the film. They are butt-ugly. The animation looks butt-ugly. It looks like something made in 1995. And what kid would watch a show called Buzz Lightyear? That’s the best space name they could come up with seriously? Sheriff Woody. That sounds like some weird fetish sex toy, in all honesty. And he doesn’t even look that cool, he only has a “little light bulb that blinks.” And all these toys are friends with this cowboy who is a jerk to the space toy? And still, toys? Really?

    (by the way, I love all 3 Toy Storys in actuality. I was just kidding around.)

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