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    clay bryce
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    Not sure my lame topic title is what I mean, but here it is:

    Tonight I was watching “Connie & Carla.” A pleasant, not great, not Oscar-worthy in the traditional sense movie, but the cinematography, by Oscar-nominated cinematographer, Richard Greatrex, was outstanding. So that got me thinking.

    There have to be other movies, bad movies, far from Oscar-worthy, that have either fantastic sets or costumes or the editing is sublime, whatever. If you know of any such thing, please let me know. I’d love to hear what you think.

    One catch: I would prefer it if the movies you name received 0 Oscar nominations.

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    Into the Woods was a bad adaptation of a fantastic show, but the whole thing looked great.

    Although this is a flawed in that I wouldn’t have minded Blunt and Pine getting nominated in addition to Streep.

    For one from last year, Rise of Skywalker was a very good film from a visual standpoint even if the plot left a lot to be desired.

    There’s probably other examples I can think of later.

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    Cats (2019).

    I know a lot of it is nightmare material, but the production design was pretty good…

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    While Cat’s production design is definitely one of its strongest aspects, the proportions are still so weird to me. It makes the cats look like they’re the size of rats.

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    Into the Woods was a bad adaptation of a fantastic show, but the whole thing looked great. Although this is a flawed in that I wouldn’t have minded Blunt and Pine getting nominated in addition to Streep. For one from last year, Rise of Skywalker was a very good film from a visual standpoint even if the plot left a lot to be desired. There’s probably other examples I can think of later.

    I have to disagree with Into the Woods. I was really disappointed by how everything looked like a Soundstage covered in plastic plants. I also loathed how gloomy it was and all that awful CGI.

    That film was such a missed opportunity.  Like Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods is a musical best left in it’s entirety.  They are both such tightly written works of theatre that when you begin to mess with the writing, they fall apart.  Embrace the theatricality of the piece and don’t apologize for making a musical!

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    I have to disagree with Into the Woods. I was really disappointed by how everything looked like a Soundstage covered in plastic plants. I also loathed how gloomy it was and all that awful CGI. That film was such a missed opportunity. Like Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods is a musical best left in it’s entirety. They are both such tightly written works of theatre that when you begin to mess with the writing, they fall apart. Embrace the theatricality of the piece and don’t apologize for making a musical!

    Maybe I have to look back at in again, but now that you mention it, it did look too gloomy. A little more color probably would’ve made it better.

    But yes, both Into the Woods and Sweeney were destroyed because directors were too busy trying to make the shows cinematic that they left out some of the best parts of them.

    Sweeney was also ruined because of tone deaf singing. Love Bonham Carter, but I can’t stand her as Lovett.

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    Sayonara (1957)

    The Cinematography, Costumes, Score and Production Design are fantastic but I thought the movie is terrible. I don’t understand Marlon Brando’s nomination (his Southern accent was awful) but I like Red Buttons and James Garner.

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    Maybe I have to look back at in again, but now that you mention it, it did look too gloomy. A little more color probably would’ve made it better. But yes, both Into the Woods and Sweeney were destroyed because directors were too busy trying to make the shows cinematic that they left out some of the best parts of them. Sweeney was also ruined because of tone deaf singing. Love Bonham Carter, but I can’t stand her as Lovett.

    I think the gloom factor worked well with the tone of the movie, honestly. That thing was just plain depressing.

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    I think the gloom factor worked well with the tone of the movie, honestly. That thing was just plain depressing.

    Yes but now that I think about it, the show should look and feel happy for the first act (even though several of the events are not), which is what makes the second hit you so hard.

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    Another one is Blow-Up, which I didn’t find compelling at all but the visuals and cinematography were impressively precise.

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    POTC:AWE is bloated af (still love it) but production design is glorious and the score, oh the score. All 3 first POTC movies have splended production and score. I still think they are much better than what passes for quality blockbusters these days.

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    1917 for me. As much as I dislike that film’s story, characters, pacing, and marketing, all of the technical aspects are flawless. The editing that is in the film is seemless: very few cuts are noticeable, and much of this is thanks to the excellent visual effects. The sound, especially the sound editing, and the phenomenal score do wonders to increase the little tension the film has, the production design felt real and not like a movie set like so many other films like this, and the Cinematography absolutely deserved it’s Oscar. Plus, Sam Mendes’s direction is excellent when it’s focusing on bringing these technical aspects of the film to life. 1917’s best moments are scenes like The Night Window and the finale where all of these aspects come together to deliver breathtaking sequences of beautiful imagery and music.

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    Cinematography of Lone Ranger

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