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    (Original post by Abiraleft)
    I wasn't too taken in by it either. :no: It was fairly good stylistically, but for most of the film, I was just waiting for Oldman's next scene. And I thought the dialogues were pretty terrible. From what I understand, a lot of Besson's (sp?) films are style-over-substance affairs (though not in the Transformers vein). :dontknow:



    I really want to watch this. :yes:


    If you like films like Nil By Mouth and such, you should love it.


    Stuff like this is dark, not the ridiculous over the top movies like Requiem for a Dream, and not ****ty 'torture porn' like Saw.



    disclaimer: I do actually like RFAD
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    Raymond Chandler rips into Alfred Hitchcock:

    Dear Hitch,

    In spite of your wide and generous disregard of my communications on the subject of the script of Strangers on a Train and your failure to make any comment on it, and in spite of not having heard a word from you since I began the writing of the actual screenplay—for all of which I might say I bear no malice, since this sort of procedure seems to be part of the standard Hollywood depravity—in spite of this and in spite of this extremely cumbersome sentence, I feel that I should, just for the record, pass you a few comments on what is termed the final script. I could understand your finding fault with my script in this or that way, thinking that such and such a scene was too long or such and such a mechanism was too awkward. I could understand you changing you mind about the things you specifically wanted, because some of such changes might have been imposed on you from without. What I cannot understand is your permitting a script which after all had some life and vitality to be reduced to such a flabby mass of clichés, a group of faceless characters, and the kind of dialogue every screen writer is taught not to write—the kind that says everything twice and leaves nothing to be implied by the actor or the camera. Of course you must have had your reasons but, to use a phrase once coined by Max Beerbohm, it would take a "far less brilliant mind than mine" to guess what they were.

    Regardless of whether or not my name appears on the screen among the credits, I'm not afraid that anybody will think I wrote this stuff. They'll know damn well I didn't. I shouldn't have minded in the least if you had produced a better script—believe me. I shouldn't. But if you wanted something written in skim milk, why on earth did you bother to come to me in the first place? What a waste of money! What a waste of time! It's no answer to say that I was well paid. Nobody can be adequately paid for wasting his time.

    (Signed, 'Raymond Chandler')
    Fascinating stuff. I love cinema's history...

    Source: http://www.lettersofnote.com/2012/01...f-cliches.html
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    I watched Babe several times during my childhood. Just watched it again. It's awesome, prove me wrong.
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    I really liked Leon the Professional. Only film with Natalie Portman in were I don't find her annoying.
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    A 7.5/10 for me on The Iron Lady.

    Fantastic performance by Streep as expected, she really is absolutely amazing. Can't see anyone but her getting the Oscar unless Glenn Close pulls something insane out of the bag.

    Personally I would have preferred a straight, chronological portrayal of her rise from childhood to leaving Downing St without the present day stuff, but I'm aware that was basically the central point of the film. It was one of those films where the trailer makes it look like something that it actually isn't, I wasn't expecting 60% of the film to be 'old Thatcher'.

    On a side not, I didn't realise that Emma Thompson's mum was the director. :cool:
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    (Original post by Phalanges)
    Raymond Chandler rips into Alfred Hitchcock:



    Fascinating stuff. I love cinema's history...

    Source: http://www.lettersofnote.com/2012/01...f-cliches.html
    I love Chandler
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    Raymond Chandler can say whatever he wants.
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    Watching the Coppola Dracula film for some reason. Jesus christ this **** is ridiculous. Gary Oldman really enjoys going over-the-top, to almost Shatneresque extremes (he literally feeds his brides a baby and cackles maniacally ffs). Although tbf the whole film is kind of like that, with the obvious exception of Keanu, who out-Keanu's himself here. It's clearly a B-movie dressed up with a blockbuster budget.
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    Departures is a really good film. It was something of a revelation that Japan makes understated, touching, black comedy dramas like this! Most of the fare that travels from there is rather different.
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    (Original post by Christien)
    It's clearly a B-movie dressed up with a blockbuster budget.

    Which is why it's great.
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    (Original post by Christien)
    Watching the Coppola Dracula film for some reason. Jesus christ this **** is ridiculous. Gary Oldman really enjoys going over-the-top, to almost Shatneresque extremes (he literally feeds his brides a baby and cackles maniacally ffs). Although tbf the whole film is kind of like that, with the obvious exception of Keanu, who out-Keanu's himself here. It's clearly a B-movie dressed up with a blockbuster budget.
    Absolutely loved that film when I was a kid.
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    (Original post by concubine)
    Which is why it's great.


    I haven't really formed a full opinion on it yet, but I'm leaning towards the idea that it generally works, for what it is. I find the CONSTANT AND UNENDING abuse of the match cut irritating though.
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    What are people's opinions on David Cameron's recent remarks calling for more of the British film industry's money to be allocated to movies with mainstream appeal rather than unknown directors? :holmes:
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    (Original post by Abiraleft)
    What are people's opinions on David Cameron's recent remarks calling for more of the British film industry's money to be allocated to movies with mainstream appeal rather than unknown directors? :holmes:


    Meh. Dunno. If, in the end, it leads to a bigger industry and more money for unknown directors/non-mainstream movies, then great. Though I kinda doubt that's what'd happen, so it sucks, most 'mainstream' British films aren't really that good.



    It really is a shame that the UK film industry isn't what it used to be.
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    Makes sense financially, but will stifle creativity ridiculously.

    And how do they know what will draw a huge box office? Harry Potter's finished and that's one of the few British licenses we have. Maybe we should have cliched action films with gun fights in Big Ben. Or seventeen Inbetweeners films.
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    (Original post by Abiraleft)
    What are people's opinions on David Cameron's recent remarks calling for more of the British film industry's money to be allocated to movies with mainstream appeal rather than unknown directors? :holmes:


    He owns a copy of Armageddon on DVD and shut down the UKFC. His opinion on film should be less than worthless. Sadly, he is the Prime Minister.
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    (Original post by Kolya)
    Departures is a really good film. It was something of a revelation that Japan makes understated, touching, black comedy dramas like this! Most of the fare that travels from there is rather different.
    Especially the soundtrack by Joe Hisaishi!
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    (Original post by Abiraleft)
    What are people's opinions on David Cameron's recent remarks calling for more of the British film industry's money to be allocated to movies with mainstream appeal rather than unknown directors? :holmes:
    As I said in the thread on it, if people thought the King's Speech was going to be a huge success it wouldn't have needed the UK Film Council to step in and save it. There's also the issue that Ken Loach has pointed out that his new system means any profits will go back to producers and not the fund (unlike the old system, which treated handouts as a loan) - it seems like he's trying to turn lottery funding of films into a business, but has forgotten about making money from it. Really, it's stupid all round.
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    What do people think of Easyriders (1969)?

    I quite enjoyed it, I loved the scenes where they just rode across America without dialogue, just music.
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    So I was casually watching Layer Cake again, as you do, when all of a sudden holy **** that's Tom Hardy! My adoration of this film has gone up even further.
 
 
 
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