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Posted 04/13/11 - 3:37 PM:
Subject: What makes a good movie?
If a movie is good until you get to the end, is it still a good movie?

Should an action film be judged harshly for not being philosophically profound? By the same token, should an intellectual film be judged harshly for not having action scenes?

How do you determine what is a good film? Is it enough to be entertained, or does it need to make you think? Is it about the sum of its parts, or is it possible for one small but significant thing to redeem an otherwise terrible film?

Any thoughts?
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Posted 04/14/11 - 12:28 AM:

ALERT: IT IS ALL ABOUT NOLAN...READ IF YOU DO NOT DISLIKE HIM!!!


lib wrote:
If a movie is good until you get to the end, is it still a good movie?


Yes. In my opinion.

Should an action film be judged harshly for not being philosophically profound? By the same token, should an intellectual film be judged harshly for not having action scenes?

No. There is value in an action movie which is of good quality or even if it has no deep philosophy and vice versa.

How do you determine what is a good film? Is it enough to be entertained, or does it need to make you think? Is it about the sum of its parts, or is it possible for one small but significant thing to redeem an otherwise terrible film?

Any thoughts?


A very good question! I feel, my propensity for ‘mystery’ has something to do with my taste for movies; not a wonder that I have been fond of suspense thrillers since my childhood. I like all Nolan movies, without a single exception and I used to like all of them earlier too (when it had not occurred to me that they were all directed by Nolan!). I watched ‘Prestige’, ‘Memento’, ‘The Dark Knight’ (Batman Begins as well); without being aware of the fact that they have all been directed by Nolan. It will be safe to suggest that my frequency matches with Nolan. It used to be the case, earlier, with Hitchcock and with only one Indian ( Bollywood) director. Lately, as my reflection for movies and about their impact on the psyche of masses improved, I realized that what exactly a director (script writer) portrays, is, their own world view.

Nolan has created Neptunian, mysterious, foggy and dream like movies. In a way, he has explored psyche of humans, especially the psyche of very ‘different’ humans. Do you recall that chase in the tunnel by the detective (enacted by Al Pachino) in Insomnia? The tunnel has too much fog; everything is dream like, foggy, mysterious and Neptunian. This is also a portrayal of the Astrological 12th house of horoscope, where, everything is foggy; nothing is clear; clarity eludes you. In Memento too, nothing has been made clear and everything is too unclear (believe me; Nolan maintains mystery even after you watch Memento 10 times!). I went to theater twice to watch Inception, and enjoyed it both the times without slightest of boredom. Even ‘Prestige’ has this element of mystery and freshness in it that is why I like it as well. We all are in awe of the Joker in ‘The Dark Knight’.
Almost all of the Nolan presentations are dreamlike and I love watching dream like movies. It should not be a fairy tale dream though. I also like ‘No Country for Old Man’ and I do not know why. Lately I have watched some DIE-HARD movies and liked them as well.
I can barely manage to watch a romantic movie. Some comedy movies I enjoyed watching include “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels”; “Death at a Funeral” (British version!).
Taste for movies, like taste for anything else in life, can tell a lot about your own personality. The movie tells a lot about the story writer and director and the audience which appreciates it most is the one whose frequency of vibration, at least when it comes to art, is similar to the writer/director of the movie.
I do believe that apart from entertaining, Nolan creates for the joy of creating (every great artist does so!). I do not know whether I have answered your question or not [But in a way, I have tried to answer, what makes a good movie for me]
Another idea: For me, a really great movie series might be the incessant play of all my dreams I have seen, since my childhood! So it is all about dreams and mystery !

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Posted 04/14/11 - 11:33 AM:

thinker, have you seen "the others", or any other films by the spanish filmmaker alejandro amenabar? (for you) i especially recommend his film "abre los ojos". you may be familiar with the american remake that he made with tom cruise, "vanilla sky", but i think the original is much better. if you haven't seen those 2, i highly recommend them, based on your description of your taste in movies. "the others" is presently my most favorite film of all time.

who is the bollywood director of whom you are/were a fan? i would love to check out his stuff.

i too love films that involve dreams, and layers of consciousness. overlapping with this theme, i also have an interest in ghost stories and supernatural themes (not to be confused with horror films, of which i'm not usually a great fan). ghost stories interest me for the same reason that dream interpretation does, for the richness and complexity in metaphors and archetypes. some of my favorite ghost stories are the aforementioned "the others", also films by guillermo del toro ("the devil's backbone", "the orphanage"), "the 6th sense" (i'm also a fan of the haplessly unpopular m. night shamyalan).

psychological/suspense thrillers are also my taste. i loved "basic instinct", "the talented mr. ripley", also "no country for old men". have you seen the talented mr. ripley?

if you liked "lock, stock & 2 smoking barrels", you might also like "snatch" (which i thought was a far superior film from the same director. brad pitt's performance will blow you away. IMO it's on par with heath ledger's joker.)

other than that, i'm also a big fan of love stories & fairy tales (not your taste, i realize). and cartoon films, especially 3D animation. grin pixar films = win. also love madagascar, ice age, and all those. can't wait to see "rio".
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Posted 04/15/11 - 1:32 AM:

lib wrote:
thinker, have you seen "the others", or any other films by the spanish filmmaker alejandro amenabar? (for you) i especially recommend his film "abre los ojos". you may be familiar with the american remake that he made with tom cruise, "vanilla sky", but i think the original is much better. if you haven't seen those 2, i highly recommend them, based on your description of your taste in movies. "the others" is presently my most favorite film of all time.


Thank you lib, will try checking "The Others" . Does it mean that our tastes for movies have much in common? It seems so. I am embarrassed that I have still not checked ‘Vanilla Sky’, whereas I recall well that you recommended it last year. Let me try to download it this weekend if possible.

who is the bollywood director of whom you are/were a fan? i would love to check out his stuff.


He is san eminent lyricist and director Gulzar. My frequency matches with him when it comes to lyrics penned by him. Again, I loved his lyrics and all his lyrics were my favorites right since childhood (when I was not even aware of the lyricist). He has also directed a few movies but I seriously doubt that you will like watching those as they are mostly in Hindi, with a background of India in 70s-80s.

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i too love films that involve dreams, and layers of consciousness. overlapping with this theme, i also have an interest in ghost stories and supernatural themes (not to be confused with horror films, of which i'm not usually a great fan). ghost stories interest me for the same reason that dream interpretation does, for the richness and complexity in metaphors and archetypes. some of my favorite ghost stories are the aforementioned "the others", also films by guillermo del toro ("the devil's backbone", "the orphanage"), "the 6th sense" (i'm also a fan of the haplessly unpopular m. night shamyalan).


I have heard a lot about Shyamalan. Once I tried to watch ‘The Village’ but got bored with it very soon. I have not yet watched “The 6th sense”. Most of the ghost stories seem comedies! [ It may be because I was born on Friday the 13th ! laughing ] Gore horror like that in Wrong Turn seems to be terrorizing indeed ( very harmful for sensitive brain!).

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psychological/suspense thrillers are also my taste. i loved "basic instinct", "the talented mr. ripley", also "no country for old men". have you seen the talented mr. ripley?

Watched ‘Basic Instinct’ and liked it too. I have to check ‘Talented Mr. Ripley’; a lot of movies to watch indeed!

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if you liked "lock, stock & 2 smoking barrels", you might also like "snatch" (which i thought was a far superior film from the same director. brad pitt's performance will blow you away. IMO it's on par with heath ledger's joker.)

Bradd pitt is always jovial and I love watching his movies! “The Fight Club” is a good watch in psychological thriller genre.

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other than that, i'm also a big fan of love stories & fairy tales (not your taste, i realize). and cartoon films, especially 3D animation. pixar films = win. also love madagascar, ice age, and all those. can't wait to see "rio".


I like all movies in the ‘Ice Age’ series!

“The Skeleton Key”, used to be my favorite movie before I got ‘Memento’ in my hands. If you have not checked it, do check it at once and do so without investigating about the plot/story. A true thriller and a really good story! The climax is one of the most intriguing climaxes I have ever witnessed!
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Posted 04/15/11 - 2:04 AM:

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Thank you lib, will try checking "The Others" . Does it mean that our tastes for movies have much in common? It seems so. I am embarrassed that I have still not checked ‘Vanilla Sky’, whereas I recall well that you recommended it last year. Let me try to download it this weekend if possible.

vanilla sky is pretty good, but "abre los ojos" (the original) is much better IMO. it has darker tones & resonates more strongly, at least for me. it seems more of a psychological thriller than the american remake.

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He is san eminent lyricist and director Gulzar. My frequency matches with him when it comes to lyrics penned by him. Again, I loved his lyrics and all his lyrics were my favorites right since childhood (when I was not even aware of the lyricist). He has also directed a few movies but I seriously doubt that you will like watching those as they are mostly in Hindi, with a background of India in 70s-80s.

oh, i don't mind watching movies in hindi (as long they're subtitled, of course). i love bollywood films, one of my favorites is umrao jaan (the more recent version with the lovely aishwarya rai).

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I have heard a lot about Shyamalan. Once I tried to watch ‘The Village’ but got bored with it very soon. I have not yet watched “The 6th sense”.

the 6th sense is his best one IMO. the less you know about it the better. hopefully no one has spoiled the plot for you already.

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Watched ‘Basic Instinct’ and liked it too. I have to check ‘Talented Mr. Ripley’; a lot of movies to watch indeed!

the talented mr. ripley is the most hitchcock of any modern film i've seen. i think you'd really like that one.

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Bradd pitt is always jovial and I love watching his movies! “The Fight Club” is a good watch in psychological thriller genre.

yes, loved fight club. edward norton is great too.

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“The Skeleton Key”, used to be my favorite movie before I got ‘Memento’ in my hands. If you have not checked it, do check it at once and do so without investigating about the plot/story. A true thriller and a really good story! The climax is one of the most intriguing climaxes I have ever witnessed!

ok i'll check it out, but is it very violent or gory? if so then i just have to be in the right frame of mind before i can watch it.

have you seen any darren aronofsky films? for example, "pi" or "black swan". if so, what is your opinion of his films?
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Posted 04/15/11 - 2:46 AM:

libertygrl wrote:

vanilla sky is pretty good, but "abre los ojos" (the original) is much better IMO. it has darker tones & resonates more strongly, at least for me. it seems more of a psychological thriller than the american remake.

“abre los ojos”. Let me check that with English subtitles.


oh, i don't mind watching movies in hindi (as long they're subtitled, of course). i love bollywood films, one of my favorites is umrao jaan (the more recent version with the lovely aishwarya rai).


OMG, I cannot believe it! I have not watched Umrao Jaan myself, though I know that the original version was really good ( with lovely Rekha in it!)


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the 6th sense is his best one IMO. the less you know about it the better. hopefully no one has spoiled the plot for you already.

Sure!


lib wrote:
the talented mr. ripley is the most hitchcock of any modern film i've seen. i think you'd really like that one.

Then, it is a must watch for me!


yes, loved fight club. edward norton is great too.

Not watched “Edward Norton” yet!


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ok i'll check it out, but is it very violent or gory? if so then i just have to be in the right frame of mind before i can watch it.

No it is not a gore movie.


have you seen any darren aronofsky films? for example, "pi" or "black swan". if so, what is your opinion of his films?

I loved watching Black Swan. Very nice portrayal of the psyche of a dancer and it has used well the symbolic language and archetypes! The actress who enacted the dancer is gem of the movie; I have rarely seen a better performance recently! It touches your heart!smiling face
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Posted 04/15/11 - 9:56 AM:

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Not watched “Edward Norton” yet!

he is the main actor in fight club, together with brad pitt =)

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No it is not a gore movie.

ok great, i will let you know what i think of it

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OMG, I cannot believe it! I have not watched Umrao Jaan myself, though I know that the original version was really good ( with lovely Rekha in it!)

it is one of the great romantic tragedies, even more poignant than romeo & juliet, i'd say. primarily a love story, but it does have some light philosophical themes. very beautiful and poetic. here is one of my favorite songs from the film:

"Salaam"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izx-ZRAz9S8

Edited by libertygrl on 04/15/11 - 11:04 AM
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Posted 04/18/11 - 9:39 PM:

I'm one of those people who spend to much time watching movies and I kind of feel at this stage in my life that I'm a bit burned out.

A few recently watched films I really liked:

District 9
Inception (despite criticisms)
Howard's End
Downton Abby (excellent Masterpiece Theater miniseries)
Enchanted April
The Dutchess

Since I'm going to take a trip to England in May I'm all into British period pieces.

I'm drawn toward movies with plot coherence and plausibility (within the imagined limits of some of these insane worlds). So long as there is a possible interpretation that legitimizes poetic license and all of the bells and whistles of high budget film, I'm good to go.

Take for example a poorly done television series, Merlin. Some of the conflict that arises because there are common sense details of setting and human conduct that are missing or just plain wrong. The castle for instance is far too open to the public. This allows for things to go wrong which could so easily have been avoided. A sense of reality is given up in exchange for plot events to occur.

Another series that is sort of weird is the new Hawaii Five-o, though I've only seen half of the first few episodes. The dramatic flare without sufficient comic relief makes it boring and silly. I'd like the characters not to try so hard to make drama.
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Posted 04/19/11 - 2:14 AM:

Yesterday night, I watched ‘Skyline’. At first, it seemed to be a brilliant make; some great visual-special effects, but later, it seemed to be a very normal, much repeated, very old script. Some aliens come to the planet and sack life to survive and humans find themselves unable to defend or fight back. Though it is thrilling and keeps you entertained (especially the white, blue lights and sudden blows given by giants and obscure looking creatures) –the story has nothing new. In the climax, since an alien organism has brain of Jerry, it protects the pregnant wife of Jerry from other alien organisms; which is quite absurd. Have you guys watched ‘Skyline’? What do you make of it?
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Posted 04/19/11 - 2:19 AM:

libertygrl wrote:

he is the main actor in fight club, together with brad pitt =)


Oh!He has also done it brilliantly.




lib wrote:

it is one of the great romantic tragedies, even more poignant than romeo & juliet, i'd say. primarily a love story, but it does have some light philosophical themes. very beautiful and poetic. here is one of my favorite songs from the film:





Much appreciated is your knowledge about this story! Any other Indian movies you have watched and appreciated lib?
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Posted 04/19/11 - 10:13 PM:

Nihil Loc wrote:
A few recently watched films I really liked:

District 9

district 9 is truly innovative filmmaking. i loved watching the DVD extras on that one.

NL wrote:
Howard's End
Downton Abby (excellent Masterpiece Theater miniseries)
Enchanted April
The Dutchess

Since I'm going to take a trip to England in May I'm all into British period pieces.

have not seen any of these. most of the british period pieces i know are the jane austen variety, also "room with a view". have you seen elizabeth I or II with cate blanchett?

(england!! ee!)
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Posted 04/19/11 - 10:29 PM:

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Have you guys watched ‘Skyline’? What do you make of it?

have not seen nor heard of it. i have "skeleton key" coming tomorrow from netflix though. (come to think of it, i had rented the green mile as well some time ago, based on your recommendation, but unfortunately had to return it before having a chance to watch it.) looking forward to skeleton key. please let me know whenever you get around to watching the talented mr. ripley, would love to hear your thoughts!

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In the climax, since an alien organism has brain of Jerry, it protects the pregnant wife of Jerry from other alien organisms; which is quite absurd

why is that absurd? curious

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Much appreciated is your knowledge about this story! Any other Indian movies you have watched and appreciated lib?

oh let's see, most recently i enjoyed "om shanti om". i have "jhoom barabar jhoom" in my netflix queue. (both very light films but i like those too)

i also like the films from gurinder chadha (for example bride and prejudice, bend it like beckham). her style is more british/american/indian fusion, they are presented in english but bride and prejudice has some songs and dialogue in hindi & punjabi. bride and prejudice is actually one of my favorite musicals, it's been called a "bollywood-style" film although not technically bollywood.
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Posted 04/21/11 - 5:05 AM:

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have not seen nor heard of it. i have "skeleton key" coming tomorrow from netflix though. (come to think of it, i had rented the green mile as well some time ago, based on your recommendation, but unfortunately had to return it before having a chance to watch it.) looking forward to skeleton key. please let me know whenever you get around to watching the talented mr. ripley, would love to hear your thoughts!

Oh, you will like to watch ‘The Green Mile’. I wonder that even you have not heard of Skyline; actually it was given a very high rating at IMDB website! I am looking forward to download ‘talented mr. ripley’ this weekend.
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why is that absurd? Curious

Actually it is very unreasonable to expect something of that sort. The system which was being used for transmutation in that alien organism could not have such a weakness (it is something similar to Avtar’s protagonist having remnant memory of past or Hunk having memory of past, but, it is much absurd in Skyline, seemed just like a filler, very trivial!). Not a very good climax imo, but, movie is worth being watched.


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oh let's see, most recently i enjoyed "om shanti om". i have "jhoom barabar jhoom" in my netflix queue. (Both very light films but i like those too)

Who recommended you these ( just curious!) ? OSO is not a very good movie on reincarnation and JBJ is too absurd. I have yet not mustered the courage to watch JBJ; though lyrics of the most of the songs in that movie have been written by my favorite lyricist Gulzar.

i also like the films from gurinder chadha (for example bride and prejudice, bend it like beckham). her style is more british/american/indian fusion, they are presented in english but bride and prejudice has some songs and dialogue in hindi & punjabi. bride and prejudice is actually one of my favorite musicals, it's been called a "bollywood-style" film although not technically bollywood.

Have not watched them yet. I will like to recommend you a few movies from Bollywood:
1.Sholay: It is the biggest hit in the history of bollywood. It might seem funny to you, like many Hollywood movies of 1930s.
2. Suraj ka saatva ghoda ( The Seventh Horse of Sun)---a movie by great Shyam Benegal, based on the story of the same name by Hindi writer ‘Dharmveer Bhaarti’. This movie had a very different way of storytelling. I used to think that memento was the first movie of its kind until I watched Suraj…
3. A Wednesday : Recent movie. A good one.
4. Ye saali zindagi: Very recent. Funny, tart and gives you much about what is so funny about Indian movies.

5. Taare Zameen Par: A good movie about a child suffering from dyslexia!
6. Lagaan.
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thinker, have you seen "the others", or any other films by the spanish filmmaker alejandro amenabar? (for you) i especially recommend his film "abre los ojos". you may be familiar with the american remake that he made with tom cruise, "vanilla sky", but i think the original is much better. if you haven't seen those 2, i highly recommend them, based on your description of your taste in movies. "the others" is presently my most favorite film of all time.



Oh my, lib, I am dumbfounded after having watched 'The Others' ! Such a fantastic horror story! Nothing gore, still, such a great story! Alejandro Amenabar has done magic with his pen, direction and music ( such a nice sound track!). The impressions of this movie will remain forever in mind! Nicole Kidman has also done amazing work!

Moreover, the movie has a lot of scenes with fog; mysterious, Neptunian and dreamy ! The movie is one of the best I have ever watched and I am looking forward to watch many more movies by Alejandro Amenabar. Thanks a ton for recommending it! smiling face
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smiling face yay! amenabar is a fantastic director, on par with nolan as a storyteller IMO. i've read that when he started working with tom cruise on "vanilla sky", that was when tom had recommended nicole for the part in "the others" (they were married at the time). she was absolutely superb. well, i look forward to hearing your thoughts on "abre los ojos", i think you'll really enjoy that one!

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Who recommended you these ( just curious!) ? OSO is not a very good movie on reincarnation and JBJ is too absurd. I have yet not mustered the courage to watch JBJ; though lyrics of the most of the songs in that movie have been written by my favorite lyricist Gulzar.

they were recommended to me by netflix smiling face i enjoyed OSO, it is to me a fairy tale and not to be taken too literally (my ideas about reincarnation are somewhat different mind you). i am looking forward to JBJ nonetheless! thank you though for your recommendations, i will see which of them are available on netflix. thumb up
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oh, that reminds me - keep in mind that "vanilla sky" is not directed by amenabar! it is an american remake of his film, and it was directed by cameron crowe. (so you will find that "neptunian" atmosphere somewhat absent in "vanilla sky" - that is why i recommend seeing "abre los ojos", it is written *and* directed by amenabar) thumb up
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libertygrl wrote:
smiling face yay! amenabar is a fantastic director, on par with nolan as a storyteller IMO

I must agree ( I hope it is not too early!).
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i've read that when he started working with tom cruise on "vanilla sky", that was when tom had recommended nicole for the part in "the others" (they were married at the time). she was absolutely superb. well, i look forward to hearing your thoughts on "abre los ojos", i think you'll really enjoy that one!

I would be glad to share! smiling face


they were recommended to me by netflix smiling face i enjoyed OSO, it is to me a fairy tale and not to be taken too literally (my ideas about reincarnation are somewhat different mind you). i am looking forward to JBJ nonetheless! thank you though for your recommendations, i will see which of them are available on netflix. thumb up


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oh, that reminds me - keep in mind that "vanilla sky" is not directed by amenabar! it is an american remake of his film, and it was directed by cameron crowe. (so you will find that "neptunian" atmosphere somewhat absent in "vanilla sky" - that is why i recommend seeing "abre los ojos", it is written *and* directed by amenabar) thumb up


Haha, you're right to suggest so lib. I think it is the quality of Amenabar and Nolan to have such imagery in their works!

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I have also watched 'The Talented Mr. Ripley'; well I liked watching it and the actor who was playing 'Dickey', reminded me of Hitchcock protagonists ( may be hair style and charming personalities). Ripley's personality might well be a great Freudian subject, as he has too many subtle suggestions, not to mention homosexuality! Movie is worth being watched.

What are your views lib?

I would also like to listen about your views on 'The Others', lib; what impressed you much and what were your experiences with horror movies before having watched it?

I would also like to suggest that 'The Skeleton Key' has similar elements but it would be better if you watch it first and then we compare our notes. nod
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Just observed that both Nolan and Amenabar are of about same age; both of them write and direct their movies. Amenabar has an added musical dimension though!
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I would also like to suggest that 'The Skeleton Key' has similar elements but it would be better if you watch it first and then we compare our notes. nod

i just watched it! brilliant! loved it!!

yes yes yes, it has many things in common with "the others". i feel compelled to watch it again. i think i will, right now, before i return it.

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I would also like to listen about your views on 'The Others', lib; what impressed you much and what were your experiences with horror movies before having watched it?

well, as i mentioned before, i'm not really a fan of horror movies. it's interesting to me to see 'skeleton key' and 'the others' labeled as a horror film, because it's not the kind of film that really comes to mind for me when i think of horror. usually horror makes me think of lots of blood and gore, or maybe satanic themes or something. like 'nightmare on elm street', 'friday the 13th', 'halloween', those kinds of films (none of which i've seen, by the way. the only films i really like in that genre are the 'scream' trilogy, and looking forward to seeing 'scream4'.) i guess they're technically "slasher" films, usually not my cup of tea.

let's see, what other horror films have i seen? i had to work up a lot of courage to watch "the shining". that was years ago, though. now that i've been to the voodoo museum in new orleans (housing some of the creepiest things i've ever seen or may ever see in my life, superceding even the concentration camps in dachau which terrified me as a child), my perspective on the supernatural is somewhat different. it's contributed strongly to this most recent paradigm i've been talking about, that of groups of people having different religious orientations (among other things) as a result of belonging to different physical realities, all of which may truly exist. watching this film, the skeleton key, also validates/reinforces that belief.

well. i'm going to go watch the film again, will come back soon to chat more about 'the others' and also finish commenting on the other couch topics that i've been planning to come back to. in the meantime, i will mention that 'the 6th sense' also has a lot in common with 'skeleton key' and 'the others', i think you will like it. just remember, the less you know about it before you watch it, the better. thumb up
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I watched 'The Sixth Sense'; again a very good movie; 'clean-horror' as in 'The Others',and in 'The Skeleton Key'.I was bowled over by the climax, especially the last 5 minutes of 'The Skeleton Key'; even 'The Others' has a very unique climax! thumb up
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'Abre los Ojos' is another masterpiece by Amenabar. A very complex and very intelligent story. The narrator controls you and you are left wondering in the end. smiling face


Thanks for recommending this movie.

Have you watched 'The Machinist' ? Christian Bale has done a nice work in that. The movie has a lot of elements from Fyodor Dostovesky's 'Crime and Punishment'.
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Thinker13 wrote:
Have you watched 'The Machinist' ? Christian Bale has done a nice work in that. The movie has a lot of elements from Fyodor Dostovesky's 'Crime and Punishment'.

i have not seen it, nor read crime & punishment. i love christian bale, though. what is it about (the machinist)?

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I just finished watching LA Confidential. Have you seen it? Worth watching!
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