Bedtime Stories (2008).
Bedtime Stories (2008).
"Live everyday of your life as if it was your last day".
The Order - Heath Ledger
Taped this off of TV the other night. Not sure I should have bothered. Not terrible, just not any good. Also seemed to be several of the cast from A Knights Tale, which didn't bode well.
Also started to watch The Fog, with that guy from Smallville.
Stupid movie with a see-thru plot that could have done with a bit more suspense. Gave up when the first people started dying.
Sex Drive = 10/10!!!!
Funniest movie ive seen in years...
The main chick reminded me too much of me ex, which was kinda a killjoy...'
But still, awesome movie!
Disagreed, if only because the last half hour of the film is actually consistently dense, which would mean the rest of the film leading up to the assassination would be done in only an hour which isn't long enough to weigh the characters properly, nor would it be fitting with the aforementioned technical considerations. I think some time could be chopped off of it but an hour? No.Originally Posted by tim290280
Affleck was better though I think this undermines Pitt's career a bit, or at least his efforts. He was fine in Babel, for one, and tried to act in Troy, though the weak script and tawdry direction didn't allow him much room to give a complex portrayal of Achilles. Those films are all about visceral stimulation anyway so I wasn't really bothered much - with him at least, the movie is garbage, yes. As for the Ocean pictures, eh, can't blame him for having fun.Originally Posted by tim290280
I don't think they were intended purely for historical accuracy but to better flesh out the ideas, giving the climax and epilogue, so to speak, more weight. A lot of people found nothing wrong with the pace and didn't mind getting swept up in the film's atmosphere, so who's right then? It's a proverbial stalemate. This is why I don't like many of these "conventional" criticisms because they're so easy to refute. There's other problems in the film, sure, and I certainly don't love it's length was of no real issue to me. Even a film like The Godfather isn't a monolith of narrative relevance either yet Coppola is celebrated for so aptly developing the cinematic world that frames his characters. I believe Dominik was going for something similar - that wasn't as successful mind you - and didn't botch it too badly.Originally Posted by tim290280
Sounds like you weren't in the right mindset to watch it.Originally Posted by tim290280
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I think a key word is patient. I think I can agree with a later point you make about my mood at the time of watching the film, as I was probably not in a patient/lazy mood. This though is the crux of the argument. At what point is the filmaker allowed to hand over all creative responsibility to the viewer for enjoyment? At what point can the director say "well if they don't get it it is due to their impatience not my lack of expedient story telling"? I'd say that this may be a great example of a film that probably has a lot to offer to a movie buff like me, but ultimately was too labour intensive to all but my most patient of film watching moods.
Hour probably is harsh, and I agree that the last half hour is probably the most important part of the film. In fact I could have stood to have less narration in this part and more of it played out.Quote
But I still think it would have been very easy to cut a lot of scenes down by a noticeable amount and yet have the same film (well aside from the "taking a ride" kill scene, that was about the right length to conjour up the correct sentiments, etc). There were even some scenes that could have been skipped entirely as they just added unneeded repetition.
See I remember Pitt acting in Across the Tracks and A River Runs Through It. But since then he has had scant call for his talents. It is usually when he is called on to do something left of field like Snatch that you are reminded that he doesn't just turn up and do deadpan lines. But these are not what he has hung his hat on in his career. I think the same of Johnny Depp. Both are very capable and bring characters to life well, but Depp would be "unknown" without POTC and ditto Pitt without the paparazzi/sexiest man tag. It is just a pity that both get raised on "best actor" lists when you don't walk away from the cinema thinking of the character they played rather than who the actor was. But I suppose there is plenty of that going around......Quote
I was referring to the way that they essentially recreated most of the "important" events in the entire timeline of the movie. This felt that rather than trim down to what was needed for the story they had left in a lot of ancilliary stuff in order to cover all the events. We didn't really need to see all of the gang members get killed off. We didn't need to see the various to-ing and fro-ing scenes. I don't want to try and recall all of it, but I think you get my point. I think anyone can tell a very long winded story *cough*Tolkein*cough*Jackson*cough* but it takes a bit more skill to keep up the pace and movement of the film/narrative.Quote
Also I agree that Coppola managed to make the long movie work. But I think that is because of more judicious use of the scenes and better pace and movement. I don't think I've ever sat down to the Godfather movies and not been completely drawn in.
I'd probably agree. But like I said above; isn't that partly the filmakers fault for essentially not creating a better pacing to the film. I wasn't the only one who felt the film played long (and it isn't a hugely long film like Dances With Wolves or Ben Hur or the Lord of the Rings Films - although The Return of the King was another overlong film). So clearly the director/producer/etc could have trimmed down the length and created a tighter narrative. It may have only have been 5-10mins but correct pacing can completely change with that. It's not like I'm a movie snob or a brain-dead moron that can't enjoy great cinema..... well at least I like to think so. Time to watch Will Ferrel 'cause he's so funay.Quote
This is largely up to the audience and it assumes that it was made for mainstream acceptance. There are many fans of the film and it's not uncommon to hear essayists label it as one of the best films of 2007, a year that also gave us There Will Be Blood and No Country for Old Men. I, for one, wouldn't place it amongst my top 10 of that year but still didn't find it hard to sit through...at all. The movie we watched was the same, as was the movie that you and its biggest fans watched. The discrepancy seems to be with the individual here, which is fine. Films shouldn't be made with the intent of appeasing everyone, as they'd become to broad and superfluous of theme. It's an impossibility, really. Still, there's two perspectivist layers to the film and I find it justifies the picture's length, at least somewhat. There's the immediate, intimate layer that shows the more personable, humanistic concerns, and there's the distanced, observant layer that it ultimately meshes with in the epilogue. The latter narrative element is also the more poetic and evocatively photographed and has a lyricism to its words. I find the parallels between these narrative movements to be pretty fascinating as I was often seeing if the characters' actions qualified the narration and vise versa.Originally Posted by tim290280
As would I, if it were a slightly different film. What I've written above basically indicates my feelings of it, theorizing that this is meant to illustrate a mesh of the film's more grounded and sensational narrative aspects.Originally Posted by tim290280
I don't recall specific scenes that could be wasted but it's been a while since I've viewed it.Originally Posted by tim290280
I see that you used quotation marks to qualify Depp's popularity but I'm not sure this is entirely appropriate. His work in the Pirates movies certainly elevated his popularity substantially but he was already a widely known figure in America. Again though, you can mention Pitt and Depp being included in top actors lists but this means little considering the people who are putting them on such lists. I don't think either is stupendous, but both are certainly apt; they just seem to be better at capturing the more excessive personalities they're asked to play, and they leave the stoic introverts to Bill Murray and the like. That's fine by me. Still, I disagree with the bolded as being inherently negative. Characters can have complexities and sometimes these must be fleshed out within one's mind before you can begin seeing how well the actor brought these to life.Quote
...gotta go to class. I'll comment on the rest later.
I'm enjoying this discussion
I think though that while I agree that the director is creating a work to be an expression of the material and others are meant to draw their interpretations (lest it become another biased polemic) there is still a level of responsibility that the artist/director has in their work. Creating something that is too open to interpretation leaves the audience with too much scope to misinterpret or create their own themes. This works against the movie/art (unles it was the goal). As it is with sprawling a work out and thus not engaging the viewer means that the messages are ultimately lost. The engagement is most important to any work of art, without it the artist and art work has no audience. And in this case, would we have watched it if Brad Pitt and the surrounding marketing hadn't told us he was in it? Not likely. They already understand the need to engage the audience but didn't necessarily do enough. I'm not saying dumb it down to become yet another mindless escapest sojourn, but at least acknowledge that the engagement comes from maintaining the audiences attention.
Yes you can't please everyone. Otherwise this would have had a car chase and Jessica Alba in a bikini in it.Quote
I just don't feel that the length was justified. Complex issues can be explored, multiple layers can be delved into without having to tell a long winded tale. I think Pi or Cube or The Collector are all examples of shorter films that move at great pace while having a multitude of explorations of character, society and human nature. I think the most direct comparison would have to be a Dances With Wolves or Godfather movie. Trying to tell a long tale, cover a lot of material, explore a lot of themes. All long films, but they still move briskly and maintain your attention. The success of the said same has been in their ability to maintain all audiences through these epics. I don't think the same can be said for this one.
But you are probably right that it did need to be a long film and I'm just annoyed that I didn't like the film.
There were several scenes to show RF's obsession with JJ. Merely making the one and then a line or two in the "embarrass" scene (I'm 5'8" your 5'8") to rile the character and make reference to rather than show the several we did have. There were some others as well, but I can't remember them. I just remember thinking that we'd covered this ground and point already.Quote
I think Depp is a good actor. But lets face the facts that most of his best roles have been in arthouse flicks like Deadman (What % of POTC fans do you think have seen that one?). Yet the fawning adulation he got for POTC was almost embarrassing. His popularity as an actor is not necessarily because of his acting skills (as those films are much ignored) but rather his longevity in a variety of TV and movie roles that have created his fanbase (teen hearthrob...... etc). He and Pitt fill a niche in the movie industry where they can do a Thelma and Louise film (which required no actual acting) and attract an audience to watch their next flick. When they do something of substance we over applaud it as we have sat through Meet Joe Black.Quote
I think my highlighted statement was to say that we never truely see the character with some actors. We see the actor first the role second. I know that this is often hard to shake, but some are very successful at doing it (William Defoe at times, Brando, Ledger in TDK). It is a negative statement as often times it is one of the largest failings of true acting appearing on screen. But I agree that I've never mistaken Brad Pitt for being intelligent or a complex person, yet he often portrays characters that are. Clearly there is something to this acting thing but his star status and the hyping of movies he is involved with does tend to override the actual portrayal on screen.
At least they didn't get Ben Affleck......
I think my mind just exploded reading all that.
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Some haven't though, so who's "right"?Originally Posted by tim290280
Correct, you weren't the only one that felt that way but people would have similar complaints about films such as L'avventura, Dogville, Andrei Rublev, Fanny och Alexander, Satantango, etc, and these are some of the greatest achievements in cinematic history. They're slow movies that test the patience of nearly every viewer that sees them, yet they include nothing arbitrary and all complex, intellectual expositions. This is why I really don't like arguments regarding pace, because they tend to lean heavily on the side of subjectivity - as if we can "feel" or "sense" when a movie is running too long, which has little to do with cognitive analysis. I will say though, we're either at or approaching the point where you'd have to mention specific scenes and I'd have to rewatch the film to see if they are worthy of making the final cut. I doubt either of us are up to that.Originally Posted by tim290280
Fair enough.Originally Posted by tim290280
I'm interrupting a bit prematurely here just to say that, yes, the director does have a responsibility, many in fact, though in the case of a weighty art picture such as this, "entertainment" really isn't one of them.Originally Posted by tim290280
Again premature on my part but I like breaking these down to more manageable sizes because A) the above isn't much but it's a mouthful, and B) something isn't sitting right here. It's not that I disagree with the quoted passage, but I find there's little validity here. I find this particular description more indicative of more surrealist filmmakers such as David Lynch, who quasi-tease the cognitive crowd with theorem while creating a decidedly visceral motion picture. Assassination was neither overtly experiential in intent nor markedly intellectual, but something in between. Anyway, I'll continue on.Originally Posted by tim290280
I thought you wanted to avoid talks of what does and does not constitute art?Originally Posted by tim290280
I actually had a paragraph typed out here but I decided to scrap it. Yes, art needs an audience. No, making a film that runs slightly too long won't alienate people as a whole. As I've said, many enjoyed it in its entirety.
Um, I would have.Originally Posted by tim290280
I'm not sure what kind of marketing you guys had for it in Australia but I never saw as much as a television commercial here in the states. They might have hired Pitt because he was damn good in the role and is an underrated actor. Maybe Pitt wanted to do the film because he loved the script because it obviously wasn't for a paycheck. I find you're assigning intent a little too freely here.Originally Posted by tim290280
Some bastards would still complain.Originally Posted by tim290280
Different styles of filmmaking. Of course complex issues can be studied rather quickly, but this pigeonholes what the artist is trying to accomplish with the medium aside from telling a story with evocative subtext. Methinks you'd hate Bela Tarr.Originally Posted by tim290280
I wouldn't really label this as an "epic" despite it's length but I don't really feel like quibbling over labeling. Remember, my main point isn't that the length was entirely justified, I could see some of it being cut, as I've said in the past.Originally Posted by tim290280
That's part of it, sure. I don't love it myself, though I appreciate it in some senses that you did not, which is what I'm defending.Originally Posted by tim290280
And the film might have covered that ground. I can't say for sure as I don't recollect specific scenes too well, though I do recall the one you've mentioned here.Originally Posted by tim290280
I don't disagree with any of this, I just don't think first examining the character instead of the actor is an inappropriate approach to addressing performance. If anything good has come out of Depp's surge in popularity, it's that said teeny boppers are now renting films like Dead Man because he's in it, which I find hilarious. Now Jarmusch's work is being seen by new audiences! Will they hate it? Of course! I don't know, I get some sort of sick pleasure from that I guess.Originally Posted by tim290280
Example? I'm not sure what you mean here.Originally Posted by tim290280
But what if he is?Originally Posted by tim290280
Yeah, I know I just blew your mind. :gaysign:
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They'd be put off by Neil Youngs soundtrack for starters. I really loved Michael Wincott in Deadman.Quote
George Clooney. When is he not George Clooney?Quote
One of my favourite roles of his was in Michael Clayton. But I don't know that he was playing Clayton rather than "George Clooney is - Michael Clayton".
Do you see what I mean? Not that GC hasn't done some great films and championed some greenlights on works that wouldn't have happened otherwise.