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Old 01-13-2012, 05:12 AM   #10081
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50/50 - 8/10

Good movie. The blending of drama and comedy was just fine, albeit the comedy werent spectacular, it was just right for a film like this. This was really more of a drama film mixed with a little bit of comedy. My interest in the progression of the movie has more to do with curiosity on how a family/relationships, such as portrayed in the movie, handles a potentially terminal illness amongst one of it's members together. I think the movie as a whole wouldve garnered much attention and critical praise if the ending was a downer. But all in all it was okay for me. I like happy endings.
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Old 01-13-2012, 07:27 AM   #10082
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Interesting. Too me, I it has never been real important for things to be taken verbatim, in fact, I wish more liberties are taken because I want a different experience each time rather than know exactly what happens before it does. Coincidentally, one of the movies I wish took more liberties from the original source is another Fincher film: Zodiac. Fincher wanted to remain true to the real life evidence, but in real life, the evidence became scattered (i.e., new clue 1 year, another clue several more years later) and thus the ending of Zodiac became choppy rather than tightly wound together for a better climax.


I really loved Zodiac. And I've also been somewhat obsessed with the case as well, starting with the original Graysmith book, and I've read tons of other books about it. I just recently read Steve Hodel's Most Evil where he claims his father was the Zodiac.

Anyway, the thing I liked about Zodiac the movie, and what surprised me because Graysmith signed off on it, and he's something of an egomaniac, is that the subject to me isn't the Zodiac, but Graysmith's own decent into obsession over the case. It's more about his grasping at straws than it is about the case itself. As you say, there's not a lot to be done about the case.
Tattoo reminded me a lot of Zodiac, both in it's look and it's subject. It's just that it's fictional and it was able to wrap up this obsessive behavior, unlike Zodiac which was dealing with a real life frantic obsessive, which isn't so clean to narrate.
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Old 01-13-2012, 08:18 AM   #10083
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For what it's worth, the examples of pandering to a North American audience (the extended ending, the **** sex line) are actually taken pretty much verbatim from the novel itself so I can't see that as "dumbing" the plot down.
huh, even more interesting. i'm officially clueless to my thoughts and will proceed to never speak of this novel/movie ever again.
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Old 01-13-2012, 09:50 AM   #10084
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You don't have to be a fan of Spaghetti Westerns to be a fan of this movie, though it would help. Support Your Local Gunfighter is consistently funny, well-paced, and at only 91 minutes long, brief. James Garner stars in this film and does a great job as the charismatic lead.

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Old 01-13-2012, 12:20 PM   #10085
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Bucky Larson Born to be a Star

One of the greatest movies ever created!
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Old 01-13-2012, 01:05 PM   #10086
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WARRIOR- 7.7/10

I wanted to watch Drive but it's not available on my PPV On Demand yet so I also had been wanting to see this.

It was a very solid flick. Tom Hardy is going to cement himself as a top star when the next Batman movie comes out but he really shines in these more intimate and personal roles. I guess having a checkered past with a lot of past issues really helps to channel raw emotion and angst because Hardy brings that in spades. Sometimes in the cage, he lumbers around like a bear but his cold face and eyes literally reminded me of a great white shark .

Nick Nolte was equally, if not more convincing as the reformed drunk dad who lost all connection with his sons. I knew it was him but he really sunk into this role and was terribly convincing. No 'Hollywood' ex-drunk character here. You really feel for this guy despite his weaknesses and what was alluded to his past transgressions. Very accurate

The writing was pretty good, although there were FAR too many plot conveniences for me to really look past other than saying, "Well it is a fictitious MOVIE."

I'm not really a huge MMA fan but the fight scenes were very intense at times. It did strike me a little odd that the fight tournament took literally HALF the movie but they did a good job with fleshing out all the characters so it was no big deal. Jus sayin, usually the 'end-all tournament' device is reserved for the final act.

All in all, everyone was VERY convincing in their role. I really liked how much of a lone wolf they made Tommy (Hardy) to be, even as far as being by himself in the cage with no trainer or team for the finale (s).

Some recycled elements too but I'm not gunna be a snob and expect a sports/family drama to reinvent the wheel in this instance. This movie is VERY emotional and really hit you in the gut in a few scenes with the father and his yearning for his sons' forgiveness. The ending was also pretty emotional although I wish a couple small things would have been answered.

All in all, see this movie if you enjoy very convincing acting/ characters and a story set in the sporting world. The ROC approves

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Old 01-13-2012, 01:58 PM   #10087
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Ok so I just watched, for the first time after so many people adviced me, Donnie Darko.

I guess it's been discussed already... Here's my interpretation, I'd just like to see if it's correct to you guys or other explanations are nicer.

By the way, good movie, 8 is my rating.

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Everything revolves around the jet engine traveling in time through the wormhole, from October 30th to October 2nd.
So, October 30th the plane is flying, October 2nd its engine crashes down onto his house.
Donnie doesn't die because he had gone away from his house following the voice in his head.
As a consequence of this, (to make it short) his girlfriend Gretchen dies, and his sister's boyfriend Frank gets shot dead by Donnie himself.
So, the morning after (October 30th), having understood this, Donnie uses the wormhole to get back in time, and to create an alternative timeline where he gets killed in the jet engine crash, and as a consequence Gretchen lives (and Frank too).

This is quite convincing to me, except I can't remember if the "wormhole" scene justifies the deduction that Donnie travels back in time (it seems as if only the jet engine is actually traveling in time).

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Old 01-13-2012, 02:00 PM   #10088
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Oh lord, I'm lost. I need to watch it again.
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Old 01-13-2012, 02:02 PM   #10089
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Oh lord, I'm lost. I need to watch it again.

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Old 01-13-2012, 02:05 PM   #10090
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So I finally caught the original on Netflix and I would rate it a 7/10 compared to Fincher's version that I gave a 9/10 rating. I know some might chalk it up to American xenophobia, but I just thought the remake had better direction and execution. The original had the feel of a made-for-tv movie. The one advantage it had was Noomi Rapace, whose Lisabeth was more fleshed out and 'real' than Rooney Mara's mute, scowling portrayal (which still worked IMO). Other than that, Fincher's version is superior in every technical and artistic way.


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Nick Nolte was equally, if not more convincing as the reformed drunk dad who lost all connection with his sons. I knew it was him but he really sunk into this role and was terribly convincing. No 'Hollywood' ex-drunk character here. You really feel for this guy despite his weaknesses and what was alluded to his past transgressions. Very accurate

Nolte's work in that movie was award worthy IMO.

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Old 01-13-2012, 02:07 PM   #10091
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So I finally caught the original on Netflix and I would rate it a 7/10 compared to Fincher's version that I gave a 9/10 rating. I know some might chalk it up to American xenophobia, but I just thought the remake had better direction and execution. The original had the feel of a made-for-tv movie. The one advantage it had was Noomi Rapace, whose Lisabeth was more fleshed out and 'real' than Rooney Mara's mute, scowling portrayal (which still worked IMO). Other than that, Fincher's version is superior in every technical and artistic way.

This is 100% how I felt + Finchers was more true to the book (although I understand why some people don't like that).
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Old 01-13-2012, 02:19 PM   #10092
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Ok so I just watched, for the first time after so many people adviced me, Donnie Darko.

I guess it's been discussed already... Here's my interpretation, I'd just like to see if it's correct to you guys or other explanations are nicer.

By the way, good movie, 8 is my rating.

SPOILERS

Everything revolves around the jet engine traveling in time through the wormhole, from October 30th to October 2nd.
So, October 30th the plane is flying, October 2nd its engine crashes down onto his house.
Donnie doesn't die because he had gone away from his house following the voice in his head.
As a consequence of this, (to make it short) his girlfriend Gretchen dies, and his sister's boyfriend Frank gets shot dead by Donnie himself.
So, the morning after (October 30th), having understood this, Donnie uses the wormhole to get back in time, and to create an alternative timeline where he gets killed in the jet engine crash, and as a consequence Gretchen lives (and Frank too).

This is quite convincing to me, except I can't remember if the "wormhole" scene justifies the deduction that Donnie travels back in time (it seems as if only the jet engine is actually traveling in time).

I'll save you a lot of headaches trying to figure out how the 'wormholes' and 'time warps' fit into the time travel nonsense in that movie. If you've seen the Last Temptation of Christ, then you'd know that Donnie Darko was a shameless ripoff of that film. Whereas the time travel/continuity in Temptation could be explained away with 'god's will', Richard Kelly got in way over his head trying to come up with scientific explanations that frankly, don't make any goddamn sense (pun intended). But at least he cited his borrowed sources.

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Old 01-13-2012, 02:29 PM   #10093
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The Director's Cut of Donnie Darko enlightens the theoretical time travel process a lot more fully which I enjoyed more because I wasn't as in the dark.


The thing I love about Donnie Darko is that it is a film that's awfully hard to categorize. What would you file it under if you worked at your own media store? Sci Fi? Drama? Suspense?
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Old 01-13-2012, 02:35 PM   #10094
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The Director's Cut of Donnie Darko enlightens the theoretical time travel process a lot more fully which I enjoyed more because I wasn't as in the dark.

Guy's a hack. I'd love to hear him bullshit his way through this scene that he swagger jacked. Telling us about how Judas meeting Jesus created a wormhole or time warp that sent Jesus back in time, yadda yadda yadda.

SPOILER: Final scene of the Last Temptation of Christ

Would've been better if they just left it at supernatural causes, it's like 'basketball reasons', works for everything
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Old 01-13-2012, 03:51 PM   #10095
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I just saw it as yet another way someone made use of the time travel paradox but this time, with a 'published' account. I didn't have an issue with it. just a sci-fi element that's been used a lot but this time in a contemporary world that gives public theory to the act


Yea I always figured Darko to be a sacrificial figure like a Jesus, for the betterment of his community, instead of the human race though

Never really connected it with Scorsese's joint. His movie is a sensationalist piece anyway adapted from a fictional novel (not referring to the Bible ) so Donnie Darko works better in that regard anyway IMO.
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