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Unappreciated masterpieces?

Discussion in 'The Moving Picture' started by Blackthorn, Jan 28, 2014.

  1. I remember quite enjoying that movie, though not necessarily it being brilliant and heartbreaking. Of course, there was the memorable "windsock" scene, which I'm sure has a life out of its context. Thank you for mentioning the movie, I'll have to watch it again.
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  3. Stormy

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    My list would have to include:
    "A Bronx Tale"
    "The Pianist"
    "A Soldier's Story"
  4. Recorded it off of HBO the other day and plan to watch very soon. I remember liking it very much in the theater but haven't seen it since.
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  5. I have had the DVD for years, but I also caught the last 40 minutes on HBO the other day and was reminded of just how great this film is. Brilliant in every regard, a modern classic. Story, performances, costumes, cinematography (the great Conrad Hall's final film)... everything.

    Watch for the clever use of the Vertigo effect in the shot under the el that introduces Jude Law's character: you immediately perceive him as being odd and creepy.

    And for the how-they've-grown file: young Michael in this flick, Tyler Hoechlin, is now playing Superman(!) on Supergirl!

    "There are only murderers in this room!"
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  6. I watch it at least once a year, to appreciate its masterpiece. :)
    (and, because I'm trying to build a fan website for it, lol).

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  7. Blackthorn

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    I have always enjoyed your avatar, Ghostsoldier. :)
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  8. Blackthorn

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    That was one of the best lines in the movie. It really stopped me cold when he said that.
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  9. Blackthorn

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    I wish there were more movies that paid such great attention to detail, dialogue and characterization.
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  10. Blackthorn

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    Rob, that is one awesome site you've built for that movie!! I'm very impressed! I'll be spending some time there!
  11. Thanks, Blackthorn! It's a work in progress; I started it last year, because sadly, there's really no websites dedicated to the movie. I hope to have it fully constructed and finished sometime this year, before I push it 'mainstream' on the web.

    I took a vacation to Chicago and the surrounding areas in 2015, going to all of the filming locations, so I can add them to the website as a "then and now" comparison montage, so to speak (all the sites that I could find at the time, anyway--I've found a few more since, and will be going back).

    Keep checking back periodically, as I'm new to website building, and will be adding content as I get a chance (and learn the ropes). :)

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    I will do that, Rob, and thanks. I'm going to Chicago in May to visit a friend and he's asked me what I'd like to see while I'm there. Are there any significant places I could visit that are of interest pertaining to that era? Such as a Capone museum, or a Prohibition museum?
  13. Just watched it.

    It is a true "unappreciated masterpiece."

    It has it all - the story is engaging and complex, check. The characters grow, develop, have depth and flaws like real people, check. The movie medium is used to enhance the story with thoughtful camera angles, panning shots and close-ups, check. Editing and transition flow and feel organic, check.

    And the darn thing is just gorgeous to watch - you could almost see the movie with the sound off and still enjoy it.

    And it's a Fedora Lounge candy store. My girlfriend and I froze it many times - and practically lost our minds pointing out things in the roadside diner.

    Doctor Strange - great call, best line in the movie

    Odd to see a future Bond - who revived the entire 007 franchise - as a mentally effete, morals weak character.

    Oh, and they were smart enough to not wedge a "love interest" in - some stories don't call for it no matter how much Hollywood wants one in every movie. Great restraint on the director's / producers' part.
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    Very well said, FF!

    I did that numerous times, too!

    I think this was the first movie I ever saw him in, and when I saw it again after seeing a James Bond movie, I couldn't' believe it was the same actor. He's underrated as an actor, I truly believe, especially after seeing him in Defiance.
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    basbol13 One of the Regulars

    How about David Essex in "Stardust" if you look close, you'll see Keith Moon on the drums
  16. There's a ton of stuff to see in Chitown, BT....so much, it's hard to list all of it. My passion was for the historical mob (Capone era) and public enemy (Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson, etc.) sites, so I spent my time scoping out their old houses, haunts, crime scenes, places where they were "whacked" by rival gangs, and all their graves (naturally), taking photos of all of it.

    Since vintage deadball baseball is another passion of mine, I scoped out some of the Chicago Black Sox player's graves, too; I also visited all of the filming sites for another favorite movie of mine, "The Blues Brothers"...needless to say, between baseball, Blues Brothers, Al Capone, gangsters, public enemies and Road to Perdition, the 4 days I spent there were busy ones...and, I still didn't get to see it all, so I'm planning a return trip in the future! :)

  17. Blackthorn

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    Thanks Rob!
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  18. Sure thing, BT!

  19. Blackthorn

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    Lord of War, with Nicolas Cage. Brilliantly witty script and all too real as we look at the world around us.
  20. PeterGunnLives

    PeterGunnLives One of the Regulars

    While I wouldn't call it a masterpiece, I think "The Shadow," with Alec Baldwin and Penelope Ann Miller, should have gotten more recognition. It was the way I had always pictured that universe in my mind when listening to the radio program and reading the pulp stories. The movie really brought it all to life for me. But then, I'm a sucker for style over substance.
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