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    In a sense, I guess we are expected to identify...

    In a sense, I guess we are expected to identify with the unseen narrator. We're equally powerless to affect things as we observe these interactions. However, because the narrator spends most of his...
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    I just saw this last night and was impressed...

    I just saw this last night and was impressed visually, though I think the technical exercise aspect of the film limited its storytelling capabilities in some ways. For one thing, the device of the...
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    However

    I will take umbrance to one statement above, though:

    "If we go to the movies often enough and in a sufficiently reverent spirit, they will become more absorbing than the outer world, and reality...
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    I agree with the poor projectionist arguments --...

    I agree with the poor projectionist arguments -- there's a theater here in Pittsburgh where I've seen damaged prints more often than not, including a green line running through every reel of The...
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    There are dozens of ways of delivering dialogue....

    There are dozens of ways of delivering dialogue. Pacino's pretty good at delivering it in a way that no human being naturally would, full of artificial pauses and random emphasis on stray words and...
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    Pittsburgh's not exactly a hotbed of immigration,...

    Pittsburgh's not exactly a hotbed of immigration, no. I'd be shocked to see a Chinese film on sale anywhere, period, unless it was a PVT copy of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon... We do have a pretty...
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    Sounds very cool. Feel free to post it online...

    Sounds very cool. Feel free to post it online when it's finished, if you have a chance. I bet a lot of us here would be interested in seeing it (though English subtitles may be warranted ;)... )
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    There's also the matter of Cage getting twice the...

    There's also the matter of Cage getting twice the screentime (technically) to convinve us of his brilliance, though I still think he did a great job...

    As for the suffering part, it didn't help...
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    True, we're spared the drool. But the dialogue...

    True, we're spared the drool. But the dialogue didn't have a natural cadence to it. Most of the lines seem like things folks wish they'd be witty enough to say, but unfortunately none of the actors...
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    I'd have thought San Fran would be ahead of the...

    I'd have thought San Fran would be ahead of the game. Here in Pittsburgh, we get most foreign films for a few days at least, but the matter of keeping track of them and making time in a busy week to...
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    Papparazzo, who knew you'd start a whole new...

    Papparazzo, who knew you'd start a whole new career subclass?

    I'm also not pleased with the gigantic misogynistic dream sequence that weighs down the last third of 8 1/2. It just seems like a huge...
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    Igby Goes Down

    Just watched this last night. I liked it, but didn't love it. It seemed stilted and top-heavy, like the dialogue was too witty and wordy and unnatural, better left on the page than coming out of...
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    I wonder if Ebert and his cohort were actually...

    I wonder if Ebert and his cohort were actually picking their favorites, or were trying to predict the winners via the Academy. I think this may be Scorcese's "pity year" to win his awards that the...
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    I agree fully, though I haven't seen all of the...

    I agree fully, though I haven't seen all of the above films. I'm glad to see someone else believes La Dolce Vita is better than 8 1/2, though only marginally. (8 1/2 is wonderful, but the ending...
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    Dead Ringers

    I saw this film a couple years ago on video in a claustrophobic studio apartment in Phoenix, Arizona. It may have been the heat, the isolation or the content of the film itself, but I found myself...
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    Yeah, that was me... I've never seen...

    Yeah, that was me...

    I've never seen "Scarface," either -- I could start a whole thread of Classic Films I've Never Seen -- but I will say that with its new reputation as the favorite film of the...
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    All systems made by man are flawed, government...

    All systems made by man are flawed, government included. But socialism done right is the closest thing I can think of to a mutually beneficial system for all involved. It does rely on the...
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    Humanism

    Depends on what your take on humanism really is... Communism was humanistic but in the interest of furthering the power of the elite and crushing the spirits of the proletariat. Socialism, if it...
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    Johann

    I agree that most films benefit from repeated viewings. So do books and music, I'd wager, though music has the added benefit of being experienced while doing something else (driving, for example)....
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    Pipsorcle: If anyone made a film of Maus, it...

    Pipsorcle: If anyone made a film of Maus, it might actually cross over to the mainstream Best Picture category. However, when Maus won the Pulitzer, there was a huge uproar among the literati who...
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    I grew up playing video games, so I may not have...

    I grew up playing video games, so I may not have a leg to stand on when it comes to this board, but I'll say this: Fight Club = decent movie. Not great, not even one of my hundred favorite because...
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    I prefer real actors and action too, although I...

    I prefer real actors and action too, although I appreciate what animated films can do. We're seeing so much animation-meets-reality filming these days (The Matrix, etc.) that it's almost becoming a...
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    As an animation grad from an art school in...

    As an animation grad from an art school in America, I can say that animation is a process rather than a genre. This is why I get upset about the new ghettoized "Best Animated Feature" category at the...
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    Ilker81x, I'm not too sure about the actual logic...

    Ilker81x, I'm not too sure about the actual logic of your argument there. ;) I'd say originality is always a good thing, because while Royal may not appeal to everyone, it does appeal to some, and...
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    To Oscar: I appreciate your impassioned defense...

    To Oscar: I appreciate your impassioned defense of Citizen Kane and your academic dismissal of Fight Club, though I reserve my right to disagree. However, I get the impression that I could search the...
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