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Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by burk48237, Apr 16, 2006.


  1. burk48237

    burk48237 Supporting Member

    Nov 22, 2004
    Oak Park, MI
    Has any of our great movie critics seen this flick and what were your thoughts?

    I have two:

    1) Peter Sarsgard is one of the most underrated actors on the planet. HE NEVER overplays a role, in acting subtile is good. The first time I saw him was in "Shattered Glass" (the Philip Glass story) and I knew then he was going to be a great actor.

    2) What was the point? To me the whole story of the movie was war is weird, I didn't need three hours of seeing Jake Gylenhaal looking at the screen with a blank look to come to that conclusion. Some conservatives criticized the movie, I have no idea why, it didn't say anything, very disappointing.
     
  2. d8g3jdh

    d8g3jdh Guest

    Aug 9, 2005
  3. DigMe

    DigMe

    Aug 10, 2002
    Waco, TX
    Why have I never heard of this movie?! I'm a big Philip Glass fan.

    bc
     
  4. burk48237

    burk48237 Supporting Member

    Nov 22, 2004
    Oak Park, MI
    It was Stephen Glass, My bad! He was the writer at New Republic who contributed a bunch of human interest pieces that were all made up. It was a fascinating story.
     
  5. NJL

    NJL

    Apr 12, 2002
    San Antonio
    That was a great flick.
     
  6. DigMe

    DigMe

    Aug 10, 2002
    Waco, TX
    Oh ok. At the same time as I was typing that I was thinking "Shattered Glass" sure sounds like a title for some tragic story and I didn't think that Philip Glass had a tragic life. :)

    bc
     
  7. Although I understand your perspective I personally thought it was a very well done movie. It's been awhile (I saw it in the theaters) and I was the only one out of the group of 4 that liked it. For some reason the overall message didn't get old to me. However, I am a bit of a war movie junkie and though it was described to me as a war movie without the war, I still had the war movie mentality going into it. I know it didn't do much for many people, but I liked it a lot and look forward to picking the dvd up. I also am a huge Peter Sarsgard fan (I was hooked after Garden State).
     
  8. Skeletomania

    Skeletomania

    Oct 25, 2005
    hong kong
    When they start walking on the desert, it is one of the most beautiful scene I've seen in a movie. The way they shoot the movie is just amazing. The movie isn't so much about the war but the soldiers in it. I found it really funny when I saw a mom who brought her two kids to see the movie. Whenever there's a sex scene or something sexual, she would make her kids leave. It's ironic to see the mom being so open w/ cursing or killing, but not so much for anything sexually explicit.
     
  9. Marlat

    Marlat

    Sep 17, 2002
    London UK
    I guess you must have missed America's reaction to Janet Jackson's boob during the Superbowl. The violence of professional football is a non issue, but god forbid anyone see a nipple! :D
     
  10. DigMe

    DigMe

    Aug 10, 2002
    Waco, TX
    KILL THE $#%*#%& NIPPLE!!!!

    bc
     
  11. Ive not seen it, but from what a couple of my mates were saying, it isnt that war is wierd, it was more a dig at the gungho-ness of american attitudes, expecting the conflict to actually involve more conflict and such, and the boredom of the soliders when they see what the gulf war was like

    I still want to see this tho, dont know if it'll rival my fave war film of all time tho, full metal jacket . . . theres a war film! :D
     
  12. bassturtle

    bassturtle

    Apr 9, 2004
    I had mixed emotions about it. I thought it was interesting, but I don't think I'll watch it again. They did do a great job of showing what happens when you engineer men to kill without remorse, put them in a war, and don't let them kill. It also showed the vast difference between the wars of our fathers and grandfathers and modern warfare.
     
  13. bassturtle

    bassturtle

    Apr 9, 2004

    Nothing rivals that :)
     
  14. *high five*
     
  15. Ed Fuqua

    Ed Fuqua

    Dec 13, 1999
    NYC
    Chuck Sher publishes my book, WALKING BASSICS:The Fundamentals of Jazz Bass Playing.
    I dunno, it seemed like the thing that they DID manage to cop was a very Vietnam era vibe. The whole "why the **** am I here?" mentality and the repercussions of being in harm's way for primariy political reasons that have more to do with finance than defending the country.
     
  16. BassChuck

    BassChuck Supporting Member

    Nov 15, 2005
    Cincinnati
    YES, YES, YES.

    "More to do with finance than defending the country". Exactly! And we should learn from that Vietnam Vibe. Everytime a conflict is suggested we should be asking, "Where does the money flow?".

    If I say anymore on this .... (well, you know).
     
  17. fr0me0

    fr0me0

    Dec 7, 2004
    Winnipeg Canada
    I thought it wasa great movie with alot of meaning to it but maybe i'm reading into it too much.

    some of my friends went to see it thinking it'd be like rambo 10 or somehting, man were they disapointed lol
     
  18. d8g3jdh

    d8g3jdh Guest

    Aug 9, 2005
    Apocalypse Now > Full Metal Jacket
     
  19. kserg

    kserg

    Feb 20, 2004
    London, UK
    Only in Australia and rest of the upside world that is true, as everything in Aussieland is upside down.
     
  20. d8g3jdh

    d8g3jdh Guest

    Aug 9, 2005
    Clearly, you are not a geographist.
     

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