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Re: movies

From:

Will Gray <[log in to unmask]>

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T. S. Eliot Discussion forum.

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Mon, 10 Apr 2006 07:36:17 -0700

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Kate, 
Here are some of the better films to come out last
year, revised to fit your search ("thoughtful(but not
violent) and... romantic(when well done), and comedy
only when extremely well done."):

2046 (dir. Wong Kar-Wai)
BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN (dir. Ang Lee)
BROKEN FLOWERS (dir. Jim Jarmusch)
CINDERELLA MAN (dir. Ron Howard)
THE CONSTANT GARDENER (dir. Fernando Meirelles)
CRASH (dir. Paul Haggis)
DER UNTERGANG (dir. Oliver Hirschbiegel) -- some
violence
ENRON: THE SMARTEST GUYS IN THE ROOM (dir. Alex
Gibney)
EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED (dir. Liev Schreiber)
GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK (dir. George Clooney)
GRIZZLY MAN (dir. Werner Herzog)
IN HER SHOES (dir. CURTIS HANSON) -- comedy
JUNEBUG (dir. Phil Morrison)
LA MARCHE DE L'EMPEREUR (dir. Luc Jacquet)
MAD HOT BALLROOM (dir. Marilyn Agrelo) -- a comic
documentary
ME AND YOU AND EVERYONE WE KNOW (dir. Miranda July)
MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA (dir. Rob Marshall)
MUNICH (dir. Steven Spielberg) -- some violence
NINE LIVES (dir. Rodrigo Garcia)
WALK THE LINE (dir. James Mangold)

By the way, I was sorry to see your comments on the
new version of PRIDE & PREJUDICE. I'm afraid you've
fallen prey to that common fallacy  that a good
adaptation should accurately duplicate everything in
the book. This fallacy forgets that the media of
literature and film use completely different (IMO)
forms of communication, and has produced what we might
call the "stagey" style of film. I believe a great
adaptation is one that captures what is going on in
the work of fiction and faithfully re-creates that in
terms of film. I liked both versions of the PRIDE &
PREJUDICE films very much (1995 and 2005), but found
the new one far superior as a film. You are right that
Keira did not deserve her nomination, but there were
unfortunately quite few excellent performances from
lead actresses this past year. Otherwise, the only
other nomination I was aware of was for the film's
score, which is quite fine and deserving of its
attention.
From your choices below, I would go with GOOD NIGHT,
AND GOOD LUCK, an excellent film. BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN
is quite interesting, but not nearly as successful as
the buzz would have you believe.

All best wishes,
Will

>   Kate Troy <[log in to unmask]> wrote: 
>     I called my husband on the cell phone yesterday
> while out during the day and asked what he wanted to
> do during the evening, as we had no plans.  He said
> that he already took care of that, that he had went
> to the video store and took out the new Pride and
> Prejudice that had just come out on video that I had
> been longing to see.  Well, it was very sweet of my
> husband, but it was an extremely poor, pathetic
> adaptation, and I can't believe that it had been
> nominated for Academy Awards.  The one before this
> one, I really loved, the one before that was great
> also, and the book best of all, but this film was
> simply awful.  And, this is truth, and not politics.
> My husband asked me today what I wanted to see the
> next time he was at the video store, and I couldn't
> make up my mind between Good Night and Good Luck and
> that mountain film, Broback Mountain, I think it's
> called.  Anyone have any great suggestion, keeping
> in mind that I like thoughtful(but not violent) and
> that I like romantic(when well done), and comedy
> only when extremely well done.
> 
>     Regards,
> 
>     Kate

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