9. "RE: I havent seen The Yards but..." In response to Reply # 8
Cool. Little Odessa is my 2nd fave; We Own the Night is my least fave. So I feel better about this film if it's on par with LO. At Cannes, the French liked TL, the American critics didn't, more or less.
10. "funny me and the lady was gonna go see it" In response to Reply # 0 Fri Feb-20-09 01:47 PM by madwriter
but turns out it was on demand thank goodness for all the good acting it was pretty unsatisfying by the end realistic portrayal of dysfunctional relationships but man i just didn't care about anyone and Vinessa was so underused\
I would have chosen her over gywneth's character but then perhaps that's why he was drawn to her cause he was fucked up too.
14. "The highlight for me was hearing Lujon & a Paltrow 1/2 rack" In response to Reply # 0
Other than that I wasn't too impressed. Gray's films are always very moody and this is no exception but it just felt pretty weird.
I couldn't ever get a feel for the characters ages or what era it was taking place in. It didn't look like Paltrow & Phoenix would be able to see each other from the windows of their apartments the way the earlier scene was shot from the inside of the unit. I see John Ortiz listed in the credits but I dont recall ever seeing him in it.
I could certainly relate to a couple scenes in the movie where he's torn between the two ladies. There were a few nice shots here & there. But overall I think Gray's better off sticking to the crime genre. I don't remember a lot about Little Odessa but I liked The Yards & We Own the Night much more than this latest effort. I also really hope this isn't JP's last flick either. Pretty good performance & I'd rather see more from him on a big screen than falling off a small stage or chewing gum on TV.
This is only the second time that I can recall hearing Lujon. Sexy Beast was the first time. It was used very well in both flicks & I hope to hear it again sometime soon. If anyone knows any other movies it was played in please let me know. Thanks.
21. "Almost a perfect good movie. Not a near-masterpiece or anything" In response to Reply # 0 Fri May-01-09 06:45 AM by Sponge
close to that, IMHO.
First, Shaw and Rossellini were excellent especially the former. I'm almost certain that they both won't be bumped from my SLA ballot when the time comes.
Visually precise. Some striking shots. Something about the shots; made the locations/story world real palpable. It had a tactile quality which is something that I love. Koteas was great. Really liked the ending.
Offhand, no complaints or criticisms, really, except for this:
the scene after the rooftop sex in which Paltrow's character said, "That was beautiful" and the left tit business and pretty much that whole scene. Just thought it was corny.