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PostSubject: Re: Period Pieces.   Sat Jul 04, 2009 9:00 pm

Just saw "Public Enemies" and enjoyed recognizing all the Chicago places. http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/movies/chi-0702-public-enemies-location.ar0jul02,0,7141288.story
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PostSubject: Re: Period Pieces.   Sun Jul 05, 2009 2:04 pm

Easy Virtue was excellent. Good casting, too! Kristin Scott Thomas, Colin Firth, et al were especially terrific.

I checked it against a summary of Coward's original plot (play, ca. 1923) and though some changes were made, the alterations feel right through the course of the film.
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PostSubject: Re: Period Pieces.   Wed Jul 15, 2009 8:22 am

We saw Public Enemies last night. What could have been a fairly entertaining film was ruined as they seemingly ran out of money and left the filming to a drunken epileptic with a cheap video camera.
If you rely on a shaky hand-held camera to give a sense of immediacy and action then you're doing something wrong. It was a shitty idea back in the days of LAPD Blue and it's still a shitty idea now.
As for the parts shot on what appeared to be Hi-8; there's no excuse. we were baffled by it. Some if it looks like Blair Witch in colour.
I left the cinema feeling ill.
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PostSubject: Re: Period Pieces.   Fri Aug 14, 2009 5:19 am

Oh that's a shame, Public Enemies looked like it might be quite good! (ahem, well, it's got Johnny Depp and 1930s stuff, so I admit I'm being biased there).

I keep meaning to go and see Coco Before Chanel. Audrey Tautou is wonderful and Amelie was great.

I loved Gosford Park! I ended up writing about it for some of my degree dissertation, which was on Agatha Christie and heritage culture.
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PostSubject: Re: Period Pieces.   Fri Aug 14, 2009 8:36 am

Helen Highwater wrote:
Oh that's a shame, Public Enemies looked like it might be quite good! (ahem, well, it's got Johnny Depp and 1930s stuff, so I admit I'm being biased there).


Yup, a great shame. I think even without the inexplicable camera shennannigans it would still have been only OK. If they'd have done it properly the end would have been a tear-jerker in the same way that Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid's demise was blub-inducing but no. Nothing. Just a sinking feeling of "Oh, was that it?"
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PostSubject: Re: Period Pieces.   Sat Aug 15, 2009 12:39 am

I enjoyed it.

It would have been better w/o the hand-held camera work but it was a good film.
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PostSubject: Re: Period Pieces.   Tue Aug 18, 2009 9:34 pm

The Good German was really good, as was Eight Men Out, The Notorious Bettie Page, and Goodnight and Good Luck.

I am looking forward to Inglorious Bastards and the knew Sherlock Holmes!

For my money, nobody does period pieces as well as the BBC.
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PostSubject: Re: Period Pieces.   Wed Aug 19, 2009 9:08 am

Julie and Julie half-qualifies. The Julia scenes were gorgeous.

I understand from some of my writers' lists that the book is F-this and F-that; I'm glad they left that out of the movie. I'm no prude, but I prefer vocabulary to swearing. (Not that the occasional explosion doesn't make a statement, you understand.)

The casting was very good all 'round, and I adored Meryl Streep and Stanley Tucci as the Childs. The sets and costuming were excellent as well!
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PostSubject: Re: Period Pieces.   Fri Aug 28, 2009 7:20 am

I'm going to see the new Almodovar this weekend. Extra points because Penelope Cruz's character is an actress with Audrey Hepburn overtones - should be interesting! I've read a bad review and a good review, so I shall make my own opinion.
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PostSubject: Re: Period Pieces.   Sat Aug 29, 2009 2:05 pm

I just saw a really great movies call "A Small Circle of Friends." It follows a group of friends through their college years in the late 60's, early 70's ('67-'71). I thought the story line was great, and they did a good job on accuracy in portraying life during that period. Not like the stereotypical imagery of the 60's. (One would think that everything was like the Haight-Ashbury district, if left up to most modern films of the era.)

Definitely worth checking out.
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