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wotyzoid
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Registered: Apr 2007
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quote:
Originally posted by Lira
The kind of pompous smart-arse that grew up watching British sitcoms and European cinema and now sounds like Harry Potter's handyman... or summat

Never bothered to switch back to American English because American girls seem to like it when I call them "sweethot"


haha preach on brotha.


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Meat187
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Registered: Dec 2007
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quote:
Originally posted by Lebezniatnikov
The book is heavy. Not a book for the beach. Incredibly quick though - I finished in one sitting. Kind of draws you in with its intensity, and definitely emotionally impacting for some time afterward.

I haven't seen the movie, and am not that interested to be honest because the book is so introspective that I can't imagine how a film would be faithful and keep any sort of visual attention. Very little dialogue in the book, and only one (very) brief flashback. The emotional weight pins on the internalized feelings of the father, and it's strictly only his perspective that is portrayed at all times.

I've heard a few different interpretations of the ending from friends, but I thought it was ultimately uplifting - the only real positive takeaway from an otherwise cold and weighty book.


Thanks, that's interesting. It sounds like a strange book and a not very faithful movie. I'll go with the movie first.
And it seems you didn't enjoy the book too much, right?


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Lebezniatnikov
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Registered: Feb 2004
Location: DC

quote:
Originally posted by Meat187
Thanks, that's interesting. It sounds like a strange book and a not very faithful movie. I'll go with the movie first.
And it seems you didn't enjoy the book too much, right?


I enjoyed the book a lot, actually. It was emotionally draining, but in no way was it bad. It was the most successful books I've read at conveying a very specific emotional timbre without the use of dialogue or a cast of characters. The sentence structure is short, the descriptions sparse, and the dialogue almost non-existent. The book really changed the way I think about the genre (post-apocalyptic dystopias) as well as the medium. And it stayed with me for days - the mark of a very good story, in my opinion.

I mean, I read it in one sitting - something I don't do often. I started it on the bus home from work and ended up getting off the bus and going straight to a Starbucks to finish it before getting to my apartment.


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bamski
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Registered: Mar 2006
Location: I am merely here

quote:
Originally posted by Capitalizt
"The Orphanage" in America. It's more of a mystery/psychological terror movie.. No blood n guts, just stuff that f*cks with your mind.


One that you might want to see, that is if you haven't already..

El espinazo del diablo (2001)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0256009/

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bamski
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Originally posted by bas
I've never heard of this movie, but this is all I need to see to know it's amazing.


Michael Caine rarely, if ever disappoints, but in this particular one he's... well, brutal. Last movie I saw him in was the Dark Knight so this was a welcome change. He is a jack of all trades but I never thought he'd go for a role like this.

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Halcyon+On+On
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Registered: Sep 2004
Location: midcoast

quote:
Originally posted by bamski
One that you might want to see, that is if you haven't already..

El espinazo del diablo (2001)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0256009/


Excellent movie. One of the best 'ghost' movies out there.


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The17sss
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quote:
Originally posted by Lebezniatnikov
nd it stayed with me for days - the mark of a very good story, in my opinion.


This. Rarely does a movie stay with me, and this one stayed with me for at least a week after watching it. I know that more often than not, the book is a better experience than the movie, but you should see the movie too IMO... at least for the artistic impressiveness of Viggo.

I read the review of the book by Dennis Lehane (who wrote Mystic River) and it certainly sounds almost identical to what I saw in the movie:

quote:
Cormac McCarthy sets his new novel, The Road, in a post-apocalyptic blight of gray skies that drizzle ash, a world in which all matter of wildlife is extinct, starvation is not only prevalent but nearly all-encompassing, and marauding bands of cannibals roam the environment with pieces of human flesh stuck between their teeth. If this sounds oppressive and dispiriting, it is. McCarthy may have just set to paper the definitive vision of the world after nuclear war, and in this recent age of relentless saber-rattling by the global powers, it's not much of a leap to feel his vision could be not far off the mark nor, sadly, right around the corner. Stealing across this horrific (and that's the only word for it) landscape are an unnamed man and his emaciated son, a boy probably around the age of ten. It is the love the father feels for his son, a love as deep and acute as his grief, that could surprise readers of McCarthy's previous work. McCarthy's Gnostic impressions of mankind have left very little place for love. In fact that greatest love affair in any of his novels, I would argue, occurs between the Billy Parham and the wolf in The Crossing. But here the love of a desperate father for his sickly son transcends all else. McCarthy has always written about the battle between light and darkness; the darkness usually comprises 99.9% of the world, while any illumination is the weak shaft thrown by a penlight running low on batteries. In The Road, those batteries are almost out--the entire world is, quite literally, dying--so the final affirmation of hope in the novel's closing pages is all the more shocking and maybe all the more enduring as the boy takes all of his father's (and McCarthy's) rage at the hopeless folly of man and lays it down, lifting up, in its place, the oddest of all things: faith.

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Halcyon+On+On
Liebchen



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On the topic of post-holocaust films, has anyone seen A Boy And His Dog? Every man owes it to himself to see that movie.


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The17sss
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Originally posted by Halcyon+On+On
On the topic of post-holocaust films, has anyone seen A Boy And His Dog? Every man owes it to himself to see that movie.


haven't seen that one dude. But uh... made in 1975 and starring Don Johnson? I don't know if I can do it!

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Halcyon+On+On
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Location: midcoast

quote:
Originally posted by The17sss
haven't seen that one dude. But uh... made in 1975 and starrting Don Johnson? I don't know if I can do it!


I know, I know, I was leery at first as well. It really is the best thing he's ever done though haha. It's based on a short story by Harlan Ellison so there actually is a great basis for the movie as a sci-fi story, but it's extremely tongue-in-cheek, too. I don't want to give too much away as there are a few twists, but it's basically about a man who wanders the wasteland with his dog, whom he can communicate with psychically. It's an odd film, but rarely an eccentric one, and the resolution of the movie is one of my favourite things in the world.

It's kind of dated, but entirely worth giving it a chance.


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The17sss
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Registered: May 2008
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quote:
Originally posted by Halcyon+On+On
I know, I know, I was leery at first as well. It really is the best thing he's ever done though haha. It's based on a short story by Harlan Ellison so there actually is a great basis for the movie as a sci-fi story, but it's extremely tongue-in-cheek, too. I don't want to give too much away as there are a few twists, but it's basically about a man who wanders the wasteland with his dog, whom he can communicate with psychically. It's an odd film, but rarely an eccentric one, and the resolution of the movie is one of my favourite things in the world.

It's kind of dated, but entirely worth giving it a chance.


hmmm. you sell it pretty well. i guess I'll give it a shot.

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bananas
baby i got your money



Registered: Oct 2004
Location: Mordor

quote:
Originally posted by bamski
Harry Brown



9.0/10

this one's truly amazing

i mean, michael cain kicking ass, what could be better?

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