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Re: Best Films of 2007

PostPosted: Fri May 30, 2008 11:27 pm
by wpqx
In many ways Mamet has a similar problem of making a lot of characters sound like himself, but he's certainly had his moments of brilliance, and Redbelt is certainly a step up for me.

Tarantino has had moments of speaking for his characters in the past, including Reservoir Dogs but in previous films he's made up for it with a much more solid plot. Death Proof was neither clever or particularly compelling to make up for it.

That said I still enjoyed the film and liked it on its own merits, but Tarantino has built one of the most impressive filmographies of his generation and anything less than Kill Bill/Pulp Fiction will seem like a step down and a bit disappointing.

Re: Best Films of 2007

PostPosted: Sat May 31, 2008 12:12 am
by arsaib4
Agreed, that's partly why it made my Secondary list. Though I must ask if you've seen the full-length version of Death Proof, the one which came out in the U.S. only on DVD?

And since you loved Planet Terror, the new Japanese film The Machine Girl looks/sounds like something you might enjoy.

Re: Best Films of 2007

PostPosted: Sat May 31, 2008 12:15 am
by wpqx
Sounds good to me, I should be able to find a DVD of it in a month with any luck.

I haven't seen the DVD release of Death Proof.

Re: Best Films of 2007

PostPosted: Sat May 31, 2008 12:34 am
by arsaib4
I believe the full-length version, which also played in-competition at Cannes, is about 25 minutes longer. I say you should try to squeeze it in between your other ongoing missions. Perhaps you'll find the characters to be more well-rounded.

Re: Best Films of 2007

PostPosted: Sat May 31, 2008 1:26 am
by wpqx
I'm always suspicious of extended version of films that weren't particularly great. It might make the film a more well rounded experience, or it might just make a film more torturous.

Re: Best Films of 2007

PostPosted: Sun Jun 01, 2008 12:55 am
by arsaib4
What's unique about this case is that the "extended" edition is the original version. It was always meant to be released separately as such. But Tarantino had to cut it down because otherwise the length of the Grindhouse feature would've gotten out of hand. Just something to keep in mind.