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False Marketing [Nov. 13th, 2012|03:33 pm]
Tomas Gallucci
Atlas Shrugged, Part II was supposed to be better than Part I because they had a bigger budget and a better cast if not crew. I wasn't convinced by their advertisement because I frankly liked the earlier cast and thought that it was a directing/editing problem. True to form, Atlas Shrugged, Part II was worse than part 1.

The money speech was cut to three sentences and the lesson that d'Anconia gives to Rearden was missing in its entirety. Likewise, Rearden's trial was watered down and cut short and the time that Rearden had with the wet nurse was nonexistent. There was no Ragnar, no d'Anconia working covertly in the mills for months and the big fight at Rearden's didn't happen either. Over all, a lackluster piece of cinema with way to much removal of source material.

Cloud Atlas was supposed to be this magnificent, intelligent film that went throughout various time periods and taught us something deep about humanity. Well, there were several poignant moments, and for the $100+ million that was spent on it did produce a stunning image and precisely-engineered sound. But at the end of the day, it was a $100 million re-make of The Fountain with 1/100th of the depth of story or meaning.

Per the trailer, Skyfall is a James Bond film. The trailer makes it look like there's some kind of mission that Bond was part of but went rogue/disappeared/presumed dead and somehow completed the mission. Meanwhile, there are a lot of dead bodies that M is left to account for because of the failed mission. According to the trailer, Bond should have come back, got himself together, took names and kicked ass. Instead, there more more drama-less, action-less moments in this film than in the previous failure Quantum of Solace a film which James Bond himself issued an apology.

Skyfall does have redeeming moments–perhaps enough to merit a second look. Perhaps I'm just jaded by Casino Royale–a film that starts with action, is full of action and ends with action. But this is about trailers and films not matching up.

Which brings me to Flight with Denzel Washington. From the trailer, I expected this to be a film about a pilot that pulls a plane out of an impossible situation and lands it as safely and gently as possible despite the fact that he has a drinking problem that isn't fully explained by the trailer. I assumed that the film would be about the cause of his drinking problem and the bulk of the film would be about how he rises to overcome any kind of negligence charges. Instead, this film was 30 minutes of plane crash, 1hr 30 watching a drunk be a drunk and 10 minutes of personal responsibility. No drama whatsoever.

I don't know if I've become an old curmudgeon or if the state of filmmaking/advertising has gotten so bad that the only option open to producers is to lie in their advertisements.

What I do know is that I have been able to redeem these atrocities via TV of all things. Since we last met, I completed Season 1 of Once Upon a Time, a fantastic piece of cinema and entertainment. I like the cinematography, I like the acting, especially Robert Carlyle's. The dialog is tidy, the characters believable and the season feels like the never-ending story you get wrapped up in and hate to leave when your eyes scan the words, "The End".

I'm looking forward to Season 2 and will likely add both to my collection along with Downton Abbey.

For me, the jury is still out on Mad Men after having finished a season. It's slow and I'm not sure how much more of the over-the-top sex in the city, sex in the suburbs, sex in the bedroom I can put up with.

Up next is Castle Season 4 followed by Rizzol & Isles, Hell on Wheels and Homeland. I'm not a huge fan of Castle, though it has its moments. I wished it was a darker show along the lines of Dexter. To me, the best metaphor to describe Castle is chewing bubble gum.

[User Picture]From: darkest_writer
2012-11-13 10:11 pm (UTC)
Funny thing, I saw the cover for Atlas Shrugged and thought about you earlier today.

I really enjoyed skyfall actually! I thought it was really well done.</p>

I am completely obsessed with once upon a time . It's one of my all time favorite tv shows. Unfortunately due to my computer actually dying I haven't been able to keep up with the new season as much as I'd like.

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[User Picture]From: newmistakes
2012-11-14 03:31 am (UTC)
You see a ridiculous amount of movies.

I quite enjoyed Season 1 of Once Upon a Time but couldn't get in to Season 2 so gave up after four episodes. Believable characters eh? We'll have to agree to disagree on that one.
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[User Picture]From: deathnomiko
2012-11-15 03:04 pm (UTC)
Downton Abbeeeeey! I freaking love that show! I'm watching season 3 right now (it'll air in the US in January, I think?). It's not as good as the first two seasons, but it's still a fine show and beautifully made.
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