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I saw the Signs. And it opened up my eyes... [Aug. 17th, 2002|01:03 am]
Kurt Onstad
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[Current Music |Who Was That?-Deee-Lite-World Clique]

And kept them open all night. This is a scary movie. It's not quite as good as M. Night Shaymalan's previous two movies (Sixth Sense and Unbreakable, both of which are in my small collection of DVDs). It's a lot more traditional story. Both Sixth Sense and Unbreakable had the "twist ending" that made you see the rest of the movie in a whole new light and made you want to see it again. This doesn't have that, but it's still very well done, and accomplishes what it wanted to do (creep you the hell out...) It's been a while since I had seen a genuinely scary movie with an audience. I had forgotten how much laughter there often is right after getting scared.

But, anyways, Kurt's capsule review...Go see it, as long as you like creepy movies. If you want a horror movie with blood and guts this isn't your thing. You'll have to wait for feardotcom (Bleh.)

Kurt
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[User Picture]From: self
2002-08-17 03:13 am (UTC)

Huh.

I enjoyed the film quite a bit, but was a little uncomfortable with how subtle the religious propeganda wasn't. Kind of thought that aspect would bother you more.

I do think it's the sign of a great storyteller that he can make something on a scale with Independance Day, but with little to no special effects. It's right up there with Unbreakable that way. There's just something inspiring about taking things back to basics and showing up Hollywood. Like MTV unplugged used to do, before it became every bit as crass as the industry it was rebelling against.

Rambling. Sleep now.
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[User Picture]From: speedball
2002-08-17 12:34 pm (UTC)

Religious propaganda

I don't think either of us spelled that word correctly...

I don't mind artists using their preferred medium to write a testament to their faith. I mean, I loved Dogma. I may not agree with the message, but that doesn't stop me from enjoying the art.

Kurt
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[User Picture]From: euphoricone
2002-08-17 10:14 am (UTC)
an ace of base reference?? im so disappointed
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[User Picture]From: speedball
2002-08-17 12:28 pm (UTC)

All That She Wants

Yeah, but you got the reference...

Kurt
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[User Picture]From: euphoricone
2002-08-17 12:37 pm (UTC)

stop the insanity

thats only b/c i hear that song a million times a day at work. whats your excuse? ;p
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[User Picture]From: speedball
2002-08-18 12:46 am (UTC)

Reason, excuse...What's the difference?

I actually have two reasons. One, I used to write about bands like this as part of my job. I wrote a Top 5 Countdown show called "On the Radio with Jeff Davis." It was syndicated to about 80 stations nationwide...As such, I had to do a lot of research to come up with new and interesting facts about the bands on the countdown...

Two, I enjoy Scandavian pop. ABBA, Ace of Base, a-ha. All of those A groups...Maybe even the A-teens, but I haven't heard anything from their second album yet. It's fluffy, but it's fun. I feel no shame in enjoying their music.

Kurt
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[User Picture]From: jasheffe
2002-08-18 02:10 pm (UTC)

Need Strong Coffeeeeeee

I was up for two days. I jumped at every sound and kept the lights cranked up. I even kept a (spoiler)Huge Glass of Water next to my desk. It was pathetic...:D
The movie is excellent and I am waiting to see what he does next...
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[User Picture]From: speedball
2002-08-18 03:29 pm (UTC)

Wuss...

Two days? Dude...You know it's just a movie, right? :)

I'm looking forward to Night's next film as well. He has yet to disappoint, except in relation to his other films. Overall, all of his films that I've seen have been excellent.

Just to let you know, your "swipe spoiler" showed up in my email as regular text. Thankfully, I've (obviously) seen the movie, but in case you weren't aware of that, take caution when using that spoiler method in LiveJournal...

Kurt
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From: (Anonymous)
2002-08-19 10:55 am (UTC)

You know what though, I saw "Signs" knowing the ending and it completely deflated any tension the film had, aside from "cat scares." It was an inadvertant spoiler someone dropped on me at the comics store - I don't blame them, but the way my head works, it sucked the scare out the movie. The film does not have "religious" viewpoint, as much as a narrative one, which is Anton Chekhov's dictum that nothing be wasted. Everything does have meaning in fiction, and it is the author who kills people or lets them live, which is why M. Night himself plays the part he does. That's what people seem to be missing as they scream about "free will" and religion.

MAM
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[User Picture]From: speedball
2002-08-19 05:59 pm (UTC)

Chekhov...He's the Russian guy in Star Trek, right?

That's a shame about getting the ending spoiled for you. I'm a big anti-spoiler person. I prefer to walk into most movies knowing as little as possible.

On another note, first you inform me about cel(l) phones, and then you are paraphrasing Chekhov. Who are you, and what did you do with my page sister?

Kurt
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[User Picture]From: ideaspace
2002-08-21 10:13 am (UTC)

Re: Chekhov...He's the Russian guy in Star Trek, right?

With her or to her? You'll have to be more specific. ;)
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