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Wetanut
10-02-2005, 11:01 AM
Yup. Good one. Mortensen's acting chops showing here. Plays it with nuances and subtleties that are very fine, balancing out his sudden bursts of action. Maria Bello and the kid playing Mortensen's son are standouts. Ed Harris and William Hurt are just on this side of overplaying, but both manage to maintain control -- Harris (very creepy) a bit better than Hurt.

Darklord Dave
10-02-2005, 03:01 PM
I loved this film too, (not as much as Serenity of course) but I definitely see some kudos coming for Viggo, Maria and the kid. A creepy film that makes one just a bit uncomfortable. Very well done.

Lembas Eater
10-02-2005, 05:35 PM
Yes indeed. Cronenberg really hit one out of the park on this one. I just read the graphic novel (and reviewed it over at Azog's, http://www.azogscollection.com/columns.php) and there are significant changes to the second half of the story, but they really fit nicely.

The interesting thing is they changed some names from the book, which seems kind of arbitrary. Not a prob but I have to picture David C. or Olsen, the screenwriter reading the book and going "Nope, don't like THAT name at all!" :D

Azog
10-03-2005, 08:47 AM
Beat me to it Scott. Yes I loved the movie also...

Nessasita
10-04-2005, 06:17 PM
I have only two things to say.

1. Where the hell is my cheerleader costume? :naughty
2. Stairway to heaven. :naughty

Mithrandier
03-27-2006, 08:07 AM
Bought the DVD over the weekend...............I thought it was pretty damn good...............

hairlesswookiee
03-27-2006, 12:38 PM
I have only two things to say.

1. Where the hell is my cheerleader costume? :naughty
2. Stairway to heaven. :naughty

my kind of girl!!! i loved the acting by viggo, ive been a fan since his LOTR showings. he was also pretty decent in GI jane, but wasnt so noticable with demi in it. im probably gonna read the book this summer in between semesters to catch up with you guys. maria bello was so nice!!! ive always enjoyed her ASSets she brings to her movies.

Mithrandier
03-27-2006, 12:52 PM
my kind of girl!!! i loved the acting by viggo, ive been a fan since his LOTR showings. he was also pretty decent in GI jane, but wasnt so noticable with demi in it. im probably gonna read the book this summer in between semesters to catch up with you guys. maria bello was so nice!!! ive always enjoyed her ASSets she brings to her movies.


I agree..............Nessa in that cheerleader uni would be great................

Ironman1188
03-28-2006, 06:47 AM
I give this movie my highest ratig : 69

Bodie The Cursed
03-28-2006, 09:31 AM
I rented this and its been sitting by the TV for about a week now.. Guess I better watch it.

Andy Bergholtz
03-28-2006, 10:14 AM
I guess I'm in the minority that didn't really dig this one. Performances were fine, but the film itself was just drab and drawn out, with or without all the 'deep social commentary' that everyone seems to find so powerful (which was also overrated imo). Didn't care about any of the characters or their unbelievable relationships. Maybe I'm just not smart enough to like this movie. :)

JSA
03-28-2006, 10:29 AM
I rented this and its been sitting by the TV for about a week now.. Guess I better watch it.

One can easily guess Bodie's post after viewing the "cheerleader" scene. :monkey5

Anybody?

JS ;)

TheObsoleteMan
03-28-2006, 10:49 AM
I guess I'm in the minority that didn't really dig this one. Performances were fine, but the film itself was just drab and drawn out, with or without all the 'deep social commentary' that everyone seems to find so powerful (which was also overrated imo). Didn't care about any of the characters or their unbelievable relationships. Maybe I'm just not smart enough to like this movie. :)You summed up my feelings perfectly. I found it very bland and linear, there's no question exactly where the movie is going.

Ironman1188
03-28-2006, 12:15 PM
I guess I'm in the minority that didn't really dig this one. Performances were fine, but the film itself was just drab and drawn out, with or without all the 'deep social commentary' that everyone seems to find so powerful (which was also overrated imo). Didn't care about any of the characters or their unbelievable relationships. Maybe I'm just not smart enough to like this movie. :)

Deep social commentary? Hell I just liked the sex and violence!!! :monkey5

Mithrandier
03-28-2006, 12:39 PM
:mwaha :mwaha

Right I1188.................the movie was a bit slow.............but the action scenes and the adult scenes were great.............................

GrueSam
03-28-2006, 12:59 PM
It was good, but I didn't think it was great. There are things that just don't play well nor make any sense. Definately not my favorite Viggo movie, by far... :dunno

occulum
03-28-2006, 01:10 PM
I'll probably get slammed for saying this, but this looked to me as the perfect woman's bad-boy movie.
Every woman wants that "bad" guy who's the sweetest person in the world to her. This movie had every bit of it. Complete with the romance-novel/bad-boy sex scene.
As a book, it would have looked at home with Fabio on the cover.

With that outta the way, I did like the movie, but it didnt live up to the hype IMO.

Ironman1188
03-28-2006, 03:10 PM
Viggo?
Harris?
Hurt?
The best performance, albeit too short, was Stephen McHattie's and it was nice to see him on screen again. Too under rated of a character actor IMHO.

Darklord Dave
03-28-2006, 04:12 PM
I really liked this in the theatre and I'm curious to see if it stands up to repeated viewing on DVD. I thought that everything was just so subtle until it's over the top that it worked for me.

A recent film that I really liked (and didn't expect to) that reminds me of it is Running Scared with Paul Walker. I hated Paul Walker until I saw this film.

Wetanut
03-28-2006, 06:30 PM
Every woman wants that "bad" guy who's the sweetest person in the world to her.

Really? Do ALL want that?
This, my friend, is right up there with all other truisms that so many men seem to want to apply to "all" women, among them:
- a woman's "no" doesn't mean "no"
- women can't do math and the physical sciences
- she was asking for it

And etcetera. Sorry....couldn't let your bon mot go without some comment. Hopefully, you were just kidding -- right? Otherwise, with that philosophy, you will deserve the brainless bimbo you'll probably end up with. And if you already have a significant other (girlfriend, wife) with a modicom of intelligence and good sense, I wouldn't let her read your post if you value your life. :rip :naughty

occulum
03-28-2006, 07:09 PM
you will deserve the brainless bimbo you'll probably end up with.
and YOU attack my comment. :rolleyes: how sad.

Im married to a beautiful blonde, polish, woman who will tell you in a heart beat thats 3 strikes against her. Thats what I love about her. She loves life and to laugh and rolls with all the punches and doesnt even take a second to nit pick something as miniscule as the comment I made.

She's quick to inform anybody that the majority of women do in fact ... uh oh ... wait a sec, don't give you more to pick apart .... the majority to women she's encountered and discussed the types of men those particular women find attractive ... (whew, that was close!) ... now where was I .. oh yeah, the majority of those women are attracted to bad boys, but want to be treated good by the bad-boy's "not so bad side".

of COURSE it was a general statement not meant to classify all women walking/non-walking the planet earth.

God help I ever make an "all men want a beautiful woman" statement. I mean, I need to remain sensitive to all the gerbil-loving men out there too.


I wouldn't let her read your post if you value your life.
.. and I wouldnt give the time of day to a woman who has that ^ type attitude. They just want a puppy dog to do tricks for them and to spank when they don't do exactly what they want. I have someone to love and laugh with and concentrate on the good things in life rather than shower down negativity on those around ....... why the heck am I even wasting my keyboard on this reply? ... cya.

.... and oh yeah ... my wife's still laughing

Bodie The Cursed
03-28-2006, 08:39 PM
One can easily guess Bodie's post after viewing the "cheerleader" scene. :monkey5

Anybody?

JS ;)

*BOING!!!*

I stopped the movie and seeked out the woman after that..:monkey1 I still need to go and watch the rest now...

Mithrandier
03-29-2006, 08:11 AM
Hey Bodie................did you get her to dress in the cheerleader outfit????????


Wetanut............takin things waaaaaaaaaay to serious..............there are girls/women out there that are solely attratced to the badboy type.......................occ's statements, like he stated was not towards the entire class that is woman..............

Bodie The Cursed
03-29-2006, 03:00 PM
Good movie.. I enjoyed it..

Gruff Old Bear
03-29-2006, 06:23 PM
Viggo?
Harris?
Hurt?
The best performance, albeit too short, was Stephen McHattie's and it was nice to see him on screen again. Too under rated of a character actor IMHO.

I was also glad to see McHattie. I still remember him as half-breed Jake Pasquenal in Centenniel, spitting at the men who lynch him at the last second before they string him up. Wish they'd bring that one out on DVD. Robert Conrad's finest, most over-the-top moment: "You know what de Pawnee do to you dey find out you trap you own bea-bair?"

My wife loved "A History of Violence."
My wife loves me.
Ergo, I am a bad boy?
:naughty

occulum
03-29-2006, 08:53 PM
My wife loved "A History of Violence."
My wife loves me.
Ergo, I am a bad boy?
:naughty
haha. you werent til you did that.
your wife should be jumpin your bones any minute now you bad bad boy!
lol!

Seaward
03-29-2006, 10:29 PM
How well does this fit within the Cronenberg canon? I know he has a long history of body evolution/perversion/revulsion kinda thing, and I didn't get the sense of that from the trailers. I have a few reward zone bucks to burn though, and usually am a sucker for Cronenberg.

Long live the new flesh!:monkey5

Nessasita
03-30-2006, 04:59 PM
Guess I am always attracted to the bad boys :monkey2 ... but I am trying to find a good guy :D