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the illusionist… and some other "issues"…

October 6, 2006

just watched “the illusionist” tonight… thought it was quite nice, smart and well made movie… didn’t love it but liked it quite a bit… thought rufus sewell, the guy from one of my favorite movie “dark city”, was excellent as an ego maniac, ambitious and vicious crown prince… and was surprised, don’t know what i was really expecting, at jessica biel for being rather good and a great screen presence… guess i’d never seen her other than in magazines so kinda had low expectation of her… sorry, i can be judgmental… i know…
however i was a bit thrown off by how the characters were talking… i guess this happens quite a lot in the movies when its setting is in a foreign, non-english speaking country, the characters are all speaking in some sort of “accent”… to be authentic…? but then unless everybody is doing a grand job with the accent, it has danger of looking a bit silly and hard to ignore… well, in this movie, i guess they were all trying to speak in austrian accent and somehow i had hard time believing… paul giamatti’s accent was great… but surprisingly edward norton’s accent was hard to buy… usually i think he’s fabulous but i couldn’t stop thinking this was not the best performance of his… oh, well… oh, couldn’t stand the music… yep, done by philip glass… was surely better than “the hours” but still…
however there a couple more “issues” while i was watching… not with the movies… a. there was, then were, believe it or not, fly (flies in the seconds half) trapped somewhere between film’s projector and kept distracting… yes, it was absurd… then b. of course i got to sit behind a moron who kept talking throughout the movie… i had to tell him to be quiet because it became so unbearable which he didn’t respond well… then c. there was this guy sitting behind me who couldn’t stop clearing his throat throughout the movie as well… so in other word, i was very distracted… argh…
see, i’m a control freak in many things and especially about going to see movies… have no problem admitting that… i absolutely have to sit at the middle and that’s why i cannot stand angelika because their thearters have aisle in the middle… maybe not all of them but at least the one i always end up in… well, on top of that rumbling subway noise and screes being a bit too high and giving you neckache after a while…
then i hate people eating pop corn and stuff during the movie… so you can guess only how much i hate someone talking with passion… i know that’s it’s a public space and other people are there to enjoy the movie and i cannot expect people to behave how i want them to… but then how about some respect to other people…? once i was sitting not too far away from this couple that wouldn’t stop making out and talking so loud, i had to say something… then the guy’s response was like, “what, i cannot hear you”… what a jerk…
then i usually, 99.5% of the time, not tonight though, i sit through the end credit… which could drive some people crazy…
well, i guess that explains why i like going to the movies by myself most of the time…
oh, went to see “the science of sleep” again last night… was so damn good… ah…
yeah, me, control freak… oh, well…

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2 Comments
  1. Really? I thought Glass did a pretty good job in The Hours… well, personal taste I guess. But sure as hell his filmworks are much better than his concert stuff. No offense…

  2. Have you seen The Brothers Grimm (the Terry Gilliam film, not the many fairytale adaptations)? The accents are hilarious. He chose to make all the German characters have 19thC/contemporary British accents, but the French and Italian characters have over the top Hollywood accents from their respective countries. It was a little strange to say the least. Do Korean movies do weird things with the accents? (I mean, I’ve seen plenty of foreign films, but I’m not fluent enough in anything but English to know if the accents sound peculiar.)

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