BIG FISH WILL BLOW YOU AWAY!

BIG FISH WILL BLOW YOU AWAY!

SEETHIS
SEETHIS

January 10th, 2004, 11:37 pm #1


I CANNOT TELL YOU WITH WORDS HOW AWESOME THIS MOVIE IS. IT IS SO INCREDIBLY BRILLIANT. ALBERT FINNEY'S PERFORMANCE IS SHEER GENIUS! HE DESERVES AN OSCAR! IF YOU DON'T GO SEE THIS MOVIE TONIGHT, YOU ARE CHEATING YOURSELF OUT OF A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE.
THIS MOVIE IS WHY OSCARS WERE INVENTED!!!!!!!!!
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fyi
fyi

January 11th, 2004, 12:43 am #2

could we be overreacting just a little bit?? it is a good film, a really good film, but it's not the end-all be-all of movies...it's just top 10 for this year.
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MEbossyouNOT
MEbossyouNOT

January 11th, 2004, 4:10 am #3

I CANNOT TELL YOU WITH WORDS HOW AWESOME THIS MOVIE IS. IT IS SO INCREDIBLY BRILLIANT. ALBERT FINNEY'S PERFORMANCE IS SHEER GENIUS! HE DESERVES AN OSCAR! IF YOU DON'T GO SEE THIS MOVIE TONIGHT, YOU ARE CHEATING YOURSELF OUT OF A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE.
THIS MOVIE IS WHY OSCARS WERE INVENTED!!!!!!!!!
I liked Big Fish. I think on some level I actually loved it. But that level is like a bad radio signal and thus my conviction of that love is unclear and unsubstantiated. Tim Burton films have a way of doing that. In a way Edward Scissorhands also had all the content of an emotionally centered character study but still something was fuzzy, unclear. I can't put my finger on it but I have a halfassed guess its due to Burton being so..particular.

Amadeus was a reason oscar was invented.
The Godfather was a reason oscar was invented.
I dont think Big Fish fits in that category. I cant even quite tell if its really truly better than his other best movies, none of which are in that category either. As for Finney's performance, any actor who gets to play a terminally ill or aged character better produce an oscar worthy turn. Those roles are aerodynamically designed to send the character straight to soul searching heaven.
But I cant be positive about the general things that movies are acclaimed for with this one because theres nothing general about it. One thing I can be positive of is the ideas. The ideas from the biggest to the smallest of them in the movie such as the main characters' "truthfully skewed" vision of life, the significance of storytelling, even the subsidiary storyline of the little girl turned witch, etc were flawless. If there was an oscar for best ideas in a film, THAT it would deserve.

On a lighter if irrelevant note, I thought the part where Ewan McGregor encounters the North Korean soldiers was hilarious. Theres something about the way Burton shoots/choreographs Asian male combatants being physical thats so over the top ridiculous (remember the Joker's chinese hitman with the shades and two swords in Batman?) that it looks like it belongs in an episode of that fictitious porn series from Boogie Nights; "Angels dont live in my town" with Brach Landers and Chest Rockwell.
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badmohito
badmohito

January 11th, 2004, 3:39 pm #4

sounds like a chick flick to me. still suspicious that it:s going to be forest gump with better visuals. and im going to flog a dead horse here but burton:s batman films suck because of michael keaton. especially the first one. how did we ever get conned into thinking that it was okay to have someone like keaton as the physically intimidating DARK KNIGHT. IT:s not the slighty off kilter bug eyed knight...sigh... but ed wood was brilliant. probably because of depp...pee wee was fun but it wasn:t a great movie.

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Hep C
Hep C

January 11th, 2004, 5:17 pm #5

I'm not a big K Smith fan, but a friend talked me into watching An Evening With... and he has the funniest story about Tim Burton.

He (Kevin Smith) saw Planet of the Apes (the worst movie ever), and the ending matched an ending he had put in a Jay & Silent Bob comic book story. Kevin Smith joked with a reporter about sueing Burton.

Well, word got back to Burton and he issued a press release stating something to the effect of, "I never read comic books, and I certainly wouldn't read anything by Kevin Smith."

Smith responded with, "You never read comic books? Well, that explains the first two Batman movies."

I thought that summed it up perfectly.

Tim Burton is okay, but pretty much everything he's done that wasn't claymation has sucked in a huge way. Except for Edward Scissorhands, and I think Johnny Depp saved that one.
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Joined: January 5th, 2004, 3:43 pm

January 12th, 2004, 3:59 pm #6

the more i think about it, the author of this thread (SEETHIS) has to be either a cast/crew member of big fish (best boy grip, maybe?) or a flunkee at Columbia...

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Joined: January 1st, 2004, 9:44 pm

January 13th, 2004, 2:06 am #7

Well, Big Fish certainly was great, but I don't think I'd go so far as to attach my whole being to this one movie. But different strokes for different folks…I think.
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Joined: September 6th, 2003, 9:13 am

January 13th, 2004, 3:43 am #8

Love Hep's post. That's why I love Kevin Smith. His comment was spot on.
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Joined: January 1st, 2004, 9:44 pm

January 13th, 2004, 4:39 am #9

Yeah. But how do people come up with remarks like that on the spot? I'd be like "Yeah, well…f&%# Tim Burton!"
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Joined: September 6th, 2003, 9:13 am

January 13th, 2004, 5:08 am #10

You are on the right track. The more you learn and know, the easier it is to be a smartass. I'd recommend a healthy dose of stand-up to go w/the books you read. Dennis Miller is the king of witty comebacks (although some would say his comebacks are obscure).

Anyways, your a smart person. Just keep bucking the system and watching comedians and you will eventually develop into a wiseass. It worked for me.
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