Responses to Cloud Atlas, Movie Music and Inspiring Documentaries

I've been catching up with your responses to some of the threads running lately on Kermode Uncut.

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  • Comment number 12. Posted by Steven Neish

    on 31 Jul 2013 11:31

    I've now seen 'Cloud Atlas' four times and it's safe to say that I'm completely in love with it. I definitely think the score deserves wider recognition; not only does it work beautifully within film itself, even with the frequent edits between different characters and stories, but it is a joy in its own right. My other two votes for under-appreciated scores would be 'The Phantom Menace' (by no means a good movie, but John Williams manages to hit all of the usual beats before launching into the utterly extraordinary Dual Of The Fates) and 'How To Train Your Dragon' (undeniably John Powell's masterpiece; one of the most triumphant pieces of music I have ever heard and a constant presence on my iPod).

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  • Comment number 11. Posted by Danny Dyers Oscar Speech

    on 29 Jul 2013 12:19

    @9

    I know beauty's in the eye of the beholder (you say potato, I say potarto), but that film was just mind-numbing. Yes, the acting's magnificent (what you'd expect from Freddie's kid), but the script was emptier than a hermit's address book. It had nothing at all to hold my interest. To be honest, I can barely remember anything that happened in it.

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  • Comment number 10. Posted by PinkyGreen

    on 28 Jul 2013 22:06

    I agree with the pro Eyes Wide Shut comments above, not a perfect film by any means but something about its look, feel and cold weirdness make it really compelling to me and about 5 other people. It would be a good choice for Film Club sometime.

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  • Comment number 9. Posted by babyfacemichael

    on 28 Jul 2013 21:22

    @6- Danny Dyers Oscar Speech

    Funny how you should mention Berberian Sound Studio- as my son and I have just watched it. we both thought it was brilliant,fabulous acting,editing. Love having an argument about what the end of a film means, that Box Hill sequence- WT

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  • Comment number 8. Posted by Ross

    on 28 Jul 2013 13:09

    Eyes Wide Shut is a masterpiece, so Nerrr!

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  • Comment number 7. Posted by Adela

    on 28 Jul 2013 09:51

    I find myself tickled whenever you go on about Silent Running. D.T. is a friend of mine and doing some mind blowing pioneering work [surprised?] the likes of which would interest you greatly, I would presume.

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  • Comment number 6. Posted by Danny Dyers Oscar Speech

    on 27 Jul 2013 15:44

    Not many shoutouts. I wonder how many he'd read if we were praising his new book.

    As for "Eyes Wide Shut, a bunch of crap"... what a bunch of crap! This from the man who claimed Berberian Sound Studio as his best film of 2012 - one of the dullest films of the last 10yrs, only of interest to fans of giallo.

    Also, for any film critic to correctly pronounce the "koh-pula" in Coppola, then call the lady herself "So-fye-ah", really needs his journalistic credentials checked. If you've seen any Godfather documentary, you'll know Daddy calls his daughter "So-fee-ah" - as the rest of us do! Though I do find it amusing that Jason Isaacs, after all their years of friendship, still refers to said film critic as "Mark Commode".

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  • Comment number 5. Posted by ToolManDan

    on 27 Jul 2013 13:49

    I love your confrontational attitude with listeners. I must say, after a few watches, 'Eyes Wide Shut' clicked for me as well, and I think if nothing else, it is a beautiful, masterfully shot piece of art. Shame he had to end his career on such a contentious point, though

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  • Comment number 4. Posted by information1st

    on 27 Jul 2013 12:37

    Looking bright-eyed and bushy tailed out in the Dorset, sunshine, doc.

    "Withnail and I" is a movie I liked when I first watched it and seem to like even more every time I watch it. That's a curious result with "cult movies". Maybe it somehow taps into our life or culture and becomes living part of it aside from a one-off event most films are aimed at, or at least personally it does and that's different for each person. Most films understandably with a fixed narrative and financial incentive are "watch one" productions. Looking at the headline Hollywood's "Summer of Doom", I can't help but think the technical prowess of these films can't hide forever the sheer lack of human sophistication ie the reverse, the characters and lines are like watching zombies on screen.

    The documentary that I think is very severe slap into society's face:

    Pedigree Dogs Exposed: BBC Doc examining the darker side of obsessive breeding standards in show dogs:- "the greatest animal welfare scandal of our time .. we are in effect, breeding them to death" and the follow up:

    Pedigree Dogs Exposed - Three Years On

    You should be able to find them online. Here is a group of people who run and govern dogs in the UK an purport to have these animals BEST INTERESTS and WELL-BEING in mind and they are doing the very reverse using the positive emotions of presumably of "love/affection" to cause these animals "pain/disfigurement/death".

    And there we are talking of zombie characters in films, there are zombie people in life!

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  • Comment number 3. Posted by Trevor

    on 27 Jul 2013 10:45

    The good doctor is never wrong... but he is quite often counterfactual.

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