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15:29 7 Aug 2013
Shutter island. Every time i watch it, i notice more and more details.
21:46 6 Aug 2013
Cloud Atlas is one of those films I love to see - the passion of the people making it seems to well up and ooze from the screen.
Its almost like every moment was filmed and they couldn't bear to lose moments through editing - so sometimes you have scenes that may not quite work - but for me that always becomes part of the charm. Life isnt edited down - so I forgive their indulgences.
The ambition and scales amazes me - yes it doesn't quite work, but even after only 1 cinema viewing I'll be going for the re-watch and hoping each time it elevates a little more and I understand it more.
It was good from the start and welcome change from X city being levelled by Y villain.
22:06 2 Aug 2013
I had read Cloud Atlas only a few months before seeing the film. I really loved the book and I wanted to enjoy the film and it was good, but not great. I thought it was a nice reminder of the book, like flicking through photographs of a brilliant holiday you had, and reminiscing. But it really was 'Cloud Atlas the best bits'. This is no doubt true of any film made of a book, but my friend who went along to the cinema with me (and hadn't read the book) came out having no idea about the plot or what the overarching ideology was. Perhaps this is why a second viewing is necessary?
15:49 30 Jul 2013
Titanic was a film that I enjoyed more watching at home than at the cinema. I think this had a lot to do with the audience. They were quite noisy and I had the feeling that people went to see it just because Leonardo DiCaprio was in it. However, I actually started to appreciate it the second time around. It's not, in my view, a great film but it is a labour of love.
I've not seen Cloud Atlas yet but I am reading the book. I'm unsure about watching it. The film will not be able to capture the different narrative styles of the novel.
09:00 30 Jul 2013
I saw Cloud Atlas and I DO think it's a very good film. I want to watch it again to see how it holds up but I was mesmerised by it the first time. That said, I had read half the book before viewing it which I thinked helped me a lot in terms of getting into it's structure (though that is much more choppy than the book). There was a point at about 20 minutes in when I thought "oh no, they got it all wrong". A further 20 minutes in and I had got over what was only my preconceptions of how it should be. I think it's wonderfully ambitious and, contrary to the thoughts of others, I thought it succeeded. I don't need a film to tell me what to think with one answer. To my mind this, like Life of Pi, is open to interpretation. Whether we are one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively through different lives (as Bill Hicks would say) or we are the greater pool of humanity experiencing existence through our finite interaction with others - or both - the film leaves it up to you to interpret and read, what you want to, in the Cloud Atlas (which is surely partly what the title hints at).
15:15 28 Jul 2013
The film I didn't get initially and in fact disliked was Christopher Nolan's 'Batman Begins.' In the cinema I thought it was cliche, pompous and the performance of Bale's voice completely ridiculous. However, on repeated tv viewings I came to realise this was actually a genre defining 'beginnings' story of the comic superhero that had never been done before. Also I began to appreciate Bale's performance more and more.
13:31 28 Jul 2013
To appreciate Cloud Atlas I feel that you MUST have read the book. As a representation of the breadth and depth of the book, the film is not a bad effort and does not warrant some of the very disparaging comments.
11:44 28 Jul 2013
Just watched Cloud Atlas for the 2nd time. Still think it's the best film I've seen in years. Just experience it at an emotional level and don't try and over-think it.
19:54 23 Jul 2013
I haven't seen Cloud Atlas nor do I want to.
However I would like to say what films have grown on me after repeat screenings.
Firstly Quantum of Solace. I left the cinema feeling disappointed when I went to see this film as like many others i expected another Casino Royale. I felt the film failed to communicate what the cast and crew said it would, that Bond is distraught and out for revenge. The reason as we know is because there was no script or story and I thought what would have made the film better is if they had adapted the Fleming story You Only Live Twice, which follows the book OHMSS when Bond is coming to terms with the death of his wife (don't know if anyone else has read these books but I thought this would make a great story and film). Upon reflection I think the film isn't the worst in the series, the dialogue is cringeworthy in parts however it is fast paced, brutal and stylish. Yes it's an average film, but it's a guilty pleasure!
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Having not read the book I found it difficult to follow when I went to view it at my local cinema. This was largely due to the various characters (I lost track of who was who) and its pacing. However I read the book soon afterwards and have viewed it a couple of times since on DVD and have begun to appreciate it more as each time I watch it I pick up something new. As I put in another comment on your blog Mark it is not the type of film I like to see on the big screen, similarly I don't think there are films that translate onto the small screen very well after first seeing them at the cinema. I am in agreement that films should be released simultaneously in cinemas and to purchase as this allows the audience to choose a preferred way of watching a blockbuster or a drama etc.
15:39 22 Jul 2013
I hated Reservoir Dogs when it first came out. In fact we walked out after half an hour - couldn't stand all that swearing. Converted on second viewing and love all of the mighty QT's work since.
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