- I don't know where to begin. I don't remember ever having such mixed feelings about a film before. All the reviews were really polarized but I was super pumped for this anyways. There were some serious continuity problems, the sound design felt weird, the style of the score awkward, the violence was sub-standardly realistic, the make up was awful, Emile Hirsch seemed more like the little kid from The Girl Next Girl trying to look like Dicaprio and doing a poor impression of the kind of character he was supposed to be. There was too much going on. The movie felt 3 hours long. It felt like they re-inacted the play script word for word and scene for scene, off stage. Yet despite all this, I admired how uncliche it all was, and it had two utterly, insanely, amazingly intense scenes. Also, it had the best closing credits song placement I have ever seen. I was disappointed, but I'd like to see it again once its released on DVD. What a paradoxical thing....
.....this too left me feeling quite dichotomous. I enjoyed it a lot, yet I found myself yawning a few times. Neither Cronenberg's past films nor the trailer could prepare me for how slow and strange and dialogue driven this would be. It's an adaptation of a very intellectually dense book after all. I've never read any Don DeLillo and there were some themes and ideas and metaphors in this that really blew me away (ie. the idea of the car representing the hear-no-evil-see-no-evil 'bubble' of utility/safety/separation). For being so sparse and dialogue-based, there were a few really fabulous scenes in this also. I adored the score also, as elusive as it was. Really would like to see this again and definitely a film you spend hours thinking and talking about. The sad thing was my lady and I saw it the evening after it opened here in Dallas and there were no more than a dozen people in attendance.
Half of them walked out during