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Re: Films That Shocked You

PostPosted: Tue Sep 20, 2011 8:27 pm
by Adam Blake
Don't start on music in films, Jamie! The amount of really good films that are utterly ruined by gratuitous use of CRAP music. It's almost mandatory in Hollywood - when there's a 'sensitive' scene you have to have a piano picking out notes in the Lydian mode in the upper octaves, drenched in digital reverb of course. If you have some syrupy strings underneath, so much the better. The other day I was watching "Flashbacks Of a Fool" on telly (not a great film by any means but not bad) and shouting obscenities at the screen at the endless crap music being served up so that we could linger endlessly on 'poignant' long shots. Another one was "As Good As It Gets" - there's Helen Hunt and Shirley Knight really giving it some in their big scene, and the arsehole director has to drip slushy muzak all over it. It's like they don't trust the actors to effectively convey the scene, any more than they trust us to own our own emotions, we have to be constantly prodded with the 'correct' emotional responses by Pavlovian associations with particular strands of ghastly crap music. "The Secret Life Of Bees" - another one. That could have been a GREAT film but for the fucking muzak ruining key scenes.

Sorry, this is a rant but it IS shocking! I'll shut up now.

Re: Films That Shocked You

PostPosted: Tue Sep 20, 2011 10:10 pm
by Rob Hall
Well, not the film itself, but by extension: after watching "The Deer Hunter" in the cinema I was sitting in a pub enjoying a much needed drink; as I looked around, a guy at a nearby table scratched his head with an extended finger, rather as if he were pointing a gun to the side of his head. Sharp intake of breath on my part.

Re: Films That Shocked You

PostPosted: Tue Sep 20, 2011 10:33 pm
by AndyM
The Deer Hunter has always shocked me in terms of its bafflingly positive reception by liberals who don't usually admire racist bullshit.

Re: Films That Shocked You

PostPosted: Tue Sep 20, 2011 10:57 pm
by Rob Hall
Hey, I read Bao Ninh's "The Sorrow Of War" three times as penance, just for watching that film, OK?

Re: Films That Shocked You

PostPosted: Tue Sep 20, 2011 11:15 pm
by AndyM
Te absolvo.

Re: Films That Shocked You

PostPosted: Wed Nov 09, 2011 1:01 am
by Hugh Weldon
Not sure if it quite fits here, but I've just caught up with 'Happiness' (1998) a film which somehow managed to be both gross and touching and amusing at the same time. Anyone seen it? (It's probably a cult classic and I'm showing my ignorance...)

Re: Films That Shocked You

PostPosted: Wed Nov 09, 2011 1:20 am
by john poole
Hugh Weldon wrote:Not sure if it quite fits here, but I've just caught up with 'Happiness' (1998) a film which somehow managed to be both gross and touching and amusing at the same time. Anyone seen it? (It's probably a cult classic and I'm showing my ignorance...)
I saw it at the time, but now can't remember all that much about it, except that I don't think that I cared very much about any of the characters - I do remember that I much preferred the director's previous film "Welcome to the Dollhouse".