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Crummy Scrimmage

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In Topic: Titanic

Today, 08:37 AM

View Postgrudlian., on 21 June 2018 - 08:12 AM, said:

I wouldn't draw the line that early for Spielberg. He still had stuff like ET and Raiders to come which still have some visceral emotion in them.


Fair enough. He was hungry, though, when he made Jaws, and it shows -- even moreso when you learn about the genius improvisational decisions he was forced to make while filming and editing. To me, with Jaws, it seems he hit upon his formula for success, and (echoing what Amy said) he seemed to follow that blueprint moving forward. I feel like Raiders and ET were the result of Spielberg upping his game after the flack he got for 1941, and that in them you can see the last glimmers of sincerity in his work. But the die had already been cast. Such is the cost of success!

In Topic: Titanic

Today, 07:17 AM

View Postomaxem, on 21 June 2018 - 06:48 AM, said:


Although it is very well made, everything about it always felt too artificial to me, very much packaged/programmed to hit all the right buttons and to get Oscars.


Yeah, it's too calculated. Nothing visceral -- Cameron doesn't seem to work that way. I'd argue that Kubrick didn't, too (and that post-Jaws Spielberg doesn't either).

In Topic: Titanic

Today, 05:32 AM

View Postgrudlian., on 21 June 2018 - 04:26 AM, said:

I'm curious how many times every one here saw Titanic since they bring it up and Titanic is kind of known for people seeing it so many times in theatres. I saw it once in theatres and once on VHS.


I saw it once, in the theater. It's an impressive movie, to be sure, but I can't imagine enduring the slog more than once.

In Topic: The French Connection

15 June 2018 - 04:47 AM

View PostThe Triple Lindy, on 14 June 2018 - 01:18 PM, said:

As a bassist, I definitely appreciate the avant garde double bass-heavy score ... very eerie and tense, very effective.


Ellis's mid-1960s band featured three double bassists. He'd nixed them for a single electric bass by 1971, but there are definitely echoes of that earlier band in this score.

In Topic: The French Connection

14 June 2018 - 08:36 AM

Oh, and Mad Magazine played up the many loose ends that Paul and Amy mention in the pod by calling their satire of the movie "What's the Connection?"