I was floored when I saw that over 70 incidents of the prank call/strip search type scenario have been reported to police in the US.
there should be an "extremely helpful" option.
Just watched The Imposter, such a crazy movie! And really well produced/filmed for a documentary. I'd definitely recommend it.
And the issues I have with the film aren't that at all, but the way those ideas were put to use/the way the girl was sexualized. Have you ever seen a photo of the actual girl?
She looks like this:
Having an actress that looked like the real girl would have been much more true to the story/effective. Sure, it would have been repulsive. But when you instead hire a good looking actress with nice tits, that sense of repulsion gets diluted because there's also a conflicting sense of eroticism that gets presented.
So yeah, I don't disagree with what you said about the film at all. I just have a really hard time with the way they went about it.
beyond that, how do you think her appearance changes the core themes? what role do you think that aspect of sexual relatability played in the story? one argument might be that it creates tension between stimulation and disgust? because I sure as hell wasn't stimulated... i'm not sure what you are getting at to be honest. the representation clearly wasn't authentic (in fact it is a compilation and mutation of a couple of the events, with one primary one strung along).
If they had used an actress that more closely resembled the actual real life victim, core themes aside I think the tone and feeling of realism and authenticity would have been much different.
And this one was just as crazy.
"why are you so annoying" TheKlein25
You said you felt like this minimized the humiliation that this girl indures because you have a nice pair of tits to stare at but for me that had the opposite effect. The way the movie is constructed it's almost like the director forces the audience to be complicit in the villain's scheme. We're his eyes on the ground, if you will, and I admit to experiencing something of a shameful feeling watching parts of the movie because I was simultaneously gazing at this girls naked body while pitying her situation. During some of the key moments we're forced to share the perspective of one character in particular that makes this movie a tough sit. For the most part I thought these scenes were expertly constructed and I don't see how a homelier victim would have made them any stronger.
I admired this movie a lot, certainly didn't love it - its subject matter makes that nearly impossible. There's a certain cynicism embodied by the film's villain that I found very unsettling. It's easy to see why he chose fast food workers as his victims. It ensured that he'd almost always be the smartest guy on the phone and the corporate environment made them even easier marks. It's one of the more provocative films I've seen recently.
Last edited by bobert; 03-07-2013 at 12:25 AM.
I haven't seen this movie but now I'm kind of intrigued and I read about the original case on Wikipedia. Kinda fucked up that the demented caller got acquitted yet one of the guys following his "orders" got jail time...
it is probable that i'm much too sensitive to many of the events and issues (including the unmentioned ones) that the movie touches on. regardless, i thought the movie was poorly made (the editing in particular was exasperating the whole way through).
But yeah, I liked it far more than I thought it would. And I don't support the criticism that Bigelow "did nothing with her characters" or that Chastain had no character development. She was obsessed, one-track minded, and determined the entire time. Sure there was no character arc, but I doubt there was one with the real-life woman either. I thought she portrayed the role exactly as it should have been.
Anyone in LA who was piqued by my review of Phase IV:
"Science Fiction After Kubrick" series.
If you have not seen Solyaris projected, make that a priority. I'm bummed that Stalker isn't included in the series, as that's the only one of Tarkovsky's six masterpieces that I haven't seen on a big screen (and also perhaps my favorite).
If we're comparing her to Lawrence in SLP.....Lawrence's part was somehow even less of a full human being, in a film that needed it more, but I also thought she brought more to her non-character than Chastain brought to hers. It doesn't matter because A. whatever my feelings on Amour overall, Emmanuelle Riva's performance was easily best in show and B. fuck the Oscars.
The scene where she is told to turn around and bend over should have been more graphic.
"why are you so annoying" TheKlein25
Also, trailer for Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing because sometimes the only way to relax when on break from shooting a superhero movie is to shoot another movie.
Limited release in June.