That’s what I’m talking about. Most fans just go along for the ride but if you actually love movies you pick up on the craft too. It’s one of those things where because of societal constraints the older movie makers had to employ more artistry to create the vibe, and because they were forced to let their audience use their imaginations they literally get inside your head more effectively.
I still have never seen Godfather III yet. Maybe for the same reason I avoided The Life Aquatic for some time, the mixed reviews. That probably worked in its favour by the time I did see it, I had low expectations and it ambushed me. It never takes itself as seriously as Royal Tenenbaums or even Bottle Rocket but it’s a really fun ride with great production design. And I could probably even enjoy watching Bill Murray read cereal packets.
With Kiss Kiss Bang Bang the story and directing doesn’t kick my ass so much as watching Val Kilmer and Michelle Monaghan’s acting. For Kilmer that kind of character is effortless, he’s having almost as much fun as he was in Tombstone. Monaghan I’d never seen before this and MI3’s the only other thing I’ve seen with her. So far her and Naomi Watts are the most interesting actresses of that generation to me. Did you watch Mulholland Drive? There’s a fuckin challenging movie.
I’m with you on Collateral. I remember watching it similar to how Jerry described watching Superman Returns, just thinking “Yes!” every 60 seconds at how it was unfolding on this ride, the way it looks, everything. For what it tries to be it’s close to perfect. I’ve seen it 5 or 6 times and not even close to getting over it. Miami Vice is going to rock, Dion Beebe who shot Collateral is on it also.
I haven’t really paid much attention to John McTiernan, like you say he’s pretty trustworthy (13th Warrior was a dog though) but he hasn’t ever come close to matching Die Hard yet. Predator’s shitloads of fun, Red October maybe, but his stars really were in alignment for Die Hard.
I get what you say about Spielberg too, he’s so smart that even when the script goes flat he can keep you watching, and when he gets a good story he handles it so well. I even liked The Terminal.
Fuck it, I’m out of time right now dude, if I’m not careful all my conversations end up being about movies and end up being way too long. I love this shit.
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