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03 June 2008 @ 09:26 am
The Fall (mild spoilers)  
Saw a really interesting movie this week called The Fall. It's about a little girl (Catinca Untaru), the daughter of immigrant laborers, recovering in a Californian hospital in the 1920s after breaking her arm. One day she meets a silent movie stuntman (Lee Pace from Pushing Daisies) who has suffered severe spinal damage and may never walk again. They become friends and he starts to tell her an adventure story. We see the story not exactly the way he tells it, but as she sees it in her own vivid imagination.

But there's more going on than the girl realizes. In addition to his injuries, the stuntman has had his heart broken by the lead actress in the film he was making and as he sinks deeper into his depression, their adventure story turns darker and more violent, and his ulterior motives for telling the story begin to come to light.

The adventure story part of the film was shot in twenty-six countries, including some of the most beautiful locations I've ever seen, and each of them filmed so sumptuously. I'd heard about director Tarsem Singh before, mostly people raving about his sense of visual style, but now I really need to see his earlier feature The Cell.

Listening to: The Spinanes - "Sunday"
Ass McTavish and the land behind the Tavernorbasm on June 3rd, 2008 03:40 pm (UTC)
I loved The Cell.

J-lo was tolerable and the imagery was dope.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: Hawaiian Doubletakeassmonkeydiary on June 3rd, 2008 04:36 pm (UTC)
Oh, god, I forgot J-Lo was in it....
Ass McTavish and the land behind the Tavernorbasm on June 3rd, 2008 04:44 pm (UTC)
It's not hard to get past. I hate myself for saying it.
Professor Mortis: Timprofessormortis on June 3rd, 2008 04:27 pm (UTC)
Dissenting opinion: I thought The Cell sucked outside of the imagery, and I remember thinking the director should go back to videos.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: funky eye hurtyassmonkeydiary on June 3rd, 2008 04:35 pm (UTC)
Interesting. I'm curious now if you wouldn't like The Fall better than The Cell.
Professor Mortis: Timprofessormortis on June 3rd, 2008 04:54 pm (UTC)
I'll say this much: it looks a hell of a lot more interesting to me. My problems with The Cell were:

1) Vince Vaughn's creepy scheezy FBI agent
2) The basic premise-which is basically "let's jam Brainstorm together with Silence of the Lambs. The idea that there's modern day, basic tech that allows you to jack into someone else's dreams or mind or whatever is fine, but it doesn't mesh well with "hyper realistic" serial killer flicks.
3) The ham handedness of it all, like having J-Lo be watching Fantastic Planet right before bed time.

everybody hates a tourist.dynamine on June 3rd, 2008 07:25 pm (UTC)
i want to see that so very badly...the gorgeousness of both lee pace & the visuals? yes, please.

the cell is best watched with the sound off.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: guru of badonkadonkassmonkeydiary on June 3rd, 2008 07:31 pm (UTC)
Hmmmm... are there any albums you would suggest listening to while viewing it with the sound off? A la Wizard of Oz / Dark Side of the Moon?
misterhumbug on June 5th, 2008 02:41 am (UTC)
Actually, the Cell score is quite good. Too bad there's all that talking to ruin it.
Pallaspallasathene8 on June 3rd, 2008 08:14 pm (UTC)
The Cell was putrid. Putrid.

The Fall sounds interesting, though. But, it's not available to save on Netflix yet, so I will probably forget about it by the time it comes out on DVD.
misterhumbug on June 5th, 2008 01:16 am (UTC)
Having seen both, I can say that The Fall is much, much, much (did I mention much?) better. The Fall was a truly beautiful and touching film. The Cell was visually stunning (though not on the level of The Fall), but a tad schlocky. Oh, and J-Lo delivers her usual Gigli-caliber performance.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: ballerina escapeassmonkeydiary on June 5th, 2008 01:19 pm (UTC)
Heh... I actually watched Gigli one insomniac night while playing computer games. I was surprised that it wasn't as bad as I expected. Mediocre, to be sure, but not awful.