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Posted by Nervousaaber (more from Nervousaaber) on Thu, 6 Nov 2003 11:45:30 Share Post by Email
In Reply to: That idea is sort of like the fellow who wrote and, RS [Profile/Gallery] , Thu, 6 Nov 2003 11:07:14
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Hmm.. I'm not sure I agree on the M Night Shymalan movies - I thought Unbreakable was vastly underrated, and even Signs was well conceived despite some lapses in production. If anything, MNS is an example of a filmmaker who will go a bit too far to place his distinctive signature on every scene. Some have taken him to task for his sometimes arrogant Hitchcock pretentions in this regard. I go to his movies expecting a revelatory scene in which I am forced to reevaluate all that he has shown me before. But that's really a storytelling method, not a philosophy and so "trueness" means something different.

On Star Wars, I agree that the special effects and (painstaking) scene settings have aged remarkably poorly. However, I think that if that movie were remade today with an analogously uncelebrated cast and the same devotion to detail, it would be a fine movie. I believe that the excellence of its pop (space) opera quality is exactly what makes it timeless. I still don't like the Ewoks, though.

In contrast, a Matrix Trilogy will likely seem hokey to 2030 audiences in the same way that old sci-fi or futurist movies seem to us, and no amount of craft or care would result in the essential story being relevant to any time or place other than our own. Of course, I thought the same thing about Star Trek, and was wrong about that.

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