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Boring, and I blame it on the direction


Sorry, but I love Gena Rowlands, but I have so much trouble with this movie. Today, I tried watching it with a friend, and, as always, we both fell asleep before the first hour was over.
Directors need to know how to edit, pay attention to sound, etc.
The performances are top notch, but the movie's pace doesn't work for me. We watched Ordinary People instead. That has scene after climactic scene.
That's me.

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Be respectful! Not many people are born cinephiles, and I'm sure many people with high taste didn't develop it in a vacuum. Everyone has to have someone point something out to them at one time or another (hopefully more respectfully than you!) Why do you feel the need to be so insulting? It just makes cinephiles look worse. Appreciating great art is not about trying to be better than everyone else. Any ignoramus should be more welcome here than someone with that attitude.

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ROEGCAMEL.....you're very condescending, rude, and pretentious.

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I went to this page specifically to find out what the rating was. As the new Gosling/Williams movie "Blue Valentine" approaches I can't help but think that maybe it's getting an NC-17 rating due to the realism it portrays and the unsettling tone i'm hoping it will bring, similar to "A Woman Under the Influence."
Anyhow, after reading these comments I just wanted to share my thoughts on Cassavettes:
While I think the approach he has to filmmaking is beyond any other (in a sense) and aesthetically he IS one of my favorite directors, I can totally see why someone wouldn't be into it. From an entertainment perspective it's far too self-indulgent. All of his movies are too long and there's always atleast two or three scenes I don't care for.
Cassavettes is punk rock. A rebel through and through. He makes Scorsese look like Rob Reiner but if I was to actually compare the work of someone like Scorsese and Cassavettes there is no doubt that Scorsese wins. So I guess what I'm saying is while Cassavettes is simply amazing and I can watch his films over and over, if I was to choose between his body of work or a "Big time Hollywood Director" like Scorsese, Lumet, Woody, Speilberg, Copolla, Malick, P.T. Anderson, Tarantino etc...to be stranded on a desert island with I would probably choose the more successful directors.

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Seriously rrichboy, you obviously know nothing about cinema, much less Cassavetes, go watch Ordinary People and leave the board for the one of the great American films alone

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even mentions how he doesn't care that the beginning is slow, that's just the way Redford narrates.. And that he loves the movie..

You should read "Cassavetes on Cassavetes" - there's a free pdf on the internet, which made me understand his films even more.

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Real life is full of awkward silences, and A Woman is real life. Ordinary People is a dumbed down Hollywood version.

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Who says people want to see real life when they go to the movies? I think that's why alot people don't like this film, too real. This is one of those films I think you have to be in the mood for. Luckily, when I saw it, it was just what the doctor ordered. No pun intended.

Though I must say in my opinion some of the acting choices Rowlands made to portray her character's illness were embarassing - and made me laugh. Her intention? Who knows...

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When someone says they have to be in the mood for a certain flick, I know they aren't a movie freak like me ;p I'll watch anything, anytime.

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Wow, you all are so angry, lol. I have loved all Cassevetes movies, except this one. And, Gena Rowlands can basically do nothing, and I am entertained. I have seen this movie since I posted this yet again, and it is not for me. Such is life.
Have a wonderful life.

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I had to turn off the movie every 15 minutes from sheer boredom and the smack of "nothingness" and come back to it later. I only finished the movie because I HAD to see how it ended after committing all that time to it. It didn't seem to have a script to follow, not that I mind improvisation but it must be GOOD improvisation. I love Gena Rowlands And John Cassavetes but this, I didn't care for. Please don't insult me. This is merely an opinion from an avid movie lover of all genres.

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So Tarkovsky is too depressing, but you're a fan of Antonioni??

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It just seemed like a strange thing to say, as not only is there hardly anything uplifting in his oeuvre, but Il Grido, La Notte, L'Eclisse and The Red Desert are all solidly depressing films (and 4 of his best).

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The amount of people who don't like revered movies are underwhelmed by the amount of cinephiles who insult them simply because "their minds couldn't handle something that takes time to develop". Just because you liked a movie that someone found boring doesn't make you any better, it makes you an elitist of the dumbest kind.

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At what point did I insinuate anything like that? You're either an imperceptive jackass, or you replied to the wrong post....... which would still make you an imperceptive jackass.

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You are gonna get some flack if you write any negative thoughts on a movie in an imdb board.

Did you expect everyone to go "hey, he's right!"?

But, at least the OP wasn't rude. A Cassavetes film is hard to watch for some people, but I love that man regardless of what anyone says.

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I think this movie was meant to have a raw feel to it. Sound editing?? Are you serious. I think the editing actually added to the film in so many ways.

I like the look of the film and it serves a purpose. It has a different feel than most 70's films.

Rowlands performance was breathtaking. I think it's an accurate portrayal of suburban housewife bordeom.

Having said that .. I feel for her character. I'm usually the type that doesn't feel too sorry for people who make their own misery but, for some reason I like her .. Feel sorry for her. I understand her pain. Rowlands portrayed her in a sympathetic way .. which, is not always easy to do when you're playing a person with substance abuse.

Kelly: I'm under Evelyn Waugh.
Charlotte: Evelyn Waugh was a man.

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