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Million Dollar Movie

This movie is just a whole lot of fun. One of the very best–if not the best–Elmore adaptation.


1 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Apr 14, 2012 9:35 pm

Well..most likely in the minority on this one but Soderbergh is just not a very good filmmaker. I liked this one but probably more for the dialogue and the leads chemistry than anything S.S. did.

Always felt guys like Soderbergh and Finchner gave up early on with the choices they made, obscuring or destroying their early talent..but that's Hellywood, right?

2 Boatzilla   ~  Apr 15, 2012 5:12 am

The Limey. Sex, Lies & Videotape. Traffic. Those are pretty damn good movies, Jazz.

I wanna see this one now.

Finchner's version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is fantastic. But read the book first, yo! (Sorry, my sis made off to Cali with my copy).

3 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Apr 15, 2012 7:09 am

[2] SL&V and Traffic were really over-rated. Havn't seen The Limey, that the one with Terrence Stamp? (Btw, you know the Terence Stamp Japan story right?)

You'd have to pay me to read or watch "..Dragon Tatoo"..life too short for dreary Scandinavian dramas, I used my quota up with all the Bergman films in college!

4 Alex Belth   ~  Apr 15, 2012 8:53 am

I really enjoyed "The Limey."

5 Chyll Will   ~  Apr 15, 2012 10:54 am

[3] So I should stick with the Al Pacino/Robin Williams version of "Insomnia" is what you're saying, right? Somehow, that just seems so wrong...

6 Matt Blankman   ~  Apr 15, 2012 12:35 pm

I think Soderberg is a pretty serious talent. I don't love everything he does, but he's a really canny director and he's made some really good films. Fincher is amazingly talented and probably has the best composed shots in the business, but there's something distancing and cold about his work. It's very obsessive and detached, which I think worked really well for ZODIAC. As for GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, Fincher's direction is aces, but the material is pretty trashy. Also, since the writer is played by 007, you never really feel like he's in danger.

7 Matt Blankman   ~  Apr 15, 2012 12:55 pm

And yeah, I agree with Alex, this is probably the best adaptation of Elmore Leonard for the big screen. However, JUSTIFIED does a brilliant job of maintaining the tone & spirit of Leonard on a weekly basis on TV. They've nailed that edge where something can be funny one second and life-threateningly scary the next.

8 cult of basebaal   ~  Apr 15, 2012 6:45 pm

Schizopolis is the shit, that is all ...

9 Alex Belth   ~  Apr 16, 2012 8:38 am

Last fall I finally watched "The Wire." This year, I've got to get to "Justified." Thanks for the reminder, Matt.

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