||The Intelligent Film Conversation ThreadThis thread has been blessed by Roadblock on 9/23/2007.|
This thread is dedicated to sharing, discussing, and dissecting films with a focus on award winning, ground breaking, foreign, and avant garde cinema.
The Ruels: If you do not read these rules before you post, we will know and that does not bode well for you. The rules apply as such:
Talk about film in an intelligent manner: "THAT MOVIE BLOWS" comments and their owners will be flushed out, embarrassed, humiliated, flamed, and shunned. "THAT MOVIE ROCKS" is not a conversation. It is a statement. And while your enthusiasm for film is wonderful, we are looking to delve further into why that movie rocks. The focus will be more about:
The Aspects of Film Making (Cinematography, Editing, Score, Dialog, Direction, Set Design, Art Direction, etc.)
Subtext and the deeper meaning of what is being displayed
Competent opinions/interpretation will be received with nothing less than standard courtesy. it is all right to disagree with what a film's possible theme is or what its symbolism stands for. Good films warrant discussion film makers are pleased as punch when people draw different conclusions about their art. It shows that people are paying attention and humbly honoring their efforts by showing they are looking past the surface. Art is subjective. We might all be right, we might all be wrong. Only the film maker knows for sure. And even if a film maker states in some article "This film is about....", people are still allowed to draw their own conclusions because it is quite possible a film maker may have constructed something that gives off mixed messages or affects somebody differently.
Generally, big budget Hollywood movies aren't going to cut it in here, but that doesn't mean you can't try. The Departed was a big budget movie but is an exception to the rule. Transformer comments belong in the Transformer thread. Alien can rest in here comfortably, but Alien vs. Predator cannot. It is a toss up with some films. So you can try to argue your case but the people in here may not see things your way. Don't get butt hurt. The Status Quo is going to inform you, hopefully politely. If you become hostile, then expect to receive hostility back. Movie opinions are sharp and heartfelt. I am hoping we can all play as nice as humanly possible.
Someone other than myself kick this off. Pick a film. We will see where this goes from there.