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[User Picture]From: eriktheplaid Date: February 11th, 2006 - 09:20 pm (Link)
I have to say I did enjoy this movie, but I had a very similar reaction to Jack/Jake. Very early in the film (the scene before the office opens) he struck me as "Look at me! This is me being a cowboy! See I'm a cowboy. Isn't it grand, and stoic, and um, shit?" And I never really shook that completely. His entire persona, schizophrenic as it was, seemed completely affected. (Ok, to be fair, I did enjoy him finally standing up to his father-in-law) I thought Ledger did a fair job, probably because he DIDN'T open his freaking pie hole. But you're right, it left him rather hollow.

And, yeah, the whole thing with his daughter could have shown complexity, possibly inconsistency, and thus, would have made him more human. But that would only confuse the academy, and really that's what this movie was about, letting the academy feel good about itself.

I'm still waiting for the Limited Release Version
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: February 12th, 2006 - 05:21 am (Link)
If Bareback Mountain isn't a porno spoof by now, I'll eat my hat. Aha! Here it is! (worksafe, more or less).

As for the daughter thing, and the Academy feeling good about itself. That's the problem. I hate when the Academy is politically pretentious. Its supposed to artistically pretentious. That's why I was pissed with Return of the King won all of those Oscars. It didn't deserve it. It wasn't even the best of those movies. Yes, they had slighted the previous awards, but that didn't make up for it.

If this movie had been complex and good it could have still made the "social commentary" and they could have still felt good about themselves and maybe I wouldn't have felt like I wasted 134 minutes of my life.

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