The Artist

Discussion in 'Movie Lounge' started by John Celardo, Jan 3, 2012.

  1. John Celardo

    John Celardo Well-Known Member Donor

    We saw this wonderful movie buff's movie last night. It's silent and black and white, and right from the opening credits, it looks like an authentic 1920s studio picture. The acting, action, story, music and title cards all hit the bulls-eye. I'm a little surprised no one posted about it yet. Maureen and I both loved it.
     
  2. Carl V

    Carl V Well-Known Member Donor War Zone Member Top Poster

    It was in San Jose/San Francisco while I was there last week
    however nobody wound go with me...argh! they suggested
    alternatives...so, as usual I went along to get along... & saw
    some crap or re-watched some films.

    It has yet to arrive in OKC.

    I will see this when it arrives or travel somewhere for a long weekend to
    see it among other things.


    I did see A Separation----a good Iranian Film, recently.
     
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  3. Allen

    Allen New Member War Zone Member

    Saw it this evening and loved it. A visual feast throughout, it's very clever in its use of sound at a couple critical junctures. The male and female leads deliver great performances. Very good soundtrack music, too.

    When I checked earlier today, The Artist was the highest-rated new-ish release on Rotten Tomatoes.
     
  4. Did they go with a 1920s aspect ratio ?
     
  5. Denton

    Denton Well-Known Member Donor War Zone Member Top Poster

    We enjoyed The Artist as well. As for George's question, IIRC, the film looked to be 4:3. (?)
     
  6. That would make sense.
     
  7. Carl V

    Carl V Well-Known Member Donor War Zone Member Top Poster

    saw this a few weeks ago.
    I didn't pay attention to the
    aspect ratio...I was captivated
    by the story telling with little to
    no noise/sound. I wonder how it'll
    do at the Oscars.
     
  8. Mike Kelly

    Mike Kelly Active Member

    Carl, right now it is favored for Picture, Director, Score, Editing and possibly Costume Design. Its star Jean Dujardin is neck and neck with George Clooney, just ahead of Brad Pitt in the closest race of the major categories.
     
  9. Allen

    Allen New Member War Zone Member

    Mike:
    You think the Academy will embrace a silent film as Best Picture? Very artsy, which I applaud - but not very commercial, box-office-wise.

    OTOH, it IS a story about the history of Hollywood, so I take back my initial reservations.
     
  10. Mike Kelly

    Mike Kelly Active Member

    The Artist does have the Hollywood History thing going for it. Hugo has a cinema roots as well, but I don't think it has the charm of The Artist. As brilliant as Martin Scorsese is, charm isn't his strong suit.

    The Oscars are really hard to pigeonhole. A look at their Best Picture winners since 2000 is a potpourri of genres and box office:

    Gladiator - Epic, period action drama
    A Beautiful Mind - Human interest, psychological mystery/drama
    Chicago - Broadway Musical Adaptation
    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King: Epic, fantasy
    Million Dollar Baby: Human interest, personal drama
    Crash: Episodic drama on race relations
    The Departed: Urban crime drama
    No Country for Old Men: Rural crime drama
    Slumdog Millionaire: Cultural coming of age drama in foreign country.
    The Hurt Locker: War drama. Low box office
    The King's Speech: Historic British drama

    While some genres are not Oscar bait: Science Fiction, Horror, Comedy, Fantasy - a few crop up now and then as nominees and on rare occasions as winners. Dramas of one sort another usually win Best Picture. The Artist, despite winning the Golden Globe for Comedy/Musical, has enough drama and pathos in it to bridge the gap.
     
  11. CJ

    CJ Well-Known Member Admin War Zone Member

    I just saw this today. Double feature with Sicario. Could you GET any more different. I loved loved loved loved loved this film. Maybe not quite in my top 10 ever list so I'll give it a 9/10 but just so good. I loved the concept, I loved the story, I loved the music, I loved everything.
     
  12. Carl V

    Carl V Well-Known Member Donor War Zone Member Top Poster

    uh yeah quite the double feature....
    and quite the blast form the past.
    surprised you have just now gotten
    around to seeing these films
     
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  13. CJ

    CJ Well-Known Member Admin War Zone Member

    I have a huge backlog. I posted about that here The 365 movie challenge

    I'm going to try to make a dent in my backlog without it feeling like a chore.
     

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