i saw “big fish” on opening night and as adam mentioned, it kind of pushes you through a whirlwind of emotions… i think one of the major differences between this flick and others tim burton did, is that the whirlwind is stronger than the dazzling of the eyes… not that it wasn't one of the most gorgeous movies i've ever seen, but you're right… this movie, while not really swaying from burton's typical fairytales, definitely bases itself in reality more so than any of his others… but in a very unique way… edward bloom (older) at times reminded me of my grampa, who i dearly love and look up to possibly more than anyone in my life… he tells stories that are hilarious and then a month later he tells us he made the story up as a joke and he “thought we knew the difference…” what's weird is that i also thought about “spirited away” a couple of times while viewing “big fish…” i love that movie, especially the part where the monster comes in to get a bath and the bicycle and the director's story about the bicycle…. anyway, this is turning into a lengthy comment, but i'll just say this, don't wait for this to come out on dvd… so far, it IS the best movie of 2004 (yeah, i know we're only 2 weeks into it, so what??)
First, I must say that I totally had to focus on not crying during this movie. Second, you know how whenever something is new and we say something like "this is my new favorite film" and we just say that because we liked it a lot at that time, but a few weeks later we forget about it and we have a new fave film, or whatever? Yeah, well I won't forget about this one in a few weeks....
first off all, this has nothing to do with "big fish"... but there's nowhere to post comments on dozens so i'm leaving my comment here... i'm upset about your latest dozen... no dragon half??? what up with that???? SAAAUUUUCERRRR!!!!!
I knew that dozen would stir up some shit!
You've got a good point with Dragon Half, and it's one that I considered. (Also dropped: Revolutionary Girl: Utena, Key: The Metal Idol, Slayers, Ninja Scroll and a dozen others) The question I kept stumbling over was- does the wackiness and the hilariousness outweigh the weirdness? Dragon Half is one that "haters" have pointed out to me as being "too Japanese". Apparently, all the cutaways to show super-deformed versions of the characters acting out base emotions, the Giant Tear Drop of Shame, and the fantasy/sci-fi theme are a bit too much for the uninitiated.
I stuck with comfortable territory, not my personal top twelve.
okay, you have redeemed my faith in you.... but spirited away??? oh, you are so right about that one... such a beautiful film... scored at a pawnshop by jess for me, she tried to watch it before she gave it up but thought it was too creepy and couldn't get through the first 20 minutes... but i adore it and while i haven't recently, i have put that dvd in many many many times to fall asleep to...
I think that should be somebody's next dozen- "Twelve Films I Love to Fall Asleep to..."
I know I've used Spirited Away as a nightlight/security blanket to tuck me in many a time. Not movies so boring they put you out, but something sweet and comfortable that you don't mind falling drifting off to.
2001 does it for me every time.
well, unless you want to take on the challenge, i'd be more than happy to do it,,, some of mine are a little unusual,,,just let me know... and i can see why 2001 would do it, but it wouldn't do it for me... it has to be something sweet, dreamlike, like cirque de soleil- quidam... that's a good one... i tried the brother's quay collection but it just bores me at night and creeps me out... but that movie signs??? i don't know why, but it does it for me every time... oh, and we scored the secret of nimh from the pawn a week ago and that's a new sleepytime favorite... and btw, i just recently got dragonhalf on dvd, and it is SO not funny in english, am in wrong here???
The English dub of Dragon Half is awful. It's just not the same without the screeching and high-pitched wailing, the shouting and the crying. It's so expressive without translation, you really don't even need the subtitles to enjoy it, much less a bunch of fucking Canadian voice actors we've all heard a million times doing their "anime voices". I think we should take up arms against the dubbing industry and force them to get some fresh voice talent in there.
I loved this movie! I thought it was gonna be his grown-up mid-life crisis movie, but it tricked me!