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1 Almost great...... on Tue Apr 19, 2011 12:16 pm

Very quiet in here these days so I thought I'd ask people what films they hold dear to their hearts even though they're ultimately flawed. I mean, which films are heroic failures in that they strive so hard to be something special but ultimately fail, for one reason or another: films that are your secret favs because of the fact they were so close to being perfect or that their ambition extended far beyond their capacity for greatness.
My first one is Coppola's version of Dracula. It's so bloody flawed but there's moments of such hypnotic sensuality that combine image, score and dialogue so perfectly that you're swept away along for the ride. The opening scene perfectly illustrates this, and even though it strays so far from the source material, I still love to watch certain moments from it when I have the chance.
Oh, and Oldman is the greatest Dracula ever......

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2 Re: Almost great...... on Thu Apr 21, 2011 7:17 am

I agree Setanta- that film is so bad it's great. My other big one is dated these days but it's up there on my list of best films EVER....there's just something about the music!

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3 Re: Almost great...... on Fri Apr 22, 2011 7:19 am

Jaws is dated in some ways, but it's probably in my top 5 films ever made just for how endlessly rewatchable it is and because it combines so many different aspects and genres of storytelling and filmmaking. It's a very special flick, even though the Spielberg and the crew called the shark the great white turd while shooting the movie. One of those special flicks that hooks you and wont let go, which is saying something for me since I was scared shi%less of it as a child, especially the music and underwater shots!

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4 Re: Almost great...... on Thu May 05, 2011 12:24 pm

Next one for me is Hulk, directed by Ang Lee. It's so close to being great. Cleverly shot and thought out, it just lacked a certain dynamic to make it truly great, but still, I rate it more highly than the latest one, because it relied on storytelling that was very visual, harking back to the comic books. Very deliberate in how Lee shot it, splicing camera angles and throwing various compositions across one another in one single frame to draw emphasis to it's roots. Ok, it's not great, but I still enjoy watching it, and would take it ahead of the more effects laden comic book adaptations.

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5 Re: Almost great...... on Mon May 30, 2011 1:08 pm

Superman 3.
I know of the difficulties surrounding the second flick, but everybody feels like it went downhill from there, and they're probably right in many respects, but I still feel the Superman 3 is very underrated, just as much as it was made too quickly. There was a good film there, but it was rushed. Anyone watching it now can see that.

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6 Re: Almost great...... on Thu Jun 02, 2011 12:43 pm

Too many stupid artistic licence's taken, but yeah, it's still a good flick and it shows how good Collins was. The only thing that they didn't show was how young he was in comparison to the rest of the revolutionaries....... he was a baby. Neeson was too old for the part but he was great in it.

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7 Re: Almost great...... on Mon Jun 27, 2011 1:38 pm

Jaws 2. Watched it on Syfy over the weekend - geek alert! But yeah, there's nothing wrong with how the flick was executed: it maintained the same feel and flow of the original, which is entirely due to the director's class, but it still lacked something, namely a few actors who could illuminate the piece. That's not to say that Roy isn't a great actor; on the contrary, he anchors the whole production beautifully, but it's just lacking a little of the craft that Spielberg and the other actors brought to the original. Having said that, this flick, judged on it's own merits is a triumph and worthy of being a sequel. Oh, and the score is even better.

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8 Re: Almost great...... on Mon Jun 27, 2011 1:39 pm

So yeah, if it weren't for Jaws the original (one of my fav films ever) this would be acknowledged more than it is.

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9 Re: Almost great...... on Mon Jun 27, 2011 10:06 pm


Jaws does nothing for me. 

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10 Re: Almost great...... on Wed Jun 29, 2011 11:11 am

One of the truly great films Tombo. Just a classic exercise in pitch perfect storytelling, and the amazing thing is that I never nitpick while watching it about the crappy looking shark or continuity problems just because of the genius involved. Magic flick, and so watchable, which is funny for me because I was scared shi%less of it as a child: I used to run into the kitchen and cry under the table whenever it was on while I was a kid - that's the power of movies and my imagination when it concerns a great flick like this.

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