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by Badman3000 aka H.N.I.C
Tags: Amour, audio, review, spill, spill.com
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I really like Haeneke's movies, Funny games (both versions are great) etc... Still this one is painfull to watch and depressing so I can't say I liked it. Still, it's a good movie, and I really like when the Spill crew at least trrriiiies to review art films. From what I understand : US critics / US audience are not used to anything else than "entertainment". When you review these films its allways the same : Broing, pace problems etc... When we watch movies from the US in europe, its allways the contrary we find them too quick, badly written, under written, the directing and cuts are too fast its epileptic entertainment at its best. I dont ask the Spill crew, being interested mostly in US movies and entertainment / pop culture to like every european artsy films. At least sometimes with Holy Motors or this one or Le chat du rabbin, they tries ! And they should go on trying even if more than often it fell short ! I'm sad to hear though that this movie didnt connect with the one from your crew who lost his father since I wd imagine that it we be made to ! This movie was hard to watch, but interesting, and yes it can be both hard to watch, slow and painfull and not a bad movie ! Art has NOT to be entertaining
And yeah this is from the guy who directed Funny Games.... so fuck him...
Keep in mind guys, they give really high praises for The Artist... just saying before you judge
I have to defend the film here. Now, "Amour" is probably my favorite film of 2012 so far. Now before you accuse me of being some pretentious artsy fartsy critic, bear in mind that "Skyfall", "Looper", "Frankeweenie" and "ParaNorman" are also in my Top 10. So I don't look down on genre pictures or popular blockbusters. "Amour" is OF COURSE difficult to sit through and it's definitely not for everybody. I can understand someone who are not used to the cinema of Michael Haneke to find this film intolerable. I take issue with the cheap potshots of people who liked this film. Believe it or not, there are people who saw this film and were moved by it including me. More than any other film this year, this movie stayed with me and resonated with me more. It's not an easy film to digest, that's for sure but who says that films SHOULD be easy to digest? Who says films should try and go for the easy emotions and the familiar beats? This film does not do that. It takes its time for the story to unfold, lingering on static shots so we'll be immersed in the characters and the situation. It's fine if you do not take to this style of filmmaking. I wish you guys avoid potshots at the people who have praised it. It's no better than those artsy-fartsy critics who look down on you for being "Avengers" fan boys.
I'd recommend Diving Bell and the Butterfly as a replacement, it's kind of a similar concept, but you get a greater sense of plot and characters. And as a kicker for people thinking the Crew hates these films, Cyrus reviewed it as a full price movie.
@Mason Daniel go watch meek's cutoff you asshole!
Haneke directed the much praised Cashe which frustrated the hell out of me so I probably will not watch this film unless forced upon. Rottentomatoes can suck a d!ck for all i care, I go to Spill.com to be entertained and more often than not I actually very much agree with the reviews. So as long as they keep reviewing films i'll be listening!
There's a lot of venom being throw in the comments section of this review, so I'll keep my opinion simple. My opinion will disagree with many others and I am not here to insult those with whom I disagree.
I have watched two films by director Michael Haneke: Funny Games (the American remake) and Cashe. Both movies bored me -- bored me to the point of frustration. I have decided life is too short to waste any more time watching Michael Haneke movies, despite how much critical praise they get.
I respect and appreciate the spill crew's opinion on this movie. I come to this website because the movie reviews entertain me and because I often agree with the viewpoints of the critics that are heard here. Dividing them from "actual critics" because of their opinions is both prejudiced and short-sighted. The years they have spent recording reviews meant to both entertain and educate is proof enough of their status as legitimate critics, whether or not everyone who listens agrees with them.
And in regard to praising art films because they are art films, well, sometimes ladies and gentlemen, the emperor has no clothes.
It's in the Lost Audio Group archives.
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