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post #46 of 105
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Originally Posted by bathtime View Post
I didn't find it to be pretentious, just that it had too obvious markers of indie-ness. They both like The Smiths! He has the cover of Psychocandy on his bedroom wall in junior high! She has a Belle and Sebastian quote in her high school yearbook! They bond over mutual appreciation for the Knight Rider theme at a karaoke night!

You'd prefer if they discussed people who thought U2 was the height of musical accomplishment and worshiped Oprah?
post #47 of 105
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Originally Posted by London View Post
Average chick...if she walked down the street in NYC, you wouldn't turn your head

Speak for yourself

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Originally Posted by Get Smart View Post
I don't see referencing those bands as a sign of "indie filmmaking". I'd surmise that whoever wrote the script based it on something that happened to him and those bands were probably a part of his life so he put all that into the story. God forbid you ever reference JATMC in a film and get painted with the indie-brush.

I agree with this. In fact, in the first few seconds of the film it is written "any resemblance of characters to persons either living or dead is merely coincidence. Especially you, <Woman's Name>." This definitely instilled in me that it was at least somewhat based on an experience that the writer/director/whoever had. I don't believe those band names were namedropped just for the sake of being indie.
post #48 of 105
currently an 88 on the tomatometer
post #49 of 105
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Originally Posted by Get Smart View Post
I don't see referencing those bands as a sign of "indie filmmaking". I'd surmise that whoever wrote the script based it on something that happened to him and those bands were probably a part of his life so he put all that into the story. God forbid you ever reference JATMC in a film and get painted with the indie-brush.

Fair point, but compare this film to "Mysterious Skin", another Joseph Gordon-Levitt movie (and one in which he lives up to his reputation/potential). That film used Ride and Slowdive in the soundtrack, but it felt more natural to the characters, rather than being used as a signifier to help define a character (in lieu of better character development, which was my impression of "500 Days"). Perhaps the writer of "500 Days" does like Brit indie bands too, but perhaps he's also more shallow a writer than the one responsible for "Mysterious Skin."

As I said, I did like the second half of "500 Days" better than the first half, there were some nice moments in depicting the male character post-breakup.
post #50 of 105
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Originally Posted by riraito View Post
I love how this thread is no longer about the tie, but is now about Zoey

She is going to be on Top Chef Masters tonight.
post #51 of 105
She's cute and all, but homegirl does not eat meat, seafood, eggs, gluten, soy etc. etc. That's a deal breaker for me.
post #52 of 105
lcuky that you have no chance whatsoever then isn't it.
post #53 of 105
come on. if she's on the street in NYC she's an 8 tops
post #54 of 105
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Originally Posted by London View Post
come on. if she's on the street in NYC she's an 8 tops

Huh? Girls in NYC are at most "8"s in cities where women actually look good....
post #55 of 105
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Originally Posted by Get Smart View Post
good news, she's single now! *sarcasm* I didnt think Leavitt's outfits were anything special, but he looked like how his character would actually look (in terms of music interest + age + whatever other bullshit I'm selling here). The movie was great, we're gonna see it again next week which is the first film of 2009 I will have made an effort to see a second time
This is good news. The girlfriend really wants to see it and i was worried. On the subject of music in movies. There are a fair amount of 17-24 year old kids who do listen to more of the smiths, jatmc, my bloody valentine, and other stuff like that (i dislike belle and sebastian a lot but i'm familiar with them due to girls i know liking it). While some people would rather see some more "everyman" music, if there was some terribly boring movie based on the last 5 years of my life, i sure as hell wouldn't want U2, foghat, or deep purple playing in the background. Wouldn't make any sense despite them being more traditionally used in teen movies. Then again, i don't get that "indie" when it comes to music but some people seem to think anything not classic rock or wildly popular music is. I do understand some people's worries about movies like this and others in the past having more "off the beaten path" i guess you can call it soundtracks but the problem when these kinds of movies fail is usually just poor writing and directing. I see some of these movies being way too self aware and suffering from way too much dialogue spelling every emotion out for you, not letting the acting or the silence play any kind of major role. Regardless, i feel a little better about being dragged to this by the girl. I had not even seen any previews for it so i had no clue and just assumed the worst
post #56 of 105
it isnt playing in a theater nearby :\\
post #57 of 105
It's really good, and pretty "fun" (you won't be bored). As someone whose heart was also broken by a dark-haired mystery girl from Michigan I could relate.
post #58 of 105
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Originally Posted by Mr. Caber View Post
It's really good, and pretty "fun" (you won't be bored). As someone whose heart was also broken by a dark-haired mystery girl from Michigan I could relate.
I hope for your sake she didn't pull that same stunt.
post #59 of 105
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it isnt playing in a theater nearby :\\

opens nationwide on friday
post #60 of 105
I don't get the love for this movie. It's just pitchforkified romcom. If this is where indie cinema is... fuck.
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