The Talented Mr. Ripley

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  1. prince_will

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    anyone here ever watched this heavily underrated movie with Matt Damon, Jude Law, Cate Blanchett, and Gwyneth Paltrow? i've watched it for about the third or the fourth time today, and i still love it.

    it's wonderfully deceptive how it totally makes you feel sympathetic towards Tom Ripley even though he's a cold-blooded opportunistic person.

    plus, Jude Law is basically the enbodiement of sex in the movie...
     
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    Yes, a very interesting movie. Its an actor's movie, for sure.
     
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    Is that the movie where Damon's character has a man-crush and starts impersonating the guy? Is Phillip Seymour Hoffman in the film, too?
     
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    Great flick! we must have similar cable systems because that was on 3 times between Friday night and Saturday.

    That is the one!
     
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    The movie is personally very disturbing. I only watched it once and its one of the few movies that I could not sit through and one I could not see again. It ranks up there with Schindler's List, American Beauty and Silence of the Lambs for me.
     
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    Loved it. Great movie, I bought the DVD not too long ago. I think I liked it because of how everyone seemed to be teetering on the borders of sexuality and no one cared. You did feel bad for Tom.

    Oh the cast... Jude Law is just sex. Period. Matt Damon was kinda dorky in it, but I admire his committment. Apparently, he ran like 5-10 miles a day just to get that 'skinny'. As for Cate Blanchett, she's fantastic.

    Overall, 2 thumbs up.
     
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    It's the gayest movie I've ever seen.
     
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    Excellent movie. One of the few that Gwyneth looks good in.
     
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    oh really? if you don't mind me asking, why? nothing personal. i'd just like to know why and what you found particuarly very disturbing, and the other movies you mentioned are gems in my book...maybe i just have disturbing taste? :tongue:

    I felt sympathetic towards Damon the whole bloody time. Especially when he was talking about the horrors of his past, and the whole thing about the dark "basement". i wanted to give him a hug. Plus, i thought the dorky aspect was totally appropriate for his character. if he was too smooth, he'd be unlikeable and too much like Jude Law's character.

    lol..this is why i love you, Jeff. We're on the same page. :tongue:

    lol...possibly, but not as gay as Brokeback, right? and well, Ripley/Damon's sexuality is undefined in the movie. you get a feeling as if he would be attracted to anyone who gave him love and attention.

    i agree! i'm not a huge fan of hers, but she did a splendid job in my book. i loved the subtle ways she had to convey how her character didn't believe any of Ripley/Damon's lies..
     
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    I think I can relate to earlogjam on this one. If he means what I think he means, these movies are disturbing on purpose. American movies are not usually like that, so we take the criicism of "disturbing" to be a bad thing. I think earl means that these movies are about subject matter, or they were made in such a way as to make you uncomfortable.

    For example, I think American Beauty was a complete masterpiece. It was a kind of precision crafted systematic emotional torture in how it unfolds the relationships and events that occur in it. It is so finely crafted towards that purpose that you can almost here it tick like a Swiss watch as it does a kind of brain surgery on you without you realizing it. Each person in the movie moves relentlessly towards the tragic ending, step by step following precisely established vectors.

    When I call this movie "disturbing" I mean it as a type of very high praise.

    Another movie in this category is Ice Storm.

    So, if this is what earl is getting at, I totally get it. If not, then I am just speaking for myself.
     
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    The movie came a bit too close to home for me and it creeped me out when I first saw it not knowing anything about the subject matter.

    I had my gym bag stolen from my locker with my wallet and keys maybe 15 years ago. My car was stolen, cash from my ATM bank account was withdrawn and apartment broken into and robbed. The person charged $5000 dollars up on all my credit cards too. He had obviously been casing me for a while including getting my PIN number at an ATM machine.

    For about 2 days I had no identity, no money, and no keys to my apartment. It was the most terrifying thing to happen to me - being unplugged from the security of society. Seeing the movie made me uncomfortably aware that anyone could have just killed me and assume my identity quite easily. But for the first time in my life I was aware how attached and dependent I was on material things in my life and also how important friends were.
     
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    Oh my gosh Earl....that is off the wall. I can see how a movie of that nature could be upsetting.
     
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    Hmm, I feel the same way about it but for different reasons. It seemed too real. I LOVED Boys Don't Cry, but it was beyond disturbing. I guess because I knew it was real, it stayed with me for days .

    Really? I thought she gave a stellar performance in Sliding Doors.
     
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    wow. i honestly don't blame you. Ripley (the movie leads us to believe that that might not even be his real name!) was a master (for lack of a better phrase) con artist, and easily assumed indentities. i can imagine how this would hit so close to home for you. it just sends painful and uncomfortable memories right back to your conciousness.
     
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    Missed Brokeback Mountain, did you? Or are you of the opinion that Anne Hathaway's amazing tits make up enough heterosexuality for it to be not quite as flaming as Ripley?

    I thought it was a fairly good film. However, I admit to finding character-driven movies more interesting if the characters are more realistic. Recently, I was highly impressed by Juno.
     
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    I had no idea. Between this and mugging, you've had shit luck. I'm very sorry.

    Schindler's List is hard to take. When I was very young my mom made me watch Holocaust with her and that was, I think, as good as Schindler's in many respects. If I hadn't watched it with her and her around to deprogram me I don't think I could have watched it but Holocaust did prepare me for Schindler's.

    Silence of the Lambs is tough. No way around it.

     
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    Jude Law is pornographically hot in this movie.
     
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    I waitd til this movie hit cable and video and was kicking myself for not seeing it on the big screen.

    I agree with JustAsking, it is a true actor's movie.

    I think the marketing machine failed this movie. It was an indie film with a big budget and studio backing being sold to a mass market crowd under false pretenses. The marketing campaign was capitalizing on Paltrow, Damon, and Law and playing the movie up as more bloody and suspenseful than it really was. Hence why I did not really go see it. This is not a movie for the teen girls who, at the time of this films release, were the targeted demographic. In fact they truly missed the mark because it was the 25 and up sector that loved the film.

    Oh well, I remember when the campaign for the movie "Alive" couldn't figure out if it was a horror movie, a "triumph of the human spirit", or a disaster movie. In reality it was none of the above.

    Lesson here, marketing can kill a movie just as much as it can make it.
     
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    i know! the marketing was totally off with this movie. i'm just happy i had the sense to buy it on DVD. it's now one of my favorite movies, and i'll use it as evidence when i'm tried for stalking Jude Law. :p
    i have no idea what possessed me to want and buy the movie though.
     
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    I thought it was an excellent movie marred only by the putrid lack of acting ability on the part of Gweneth Paltrow.

    Don't mean to hurt anyone's feelings - JMHO :)
     
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