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referring to my last post, like please tell me why benji says she’s content in having faith in religion in the moment that she’s sitting on the floor, looking up at vivian who is conveniently haloed by a lamp light who you also call divine and ethereal, while also considering how she understands that distinct devoutness. please answer i can’t pick up the context clues
#the dog barks #this is a joke by the way i just like noticing a running theme #my cinematography is not subtle but it is a meal
Aronofsky’s first film arrived like a shotgun blast: dark, paranoid, and very New York. There have been many New York directors but only a few have captured the city’s raw intensity in this way: Scorsese, Ferrara, Ramin Bahrani and more recently the Safdie brothers to name a few. This was a confident debut, maybe as pretentious as Nolan’s Memento but it doesn’t matter - it was ballsy and beautifully shot, mysterious, and came at exactly the right time for peak 90′s indie cinema.
This movie is not my favorite but it has a very good script, the story itself is very good. The author of the book Stephen King already said that he doesn't like Kubrick's script for changing important elements of the movie, like making Jack seem crazy from the beginning when he goes crazy during the movie or making Wendy a weak character when in the book she is a strong woman. I can understand him thinking this (I think I would think the same thing) but I also understand that the movie is the story of the book, in Kubrick's vision. And I like the way he wrote the screenplay, I think he told this story very well, I like his idea of making Jack seem crazy in the beginning because it fits very well with the ending, I like the idea of Wendy in the beginning being a scared woman because it makes more sense to the ending too. I like the things he invented, like the twins in the hallway or the blood coming out of the elevator, I think they are visually striking scenes that make total sense in the context they are placed and help to understand the story. I haven't read the book but I hope to soon, and when I do I will do a post comparing the two.
Kubrick is a very good filmmaker who made many contributions to cinema, but he goes to extremes to get perfection. In this movie he abused his actors a lot, he liked to repeat the scenes over and over until he got perfection. Jack Nicholson memorized all his lines and when the day came for the recording sessions, Kubrick changed his lines because he had better ideas. He made Scatman (the old man), who was still inexperienced, cry after repeating the same scene 148 TIMES. But for sure the person who suffered the most in this movie was Shelley Duvall, he yelled at her, ordered the crew to ignore her...but the worst was that he made her and Jack repeat the ladder scene 127 TIMES, after the movie she needed treatment to recover from the hell that was the shooting. I think Kubrick's intention was do this to make the actors angry so they would be very realistic in the scenes (which they were), the proof is that he was very nice to Danny, he told the child that they were making a drama, not a horror film. So I understand his vision and his intention, but it was horrible how he treated these people and I think there are much better ways to achieve perfection.
Since Kubrick's intention was perfection, the performances would not leave anything to be desired. I liked Scatman's performance, it's not a great role but he did very well. Danny's performance, who was only 5 at the time, is very good, I think he understood his character very well, so much that was his idea to move his little finger when he was Tony. Shelley Duvall is very very good, I really like the door scene, but it makes me very sad to think how much she suffered to get to this level. Despite this, the big highlight is Jack Nicholson's performance, I believe that a performance is impeccable when you look at it and think ``I can't imagine anyone else in this role'' and that's exactly what I see Jack doing in this movie, this role seems like it was made for him, the best for me is the staircase scene.
I think the photography is very good. I really like the symmetry of the scenes, especially when Danny is riding his tricycle and meets the twins or in the labyrinth, I think it was a very good idea by kubrick. My favorite part is the scene where Jack breaks the door and the camera goes back and forth with the axe, it would be easier if the camera was only on the door or only on Jack but the result would not be the same and it became an iconic scene.
The editing is good, I don't think it's a big highlight of the movie but it's good. My favorite part is when Danny finds the twins and while they are talking the come play with us shows them dead and then back to them talking and then back to them dead... I thought it was a very good idea and I confess it left me feeling quite scared, so good job.