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I am taking a break from writing and opened up Great Balls of Fire (2nd draft).
I'm not that far into it... I'd say the writers set the tone early on. The first line of dialogue -- HOLY SHIT!
 
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Agreed on the above. I will add that the Marwencol to Women Of Marwen drafts of Welcome To Marwen went from really good to Tom Hanks type Oscar friggin great. The look of it from the trailers has really hit that feeling home. That is my #1 movie of the fall right now.
First reviews are disastrous, looks like no Oscar run this time.
 
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@KDCoolman well what r they saying? Come on, little bit info pls.
Hard to say, but some of them critisize poor pacing, poor character development, Carell's perfomance and they also say that the movie feels empty and delivers no impact. I wonder about audience reaction to this because critics usually hate sentimental movies, but moviegoers might have an exact opposite reaction.
 
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Those lifelike Steve Carell and other plastic humans give off a real eerie, uncanny valley, sex doll vibe - and it's not a horror like Anabelle or a movie about sex dolls ala Lars and the Real Girl.
 
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@KDCoolman I think I once started watching the beginning of the original documentary. And I just couldn't get into it. But I am dissapointed to hear you say it looks like this new movie isn't sitting well with critics. I mean, it's a Zemeckis flick. Has he ever made a poor movie before? I pretty much love everything the guy has done. I do wish he would make another fantasy sf or something in the vain of Contact or well... Back to the Future. Or even a horror. Because What Lies Beneath was brilliant - haven't seen it in a while though, does it still hold up?

I enjoyed The Walk very much, but never re-watched it. Neither that Denzel Washington flick. Don't know about The King. Although, that could probably be interesting. I guess maybe I would've loved to see him direct BIOS instead of producing it.

But the guy earned the right to make whatever he wants. I mean, nothing beats Back to the Future.
 
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@KDCoolman I think I once started watching the beginning of the original documentary. And I just couldn't get into it. But I am dissapointed to hear you say it looks like this new movie isn't sitting well with critics. I mean, it's a Zemeckis flick. Has he ever made a poor movie before? I pretty much love everything the guy has done. I do wish he would make another fantasy sf or something in the vain of Contact or well... Back to the Future. Or even a horror. Because What Lies Beneath was brilliant - haven't seen it in a while though, does it still hold up?

I enjoyed The Walk very much, but never re-watched it. Neither that Denzel Washington flick. Don't know about The King. Although, that could probably be interesting. I guess maybe I would've loved to see him direct BIOS instead of producing it.

But the guy earned the right to make whatever he wants. I mean, nothing beats Back to the Future.
Yes, WHAT LIES BENEATH still kicks ass. I mean, probably much more so than back in 2000, when everybody seemed to chase that SIXTH SENSE success and the (infamous) marketing campaign pretty much spoiled the movie whole. As it stands now, it’s a really effective ghost story with a few nifty twists and turns, visually impeccable, and pretty great turns from its two leads. Yes, it’s quite straightforward and not exactly groundbreaking, but it stands on solid thematic ground and moves at a brisk pace considering it’s pretty much a stage play with a couple of characters, five at the most. A good potboiler elevated by everyone involved.

...Which seems to be the problem with Zemeckis nowadays. Guy just won’t care about that kind of material anymore. He seems to be chasing something that *most especially* brings him some awards glory. Gone are the times of BACK TO THE FUTURE, ROMANCING THE STONE or WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT?. Hell, he even made WLB in an in-between of CAST AWAY, waiting for Tom Hanks to lose weight! But these days... these days, after his failed animation phase (THE POLAR EXPRESS, BEOWULF, A CHRISTMAS TALE) it’s like he’s chasing some kind of golden goose in projects like THE WALK, ALLIED or FLIGHT (his weakest effort in decades, IMHO) when maybe he could find it earlier if he tried to have more fun first with a DEATH BECOMES HER, a BttF... or a FORREST GUMP.
 

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Couldn't say, this is my first time reading any draft of it. It's the "goldenrod revision" draft dated 4-20-17, if that tells you anything.
 
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I read Vice. Really underwhelming. Any major differences between the awards release and early drafts when it was “backseat”?
 
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I'm almost through with The Mule. Some parts are really funny - Leo in general, and Leo and the internet and his blasé attitude about driving around with a trunk full of coke especially; Agent Moore trying to guess a perpetrators race, and ect: great stuff! Can't wait to see the film.
 
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I'm almost through with The Mule. Some parts are really funny - Leo in general, and Leo and the internet and his blasé attitude about driving around with a trunk full of coke especially; Agent Moore trying to guess a perpetrators race, and ect: great stuff! Can't wait to see the film.
I really want to see the earliest draft possible and of course the FYC.
 
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Finally got around to reading Widows and found it to be rather average. Not bad, not great, but pretty much a standard heist flick that didn't really pack any surprises. Rather, I guess I should say it didn't really have any surprises that helped it in any way, as they try to have a somewhat emotional twist in the middle, but ultimately they don't really do much with it, causing one of the ending scenes to have less impact than it should have. I imagine it will still be worth seeing for the great ensemble (particularly looking forward to seeing Daniel Kaluuya's Jatemme, and, of course, the great Viola Davis), I just wish they had done a little more with it narrative-wise.
Care to share?
 
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Just finished reading the John McTiernan/William Wisher draft of Eaters of the Dead aka The 13th Warrior. It was mostly pretty close to the film, but there were some extra bits and the unresolved plot threads were tied up nicely. The ending is interesting, more akin to Zulu's ending than the one reshot for the movie. The beginning is still covered very quickly with narration, but at least it doesn't randomly start on the boat for no conceivable reason.
 
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