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Aeon Flux

okay movie. Definitely better if you've seen the 2nd cartoon series.

I can see the dilemma the producer faced - when you make a cult classic into a movie, if you focus on pleasing the cult fans, you're targeting a very narrow audience. If you try to broaden the audience, you run the risk of alienating your core viewership.

Aeon does an okay job of walking the line, but I think they still screwed up. The two examples of pure Aeonism (running through the gardens and the massacre at the climax) were ruined by choppy MTV-style editing. I definitely would've put some more Aeon-style long cuts in.

However, Charlize did an amazing job of bringing her to life - I have great respect for her as an actress. (This isn't just a "black spandex" comment - she really was Aeon)

Philo
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January 28th, 2006 12:49pm
I liked it too. Not loved it, liked it. My thanks to the makers for the small number of cliches.

The cartoon -- which I only viewed briefly before being grossed out by the weird anatomies -- I didn't like at all.
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January 28th, 2006 1:45pm
Ah, I wished I could have loved it.

The previews (which were played over and over and over and...) were excellent.  Somehow, in cutting the actual movie they lost energy -- especially in the garden sequence.

Soon, there's going to be lessons for "MTV" style cutting, that says it really IS possible to make your cuts too short, the action too fast, and you really do lose much of the impact you wanted from the scene in the first place.
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January 29th, 2006 7:18pm
Oddly, I've always found long cuts to be the most effective.

Philo
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January 29th, 2006 8:03pm
Is it good or bad if you completely fail to notice the actions of the director?

I remember watching the director's commentary on one or two Buffy episodes where they mention that a whole five minute scene is a single take on a moving steadycam with no cuts. Yet I was so absorbed with the story that I never would have noticed if someone hadn't pointed it out.

Yes, I say. Make the actors earn their pay!
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January 29th, 2006 9:18pm
Directing is like music or makeup - you shouldn't notice it at all.

Watch "Any Given Sunday" to see the antithesis, where Oliver Stone stomps all over your sensitivies and loudly proclaims his presence as director such that you should worship his abilities. And I think there's a story in there somewhere.

Philo
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January 29th, 2006 9:34pm

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