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#1 Posted on 9.11.12 0238.32 Reposted on: 9.11.19 0240.08
So I'm still a newb, but I guess I could pad my resume with an understanding that I don't watch anything on television barring the National Football League, various news outlets, and the weather channel (for about a total of 3 minutes a day - their desktop app. is ridiculous).
But what I do watch from time to time is particular movie or type of movie that breaks the formulaic mold of "introduction - build - plot twists - faster build - climax - ending".
Memento is one of my favorite movies of all time. Brilliant is an understatement as just about everyone in it, the execution, the backwards timeline, and the main character's plight add for a continual pressing of the viewer's mind to try and gather thoughts in reverse chronological order (and for those watching it for the first time they may not even know that is how the movie pans out).
Replay value is 9/10, simply because in the extras Christopher Nolan (yes, of the Batman Trilogy and Inception fame) explicates the intended "open-ended" nature of the film. There is and isn't a true answer to what happens to our protagonist and the facts can add up potentially in person's interpretation as well as in a different interpretation.
This was a Blu-Ray buy for me, although I'm not a fan of Blu-Ray because of the affect of the streamlined panning that occurs. To my eyes, it comes across as synthetic and adds (or takes away) from the normal visual experience. At any rate, there wasn't a great deal of "extras" other than the usual short interviews. I think what I liked best was the dialogue throughout the movie and Christopher Nolan's explanation of how the film came about through a short story called "Memento Mori" that his brother had imposed upon him as an excellent idea for film adaptation.
All I can say is if you are the type of person who likes psychological thrillers, movies that break the normal "story arc", and films like "Twelve Monkeys" that impels the viewer to watch the movie analytically and never to "take a breath" then this is it. If I wanted to overstate it, I'd say this is the holy grail of that type of movie. To transcend most movies in themselves as they use time, relationships, collection of facts, and either a knowing of what has happened when the movie ends or guessing at what happened except with full knowledge of previous facts told to them. Overall, a great movie for those who are tired of anticipating every plot line and twist during the experience.
#2 Posted on 10.11.12 0057.08 Reposted on: 10.11.19 0057.11
Television is so great, you should check it out. Memento is also great. I haven't watched it in a while. I don't have much to add at the moment. Since everything else fits thematically with the Nolan movies, it seems to really beg for Michael Caine to be in there somewhere to tell the main character "you don' even know waht yaw doin'!" as he does in each and every Christopher Nolan movie. Also, The Prestige is about the Monday Night Wars!
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