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#1 Chayse Irvin

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Posted 20 March 2008 - 01:37 AM

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Saw this trailer moments ago and loved it. It premiered at Toronto film fest in 2006 and for some reason never released. Its having a limited release in May 2008 apparently. I love the production design and photography... and believe it or not... when I saw Tarsem Singh's "The Cell" in theaters I enjoyed it a lot. I'm stoked.
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#2 Alex Worster

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Posted 20 March 2008 - 01:59 AM

Super stoked from a fellow Cell enthusiast. Hope I can catch a screening somewhere sometime. If not I look forward to the DVD.
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#3 Tom Lowe

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Posted 20 March 2008 - 11:10 AM

This looks awesome!
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#4 Billy Furnett

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Posted 14 May 2008 - 11:06 AM

I can't even put into words how beautiful this looks, the cinematography is literally stunning.
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Posted 14 May 2008 - 02:21 PM

This movie was torn apart on "At The Movies" this weekend. They acknowledged amazing photography and art design but said the story was a disaster. :(
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Posted 15 May 2008 - 06:46 AM

Wow, looks fantastic.

Anyone know any tech specs? Weird how such big names attached (above the line wise) and is only getting a limited and late release.

James.
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#7 Max Jacoby

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Posted 15 May 2008 - 10:57 AM

There is an article in the AC. Ultra Primes and Arri cameras as far as I recall.
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#8 Billy Furnett

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Posted 16 May 2008 - 11:06 AM

18 countries over 4 years and no one checked to see if the script worked?

At the movies makes me laugh, a lot.

Apparently Harold and Kumar didn?t live up to their expectations either. lol
The thought of a critic even HAVING expectations for it is a riot.

When a low budget stoner flick with cheap laughs and no real story for the 2nd time has promised in exchange for ones money a low budget stoner flick with cheap laughs and no real story ? and again delivered it ?but that isn?t the crux, and instead unfulfilled critical expectations in the absence of a franchise compromising, play it safe sequel is, then it sounds like trying to use quantum physics to change a light bulb, and bothering me for 2 minutes with how the dark leaves something to be desired.

One of the ATM guys chose perhaps the only scene in the movie (Harold & Kumar) that nothing controversial or low brow happened (Actually almost NOTHING happened in that scene period.), as the scene he found most noteworthy.

?I liked the part where nothing really happened? kind of says it all.

IF The Fall?s story pans out to be a bit too ambitious for its own good, or even far too ambitious for it?s own good, I?ll still see it, because willfully ?wasting? my money on the story OF someone trying like hell and failing beautifully is an infinitely more satisfying bet than gambling it on a paint by numbers hype-mugging perpetrated by way of someone?s expectations being met.
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#9 Gus Sacks

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Posted 27 May 2008 - 05:31 PM

Saw it.

I enjoyed it very, very much. One of the first films in a while where I really thought "Wow, that director really had immense vision, a lot of it helped shape the visuals as well." Normally I'll attribute a lot of that to the DP, but Tarsem seemed to do a lot of pre-pro before hand. Very cool.

Highly recommended.
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#10 John Hoffler

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Posted 30 May 2008 - 10:33 PM

Just got back from seeing this. The visuals absolutely blew me away. I highly recommend this as well! The story did waver, but it was mainly because the characters made it up as they went along and it changed when the girl wanted it to. There were some slow bits but the amazing imagery kept me captivated throughout.
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#11 Adam Frisch FSF

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Posted 31 May 2008 - 11:42 AM

Very nice stuff. Obviously Tarsem's background in commercials comes through and makes certain shots almost too slick, but it's a fantasy and is nicely juxtaposed with the grounded reality of the other scenes. I was impressed with how emotionally resonant the film was. Great work from Tarsem and the two main actors.
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#12 Satsuki Murashige

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Posted 11 June 2008 - 02:51 AM

What a beautifully conceived and shot film! :) I thought the script could have been tighter but the images and the story worked well together and kept my interest. I agree with Adam that some of the fantasy sequence images were too slick - they pushed the story into the background and foregrounded the "travelogue" and production design elements a bit too much. But I still admire how well crafted those elements were. A good 1/3 of the film appears to have been shot MOS or at least designed in purely visual terms which you certainly don't see very much any more. The two lead actors were very good, and their scene together at the film's climax was very moving. Great silent film montage at the end as well.

About the look: the screening I went to was unfortunately very poor. The projector lamp was very dark, probably near the end of its life. I guess I'm lucky it didn't explode during my screening! So it was hard to judge the lighting as it all seemed to be very contrasty with not enough fill light, to the extent that it was often hard to see the actors' eyes in some of the important low-key hospital scenes. Not that I'm against the "Gordon Willis" approach to cinematography at all (I love low-key lighting and have indulged in it too deeply at times!), but I don't think I was seeing the images as the DP intended. The projector's masking was a bit off as well, chopping off the bottom of the 1.85 frame. Since a lot of the compositions utilize the bottom edge of the frame, this created some awkwardly cropped frames that I'm sure were not intended by the filmmakers.

The film also did not look very sharp. The end credits suggest that the film was went through a 4K DI, though they don't specify whether the negative was only scanned at 4K then down-res'd to 2K for color correction, or whether the film was posted at 4K all the way through. The AC article on the film does not specify either. I would have expected the film to look sharper if it was the latter, since a lot of the film was shot on slow stock in full sunlight with Ultra Primes which should have rendered a very clean, sharp, fine-grained look. The blacks were certainly rich enough to suggest the neg got a full exposure. I would guess that they did not output multiple INs for the release prints but instead went through the IP/dupe neg/release print stages, which is disappointing given the extremely visual nature of the film. Or maybe I just saw a bad print. In any case, I'm sure the film will look much better on DVD and Blu-Ray (at least it'll be framed properly).

There was one wonderful day-for-night sequence on a desert island that I thought was pitch perfect cinematography. They shot it in direct overhead sunlight, timed it cool and slightly desaturated (i wonder if they used a DFN filter or just did it all in the DI), and did a sky replacement. Anyway, I really enjoyed this film and only hope more people get to see it under better circumstances than I did.
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#13 monday sunnlinn

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Posted 17 June 2008 - 04:03 PM

sadly, i also saw it in a second rate theatre...i'll have to wait for the DVD. that's the problem with more artistic pieces, they don't get the AMC super-mega-ultra-plex presentation...

i used to live 3 minutes from universal studios orlando, and was spoiled by that theatre...and the 1am sprint through the empty parking garage after the movies...
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#14 Jason Debus

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Posted 04 November 2008 - 06:26 PM

Here's a great blog detailing many of the locations:

http://thefall-locations.blogspot.com/
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