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#1 Jason Debus

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Posted 06 April 2008 - 11:58 AM

Really liked Wong Kar Wai's latest film and the cinematography by Darius Khondji. Some parts were excessively grainy, mainly the parts in NYC (I was sitting in the back row at the Arclight and the grain was extremely noticeable). Not sure if it was intentional because the grain would show up randomly throughout the film but was most prevelent in the scenes with Jude Law in NY.
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Posted 06 April 2008 - 04:09 PM

i'm hoping to see it this week.
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#3 Yuri Krylov

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Posted 06 April 2008 - 09:06 PM

Imho, nowhere near as good as Kar Wai's previous films, like In Mood for Love or 2046. Too much grain made the film look a dirty. The story wasn't great either.
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#4 Bill Totolo

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Posted 07 April 2008 - 08:52 AM

Imho, nowhere near as good as Kar Wai's previous films, like In Mood for Love or 2046. Too much grain made the film look a dirty. The story wasn't great either.

More of a character study than anything else. I liked the look but couldn't get it out of my mind that, as talented as Khondji is, he was put in a position to ape Doyle's style.

I was absolutley blown away by several performances, particularly David Strathairn. Also notable were Rachel Weisz and Natalie Portman.
Norah Jones' casting is a bit of a mystery to me.

But, really, Strathairn nailed it.
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Posted 07 April 2008 - 10:10 AM

Has AC run an article on Blueberry Nights? I don't recall seeing one.
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#6 Xavier Plaza

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Posted 07 April 2008 - 12:04 PM

I love My blueberry nights the cinematography looks awesome. But i found it more "simple" than 2046... i think this is the biggest wong kar wai work ( and photographic too). Definitively working on a foreign language could be affect his development on many insights but anyway he make a great work...

Take a look on this link you can find an interesting interview... This is the first time i know someone make a book about the movie or the mood between the director and the DP. It looks very insightful

http://www.studiodai...issue/9288.html

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#7 Lavern Templeton

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Posted 07 April 2008 - 01:11 PM

Does anyone have any news on "The Lady From Shanghai"?
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#8 Max Jacoby

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Posted 07 April 2008 - 03:23 PM

The film was shot on Master Primes and Fuji film stock.
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#9 Jon Rosenbloom

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Posted 10 April 2008 - 06:26 PM

Darius was on the master-zoom quite a bit - at least in NY. (Obviously not for the hand-held work.)
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#10 Jonathan Bowerbank

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Posted 20 April 2008 - 05:19 PM

Saw it the other night, and loved it. The least convincing was Portman, I think she's getting worse with each dramatic role she plays. A great first English effort from Kar Wai, though. There were many lines of dialogue that seemed kinda exposition-y, but they're the same things you would hear in his Hong Kong films, it's just more noticeable since it's in my native tongue.

I thought the compositions and frame were bold as usual. And I really didn't see much of Doyle's personal style in it. If anything, it was closer to some of Khondji's work in "Delicatessen", with the warm tones and high contrast that dominated the majority of the scenes. He used some much lighter diffusion than Doyle uses too, the light in general was indeed harder. And along with the grain, it definitely gave the film a nice gritty look which I enjoyed. I didn't feel it was overly grainy.

Two goofs, the monitor supposedly connected to the security camera at the cafe had frame markers on it, obviously a director's monitor. And there was one quick shot of Portman's car outside the casino where I can see an AC or operator who probably should not have worn khaki pants that day.
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