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You think you've seen crazy lately? (Cloud Atlas, say?) Well, if you haven't seen HOLY MOTORS you simply haven't lived. In a year that has given us such fine fantastic films as Moonrise Kingdom, Robot and Frank, Safety Not Guaranteed and, with reservations, Cloud Atlas and Prometheus, we now get this utterly demented French film. To describe it is difficult: essentially it concerns a rich man (Denis Lavant) who is driven in a stretch limo around Paris, donning various disguises and interacting with a variety of people. (His chauffeur is played by Edith Scob, who played the scarred daughter in Franju's classic Eyes Without a Face, and Eva Mendes and Kylie Minogue are around for the ride as well..)

Let's just say things get out of hand.

It's like David Lynch on Laudinum crossed with Fellini and a good deal of Buñuel thrown in for good measure. It could have stood losing fifteen minutes, but nevertheless this is an instant classic. Various of the usual suspects- Dean, Josh, Matt,oink, Scooper- ought to catch this one while it's in your local theater, 'cause it's too looney to hang around for long.

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I think I'd rather eat my own foot than pay to see this one. biggrin.gif

Watch it on Blu-Ray or cable? Yes.

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Worchestershire sauce goes well with foot.

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Thanx for the recommendation.

A movie like this is too avant-guarde for my area, but I did put it in my NF queue.

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I'll give it a watch when it hits disc.

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Nobody wants to pull the trigger, to mix a metaphor, and go see this in the theater. It's stunningly, beautifully photographed, and has quite an impact on the big screen.

I guess most of the moviegoing public would prefer to go see The Hobbit, which looks strangely overblown and rather lame. At least to me.

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Amazon.com has it as a February 2013 BD release, while Amazon.uk will have it a month earlier.

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Nobody wants to pull the trigger, to mix a metaphor, and go see this in the theater. It's stunningly, beautifully photographed, and has quite an impact on the big screen.
I guess most of the moviegoing public would prefer to go see The Hobbit, which looks strangely overblown and rather lame. At least to me.
The trailer didn't impress me. I watched it and thought... why would I see that? Not to mention it features that horrible terrible awful character from one of the TOKYO! sequences, directed by Carax. I hated that movie more than any other I have seen in recent memory. I hated it so much I wanted to find the director and choke him.

So the second I saw that same character I knew... I was not paying to see Holy Motors.

And for the record... I have found myself completely not excited about The Hobbit. From the day it was announced to this morning, I just feel nothing, which is odd, since I loved the LOTR trilogy. maybe it's because I have a feeling Jackson is going to bloat the films with non-stop filler? It looks to be the case from reviews. The book is so small and could easily be told in its entirety in three hours or less.

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HOLY MOTORS is frequently a pretty twisted affair. But it's certainly not the same ofd stuff reworked by people whose only frame of reference is American films made within the last thirty years.

The Hobbit hasn't gotten very sympathetic treatment from rotten tomatoes critics. Jackson has come to firmly believe that more is more in each and every situation. You would have thought he would have learned something from King Kong. And I loved the trilogy initially, but as the years go by I find it more and more of a chore to revisit it.

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I have found myself completely not excited about The Hobbit. From the day it was announced to this morning, I just feel nothing, which is odd, since I loved the LOTR trilogy
Same here.
It also doesn't help the novel bored the crap out of me too.

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maybe it's because I have a feeling Jackson is going to bloat the films with non-stop filler? It looks to be the case from reviews. The book is so small and could easily be told in its entirety in three hours or less.
Someone else around here said something like that awhile back....wink.gif
In fact, mathematics was used to illustrate the point: see post# 595 in The Hobbit thread.

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My guess is if you liked Holy Mountain, you probably would like Holy Motors.

I hung with it for an hour, before driving it into the curb.

The movie is basically an attempt by a small-time director to gain some attention by throwing up some strange, avant-garde imagery.
It is odd stuff, but not enough to make me care about spending more time with this film.

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The best thing about this film is the intermission. Seriously.

 


 

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Accordions over the Beauty & the Beast scene? Come on! smile.gif Bizarre flick but I got all the way thru it.

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