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I watched Lost In Translation last night, finally. I really, really liked it. I knew that I would like it.

I also cried for, like, the entire last half hour of the movie. I wish that I wouldn't do that. I wish that I could feel emotion -- cuz it wasn't just sad I was feeling, it was all sorts of things -- without my face leaking. It's so embarrassing!

I thought it was perfect. My mom complained it was too slow, but I thought it was perfect. It felt like . . . it felt like someone's memories. All the little moments were the things that they would remember, looking back on it later. There was no announcement of anything, there was no "this is where they first met" and "this is where she first became intrigued" and "this is how old they are" -- it was all just little moments. Everything that was going on was very clear and unconfusing, but they never slapped you in the face with anything. I guess that speaks volumes for the acting. And the directing -- the silences said more than the dialogue did.

I also loved how it ended. It was perfect. The whole last 20 minutes or so made me so happy and so sad all at once. That's unrequited love, I suppose. It's sad, but it's also still Perfect. My main problem with regular romantic comedy bullshit is that the movie ends when the two people get together. And that's not how it ends, that's not how real life ends. Real life and real love requires hard work and luck and a million tiny things. But unrequited love, that can be perfect, because it never happens, it never gets broken. It stays Perfect. At the end I really really didn't want them to kiss, but then they did and they did it good, so I was happy with that. Sophia is a genius.

Bill Murray, too. He's so good quiet. We don't see him like that too often. He was in The Royal Tenenbaums, and of course he was great, but he was also hidden behind that beard. Here, he was skinny, and tired, and a little old. He just looked so quiet and sad and tired. MAN I wish that new Wes Anderson movie would hurry up and come out already.

I want to watch it again already. I think I will, before I send it back. Although I'd settle for having Bill Murray fall for me whilst in Tokyo. Der Sigh.

Also, I liked that Bill sang "What's So Funny 'Bout Peace Love and Understanding."

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tawdryjones
Feb. 11th, 2004 01:09 pm (UTC)
SPOILER ALERT: AWOOGAH AWOOGAH!
One of my favorite parts is at the end when you can't hear what they're saying to each other. It's a reminder that you've been eavesdropping this whole time. And this last part...it's only for them. Awwwww.
littlewashu
Feb. 11th, 2004 01:34 pm (UTC)
Re: SPOILER ALERT: AWOOGAH AWOOGAH!
Yeah! Also, it allows you to write your own ending. Some people might imagine that Bill was telling her how to get in touch with him back in the States. Me, I imagined that he told her how amazing she is, and what a difference she had made to his life, and that he said so in a way too perfect and delicate and powerful to imagine.
ranai
Feb. 11th, 2004 04:42 pm (UTC)
Re: SPOILER ALERT: AWOOGAH AWOOGAH!
I was even wondering if maybe the closed captioning on the video would tell you what he was saying, but then I hoped he wouldn't be; I just wanted him to be saying exactly what you said, and if I found out I was wrong, I'd be sad.

Ugh, I <3 that movie.
hayce
Feb. 12th, 2004 11:49 am (UTC)

One of my favorite parts is at the end when you can't hear what they're saying to each other. It's a reminder that you've been eavesdropping this whole time. And this last part...it's only for them. Awwwww.

Wow. I think you summed that up really well. That brief moment, for me, is a testament to just how engaging that film and its characters are - I really, really wanted to hear what he says to Charlotte and for a second I was really annoyed that I couldn't. Movies don't captivate me like that too often.

However.. there was one thing I just didn't get. What was up with that opening shot of Charlotte's butt? I didn't dream that did I? I mean.. don't get me wrong - I'm a guy and I could look at Scarlett Johansson's booty for hours.. but.. why that shot? I was actually a tad uncomfortable during that shot.

tawdryjones
Feb. 12th, 2004 11:58 am (UTC)
I think Sofia has a lot of shots that change how you see movies
Ok, I'm going to totally totally guess on this one, but...heh heh...BUT, I think the reason for that was so that your very first impression of her is that she is a sensual, sexual woman. She's not just a young kid acting up but a healthy beautiful woman being ignored by her husband.

Also, you are a PERV. ;D
hayce
Feb. 12th, 2004 09:28 pm (UTC)
Re: I think Sofia has a lot of shots that change how you see movies

Ok, I'm going to totally totally guess on this one, but...heh heh...BUT, I think the reason for that was so that your very first impression of her is that she is a sensual, sexual woman. She's not just a young kid acting up but a healthy beautiful woman being ignored by her husband.

Ok, I'll buy that. Although I think the subsequent shots of Charlotte alone illustrate those points better. Not to take anything away from the film or its director. Its a brilliant movie and I hope it gets the recognition it deserves from the OscarTM folks.

Also, you are a PERV. ;D

I prefer the term "LETCH" thank you very much.  ;-P Hehe.. "Butt"

 

illscientist
Feb. 11th, 2004 03:27 pm (UTC)
Yeah, exactly.
emalinebeachbum
Feb. 11th, 2004 05:02 pm (UTC)
I have been dying to see that movie... they rarely have any good movies playing up here, but they supposedly just built a new theatre that has independent films and something other than "Dude, Where's My Car?" so I might try to catch it this weekend.

And man, Bill Murray. I love that guy... I even had a crush on him when I was like 5... that sounds pretty sick now that I think about it, but Peter Venkman did it for me. Must have been the Ghostbusters uniform.
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