Did that finally get released? Is Matt Damon in it?
Is this Margaret as in Hey, God, It's Me?...
Why this took so many years to edit is beyond belief.
Did you mean to say "beyond me" R4?
It seems like it was not edited at all - it was 2 1/2 hours long! Matt Damon is in it as a teacher. It was on Amazon for $1.99 a couple of weeks back - and just watched now.
I watched it last week after the sale on amazon,too.
Oh mercy! I want my 1.99 back.
Unless you financed it or was forced to watch it, what do you care?
r5, No. It is another, perhaps more archaic, way of saying I cannot believe it took so many years to edit the film.
It was a brilliant movie. I saw a very sold out screening when it was re-released in NYC and loved it. Anna P was transcendent and should have won an Oscar for her performance.
"Beyond belief" and "beyond me" are similar but distinct phrases. I'm sure you meant say "beyond me" as you started the sentence with the word "why". "Belief" would have made more sense if you'd written, "It took so many years to edit--it was beyond belief."
Why'd it take so many years to edit? Tell us, and we'll decide if it was beyond belief.
How did The Damon Butt look in it?
It was the Damon Butt during the Bourne years (I think it was filmed in 2004), so it looked good. Actually, it was strange just how young Damon and especially Paquin looked, especially after watching five years of "True Blood."
The film is messy, but it's Paquin's best adult performance, and J. Smith-Cameron (the trashy shifter mom on "True Blood," completely different here) and Jeannie Berlin (Elaine May's daughter) are both excellent.
This got incredible reviews in the UK last year, it landed on a lot of critics' Ten Best lists.
The most pretentious fillmore evah
I watched it last night. First time I've seen Paquin in a film since The Piano. I was shocked at what a good adult actress she's become. The main thread about the bus accident and her relationship with the dead woman's friend was excellent, but there were too many extraneous scenes and little character development for her. Why did she want that guy to take her virginity, for instance. The Matt Damon scenes could have been cut completely.
Question: in the final scene with the lawyer conference call, she says "I killed her" or something like that. Did she tell the friend that before? Was it in her deposition? It was confusing because i'm sure if they knew, the people close to the dead woman would have found her partly responsible.
The writing was fantastic, its a nice depiction of raw, shaken post-9/11 NY, but with a little more shaping it could have been a great 90 min or 2 hour movie.
I gather the editing took a long time because while there is a story, it isn't an airtight, has-to-be-linear plot, if that makes sense. Many of the scenes could have been swapped, shortened, changed, etc, and given an entirely new meaning. That is an editing job that takes more time and in a way can never be truly finished. Change one thing and then you realize that two other things have to be changed to fit, then it goes on from there. Maybe not as long as this took, but its no walk in the park for an editor.
Loved it, paquin was fantastic and the scene at the end at the opera was one of the most beautiful in any movie I've watched.
"the definition of self-indulgent filmmaking"
Not as long as Paul Thomas Anderson is alive.