R1 is spot-on.
The one great thing about Hollywood is that despite the criticism, no matter how money-focused they are, true artists do get funding and respect these days.
Ang Lee is one of those true artists; even his few flops are interesting.
Uh, as far as taste goes, stupid CGI cartoons like Ice Age 4 (714 million overseas) and Madagascar 3 (525 million overseas) did much better internationally than they did, comparatively, in North America.
So take your elitism and shove it.
R3, they are all also visually-oriented storytelling not as reliant on translated or dubbed dialogue.
Had ZERO interest in it when it was released. Thought the trailer looked terrible. Saw it this weekend and was hooked from the first frame. Got emotional in spots and thought it was the best film I've seen in years. I'm sorry now I didn't see in the theater in 3D.
I'm sure it has groovy special F/X, but I just have no interest in spending two hours watching "Hadji and the Magic Tiger".
Thought the same thing R6 but I'm eating crow now.
Lee is mediocre.
Lee is superb.
However R8, if you mean Spike Lee, to whom Ang Lee was once his NYU film school assistant director, I completely agree.
R8 IS Spike Lee.
Ang Lee is genius. No one does verisimilitude better than he.
Big problem with the special effects house that worked on the movie going under....I don't know if they didn't get pay, or didn't get paid enough.
It's a shame tho.
I like pie.
I really enjoyed Life of Pi, but it's not easy thinking of Ang Lee as best director this year. The film was more a technical triumph (somewhat like Lord of the Rings) than a genuine movie. Brokeback Mountain was directed at a much higher level, I felt.
R14. I like pie. And I used to like pie.
Melissa McCarthy and Jennifer Hudson
Can't agree, R15. Life of Pi most certainly was a genuine movie. A beautiful movie.
My experience is similar to R5. I just couldn't get into watching the kind of movie I expected this to be. But I'm glad I finally did, though I really wish I could have seen it in 3D.
And it kind of was the movie I was expecting, but so much more beautiful.
I'm not surprised Ang Lee won at all. And if you look at Goldderby, he was actually a favorite to win. I think a lot of people just aren't aware of how good this movie was, and were dismissing it.
This movie was AWESOME!
I watched it Saturday. I loved it. I actually changed my best director pick to Ang Lee in my Oscar pool, because I kind of had the feeling that anyone who saw Life of Pi would HAVE to vote for it.
Good thing, too, because I ended up getting all the major categories correct!
Jennifer Hudson's dress looks a thousand times better than that piece of crap she wore the night she won her 2007 Oscar: