Has anyone seen this movie in the East Village recently? I thought it was a very good movie and can see why it's on many top 20 lists for 2011. I can also see that the movie was probably not edited for final viewing by the director. I had read that this movie got caught up in litigation due to creative differences between director and Fox Searchlight. Too bad, it should be seen by a larger # of people. Much better than the very overrated "The Decendents", especially the performances.
|by Anonymous||reply 33||07/07/2013|
Amazing film that deserved better from the studio. Happy the critics have gone to bat for it, though. Really powerful and incredibly well-acted. Never thought Anna Paquin had a performance like this in her.
It's also a great New York film, and I think this will become the definitive post-9/11 movie. The Paquin character's slow breakdown as a result of a traumatic event rang really true to me.
I saw Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close not too long before watching this, and boy, what a phony, manipulative piece of crap that movie is compared to Margaret.
|by Anonymous||reply 1||12/27/2011|
|by Anonymous||reply 2||12/29/2011|
Had it received more support, Anna Paquin and Jeannie Berlin would have been contenders for Oscar nominations.
|by Anonymous||reply 3||12/29/2011|
Isn't this the film that was shelved for years for some reason also starring Matt Damon?
|by Anonymous||reply 4||12/30/2011|
R3 agreed. I would say Pacquin would be a lock for a nomination and Berlin and J Cameron considered for supporting nods. Excellent cast.
|by Anonymous||reply 5||12/30/2011|
Why was it shelved?
|by Anonymous||reply 6||01/03/2012|
[quote]Why was it shelved?
I think it was actually completed in 2005 but the director kept changing his mind about how he wanted the final edit to be. It sat on a shelf for around 5 years until Martin Scorsese agreed to help edit the film. It got a quick release in the fall and went to VOD. However, after some incredibly good word of mouth and the movie appearing on a few best of lists for 2011 Sony Pictures Classics decided to launch a Oscar campaign for it and sent out screeners for the movie last week.
|by Anonymous||reply 7||01/03/2012|
I was explaining this movie to a co-worker today after seeing it in the Village last week. I could not believe the depths of my description of events that took place in this movie. Rarely have I found myself looking so deeply into the human emotions and relationships in a movie. For me, that alone tells me how brilliant this movie was. A bit long for sure, but worth it, imo.
|by Anonymous||reply 8||01/03/2012|
I'm watching it right now.
|by Anonymous||reply 9||12/01/2012|
Kenny Lonergan is a maddening person. That's why it sat on a shelf for years.
And did he mention that he's best friends with Matthew Broderick? 700 times?
|by Anonymous||reply 10||12/01/2012|
It's an amazing movie - like nothing I've ever seen. Broderick bailed his friend Lonergan out with the money to finish it.
|by Anonymous||reply 11||12/02/2012|
I am so surprised to see the positive reactions to this film. I watched about 15 minutes and gave up on it--it was awful.
|by Anonymous||reply 12||12/02/2012|
How does The Damon Butt look in this film?
|by Anonymous||reply 13||12/02/2012|
Where can I see the 3 hr version?
|by Anonymous||reply 14||12/02/2012|
I didn't read the posts because I was afraid of spoilers.
I have the DVD and want to watch it tonight.
Should I watch the "theatrical version" or the "extended cut"?
|by Anonymous||reply 15||06/24/2013|
Excellent movie if a bit of a mess. The Allison Janney cameo is unforgettable.
|by Anonymous||reply 16||06/24/2013|
I saw the short version. It's a very interesting movie. I normally find Anna P. somewhat insufferable but since her character is supposed to be somewhat insufferable in this, I found her really compelling.
I'd love to see the long version.
|by Anonymous||reply 17||06/24/2013|
Actually, I am a bit stressed out and unhappy about some things in my life right now. Maybe I should not watch this film. I also have DVDs of "Heaven Can Wait" (1943) and "Nothing Sacred" with Carole Lombard. Should I watch one of those instead? I want to watch Margaret but don't think I can take a depressing/screaming film tonight. Going through a lot right now.
|by Anonymous||reply 18||06/24/2013|
He couldn't end his self-annointed masterpiece. I was so glad when mother and daughter finally got to the opera. But then...........he still didn't end the movie, it just stopped with 'a moment'.
Drugs are bad (but this movie was quite good). Allison Janney does good corpse! The teacher picking up the student for fucking right by the Ramble was a nice touch. You could tell Matt Damon was uncomfortable with that ridiculous plot twist.
|by Anonymous||reply 19||06/24/2013|
|by Anonymous||reply 20||06/24/2013|
J. Smith Cameron (Kenneth Lonergan's wife) is really wonderful in this movie and so is Jeannie Berlin.
I disagreed with Lonergan including a shot of the rejected boy crying after he has a phone conversation with Lisa in which it's made sort of clear she isn't interested in him.
Was the extra footage that made it a three hour movie the stuff to do with what she tells Matt Damon and the other teacher late in the film?
|by Anonymous||reply 21||06/24/2013|
bump for a wonderful film.
|by Anonymous||reply 22||07/06/2013|
Any reports on how the Damon Butt looks in this film?
|by Anonymous||reply 23||07/06/2013|
I saw the 2.5 hour version and wished at least 30 additional minutes of it had been trimmed.
I hated the shrill, self-righteous older woman who was Allison Janney's best friend. I kept hoping a bus would hit HER.
|by Anonymous||reply 24||07/06/2013|
OMG, thank all of you for this thread, for bumping this thread that I never saw before. I thought I was alone (among my friends) for liking - LOVING this film which I've seen 7, 8 times on cable. I didn't know there was a 3-hour version? GUess I've seen the 2-1/2 hour one. It is a bit - sprawling? , and Lonergan is maddening, I suppose (though better as an actor than I thought he'd be), but overall a superb film. I wonder if Paquin has ever done better work. And Alison Janney: OMFG. Superb. What a "love letter" to NYC, that film was. The opening in slo-mo, the score, EVERYthing.
Only thing I didn't think was that - compelling - the Jean Reno character.
Anyone agree? TIA.
|by Anonymous||reply 25||07/06/2013|
R25, would you by an chance happen to be a fan of "Margaret"? I wasn't quite certain based on your post.
|by Anonymous||reply 26||07/06/2013|
Was that really necessary, r26?
|by Anonymous||reply 27||07/06/2013|
Yeah, R25, STFU. There are so few movies to be enthusiastic about these days. This movie connects with people.
I hope you enjoy The Lone Ranger this weekend.
|by Anonymous||reply 28||07/06/2013|
Anna's been a great actress since The Piano, R1. Not sure why you're surprised about her performance in this movie.
|by Anonymous||reply 29||07/06/2013|
R28, what the fuck are you talking about? R25 is praising the film. Weirdo.
|by Anonymous||reply 30||07/06/2013|
Sorry, R30, I meant R26.
You may resume calling others "weirdo" now.
|by Anonymous||reply 31||07/07/2013|
Someone told me this was inspired by a skit on Little Britain. I don't understand how this could be fleshed out to a feature film.
|by Anonymous||reply 32||07/07/2013|
[quote] And Alison Janney: OMFG.
Yes, not since Rachel McAdams in Mean Girls has being hit by a bus been portrayed with such nuance.
|by Anonymous||reply 33||07/07/2013|