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Trish
Posted: Tue Nov 28, 2006 9:26 am Reply with quote
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Ghulam wrote:
I consider My Beautiful Laundrette and The Queen to be his best.

We use the word TELEPLAY a lot, so why not CINEPLAY? I like to call The Queen a cineplay, but I do not exactly know why.



Both worthy - but The Grifters was a masterpiece (IMHO)
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marantzo
Posted: Tue Nov 28, 2006 9:33 am Reply with quote
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My late mother and I agree with you Trish.
marantzo
Posted: Tue Nov 28, 2006 9:34 am Reply with quote
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I do consider The Queen a masterpiece also.
chillywilly
Posted: Tue Nov 28, 2006 10:18 am Reply with quote
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Trish wrote:
Both worthy - but The Grifters was a masterpiece (IMHO)

Much agreed.

Also can't wait to discuss HIGH FIDELITY, which was another Frears favorite of mine.

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marantzo
Posted: Tue Nov 28, 2006 10:45 am Reply with quote
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Being the benevolent despot that I am, let me know what you people would like to discuss next. Then we can go on from there. I think that Wade posting all those reviews that we had already written about The Queen has taken a lot of steam out of this subject. But I'm glad he did.
marantzo
Posted: Tue Nov 28, 2006 10:47 am Reply with quote
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That said, I think this movie was the best shot of any Frears I've seen. And he's damn good with the camera.
Trish
Posted: Tue Nov 28, 2006 10:51 am Reply with quote
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Its easier to discuss the problematic/ flawed films
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Trish
Posted: Tue Nov 28, 2006 10:54 am Reply with quote
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the writing/dialogue is always so damn sharp, intelligent in his films
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marantzo
Posted: Tue Nov 28, 2006 10:54 am Reply with quote
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So your vote is for Hero or Mary Reilly?
Trish
Posted: Tue Nov 28, 2006 10:55 am Reply with quote
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which I guess is to his credit that he chooses great screenwriters/screenplays
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Trish
Posted: Tue Nov 28, 2006 11:00 am Reply with quote
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marantzo wrote:
So your vote is for Hero or Mary Reilly?


well I know there was a lot of complaints about Julia Roberts performance in Mary Reilly - but I don't recall what so awful about it except for the first (and only I think) time her character was sort of drab, mousy, quiet - very against type for her. I ahven't seen the film in a while - I do recall Glen Close hamming it up (and well) playing this scarily unattractive madam/prostitute with a very pronounced english accent
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marantzo
Posted: Tue Nov 28, 2006 11:02 am Reply with quote
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On looking at his filmography I was surprised to find that the vast majority of his work was for TV. The Queen was also supposed to be for TV.
marantzo
Posted: Tue Nov 28, 2006 11:05 am Reply with quote
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I only caught about the last 20 minutes of Mary Reilly. That was about 3 or 4 weeks ago. I thought it was awful. Roberts didn't bother me.
ehle64
Posted: Tue Nov 28, 2006 11:54 am Reply with quote
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I think Mary Reilly and some of the more obscure British Television programs are the only things left that I haven't seen by Frears. I'll watch it, though.

Personal favorites: Prick Up Your Ears; My Beautiful Launderette; The Grifters

Really like: Dangerous Liaisions; Dirty Pretty Things; High Fidelity

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Ghulam
Posted: Tue Nov 28, 2006 2:06 pm Reply with quote
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Yes, Dirty Pretty Things and Grifters were excellent movies, and among his best.
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