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post #1 of 21
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Wasn't it the greatest movie ever? With beautiful French style Amelie captures the true essence of the heart and gives value to the small things in life that most people overlook. Stylish and filmed to perfection. It takes life's beauty and puts it in a movie. For God sakes I'm thinking of buying a DVD player just so that I can buy the DVD in July so that I can watch it over and over!!! I think this makes it to my favorite all-time movie. =) Give me a hollar if you've seen it!
post #2 of 21
Saw it, loved it. Have you seen City of Lost Children or Delicatessen? They were also directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet (sp?). What makes Amelie better I think is that it's a little more grounded in a real setting. Given the director's, um, tastes, he tends to concentrate on the styles and visuals of his movies over their content if they are too fantastic. Amelie is a great blend of humanity and fantasy.
post #3 of 21
I haven't seen it but a reviewer said it borrowed from Ally McBeal. So ....
post #4 of 21
I have watch Amelie last year : it was a great moovie. I don't know if it is the best moovie ever, but this moovie is unique, i mean no film look like him.
post #5 of 21
Amélie and Delicatessen are both movies in my top 5 favorites. Jean-Pierre Jeunet is a real master of moviemaking. I am one of the few persons who even liked his Alien4
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post #6 of 21
Not seen it yet, but will definitely see it because everyone I know who has seen it loved it.

I just noticed, it's out on DVD now.

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post #7 of 21
Excellent, excellent movie. Wonderful direction.
post #8 of 21
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Hmmm, I haven't watched City of Lost Children or Delicatessen yet, but I'll definitely go do that soon. And who said that it copies off Ally McBeal? I watched it without noticing any resemblance to Ally McBeal. Perhaps someone who hasn't seen very many French films may mistake it for being like Ally McBeal due to its quirky and creative way of looking at life, but the movie is definitely not Ally McBeal. If you have to believe someone copied something, then I'm sure the French films did it first .
post #9 of 21
I saw it and it was among the best movies i have ever seen! Bar none it was what true filmmaking is about. Jebus it was great!

People should be embarrased that films such as this are not made on regular basis and instead we get pure formulaic(sp) crap such as anything with a buffy this or a freddy prinze jr (who needs give thanks to his god everyday it wasn't for his famous dad his only lines would be "would you like fries with that")

damn good movie! filmaking of the highest order!

ps. Any reviewer who put this film even same universe as ally mac beal should be a) fired and b) told in no uncertain terms how stupid and unqualified he is for anything but shoveling pig poop.
post #10 of 21
Oh. I see "phd" brought up the ally macbeal review angle. *cough*
post #11 of 21
[quote]Originally posted by scott_h_phd:
<strong>I haven't seen it but a reviewer said it borrowed from Ally McBeal. So ....</strong><hr></blockquote>

I had to reply to this. Whoever wrote that is showing their total lack of experience in reviewing film. I wish you had a name to that writer because I'd hunt them down and kill them.

Who would even compare a masterpiece such as Amelie to a worn out anorexic sitcom such as that? Total idiocy. Shows that American movie critics are sucking on Hollywood's tit.

If you haven't seen Amelie or any of Jeunet's other films...see them and be enlightened.

Sadly, he did make a "Hollywood" film...the last sequel to Alien...
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post #12 of 21
[quote]Originally posted by Artman @_@:
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I had to reply to this. Whoever wrote that is showing their total lack of experience in reviewing film. I wish you had a name to that writer because I'd hunt them down and kill them.

Who would even compare a masterpiece such as Amelie to a worn out anorexic sitcom such as that? Total idiocy. Shows that American movie critics are sucking on Hollywood's tit.

If you haven't seen Amelie or any of Jeunet's other films...see them and be enlightened.

Sadly, he did make a "Hollywood" film...the last sequel to Alien...</strong><hr></blockquote>
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post #13 of 21
[quote]Originally posted by powerdoc:
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Hey Artman, are you happy with your new job.</strong><hr></blockquote>


Yeah, I'm there right now. Very cool and casual workplace. Still waiting for my new PC (yes...Windows...). But we just got Photoshop 7 and Dreamweaver 4.

Had to laugh that 90% of the screencaptures in the Photoshop 7 handbook are OS X... <img src="graemlins/lol.gif" border="0" alt="[Laughing]" />

Anyway...back on topic...actually, I liked the first 3/4 of Alien: Resurrection...the ending was stupid though. I'm happy that Jeunet got his first taste of Hollywood...spit...and split. He should stay where he is at home creatively. Viva la France.
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post #14 of 21
[quote]Originally posted by Artman @_@:
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Yeah, I'm there right now. Very cool and casual workplace. Still waiting for my new PC (yes...Windows...). But we just got Photoshop 7 and Dreamweaver 4.

Had to laugh that 90% of the screencaptures in the Photoshop 7 handbook are OS X... <img src="graemlins/lol.gif" border="0" alt="[Laughing]" />

Anyway...back on topic...actually, I liked the first 3/4 of Alien: Resurrection...the ending was stupid though. I'm happy that Jeunet got his first taste of Hollywood...spit...and split. He should stay where he is at home creatively. Viva la France.</strong><hr></blockquote>
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To come back on the topic, i'll say that the worse alien i have seen was the Three. For the end : i don't know, this story of sex between the monster and Ripley is difficult to believe. Anyway i think that everything have been said with Alien, i don't see the interest of an alien 5. But the first was the best : it was a big event at his time, the second was you will have more of everything : more aliens , more blood, more special effects ..., the third was a what in France we call a huit-clos (must refer to Agatha christie where eight peoples are closed in a house and are dealing with a murder) very psychanaltic of the carceral world. The fourth was dealing with genetical delirium and sex.

Delicatessen was a brand new storie, City of lost childrens was a strange poetic world, and Amelie was like a big breath of pure air
post #15 of 21
I'm less enchanted by Amélie, but I still give the movie a solid B+.

Much more entertaining than a lot of stuff out there.
post #16 of 21
Love it.

It shows there is hope for introverts to find love... although it may take some affords.

Did anybody notice that Amelie has not really spoken to her man before making love to him? Isn't that cool? I would like to meet a woman that would kiss me.. and make love to me... without even start a conversation with me...
post #17 of 21
I saw it.

I particularly liked the colour schemes in the film. Everything blended in with Amelie (who by the way, is quite sexy) and what she wore. It´s a very enjoyable film even if you don´t speak French and without subtitles.

Not quite in my top 5 but certainly a film I will watch again.

As for Ally McBeal. I suppose that this was said to make it more understandable for the average reader of the magazine or newspaper it was written in.
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post #18 of 21
[quote]Originally posted by Artman @_@:
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I had to reply to this. Whoever wrote that is showing their total lack of experience in reviewing film. I wish you had a name to that writer because I'd hunt them down and kill them.

Who would even compare a masterpiece such as Amelie to a worn out anorexic sitcom such as that? Total idiocy. Shows that American movie critics are sucking on Hollywood's tit.

If you haven't seen Amelie or any of Jeunet's other films...see them and be enlightened.

Sadly, he did make a "Hollywood" film...the last sequel to Alien...</strong><hr></blockquote>


I think it was Roger Ebert. I think he knows something about movie. Just a guess. Think about this. The way a woman feels is depicted in some physical manifestation. Falling into a puddle of water? That's right out of Ally McBeal. Which got it IMO from cartoons.
post #19 of 21
I'm sorry it was Roeper. I think he knows movies too. If you listen to it here I think you may be able to see his point of view.

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post #20 of 21
Powerdoc, when you say Alien3 and huis clos in the same sentence I can't help but think of saying "hell is other ...[alien movies]" um... anyway...


talking about Amelie as "masterpiece" I think may be overstating it a little. Sure it a good film and definitley better than 99% of the stuff coming out on any given year . . . but a 'masterpiece' ... i don't think so. Its just too much of the gimmicky fast cuts camera action, stylistic color sense reminiscent of advertising design, and fast cute little cutaway scenes . . . the characters were also over the top "characatures", cliched types, not people (which of course is part of his filmaking style but in this case with some it was too much) such as the old man painting the Renoir over and over.... that's a little thick, I mean isn't the cake sweet enough already, isn't just a little 'too special the old Paris eccentric with a heart and a wisdom of untapped love and insight..." sheesh!

and why Renoir?!?!? is it because he is generally thought of as the fluff and barbie doll kitsch expressionist, I mean, was the film maker being self consciouse about the treacley sweetness of the film or is it all just too much, or is it just part and parcel of teh over-all tendency of the film to dip into the realms of Hallmark card sentimentality .... . . .

anyway, I actually liked the film a lot... though.

I liked Delicatessen almost more, for one, because its genuinly very strange without a simplistic emotional take.
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post #21 of 21
While we're on the subject of beautiful French movies about amiable introverts finding their goal in life, has anyone seen "Augustin, King of Kung Fu"?

It actually has the most original and most fulfilling ending of any movie I've ever seen. In fact, I'd call the ending perfect.

Unfortunately, few people saw the movie because they were put off by the (otherwise excellent) title and didn't realize that the movie had nothing to do with Kung Fu in the traditional sense.

To all of you who liked Amelie, I guarantee you'll like this movie too.

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