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Old 05-23-2011, 08:46 PM
 
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I just watched "Eyes Wide Shut" that garnered the excerpted glowing review...

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Stanley Kubrick's daring last film is many things. It is a compelling psychosexual journey. A haunting dreamscape. A riveting tale of suspense. A major milestone in the careers of Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. And 'a worthy final chapter to a great director's career' (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times). Cruise plays Dr. William Harford, a New Yorker who plunges one fateful winter night into an erotic foray that threatens his marriage -- and may even ensnare him in a lurid murder mystery -- after his wife's (Kidman) admission of sexual longings. As the story sweeps from doubt and fear to self-discovery and reconciliation, Kubrick orchestrates it with masterful flourishes. Graceful tracking shots, controlled pacing, rich colors, startling images: bravura traits that make Kubrick a filmmaker for the ages are here to keep everyone's eyes wide open.
Does anyone agree with the spoiler???

My comment on "Black Swan" was considered prudish...I wonder what you'd say if I were to express my thoughts about this movie...almost every scene was a shocker to me...

I'm beginning to wonder whether or not I'm really behind in the changing of times...
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Old 05-23-2011, 10:34 PM
 
Location: Old Town Alexandria
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Saw it when it first came out- 1999. Nice visuals. It seemed to be mostly about temptation/infidelity. Alot of people read into it re: the Illuminati etc.(I not into that but alot of movie forums were discussing it), as it was a Kubrick film. Kubrick definitely was a brilliant man- I read his biography and the first time he was nominated for an Oscar, he said to one of his colleagues..."I'm still fooling 'em'...with a wink....

Kubrick knew how to create intrigue...
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Old 05-24-2011, 06:34 AM
 
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I remember watching it. It was interesting.
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Old 05-24-2011, 08:13 AM
 
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A shocking lack of chemistry between the then-married Cruise and Kidman, but then, Kubrick was never a director of romantic stories, was he?
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Old 05-24-2011, 12:53 PM
 
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it was based on a novel written in about maybe the 1920s, when the idea of female sexuality was new and shocking. I thought the movie showed the plot's age. It was visually stunning but a non-starter for me in the plot/acting departmens.
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Old 05-24-2011, 01:13 PM
 
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I'm a massive Kubrick fan, but I was disappointed with Eyes Wide Shut. From a lesser director, it would have been a solid, if not spectacular movie. From Kubrick, it fell well below my expectations. To begin with, I really don't think that Cruise and Kidman had the acting abilities to make the film work.

The cinematography was wonderful, and some standard Kubrick devises were fun to watch: for example, the use of human faces functioning as "masks". But, it's the only Kubrick film after The Killing that I wouldn't define as being either great of near-great.
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Old 05-24-2011, 05:53 PM
 
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I agree that Kubrick was noted for his daring exploration of the human psyche's darker side...but the erotic-visuals overrode the otherwise intriguing plot.
As the saying goes, "a woman clad in transparent gauze is more desirable that a woman completely nude."

Finally, I found the sexual scenes disturbing and completely inappropriate for general audience...(thus, my prudish nature concludes.)

Yup...I am behind in times.
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Old 05-24-2011, 06:00 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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it was based on a novel written in about maybe the 1920s, when the idea of female sexuality was new and shocking. I thought the movie showed the plot's age. It was visually stunning but a non-starter for me in the plot/acting departmens.

What novel are you refering to? I always wondered if it was based, at least in part, on "The Story of O"
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Old 05-24-2011, 08:19 PM
 
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A shocking lack of chemistry between the then-married Cruise and Kidman, but then, Kubrick was never a director of romantic stories, was he?
Stanley Kubrick was noted in his exploits of the darker aspects of the human psyche.
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Old 05-24-2011, 08:20 PM
 
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A shocking lack of chemistry between the then-married Cruise and Kidman, but then, Kubrick was never a director of romantic stories, was he?
It was timely though...in that many people have been married to the wrong person....

Romance isnt really real...is it?????
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