Dec. 16, 2011, 2:11 a.m. CST
by Longtime Lurker
I know he has been around a while, but for many, this will be seen as "only" his second film. Notice that he also brought Hoyte van Hoytema on board. No surprise there.
Dec. 16, 2011, 2:14 a.m. CST
by Longtime Lurker
I heard Oldman say in an interview that he would only continue if Alfredson were hired again, so they apparently got on well.
Dec. 16, 2011, 3:36 a.m. CST
What a fucking sad state of affairs.
Dec. 16, 2011, 5:04 a.m. CST
by No Respectable Gentleman
There's an awful lot of goodwill around TINKER exactly because it's (apparently) a movie for adults, but in truth it's a highly inelegant adaptation. One critic put it best: "rushed incoherence". It's also loaded with false notes, like the villain who does eveything -- from making love to his mistress to beating his wife -- with the blinds of his high-rise apartment wide open. That would barely float in some purposely over-the-top DePalma movie ... so what's it doing in this "movie for adults"?
Dec. 16, 2011, 5:11 a.m. CST
No matter what kind of movie he makes they're always shot well and have great dialog. Throw Viggo in there again and it's sure to be a damn entertaining film. Although when I first saw the title of the film it made me think of the movie Dangerous Minds, which makes me think of that rapper Coolio, which in turn depressed me because nobody should be thinking about Coolio.
Dec. 16, 2011, 7:12 a.m. CST
by Mark Jones
...someone else recognises that the plot is merely the surface for what is an impressive character study. Special mention to Mark Strong's touching role as the tragic, betrayed spy who loses everything.
Dec. 16, 2011, 7:43 a.m. CST
by Royston Lodge
In my mind's eye, I've always imagined Control as preening, pretentious, and bureaucratic. Hurt seems like too much of a bad-ass to fit my imagined version of Control.
Dec. 16, 2011, 11:23 a.m. CST
mighty strong words considering Oldman's resume
Dec. 16, 2011, 12:15 p.m. CST
And if he finally gets an oscar, it's about bloody time!
Dec. 16, 2011, 12:29 p.m. CST
...he is horribly miscast as Freud. Cronenberg's casting instincts are generally as adroit as they come, but in this case he missed the mark rather severely. I also found the screenplay to be annoyingly on-the-nose. Given the psychoanalytic theme, there's something really perverse about the way in which the characters tell us exactly what they're thinking and feeling every step of the way. If ever a film wanted to be about unspoken subtext it's this one, but A Dangerous Method insists on spelling everything out for us. Dull, dull, dull.
Dec. 16, 2011, 3:56 p.m. CST
Viggo is not thart badly cast as Freud. Watch sone of the photos of Freud as a young man, and he was quite an handsome devil.
Dec. 16, 2011, 5:13 p.m. CST
So wait a minute. I have to watch "Tinker, Tailor..." TWICE to fully appreciate the film? Sorry, but I just don't buy that argument, especially with ticket prices being $13.50 nowadays. Had I known that this was the kind of movie that required multiple viewings to truly understand the plot, I would have waited for the DVD to come out. This really was a frustrating moviegoing experience for me. Thank god I didn't bring a date with me, as she would've killed me. Given the trailer of the movie, I was expecting an adult but entertaining thriller along the lines of "Day of the Jackal" or "Le Samurai," but what I saw instead was a two-hour lateral thinking puzzle which left me exhausted and a little bored. I love and appreciate complex films --- Citizen Kane, The Third Man, 2001, A Clockwork Orange, Brazil, Memento and recently Inception come to mind. And I fully understood the plot for all these films in ONE VIEWING! Isn't storytelling clarity a virtue? I was dissappointed by TTSS mainly because it was difficult to follow. I know there was a pretty cool film in there somewhere, especially with the talent involved, but I felt that the storytelling was jumbled, disjointed and rushed. I couldn't even keep up with character names and motivations, and about midway through the film I stopped caring. Had the film been given a three hour running time to slow down a bit then I might have been able to follow the story. I cannot, in all honesty, recommend this film. As a rental, perhaps, so you can rewatch it however many times you need to, but I would opt for something more entertaining like MI4 instead.
Dec. 16, 2011, 9:13 p.m. CST
I was expecting... (I just misspelled it "wa sexpecting" lolololol) ... TTSS to be my favorite movie of the year with that cast, but I do think it was unnecessarily slow. And I think people who think they're confused aren't. They just don't know that they know everything because it seems like something that was supposed to happen didn't. The big reveal kinda happened unannounced and I feel like that made everyone go 'huh, wait, wha?' It was all there it just took a long time getting there. A Dangerous Method I thought was really good. I'd give Keira Knightley the Best Actress Oscar right now if it were up to me. I can't believe a story about shrinks was that interesting. Both films are perfect examples of great ensemble acting and yet, the SAG nominating committee didn't choose either of them. Go figure.
Dec. 17, 2011, 7:25 a.m. CST
Dec. 18, 2011, 12:23 a.m. CST
Strangely, I watched them back to back one night a couple of weeks ago. TINKER, TAILOR is incredibly rich in detail and, as such, creates a wonderfully paranoid mood that left me on the edge of my seat. Meaning: it's not boring and it's not hard to follow. A DANGEROUS METHOD really took me by surprise. The first half of the movie is almost like a comedy...Keira Knightly's performance is absolutely bizarre, Fassbender's Jung is ridiculously naive, and Mortensen's Freud borders on parody...with a cigar in his mouth for EVERY scene and uproariously frank sexual interpretations for just about every goddamn thing. But with the arrival of Vincent Cassel's hilarious character, some new philosophy is introduced and the movie becomes increasingly dark. And the damnedest thing happened. I found myself really emotionally invested in these goofy characters. Only they weren't so funny anymore...they were sad and angry and jealous and all sorts of confusing human things. And by the end of the film I was really heartbroken. In short, I think A DANGEROUS METHOD is masterpiece.
Dec. 18, 2011, 1:02 p.m. CST
I wish I'd had that edge of your seat feeling from TTSS. Now I feel like there's something wrong with me. *sigh* I really wish this had played in a real theater, with stadium seating etc. instead of an "arthouse". I wonder if that would have made the difference for me.
Dec. 19, 2011, 1:18 a.m. CST
I love the kind of movie with a packed house which slowly goes silent - not yawning or asleep, slowly and totally captivated. Oldman was made for this kind of thing. The cinematography-timing-grading is so low key I can't imagine the home video transfer not ruining its theatrical effect. Apparently there will be more of these.
Dec. 19, 2011, 1:21 a.m. CST