Anyone else seen "A Single Man"?

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    Jul 12, 2010 6:33 AM GMT
    Just watched this movie starring Colin Firth and directed by Tom Ford. It was absolutely brilliant!

    Quite possibly the best opening sequence in any film. So poignant.

    If you haven't a chance, go see it. If you have, share your thoughts. Or if you have suggestions on similar movies, that'd be appreciated.

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  • GQjock

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    Jul 12, 2010 11:13 AM GMT
    Definitely my Favorite movie of last year
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    Jul 12, 2010 11:22 AM GMT
    Yeah really liked it. The ending left me feeling a little bit bummed out, but then I considered it from another perspective and thought it was fitting.
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    Jul 12, 2010 11:32 AM GMT
    Such a great movie, it came out last Tuesday. I have to go and buy it.
  • jlly_rnchr

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    Jul 12, 2010 11:39 AM GMT
    Yes, I really enjoyed it too. I did find the whole thing rather depressing though. I suppose that was the point, but I don't know if I'll rush to watch this one again. Colin Firth was excellent though.
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    Jul 12, 2010 11:49 AM GMT
    jlly_rnchr saidYes, I really enjoyed it too. I did find the whole thing rather depressing though. I suppose that was the point, but I don't know if I'll rush to watch this one again. Colin Firth was excellent though.


    Think about it from another perspective... think about what he had in his life, whether it was permanent or not, he had some things that some people never get. Choose to see it as a happy life, well lived.
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    Jul 12, 2010 11:52 AM GMT
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    jlly_rnchr saidYes, I really enjoyed it too. I did find the whole thing rather depressing though. I suppose that was the point, but I don't know if I'll rush to watch this one again. Colin Firth was excellent though.


    Think about it from another perspective... think about what he had in his life, whether it was permanent or not, he had some things that some people never get. Choose to see it as a happy life, well lived.

    I get that, he should have been happier with what he had, despite the tragedy that happened. But he really wasn't, until potentially the very end, and then BAM. Over.

    The actual last development is not what bothered me, it was getting there that did me in. I hope when or if I deal with a significant loss, I won't be so emotionally paralyzed.
  • calibro

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    Jul 12, 2010 12:37 PM GMT
    i thought it was wonderfully handled until the end. the ending was cheap and contrived and essentially was enough to ruin the film for me.
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    Jul 12, 2010 12:46 PM GMT
    Very melodramatic.

    Typically gay ending. Drama, drama, drama... icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jul 12, 2010 12:49 PM GMT
    I haven't seen it.. Just added it to my Netflix Queue!
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    Jul 12, 2010 12:51 PM GMT
    I read the book first...couldn't help but think..."kill yourself already."
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    Jul 12, 2010 12:54 PM GMT
    It's based on the book by Christopher Isherwood, which was published in the '60s. I haven't read the book yet, but I think the ending of the movie is the same as the book. The movie, and the book, reflect a very specific time and place. I enjoyed the movie a lot.
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    Jul 12, 2010 12:59 PM GMT
    viveutvivas saidVery melodramatic.

    Typically gay ending. Drama, drama, drama... icon_rolleyes.gif


    I actually thought there was a distinct lack of the drama so endemic in most queer cinema!
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    Jul 12, 2010 1:02 PM GMT
    NickFit said
    viveutvivas saidVery melodramatic.

    Typically gay ending. Drama, drama, drama... icon_rolleyes.gif


    I actually thought there was a distinct lack of the drama so endemic in most queer cinema!


    agreed, though i find the ending heavy-handed
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    Jul 12, 2010 1:06 PM GMT
    The universe was talking to him throughout the entire movie. There were signs that he wasn't seeing (cue the fade to black and white - life flashing before his eyes). It happens to us all, when we ignore what's right in front of us. SPOILER: The ending was brilliant. He was meant to die all along - how - was up to him.
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    Jul 12, 2010 1:31 PM GMT
    jaydub saidThe universe was talking to him throughout the entire movie. There were signs that he wasn't seeing (cue the fade to black and white - life flashing before his eyes). It happens to us all, when we ignore what's right in front of us. SPOILER: The ending was brilliant. He was meant to die all along - how - was up to him.


    SPOILER ALERT

    except we're all meant to die and he had no choice considering he didn't want to die in the end and did. i don't buy that universe thing.
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    Jul 12, 2010 1:44 PM GMT
    When you do "Spoiler Alerts", change the ensuing text to All White, like:

    Um, yeah, like this, so it's better hidden to those who are too tempted to read.

    People can then highlight the area to read it.
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    Jul 12, 2010 3:19 PM GMT
    Yes, I have. It was a very good directorial debut by Tom Ford. I guess artistic brilliance translates no matter what your genre...

    Though I found a few of the post-production tricks to be really annoying. Any time the main character finds something in his life that's worth living, the saturation goes up. It got old quickly.
  • mke_bt

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    Jul 12, 2010 4:45 PM GMT

    Hated it.
    I guess if you put it in an historical context it was evocative of the era when we dare not speak about our sexuality. I just couldn't develop any empathy for the Colin Firth character.
    This I will rave about. His house was fabulous. A wonderfully understated example of mid-century design.
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    Jul 12, 2010 5:17 PM GMT
    mke_bt saidThis I will rave about. His house was fabulous. A wonderfully understated example of mid-century design.

    His house was so fabulous. I want that house. (Except the kitchen. For some reason I hated the kitchen. But the rest of it? Gorgeous!)

    And I felt really bad for the Colin Firth character. Having to lie every moment of every day.
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    Jul 12, 2010 5:30 PM GMT
    jlly_rnchr said
    NickFit said
    jlly_rnchr said

    The actual last development is not what bothered me, it was getting there that did me in. I hope when or if I deal with a significant loss, I won't be so emotionally paralyzed.


    Sorry but I didn't see this movie although I saw the trailers. I been through more significant losses then I would like to say so I don't see these types of movies.

    Just a comment on dealing with loss. You will never know how you will react until it happens and there is no good way or bad way to deal with it.

    Sometimes the losses are many and you have no time to really deal with them it can feel like being hit by a huge wave taken to the bottom of the ocean and feeling like you will never surface.

    The journey back will be what it is and not what you will ever expect!
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    Jul 12, 2010 6:23 PM GMT
    The movie quite literally stirred me to my inner core.

    It was one of the few movies I've seen where I cry after I leave the theater in contemplating what I just saw.
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    Jul 12, 2010 6:25 PM GMT
    1969er saidWhen you do "Spoiler Alerts", change the ensuing text to All White, like:

    Um, yeah, like this, so it's better hidden to those who are too tempted to read.

    People can then highlight the area to read it.


    That's really quite clever
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    Jul 12, 2010 7:10 PM GMT
    I haven't seen the movie though I read the book. I am not sure how different the two are but that ending seems to be part of the quintessential queer story arch. From Wilde to Brokeback Mountain it seems like it always goes the same.
  • jova

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    Jul 12, 2010 7:32 PM GMT
    Me, I'm single but it's not the question :-(