A SINGLE MAN BY TOM FORD

  • waltex

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    Aug 01, 2010 3:05 AM GMT
    Could be the most pretentious film I have seen in years. Thank God I watched it on PPV - so I can give my dog a bath and pretend I did not waste $5.99.
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    Aug 01, 2010 5:05 AM GMT
    I rather enjoyed it.
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    Aug 01, 2010 2:52 PM GMT
    I would disagree with you but it's hard to argue with a hot man who likes Almodovar.
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Aug 01, 2010 3:16 PM GMT
    waltex saidCould be the most pretentious film I have seen in years. Thank God I watched it on PPV - so I can give my dog a bath and pretend I did not waste $5.99.



    I'm glad I wasn't the only one who thought that. I loved the way the movie was shot. It was a beautiful film to watch, but I found it horrendously slow-moving and it couldn't hold my attention. Okay, okay, sometimes with my A.D.D even "Transformers" can't hold my attention, but I'm just sayin'... icon_eek.gif
  • calibro

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    Aug 01, 2010 3:18 PM GMT
    except for the ending, which i hated and was enough to ruin the film (because I fount it contrived as opposed to pretentious), i thought it was beautiful. i actually have no idea what was pretentious about it considering the whole film is underplayed and soft-spoken. are you talking about tom fords cinematic eye? perhaps you should look up words before you use them to criticize things.
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    Aug 01, 2010 3:19 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ said
    waltex saidCould be the most pretentious film I have seen in years. Thank God I watched it on PPV - so I can give my dog a bath and pretend I did not waste $5.99.



    I'm glad I wasn't the only one who thought that. I loved the way the movie was shot. It was a beautiful film to watch, but I found it horrendously slow-moving and it couldn't hold my attention. Okay, okay, sometimes with my A.D.D even "Transformers" can't hold my attention, but I'm just sayin'... icon_eek.gif


    yes, but that is the exact opposite of pretentious
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    Aug 01, 2010 3:23 PM GMT
    calibro said
    CuriousJockAZ said
    waltex saidCould be the most pretentious film I have seen in years. Thank God I watched it on PPV - so I can give my dog a bath and pretend I did not waste $5.99.



    I'm glad I wasn't the only one who thought that. I loved the way the movie was shot. It was a beautiful film to watch, but I found it horrendously slow-moving and it couldn't hold my attention. Okay, okay, sometimes with my A.D.D even "Transformers" can't hold my attention, but I'm just sayin'... icon_eek.gif


    yes, but that is the exact opposite of pretentious




    I don't really think I found it "pretentious" so much as just anti-climactic, trodding, and ultimately not satisfying. Kind of like my last boyfriend icon_lol.gif
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    Aug 01, 2010 4:05 PM GMT
    I've read a lot of Isherwood and the ending was NOT contrived..it was how it was written. He wrote the story during a time when he and his long term lover were on a 'break'
    Read a bit about Christopher Isherwood and you'll see that just putting this out there as a mainstream movie was a huge undertaking. Not because of the gay theme, but the style and feeling of the writer.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Isherwood
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    Aug 01, 2010 4:26 PM GMT
    Bigsmiles saidI've read a lot of Isherwood and the ending was NOT contrived..it was how it was written. He wrote the story during a time when he and his long term lover were on a 'break'
    Read a bit about Christopher Isherwood and you'll see that just putting this out there as a mainstream movie was a huge undertaking. Not because of the gay theme, but the style and feeling of the writer.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Isherwood


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    just because that is how it is written does not mean it's not contrived. the fact of the matter is that if a man spends his entire day getting ready to kill himself and then decides not to because he thinks he can finally move on only to die from a heart attack at that very instant is the definition of contrived. none of your argument has anything to do with the fact that the literary work was contrived. as someone who writes professionally and is the editor of literary journal, i'm fairly certain i know contrived when i see it.
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    Aug 01, 2010 4:37 PM GMT
    calibro said i actually have no idea what was pretentious about it

    Same, I found it visually great, but lacking; yet hardly pretentious.
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    Aug 01, 2010 4:46 PM GMT
    come on guys, that whole film was just one long cheesy Gucci advert, just because you have enough money to make a film doesnt mean you should. Shame as the book is beautiful, id suggest reading that instead of seeing the film.
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    Aug 01, 2010 4:54 PM GMT
    I agree! The first thing I thought was that it felt like a really really long Gucci commercial. The homoerotic imagery was beautiful and tasteful. But I thought it could have been shorter than the 1 hr 40 mins that it was. Overall it was ok... I really wanted to see it for a long time, but it was not what I thought it would be!
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    Aug 01, 2010 4:57 PM GMT
    CHIdude saidI agree! The first thing I thought was that it felt like a really really long Gucci commercial. The homoerotic imagery was beautiful and tasteful. But I thought it could have been shorter than the 1 hr 40 mins that it was. Overall it was ok... I really wanted to see it for a long time, but it was not what I thought it would be!



    EXACTLY!!!

    I would sooooo much have rather just spent a quiet night at home alone with Tom Ford icon_eek.gif
  • calibro

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    Aug 01, 2010 4:58 PM GMT
    tatts3375 saidcome on guys, that whole film was just one long cheesy Gucci advert, just because you have enough money to make a film doesnt mean you should. Shame as the book is beautiful, id suggest reading that instead of seeing the film.
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    actually, i thought the mise-en-scene was the most successful aspect of the film. how in the world was it cheesy?
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    Aug 01, 2010 5:04 PM GMT
    I liked it.
  • InsatiableBlo...

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    Aug 01, 2010 5:12 PM GMT
    **SPOILERS**

    A Single Man was dark and beautiful.


    The way he finally accepted his grief for the loss of his long time partner and then died of a heart attack was ironic.
  • waltex

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    Aug 01, 2010 5:35 PM GMT
    I don't mind films that labor on design and lighting, but I felt Tom Ford sucked all the emotion out of the story by laboring on just visual. Every shot was photographed with geometric precision. Did anyone notice that when a scene become emotional, Ford saturated the color. But he over played it.

    I hate to say this, but this is what separates a designer from an artist. He needed to dig past the obvious heavy hand of his visual design and show the true emotion of the story.

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    Aug 01, 2010 5:43 PM GMT
    InsatiableBloom said**SPOILERS**

    A Single Man was dark and beautiful.


    The way he finally accepted his grief for the loss of his long time partner and then died of a heart attack was ironic.


    no, that's not irony. that's called being contrived.
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    Aug 01, 2010 5:48 PM GMT
    Tom Ford is pretentious. That movie was simply awful.
  • calibro

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    Aug 01, 2010 5:49 PM GMT
    waltex saidI don't mind films that labor on design and lighting, but I felt Tom Ford sucked all the emotion out of the story by laboring on just visual. Every shot was photographed with geometric precision. Did anyone notice that when a scene become emotional, Ford saturated the color. But he over played it.

    I hate to say this, but this is what separates a designer from an artist. He needed to dig past the obvious heavy hand of his visual design and show the true emotion of the story.



    i can't disagree more. i haven't seen the film in a while but i seem to remember that the saturation only occurs at the end in toe with the epiphany. secondly, he doesn't saturate every scene when it's emotional (in fact, he seems to be doing the opposite if memory serves right).and i love how every scene was so precise. it was hardly geometric and the compositions were mostly asymmetrical. i think the muted pallets were spectacular and the entire film was a visual feast. all props and sets were so well complementing of the story and i think they weakest part of the film was the story. furthermore, there's nothing pretentious about that.
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    Aug 01, 2010 8:46 PM GMT

    I LOVE the soundtrack though.

  • DanielQQ

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    Aug 01, 2010 8:53 PM GMT
    InsatiableBloom said**SPOILERS**

    A Single Man was dark and beautiful.


    The way he finally accepted his grief for the loss of his long time partner and then died of a heart attack was ironic.


    I think he was going for ironic, but came off as contrived.

    It was a beautiful film to watch, but the ending sorta ruined the experience for me.
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    Aug 01, 2010 8:59 PM GMT
    I think I found my next movie to watch later tonight icon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 01, 2010 9:03 PM GMT
    The movie was great. I don't know why people are so harsh in their reviews. Tom Ford was trying to make a movie that is pleasing to the eye, as well as with a good message. Yes, some things seem to be contrived, but what is the big deal? After all, isn't movie making supposed to be art? I just get a bit disappointed when people expect to much and then when the ending of the movie doesn't fit the Hollywood mold they are not impressed.
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    Aug 01, 2010 9:03 PM GMT
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    InsatiableBloom said**SPOILERS**

    A Single Man was dark and beautiful.


    The way he finally accepted his grief for the loss of his long time partner and then died of a heart attack was ironic.


    I think he was going for ironic, but came off as contrived.


    I've never watched the film because I assumed I wouldn't enjoy it- glad I didn't- but did they ever mention anything about him having heart troubles? (Think "Story of an Hour")