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Steven Spielberg wanted to direct the 2nd Jaws movie, but his vision was actually a prequel and it was going to be all about the Indianapolis (the story Quint told in the original movie). That would have been pretty awesome.  Who could have played young Quint?    Ian McShane comes to mind.   Why couldn't Spielberg do that now (with a young actor from today)?   

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2 minutes ago, oblong said:

I saw some stuff on the Tammy Faye movie and one thing that stood out is they were very out of touch with their contemporaries in their community when it game to gay issues and AIDS.  Meaning..... they were supportive and loving.

 

I thought of a treatment for a film where a fire and brimstone preacher (I had Gene Hackman in mind), who was quite hateful, starts hearing a voice in his head and starts doing things for the real downtrodden like AIDS patients and starts diverting money towards actually helping people who really need it because he thinks he is hearing the voice of God - because his voice is telling him exactly where to find people that he's never met and his deeds are working miracles in people's lives and he starts changing his stance out in public.    He gets assassinated, of course, by his own staff and the end of the film the coroner states that he would have died within a year anyway because he had a massive brain tumor.  Would have called it "Heal Thyself".     Then Steve Martin did a lame movie where his touch actually healed people and my idea flew right out the window.  

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On 9/29/2021 at 9:48 AM, Mr.TaterSalad said:

Many Saints of Newark comes out this Friday. I'm making a big plate of baked ziti and enjoying the movie with good food and a nice glass of wine,

I may go see it at a theater if I can - that's what it was shot for.  David Chase is not happy about it being on HBO Max right away.    

 

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I watched it last night. I enjoyed it and will watch again.

From reading some things on fans in various forums i think expectations were off.  It's a story about Dickie Moltosanti.  The emphasis on Tony in the first trailer may have misled. 

It's 2 hours and there's only so much you can do.  It had it's fan service with easter eggs, etc. but they were not critical.

The only criticism I'd have is it seemed to have put a Sil and some others older than I realized from the original show. 

It's a different flow than the series because the series consisted of 6 or 7 (depending on whether you believe HBO or David Chase) seasons so you could slow the narrative down.  This was 2 episodes basically.

  

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My problem with it is that all the charm and grittiness of the Sopranos was eliminated in favor of making a generic mob movie. Take out the names of the Sopranos characters and someone of the mannerisms of the characters and this could have just been a generic mob movie. This lacks the realness and terrific acting of all the best mob movies like Goodfellas, Godfather I & II, Bronx Tale, Departed, as well.

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It was better than The Irishman.....

No, it's not as good as those other movies.  Those are among the greatest ever, you just listed 3 Best Picture winners and another that should have won. This wasn't supposed to be an epic.  It's a story he wanted to tell about a reference from The Sopranos.

 

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One of my friends said that if they made Many Saints into a limited series of 5 or 6 episodes it would have been better since they seem to rush a lot into the film.  One of the things that made The Sopranos great was the character development which is tough to do in 2 hours. 

 Also, they shoot in New Jersey.  Doing a period piece outside of a sound stage is very very expensive because you have to make sure nothing from after that time period is visisble, it would be very difficult to do it as a series financially.    It's one of the reasons that Mad Men had very few outdoor scenes or even outdoor shots and the ones that did were not really in cities or suburbs, but out in the middle of nowhere like the desert flats in Utah or the coast in California.  They'd show the occasional house, but never would really pan around to show the neighborhood.      Did you know that Mad Men showrunner Matt Weiner (who worked on the Sopranos) would not allow a single item on the set that would not have existed in the year it was set.  Every item, including things like eyeglasses, watches, product packaging, had to have existed in that time period So, no plastic water bottles visible like Game of Thrones.

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Coppola was like that on the Godfather II when he had clout. 

in part 1 when they go to vegas there is an establishing shot outside a casino.  You see a couple of hippie dudes walking by the door.    The second unit filmed that and they did it intentionally to mess with Coppola, who they did not like. 

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16 hours ago, Motor City Sonics said:

Kind of sucks when your first movie is a really well done mega smash hit and you can't ever top it. 

I liked signs and the Village, Split was ok.  I missed out on experiencing the sixth sense because the ending was spoiled before I got a chance.  Never even seen that all the way through.

Lady in the Water/the happening...just really bad

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We went to see No Time to Die yesterday and it was very entertaining. It didn't feel like almost three hours as it moved at a steady pace. Its a pretty typical Bond movie.....car chases, gadgets and shoot outs. I found two characters very hard to understand so I was hoping for subtitles but I was able to get the gist of what they were saying. For those who have seen it: it definitely went out with a bang.

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