The Greatest Cinematic Achievement of Our Time

November 18, 2008 at 3:42 pm 4 comments

The 1973 film Don’t Look Now is a tense, dramatic thriller set in a desolate, off-season Venice.  It is very much of its time, but atmosphere and poignancy invade every scene, and Donald Sutherland’s performance is incredibly memorable.

Now, 15 years later, accomplished director Danny Lerner brings us the spiritual descendant of Nicholas Roeg’s film:

I have no idea what is going on there, but I am pretty sure at some point a shark bumped into something and then exploded.  Stephan Baldwin has the best reactions I have ever seen, ever.  I also want to point out that Lerner has directed such masterpieces as “Raging Sharks”, “Shark Zone”, and “The Prince & Me 3: A Royal Honeymoon”.  This kid’s got a bright future, mark my words!

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  • 1. The Silly Addiction  |  November 18, 2008 at 5:11 pm

    I see what you mean about it being a spiritual successor to Don’t Look Now. It has the same understated, brooding tension, relying more on what is not shown than what is shown. Some of the notable things not shown, for example, are any decent acting, special effects, dialogue or direction. This is a bold move, and one which is sure to divide critics into those who hate the film, and those who merely have not seen it.

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  • 2. Betty's Dad  |  November 18, 2008 at 6:11 pm

    Best quote, “I’m going to kill you … and I’m going to enjoy it!”

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  • 3. Betty  |  November 18, 2008 at 6:26 pm

    My favorite part isn’t a quote so much as “The CGI shark rips a CGI body in half while jumping right into the camera”. You’d think if your effects are that bad you wouldn’t showcase them so prominently. This is assuming they were thinking at all.

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  • 4. alisaurus  |  November 19, 2008 at 12:26 am

    I mean, that WAS the film, right? What else could there be? It achieved perfection in 1:36.
    I think I saw a poster for this movie when I was in Milan two years ago. Is this it? http://farm1.static.flickr.com/169/428262979_d655e06906.jpg?v=0

    If not these Italians really have a boner for sharks.

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