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folker
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posted 18 January 2004 10:53 PM      Profile for folker     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I'm dying to see this film, especially Theron's performance, one of the most acclaimed of the year. I'm hoping, though, that it won't be just another "pretty-girl-playing-ugly" performance.

Has anyone here seen it? It opened in Canadian cities on Friday.


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Bill Little
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posted 26 January 2004 01:20 PM      Profile for Bill Little     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I saw it yesterday. You will not recognize Charlize, the makeup techniques they used to tansform her were incredible. She also gained thirty pounds for the movie, and adopts a complete body language, shambling, strutting, that completely alters her into the character.
This is not a feel good movie, but a powerful look at one person's descent into a creepy serial killer. It will make you like her, sympathise with her, hope for the best for her, even forgive her for her crimes.
The worst part of the movie for me was watching her attempts to get a normal job, and knowing that her history, lack of education and experience, lack of any life skills were dooming her, and knowing that failure to get a job would force her back into the horrible life she was trying to leave behind.

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audra trower williams
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posted 26 January 2004 05:00 PM      Profile for audra trower williams   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
It's good that pretty actresses can ugly themselves up. Otherwise, who would play ugly people?
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googlymoogly
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posted 26 January 2004 06:45 PM      Profile for googlymoogly     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Yeah, 'cause you know, she's totally talentless, by virtue of her prettiness. Actually she was excellent, imho, so I don't care what she looked like before all the makeup.
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Jacob Two-Two
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posted 26 January 2004 11:58 PM      Profile for Jacob Two-Two     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I think you're missing her point.
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Ernesto
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posted 27 January 2004 12:53 PM      Profile for Ernesto     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I pay little attention to what critics say, but i Saw Robert Ebert(sic?) say that her performance was the greatest in cinema history. Hyperbole maybe, but having seen the film at the weekend, you can bet your mortgage on her winning the Oscar.

I haven't seen every film ever made, so I cant back up Eberts claim, but I have never seen anything like Theron's performace in this film. Truly was amazing. Any fan of the cinema must see it, but make sure you have something fun planned afterwards, because the film will depress the hell out of you.


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Lima Bean
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posted 02 February 2004 03:57 PM      Profile for Lima Bean   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
A couple of things I think about the movie (just saw it yesterday):

It's definitely on my list of Movies to See Only Once. It's a harsh, brutal, and seriously sad movie to watch.

I think all the accolades for Theron are well-founded. It's a truly convincing and gripping performance to be sure. I guess there's something about playing a really hard done by character that lends itself extremely well to Oscar nominations, but this is a genuinely strong performance nonetheless.

By the time her arrest and conviction came, I was just so relieved for her. Knowing that she was going to be executed (and was, in real life) made me sad, and angry, I guess, but at the same time I was just so glad that there wouldn't be any more horror and trauma in her life.

The movie had really interesting things to say about hardship, love, the American Dream, men (as a general category, I guess), and the impermeable stratification of society. It left me with a lot to think about.

Someone mentioned her attempt to get a "real" job as the hardest part to watch, but I have to disagree. As hopeless and sad as those parts were, I think the worst parts came more at the end of the film. Particularly her last victim, and the scene at the bus station. Just heart-wrenching. That's if you don't count the catalystic attack that started her off, of course. That was probably the harshest, most heart-poundingly scary thing I've seen in a film in a long time (or maybe ever).

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Any fan of the cinema must see it, but make sure you have something fun planned afterwards, because the film will depress the hell out of you.

I'll second that.


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audra trower williams
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posted 02 February 2004 04:00 PM      Profile for audra trower williams   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Thanks, Jacob Two Two.

I wasn't dissing her for being pretty.


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bittersweet
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posted 02 February 2004 04:39 PM      Profile for bittersweet     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
It's good that articulate people can obscure their meaning. Otherwise, who would be ambiguous?
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