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Old 16-12-2008, 23:18   #41
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my daughter dragged me along to see this tonight, wasn't that keen but thought it was v good & Jolie was great, did hear her talking about the film a while back but it didn't really grab my interest then, amazing if very disturbing story, we were both at the end.
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Old 17-12-2008, 10:23   #42
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Old 10-01-2009, 01:25   #43
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Angie losing Best Actress (Critics Choice Awards) to Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway. The "not amused" look on her face!

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Old 22-01-2009, 15:50   #44
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Saw this last night - very very good. The production was fabulous and I thought that Angie (whom I don't really like all the at much) was fantastic. And Malkovich was surprisingly restrained.
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Thought this was OK by the end after a really good start - just lost momentum and focus a little for me - but Malkovich was the worst thing in it, I thought.
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Watched this last night with the missus and we both thought it was absolutely fantastic. A 10/10 from my partner and a solid 9/10 from me. Loses a point for a little too much melodrama in places, but a riveting true story very well told by Mr Eastwood and the screenwriter.

We both thought Angelina was incredible in the lead role too.
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Been wanting to watch this for a while and decided tonight was night. Very powerful and disturbing. Kind of makes you think that the most corrupt of stuff probably happens by our law makers and enforcers.

1920'a LA was beautifully created and I couldn't help but stare out of the tram window at the scenery pass by, a special mention must go to the crane shot at the end credits. Very enjoyable and highly recommended. But I think i could probably on stomach one viewing.
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Old 22-12-2009, 21:20   #48
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Has Eastwood ever directed a bad (or even just an ok) film? I've actually not seen that many (only Mystic River, Million Dollar Baby, Flags of our Fathers, Letters from Iwo Jima, Gran Torino, Unforgiven and Changeling). However - they've all been awesome.
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i bought it thinking it was a modern remake of 'the changeling' so it took me months to decide to watch it after finding out it wasn't

finally ended up watching it a couple of nights ago and thought it was very good. My only critisicm is that it felt a bit fluffy in places, such as the asylum, could have done with a bit more meat in that section of the film, although perhaps it was true to life. Also i felt some of the cops were underused to the detriment of their character, like the police chief who must have had a whole minute screen time, and the cop who finally uncovered the truth. Infact apart from Angelina Jolie's character, the reverend and the irish (was he meant to be?) cop who fobbed her off, i felt most of the characters were a bit lacking. I would have loved to see more screen time for the
as his character looked very interesting.

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Has Eastwood ever directed a bad (or even just an ok) film? I've actually not seen that many (only Mystic River, Million Dollar Baby, Flags of our Fathers, Letters from Iwo Jima, Gran Torino, Unforgiven and Changeling). However - they've all been awesome.
The Rookie is a real stinker, just awful. City Heat is utter balls too.
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I found the film rather bland and eventually repetitive and Jolie was miscast. She emotes well enough, no problem there, but she simply looks all wrong to play an average woman like this. It's a shame, because this is one of the most curious criminal cases in US history. The truth was actually much more harrowing than what's shown in the film, but they probably felt they had to tone it down a bit.

I don't worship at the church of Eastwood and I have to admit that I find many of his films grossly overrated.

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I don't worship at the church of Eastwood and I have to admit that I find many of his films grossly overrated.
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We've had this to watch for a while but have been putting it off as I didn't really fancy it.

How wrong I was - this is a brilliant, brilliant film. Almost every aspect of it is totally appalling and shocking. The acting is stunning throughout - especially Malkovich / Jolie.

9/10.

It is difficult to believe that this happened in the last 100 years in so-called civilized society.
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I saw this a few weeks ago and was surprised by how good it was, Jollie was superb in the lead role. 1920s LA looked very atmospheric and helped to aid the story. It does make you wonder what would have happened had the police not be so corrupt and actually took her more seriously rather than being more interested in courting the press. In the end you really did feel for the poor woman who actually went through this and the fact that she never really got a definite answer to what happened to him.
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I saw this a few weeks ago and was surprised by how good it was, Jollie was superb in the lead role. 1920s LA looked very atmospheric and helped to aid the story. It does make you wonder what would have happened had the police not be so corrupt and actually took her more seriously rather than being more interested in courting the press. In the end you really did feel for the poor woman who actually went through this and the fact that she never really got a definite answer to what happened to him.



I'm quite interested in reading about the genre, so I was quite surprised I'd never heard of this case before now.
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That did come across in the film but it wasn't proven one way or the other so I guess this made for a better ending rather than wrapping it up. I did a bit of Googling as well after watching it as I do like films that are based or events that have actually happened.
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