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The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (D: Dominik) S: Pitt, Affleck

Old 10-15-07, 12:38 PM
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The BO for this movie is sinking like a stone. See it this week or never get another chance.
Old 10-15-07, 01:03 PM
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You know, it would be really cool if I could actually watch this movie somewhere.
I missed out on Sunshine because it never showed anywhere around here and now here is another movie I really want to see but can't.
Old 10-15-07, 10:10 PM
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Warner really butchered the marketing of this film, which sucks. Hopefully it'll still garner some oscars; maybe even enough to do a re-release.
Old 10-16-07, 04:11 AM
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Man, all they need to do is say Brad Pitt is the star, and it's directed by the guy who did Chopper and they'll get people in the door.
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Just saw this movie and I still cant decide if I like it or not. Dont get me wrong the acting was beyond good and the cinematography was beautiful. I guess its the story I dont like so much. It seemed to me that Robert Ford had no real redeeming qualities to me and I was sad and disappointed how he assassinated Jesse James. I think that was the point of the movie and thought it was awesome. I guess its one of those movies that you love and hate at the same time.

I really recommend seeing it. It just left me a little hollow inside, yet I still cant stop thinking about it.

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Old 10-19-07, 09:06 PM
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Masterpiece.

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Old 10-21-07, 09:33 AM
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Originally Posted by Peep
The BO for this movie is sinking like a stone. See it this week or never get another chance.
Maybe because there was NO MARKETING and it's not fucking playing anywhere... I had to drive 40 minutes to catch it...and I'm glad I did. I want to see it again before I write more about it, but this is a masterpiece IMO. It is the best movie of the year and if Roger Deakins doesn't win the Oscar for cinematography, I'm going to be STUNNED.

The only good news on that bad box office is that hopefully I'll be watching this on blu-ray as soon as possible. AMAZING movie. 5/5
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I just got back from seeing this...what an amazing movie! Best night at the movies so far this year for me at least.

I am quite frustrated with the WB and their approach taken with this movie. While it is not a blazing Western (re: 3:10 to Yuma) it is a haunting, poetic tale of the quintessential Western outlaw. Acting, cinematography and musical score are all top-shelf.

I did not expect 2007 to be a great year for Westerns - glad I was wrong.
Old 02-06-08, 09:42 PM
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I just finally, fiiiiiiiiiiiinally saw this after a wait more agonizing than mine for There Will Be Blood. And I loved every minute of its slow-roasting, psychologically layered beauty.

I actually was so enthusiastic about this one I put my Blu-ray in the Netflix envelope and bought it at Best Buy with a $5 reward certificate after watching the first hour of it. Fantastic film, Pitt, Affleck and Sam Rockwell were top-notch. A pleasurable surprise to see Earl McGraw himself Michael Parks show up (and Ted Levine!). And barely releasing this be damned, the cinematography is getting the Oscar this year hands down. Most beautiful I've seen outside of Malick's films and Miller's Crossing.

If Sam Peckinpah lived past 1984, this would have been made sooner by him. But still, Andrew Dominik knocked it out of the park. All in all right behind No Country and TWBB as my favorite of '07.
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I saw this a few weeks ago but didn't really think enough about it to search out the thread. Now it's been bumped, I thought I'd post here my take...

I appreciated it's ambition, Affleck's quiet but incredibly unsettling turn, and the stunning, gorgeous photography by Deakins. But this is a terribly unbalanced film, affording a great deal of weight to slower, less interesting characters and then rushing through the more compelling aspects (the aftermath and Ford's celebrity, for instance). It is an exercise in excess, but had enough things going for it that it ended up working on an "okay" level for me.

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Masterpiece.

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Or, the resulting effort of a man who single-mindedly endeavoured to create a masterpiece. I don't think they are the same thing.
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Masterpiece.
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Just finished watching this tonight. Still gathering my thoughts on it. My initial opinion, is that I wish the film had either ended right after the assassination or had went into much more detail.

I have to agree that the film is unbalanced. I love Paul Schneider but his scenes dragged on. In fact, I found myself sitting restless every time Casey Affleck wasn't on the screen.

I'd have to give the Oscar to Affleck. His performance was truly remarkable.
Old 02-08-08, 06:11 PM
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Is this the only thread for this film? Has no one seen it? Just got it from Netflix. What a great great film! A slow burner for sure, but it's an instant classic IMO. I'll be buying this one. And Casey Affleck impressed the hell out of me. If Jarvier Bardem weren't nominated against him, Affleck would win for sure.
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Originally Posted by Daytripper
Is this the only thread for this film? Has no one seen it? Just got it from Netflix. What a great great film! A slow burner for sure, but it's an instant classic IMO. I'll be buying this one. And Casey Affleck impressed the hell out of me. If Jarvier Bardem weren't nominated against him, Affleck would win for sure.
See post #3

http://forum.dvdtalk.com/showthread.php?t=406721
Old 02-08-08, 06:53 PM
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Did you mean page #3? But thanks for posting the link. I search under "The Assassination" and only came up with this link.
Old 02-08-08, 06:55 PM
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Maybe because there was NO MARKETING and it's not fucking playing anywhere... I had to drive 40 minutes to catch it...and I'm glad I did. I want to see it again before I write more about it, but this is a masterpiece IMO. It is the best movie of the year and if Roger Deakins doesn't win the Oscar for cinematography, I'm going to be STUNNED.

The only good news on that bad box office is that hopefully I'll be watching this on blu-ray as soon as possible. AMAZING movie. 5/5
Thanks for funmanstan, he pointed me to this thread. And I posted comments in this thread:

http://forum.dvdtalk.com/showthread....90#post8490490

Maybe the mods can merge? Anyway, just rented it, and thought it was a masterpiece. It is criminal it didn't do better. Great great movie.
Old 02-17-08, 01:33 AM
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I watched this tonight and was really impressed by it and equally disappointed that it didn't get more attention. It had a lot in common with two of my other favorite movies this year: No Country for Old Men and There Will Be Blood. There were several scenes that were amazingly intense because you knew something horrible was bubbling just under the surface. I really enjoyed the arc that Casey Affleck took his character through, and I disagree with a poster above that said that the movie should have ended just after the killing of Jesse James. I think it was as equally interesting, if not more, what happened to his life after he did this thing that he thought would make him into a hero. I really wish there was a commentary track or at least some interviews on the DVD to get some insight into the making of the film.
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"Jesse James is a mean, dirty killer."
Old 02-19-08, 01:00 AM
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Saw this one tonight. I thought it was really good.

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Originally Posted by FinkPish
I watched this tonight and was really impressed by it and equally disappointed that it didn't get more attention. It had a lot in common with two of my other favorite movies this year: No Country for Old Men and There Will Be Blood. There were several scenes that were amazingly intense because you knew something horrible was bubbling just under the surface. I really enjoyed the arc that Casey Affleck took his character through, and I disagree with a poster above that said that the movie should have ended just after the killing of Jesse James. I think it was as equally interesting, if not more, what happened to his life after he did this thing that he thought would make him into a hero. I really wish there was a commentary track or at least some interviews on the DVD to get some insight into the making of the film.
I said that it should have ended either right after the killing of Jesse James or went on a bit longer showing us more about Bob Ford's life. I agree it was quite interesting to see what happened to his life after he shot James but I thought it ended rather abruptly.

One thing that really stuck out in my mind about this film was the narration. I really like the way it was done. It reminded me of the opening narration in Magnolia.
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Originally Posted by PopcornTreeCt
I said that it should have ended either right after the killing of Jesse James or went on a bit longer showing us more about Bob Ford's life. I agree it was quite interesting to see what happened to his life after he shot James but I thought it ended rather abruptly.
Gotcha. But how was that ending abrupt? He was shot and he died. There's nothing much more to tell, since the movie had already gone into some detail of his declining fame.
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Originally Posted by PopcornTreeCt
I said that it should have ended either right after the killing of Jesse James or went on a bit longer showing us more about Bob Ford's life. I agree it was quite interesting to see what happened to his life after he shot James but I thought it ended rather abruptly.
He was shot unexpectedly by a stranger and died almost immediately. That is an abrupt ending.

And I think the film showed exactly what needed to be shown about Bob Ford's life after he shot Jesse James. The initial reaction, the theatrical performances, the decline into infamy, the mixed feelings he ended up having about what he had done, and the assassination, along with some additional biographical details.

Damn near perfect film.
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Just watched this tonight. Really good film. Not sure why this didn't get more positive buzz, but I'm hoping it's not something juvenile like not caring for the long title or runtime.

I was never a western guy in my teens and 20's, and I still don't care for many classic westerns (as in pre-70's), but I have to admit I am liking more and more "modern" westerns. I think Unforgiven, which I didn't see until about 6 years ago, really kicked off my interest.
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The more I think about it, this is my favorite film of 07.
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I watched it this weekend, going into the movie with the rumors that it was "long and talky".

This is a MAGNIFICENT film...I dare say it might be "The Godfather" of Westerns. How it didn't get more Oscar (and awards in general) attention is beyond me. It's a wonderful movie. At least Affleck has gotten the kudos he deserves, but it should have been a Best Picture nominee (get Juno outta there!).

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