*** Official MYSTIC RIVER Discussion Thread

Discussion in 'Movies' started by Lew Crippen, Oct 3, 2003.

  1. Lew Crippen

    Lew Crippen Executive Producer

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    You can read A.O. Scott’s review here. You do have to register for the NYT, but it is free.

    But the performance may not cause everyone to rave. To quote Scott: “He has purged his work of any trace of theatricality or showmanship while retaining all the directness and force that their applications of the Method brought into American movies.”

    Lee Strasburg lives.
     
  2. Brent Bridgeman

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    Having read the wonderful, but heartbreaking, book by Dennis Lehane, I can see where there would be plenty of highly charged emotional moments that could lead to a great performance from Mr. Penn (as well as Tim Robbins and Kevin Bacon). I truly can't wait to see this film. I'm betting that Clint got it right.
     
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    Looking forward to it!
     
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    I'm really looking forward to "Mystic River" and I wouldn't be surprised if it gets some serious Oscar consideration. I still think that eliminating screeners is going to hurt it (as well as other smaller films) in terms of winning any major Oscars, especially with so many high profile "epics" on the horizon ("Cold Mountain", "The Last Samurai", "The Return of the King" and "Master and Commander"), but I'm really glad that the movie is garnering so many great early reviews.
     
  6. Ted Todorov

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    I saw Mystic River last Friday and I have to say the acting (and not just Sean Penn's) deserves all the praise it gets. For more on Mystic River see my comment in the New York Film Festival thread.

    Ted
     
  7. Edwin-S

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    Regarding MYSTIC RIVER, Ebert and Roepper gave it very good reviews as well. Looks like it is getting pretty positive buzz. The movie looks like it could be a good one.



    No. You are just helping to financially support the rapist. I would like to watch THE PIANIST, but I'm not going to donate one red dime to the pocket book of a prick like Roman Polanski.
     
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    Regarding Mystic River, I'm looking forward to seeing it. Sean Penn is one of my favorite actors (and I love his and Tim Robbin's politics and don't think they're political morons at all). I'm thrilled that he has 2 great movies coming out.

    I liked this whole passage in the New York Times review:

     
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    Members,
    Let's leave politics out of this discussion! Any further political comments will be deleted from this thread.





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    Admin. note: I have created a separate thread for the ongoing discussion of Roman Polanski, who has nothing to do with Mystic River. It can be found here.

    M.
     
  11. JonathanG

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    Saw "Mystic River" tonight and even though Penn gave a commendable performance, I thought Robbins acting was tad better. The film though, is flawed. Intriguing story, but the film plods and becomes predictable three quarters of the way through - I got the sense that Eastwood was trying to recreate the rhythm of the novel, which ultimately works for a book but not for a film.
     
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    I saw it last night and felt it moved kind of slow. I still think that they could have cut at least 30 minutes out and nothing would have changed. I wish the ending was different. It was predictable from about halfway through. I didn't really like it at all.
     
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    This movie is getting raves from critics like no film I can remember. "Eastwood's masterpiece" is floating around often. Haven't seen it yet, but better than Unforgiven is saying something. Any more thoughts?
     
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    I am curious to know what this film is about as well. I have read some really positive reviews on imdb.com, but I always take those w/ a grain of salt. Anyone here seen it??
     
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    Penn was nominated as Best Actor for Dead Man Walking, Sweet & Lowdown, and I Am Sam.

    IMO, he's overdue for one of those little bald gold guys. Sounds like it could be his year. But he's going to have stiff competition - Ben Kingsley, for one, is getting raves for House Of Sand And Fog.

    Mystic River has an unusual (for a non-Holiday period) Wednesday opening. I may have to pop out of work a bit early and catch a matinee... [​IMG]
     
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    This thread is now designated the Official Discussion Thread for "Mystic River" please, post all comments, links to outside reviews, film and box office discussion items to this thread.

    All HTF member film reviews of "Mystic River" should be posted to the Official Review Thread.

    Thank you for your consideration in this matter.


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    I'm really interested in reading other members feelings about this film.




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