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HBO's Empire Falls


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#1 of 11 OFFLINE   Jim Rankin

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Posted May 29 2005 - 11:36 PM

Just wondering if anyone else checked this out? I thought it was pretty engrossing - great performances in particular from JoAnn Woodward and Ed Harris. I never read the original book so I couldn't say how faithful the mini-series was to it. With nothing else on right now, there are worse ways to spend 3 and 1/2 hours.

#2 of 11 OFFLINE   todd s

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Posted May 30 2005 - 01:03 AM

Crap! It started already?? I have to check the repeat schedule.
Bring back John Doe! Or at least resolve the cliff-hanger with a 2hr movie or as an extra on a dvd release.

#3 of 11 OFFLINE   Francois Caron

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Posted May 30 2005 - 04:13 AM

Ack! I almost forgot! Thanks for the heads-up!

#4 of 11 OFFLINE   todbnla

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Posted May 30 2005 - 05:08 AM

I liked it but did not care for the ending too much...
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#5 of 11 OFFLINE   Derek_J

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Posted May 30 2005 - 07:07 AM

Spoil the ending, much?

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Posted May 30 2005 - 07:59 AM

I liked it, but also didn't care for the ending and resolution for a couple of characters and situations. I thought HBO's Warm Springs was a better production.






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#7 of 11 OFFLINE   todbnla

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Posted May 30 2005 - 11:12 AM

Crawdaddy, thanks for fixing my Oops. :b
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#8 of 11 OFFLINE   Jim Rankin

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Posted May 30 2005 - 11:28 PM

Robert, I agree with you on the ending - after setting up a leisurely pace to tell the story and develop the characters, the ending seemed to be rushed.

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Posted May 31 2005 - 01:15 AM

I haven't watched Part 2 yet, but I did enjoy part 1 very much.

As I was watching this movie, I had a sense that I almost knew the characters already, like i've seen this movie before. Maybe it was the way the movie was made or maybe because it took place in small town, but for some reason it was bugging me. The whole father conflict plot was very familiar.

After I watched the part 1, Spidey senses tingling. i went to IMDB and found out the guy who wrote the book and screenplay was the same guy that did Nobody's Fool with Paul Newman.

Nobody's Fool is one of my favorite movies!

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#10 of 11 OFFLINE   RobertW

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Posted May 31 2005 - 01:29 PM

Nobody's Fool is a great movie, and while i enjoyed Empire Falls, it paled in comparison.

i see where you got it though. Newman's character is basically the same, there's the older woman/town elder character, the father/son dynamic, son divorcing or newly divorced, Jimmy Minty is a similar foil to Newman/Harris that Bruce Willis portrayed in Nobody's Fool. maybe because this seemed derivative, or for other reasons, but Nobody's Fool is just a better movie.

I basically watched because it was filmed at various locations in my home state of Maine. will have to catch it again to watch it just for the scenery. the author is a former teacher at Colby College in Waterville.

#11 of 11 OFFLINE   Paul_Medenwaldt

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Posted June 01 2005 - 01:18 AM

Well I watched Part 2 last night. I was disapponted in the way it ended.

the whole school shooting plot just seeming out of place.


The end of the movie just seemed so rushed. Its like the director didn't know how to end the movie. I think if they summed up the movie at the end of the first 2 hours in some way, it would of been a lot better film with tightening up some of the story lines.

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