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MORE DIRECTORS CHECKLIST SERIES - Volume #203 - THE FILMS OF NEIL LABUTE


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#1 of 24 OFFLINE   Brook K

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Posted July 16 2005 - 03:53 AM

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Volume #203 - Neil Labute

The Shape of Things (2003)
Possession (2002)
Bash: Latter-Day Plays (2000) (TV)
Nurse Betty (2000)
Tumble (2000)
Your Friends & Neighbors (1998)
In the Company of Men (1997)

2002 Sight & Sound Challenge: 321  Last Watched: L'enfance Nue
Last 8 Films Watched: In the Loop - A- / It Might Get Loud - B+ / What Just Happened? - B / Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs - C- / Drums Along the Mohawk - A- / Punisher War Zone - B+ / Moon - C+ / A Man For All Seasons - B+

#2 of 24 OFFLINE   Brook K

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Posted July 16 2005 - 04:08 AM

Along with Paul Thomas Anderson, Neil LaBute is one of the best American directors to emerge in the last 10 years. Although his talents are clearly more in the realm of writer and he concentrates as much if not more on stagework, he has made some outstanding films and shown himself capable of capturing interesting visuals. Don't know what to make of his upcoming remake of The Wicker Man though. (it sucked)

*1. The Shape Of Things - A (best film of 2003, if this had been made in the 60's it would be hailed, but for the most part, even critcs aren't interested in films about art anymore)
*2. In The Company of Men - A (Stunning, I was affected for days after watching this for the 1st time)
*3. Your Friends And Neighbors - A (Took a couple of viewings to click with me, but now I count this as one of the best films of '98.)
4. Possession - B+ (Atypical romantic film is a winner thanks to strong writing and the charming performances of Aaron Eckhart and Gwyneth Paltrow)
5. Lakeview Terrace - B
6. Nurse Betty - B- (interesting ideas but doesn't quite come together.)

7. Death at a Funeral - C+
8. The Wicker Man - D

Own: 3

Tumble is a short. I'd love to see Bash.


2002 Sight & Sound Challenge: 321  Last Watched: L'enfance Nue
Last 8 Films Watched: In the Loop - A- / It Might Get Loud - B+ / What Just Happened? - B / Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs - C- / Drums Along the Mohawk - A- / Punisher War Zone - B+ / Moon - C+ / A Man For All Seasons - B+

#3 of 24 OFFLINE   george kaplan

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Posted July 16 2005 - 05:14 AM

Again, I've seen none.
Along with Paul Thomas Anderson
This leads me to have low expectations for his films.
"Movies should be like amusement parks. People should go to them to have fun." - Billy Wilder

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#4 of 24 OFFLINE   Jim_K

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Posted July 16 2005 - 06:37 AM

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NEIL LABUTE (1963 -     )

Sexting (2010)

Death at a Funeral (2010)

Lakeview Terrace (2008) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
The Wicker Man (2006) Posted Image
The Shape of Things (2003)
Possession (2002)
Bash: Latter-Day Plays (2000)
Nurse Betty (2000)
Tumble (2000)
Your Friends & Neighbors (1998)
In the Company of Men (1997) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image





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#5 of 24 OFFLINE   Bill McA

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Posted July 16 2005 - 06:40 AM

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Lakeview Terrace (2008) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
The Wicker Man (2006) Posted Image Posted Image (Own the DVD)
The Shape of Things (2003) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image (Own the DVD)
Possession (2002) Posted Image Posted Image
Bash: Latter-Day Plays (2000) (TV)
Nurse Betty (2000) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image (Own the DVD)
Tumble (2000)
Your Friends & Neighbors (1998) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image (Own the DVD)
In the Company of Men (1997) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image (Own the DVD)

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Own 5
       

#6 of 24 OFFLINE   DavidBC

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Posted July 16 2005 - 07:49 AM

Nurse Betty (2000) - A-
Your Friends & Neighbors (1998) - B
In the Company of Men (1997) - A
I don't care for modern films. All crashing cars and close-ups of people's feet.
-Lillian Gish
 

#7 of 24 OFFLINE   Brook K

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Posted July 16 2005 - 08:46 AM

You might like Possession George, but I expect you'd pretty much hate the others. They are full of unsympathetic people being exceedingly cruel to one another. Exactly the kind of thing you can't stand, but it gibes nicely with my worldview and twisted sense of humor. Posted Image
2002 Sight & Sound Challenge: 321  Last Watched: L'enfance Nue
Last 8 Films Watched: In the Loop - A- / It Might Get Loud - B+ / What Just Happened? - B / Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs - C- / Drums Along the Mohawk - A- / Punisher War Zone - B+ / Moon - C+ / A Man For All Seasons - B+

#8 of 24 OFFLINE   SteveGon

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Posted July 16 2005 - 02:31 PM

The Shape of Things (2003)
Possession (2002)

Bash: Latter-Day Plays (2000) (TV)
Nurse Betty (2000)
Tumble (2000)
Your Friends & Neighbors (1998)
In the Company of Men (1997)


Bolded films I've seen; been meaning to see YFAN.

#9 of 24 OFFLINE   Kirk Tsai

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Posted July 16 2005 - 06:31 PM

Ranking:

1. The Shape of Things
2. Nurse Betty
3. In the Company of Men
4. Possession

#10 of 24 OFFLINE   Elizabeth S

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Posted July 17 2005 - 10:17 AM

In the Company of Men (1997)
Your Friends & Neighbors (1998)
Nurse Betty (2000)
The Shape of Things (2003)
Possession (2002)


Seen the above, listed in order of preference.
In the Company of Men is an AMAZING film.

#11 of 24 OFFLINE   Arman

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Posted August 20 2005 - 02:28 AM

Volume #203 - Neil Labute

The Shape of Things (2003) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image
Possession (2002) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image
In the Company of Men (1997) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image
Your Friends & Neighbors (1998) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image
Nurse Betty (2000) Posted ImagePosted Image

#12 of 24 OFFLINE   Bill McA

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Posted September 01 2006 - 05:57 PM

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Doesn't hold a candle to the original, many details have been changed for no particularly good reason, no singing, no erotic nude dancing, no Lord Summersisle, no Christianity vs Paganism.

Instead, we get an island full of mute men, Ellen Burstyn trying to be sinister, bee stings and unintentional laughs when Nic Cage punches several women in the face (as per audience reaction), and silly/pointless flashbacks that provide the film's only jumps/scares.

Nice widescreen photography though...

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#13 of 24 OFFLINE   Brook K

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Posted September 02 2006 - 04:34 AM

No Lord Summersisle?!

This was what I was afraid of...I hope LaBute got a nice payday that will allow him to get back to more personal films.
2002 Sight & Sound Challenge: 321  Last Watched: L'enfance Nue
Last 8 Films Watched: In the Loop - A- / It Might Get Loud - B+ / What Just Happened? - B / Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs - C- / Drums Along the Mohawk - A- / Punisher War Zone - B+ / Moon - C+ / A Man For All Seasons - B+

#14 of 24 OFFLINE   Martin Teller

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Posted September 05 2006 - 02:52 AM

In the Company of Men (1997) - 8/10
Possession (2002) - 7/10
Nurse Betty (2000) - 7/10
Your Friends & Neighbors (1998) - 6/10
The Shape of Things (2003) - 5/10


I almost saw Wicker Man out of morbid curiosity (the original is one of my favorites), but I think I'll wait for the DVD so that I can vomit at home.

#15 of 24 OFFLINE   Steve Christou

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Posted December 01 2006 - 12:53 PM

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Nurse Betty (2000)
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#16 of 24 OFFLINE   Brook K

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Posted May 16 2007 - 04:40 PM

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The Wicker Man - D

...well that was a complete waste of time.
2002 Sight & Sound Challenge: 321  Last Watched: L'enfance Nue
Last 8 Films Watched: In the Loop - A- / It Might Get Loud - B+ / What Just Happened? - B / Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs - C- / Drums Along the Mohawk - A- / Punisher War Zone - B+ / Moon - C+ / A Man For All Seasons - B+

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The Wicker Man (2006) Posted ImagePosted Image
The Shape of Things (2003)
Possession (2002)
Bash: Latter-Day Plays (2000) (TV)
Nurse Betty (2000)
Tumble (2000)
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#18 of 24 OFFLINE   Bill McA

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Posted May 17 2007 - 09:45 AM

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...well that was a complete waste of time.

Didn't you at least get a few knee-slapping laughs out of the film, Brook?

I know I did...
       

#19 of 24 OFFLINE   Brook K

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Posted May 18 2007 - 02:40 AM

Well, I suppose there are some laughs watch Nick lay the smack down on women and walking around in a bear suit or the way that the FX made it look like not only did they kill the seaplane pilot, gouge out his eyes and pull out his teeth, it looks as though rather than simply cutting off his hand, they flayed the skin off, removed the hand bones, and then sliced the forearm bones lengthwise?

But the pointlessness of the project and LaBute's hamfisted take on the script, plus the fact that I'm suffering a major allergy attack and stayed home from work that day didn't leave me in a laughing mood.
2002 Sight & Sound Challenge: 321  Last Watched: L'enfance Nue
Last 8 Films Watched: In the Loop - A- / It Might Get Loud - B+ / What Just Happened? - B / Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs - C- / Drums Along the Mohawk - A- / Punisher War Zone - B+ / Moon - C+ / A Man For All Seasons - B+

#20 of 24 OFFLINE   Bill McA

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Posted September 21 2008 - 05:14 AM

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Seen 7
Own 5