A Simple Plan Appreciation Thread

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  1. Andrew_Sch

    Andrew_Sch Cinematographer

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    I was reading a review of this disc at dvdfile cause I read random DVD reviews when I get really bored, and it got me to thinking about how much I really love this film.
    I love it for the great performances, especially Billy Bob Thornton and Bill Paxton. I love it for Billy Bob's line after the third guy says, "Well, he ain't gonna miss it." "Cause he's dead right?"
    I love it because I love snow and it's the greatest snow-covered landscape I've ever seen put to film.
    I love it for the tragedy and poetic justice of its ending. In short, I love it.
    The sad part is, I'm too cheap to justify plopping down 15 bucks for this disc because it's too light on extras. Perhaps some more discussion and a few charitable donations would encourage me to loosen up my purse-strings(so to speak, I don't really have a purse.) [​IMG]
     
  2. Vince Maskeeper

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    Andrew_Sch,

    Your sig file violates several HTF rules in regards to signatures.

    1) We want pictures under 20k, and pref under 15k. Your is **37k**.

    2) We limit sigs to 6-8 lines, yours is in excess of 30 lines.

    If you wish to include a picture- we ask that it be smaller than 125 pixels tall- and if you want to include text as well, then 100 pixels and 1-2 lines of text is pretty much the limit!

    I have removed the large image- and if you'd like to replace it with something smaller, please feel free...

    -Vince Maskeeper

    PS: I too really love "a simple plan"- I would recommend fans of the film check out the book!
     
  3. Scott Weinberg

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    Andrew,
    Three things:
    1. I'm totally with you on A Simple Plan. I read the novel right before the movie came out, so I was all psyched up. Despite the few changes (particularly with the ending), I thought the movie was a great success. (This success would not follow over into the box office.) The movie LOOKS gorgeous, Paxton and Thornton work great together and Raimi keeps the tension taut. Solid flick.
    2. Never saw your sig. It was too big. Don't worry about that. Chicks will still dig you.
    3. If 15 bucks is too much to plunk down to own a movie you really love, you may need to start a paper route. [​IMG]
     
  4. Paul_D

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    Billy Bob Thornton is absolutely heartbreaking in this film. Its one of the best performances I've ever seen!
     
  5. Josh_Hill

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    Billy Bob and just the whole cast was amazing in this film. Its kinda hard to believe that the same guy that made the Evil Dead Trilogy made this and the Gift.
     
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    You have my vote for 'A Simple Plan' being a gret film.

    Sanjay

    Member since 1997
     
  7. Jon_Are

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    Since I've seen it I've felt 'A Simple Plan' was an overlooked gem. Good to see others who agree.

    Jon
     
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    Have any of you read the novel by Scott Smith? Terrific. Much more detailed than the film. After reading the book, I was a little disappointed in the movie, but it was inevitable.
     
  9. Edwin Pereyra

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    This is one of the top films that came out in 1998. I also enjoyed its acting and story.

    ~Edwin
     
  10. Andrew_Sch

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    Hey sorry about the sig, I'd appreciate it if anybody could find a smaller version of that pic, I'll be looking for one myself. Okay I found this, please let me know if it's within regulations since I'm a complete dolt when it comes to all that technical stuff like pixels, etc.
     
  11. JonZ

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    Movie of the Year IMHO
     
  12. Matt Stone

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    I'm with you guys all the way. One of my all-time favorites...great acting, great story, great everything.

    Didn't Ebert show this last year at his Overlooked Film Festival...and IIRC, didn't Bill Paxton attend?
     
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    Very, very underated film.
     
  14. Ash Williams

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    I'm in total agreement on A Simple Plan being great. I bet I have watched it more than 20 times and it just keeps getting better. To me, it is by far the best film that Sam Raimi has ever made and will probably remain so. My favorite scene is when Hank blows Nancy away with shotgun and she flies about 5 feet in the air, classic Raimi.
     
  15. Scott Weinberg

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    Ash! Throw some spoiler tags in there!
     
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    Agree on all counts. Those of you who want to read the book--it's a lot more bloody, and also very good. And, very different from the book. There are MAJOR plot elements that are different between the two, but I still like both.
     
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    2 words why "Simple Plan" was a fantastic film...
    Bridget Fonda :p)
     
  18. Ash Williams

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    Scott, done. I didn't do it at first because I figured that anyone reading an Appreciation Thread would have actually seen the movie.
     
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    A great book that actually has a superb adaptation. The acting across the board is excellent, and the wonderful cinematography enhances the chilling intentions of the average joe characters. One of the most underrated and under appreciated films of the 90's, that I hope eventually receives the recognition it deserves.
    When Bill Paxtion is forced to kill Billy Bob Thornton, you can almost feel his heart break.
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  20. BrianKM

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    I love A Simple Plan for its beauty, simplicity, and humanity. From the acting to the cinematography to the editing, it is a tight film from every angle.
    The scene that absolutely crystalizes the movie for me is the one where Bill Pullman's character finds out that 1 in 10 bills is marked and that he therefore can't use any of them. The look on his face as he realizes that all of the blood on his hands (both literally and figuratively) was spilled for an empty dream from the outset, well, let me just say that it is truly inspired filmmaking.
    The movie never resorts to cliches either -
    as soon as Billy Bob shot that old guy on the snowmobile, I kept thinking that "there's no way they're gonna get away with this. Bodies are gonna pile up as they cover lies with lies, but Bill is gonna go down in the end - he's too clean not to get busted." And yet, the law never catches him and he's forced to spend the rest of his life with this huge tragedy gnawing at his conscience everyday.
    Goddamn, that's a good movie - how come they haven't put out an SE with a director's commentary yet?
     

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