|HBO just played eyes wide shut and it blew.
What didn't you like about it?
Steve, I think YHBT. Don't feed him, and he'll go away. Or do feed him, actually, he's a nice guy most of the time.
I guess that's what you're doing :-)
They played it again. This time I caught it almost from the start. A little more story line but not much improvement overall. Cruise is so vapid. S, What did you like about it besides the masks ?
First of all I am a Cruise fan. I appreciate his professionalisim. I always get the sense that no matter how dumb or good the role is he gives it 110% of his energy.
I think the film addresses men's suspicion and fear of the potent and vivid fantasies that women ingage in. This is a subject not very often addressed in movies, contemporary music etc.
As for the mask/cult bit, it really was a small part of the story. A sort of McGuffin. easily replaced by another.
As I intrepret it, the "coven" of men was not that powerful or any real threat to the life of Cruise's charactor. This silly party was their fantasy come true and they didn't want it jinxed by having the press or their wives find out about it. So they scared Cruise off by roughing up his friend the piano player. The girl wasn't murdered, she just overdosed.
Kubric was an old man. He spent the last 30 years of his life a hermit and was out of touch with many aspects of contemporary life, including a movie going public with an insatiable taste for kink and irony and an inability to understand that the subject of his last movie was love.
I also dug the photography.
I thought it was a lot funnier than it was given credit for. Best anti-drug movie since Reefer Madness: if they just didn't smoke that joint there would have been no problem!
It was funny as hell. And I loved the way Kubric poked fun at the rumors of Cruise's homosexuality. In fact, I almost think he chose Cruise and Kiddman for reasons other than their talant and box office draw. The whole thing seemed to be refferencing their real life marrige and the rumors which surround it.
Oooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhh, a comedy. I see. HSOH (hitting self on head) But, I saw "The Producers" and this was no "Springtime for Hitler".
Your right, here was the great promise within this film :
"....the film addresses men's suspicion and fear of the potent and vivid fantasies that women ingage in."
Was the promise fulfilled ? I wish.
Is it just a sad selfrerencial film about the film industry ? I'll let you know tomorrow, after I watch it again tonight from the start.
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