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Kill Bill Vol. I

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Quentin Tarantino, Kill Bill Vol. I

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Johnny Depp, Pirates of the Caribbean

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Bill Murray, Lost in Translation

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Uma Thurman, Kill Bill Vol. I

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David Hyde Pierce, Down With Love

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Miranda Richardson, Spider

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Sofia Coppola, Lost in Translation

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Irreversible

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Harris Savides, Gerry

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The Blog:
Monday, May 06, 2002
 
Since it seems to be a Spider-Man love fest here, I thought I would respond to criticisms I've read elsewhere. Criticism One: The movie's not as dark or as visually interesting as Batman. I don't know where it's written that every movie based on a comic book has to be a Batman retread. I liked Batman quite a bit, but it seemed to be trying to escape its comic book origins, while Spider-Man embraces them. Where Batman was dark and gothic, Spider-Man is bittersweet, a tone that suited this film perfectly. Burton's choices were legitimate, so were Raimi's. Criticism Two: The CGI action sequences are unrealistic. Well, duh. Like I said when we were discussing Blade II, I've yet to see realistic CGI in any movie, including Gladiator. Raimi makes this inherent liability an asset by not fighting it. Instead, he goes all out with impossible feats. And, I can only echo shroom's comments about the quality of the animation. I was completely enthralled by them. Criticism Three: You can't see Spider-Man's face. Here, again, I think Raimi turned a liability into an asset. While he's swooping around, we don't really need to see his face. In his two important interpersonal contact scenes in costume, the mask is used to good effect: SLIGHT SPOILERfirst, when Dunst rolls it down for the incredibly sweet upside down kiss and second, during the last confrontation with the Green Goblin, when half the mask is torn away (as previously pointed out by joker)END SPOILER. Criticism Four: The Green Goblin's mask is immobile. I thought this was one of the best visual jokes of the film: The mad scientist voice behind an immobile visage -- the maniacal behind the impassive. I thought the counterpoint was great. And I loved how the mask mimicked the bridge on Dafoe's nose (you know, they can fix that with Botox these days.) Criticism Five: Tobey Maguire is too laid back. This is just so wrong. Maguire makes such good use of his squeaky voice and he has this incredibly expressive face that doesn't rely on tics. True, Maguire's personality seems best suited to certain types of characters, but it worked perfectly here.