Flaming Out, by Aaron Pinkston

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6 Responses

  1. Aaron B says:

    I’m curious what makes you believe he hasn’t always been self aware.

    • Aaron,

      I think it has less to do with whether he is actually self-aware or not and more that he has made it explicit.

      In a similar example, if Tommy Wiseau came out and said he knew exactly what he was doing with THE ROOM, the allure of that film would be lost completely.

  2. Jake Camden says:

    “Overall, the film is incredibly inconsistent — leaving the Neveldine/Taylor touches feeling forced, faked.”

    I am pretty sure they directed the whole movie. Their “touches” are the whole thing.

    “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance tries very hard to be on the same cultural level as the previous films of its major players. It desperately wants to be a film talked about on message boards, with montage clips showing up on youtube.”

    How could you possibly know this? You don’t back this statement up with any facts at all. Just because some of the collaborators on this film have previous work that achieved some level of cult status doesn’t mean that’s the goal for everything on which they work.

  3. colby says:

    Your comments on Cage’s public persona are really interesting. I didn’t like his SNL spot, but I figured it was just me (and the fact that that kind of sketch is well played out by this point). But I think I agree that Cage indicating he’s just clowning around takes some of the fun out of it.

  4. I agree the film felt formulaic, and I wished it had been “crazier”, since Cage and Neveldine/Taylor are known by they extremities. Too bad we got another tired studio rehash. Also, WTF is Jake (above) talking about when he says Neveldine/Taylor’s :touches” are the whole thing? It’s like he doesn’t know that director’s intentions can be messed around with in the editing process or due to a subpar screenplay or studio demands. Duuude.

  5. Blake says:

    Stop with all the asinine quotation marks.

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