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PostPosted: Sat 06 Aug, 2005 11:53 pm    Post subject: Alexander Reply with quote

Well, don't rush out to get this turkey... How could the story of Alexander the Great possibly be boring?! Well, check out this dud and you will see how.


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PostPosted: Sun 07 Aug, 2005 12:26 pm    Post subject: Re: Alexander Reply with quote

CAM wrote:
Well, don't rush out to get this turkey... How could the story of Alexander the Great possibly be boring?! Well, check out this dud and you will see how.


I looked it up on imdb. I don't think I've ever seen a "user rating" as low as 5.5 on that site - even the awful movies usually have enough fans to keep the rating around 7.

Here is the final paragraph of Roger Ebert's review:
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I have always admired Oliver Stone's courage in taking on big, challenging films, and his gift for marrying action and ideas. "Alexander" is not a success, but it is ambitious and risky, and incapable of the inanities of "Troy." Fascinated by his subject, he has things he urgently wants to say about Alexander, but his urgency outraces his narrative; he gives us provocative notes and sketches but not a final draft. The film doesn't feel at ease with itself. It says too much, and yet leaves too much unsaid.


Thanks for the warning. A few months ago I read a science fiction book where Alexander was a main character. I don't want to say which book it was, since the discovery that Alexander was involved was a surprise in the book. After reading a book where Alexander was a "real" person and not just a historical figure, I would have been interested in a movie about him. Although, perhaps not a movie by Oliver Stone - his movies always seem so "large".

Here is the title of the book. Knowing that Alexander is involved won't really ruin the book. I really enjoyed this book, and interestingly, so did my husband who doesn't usually like science fiction. If you think you might read this, don't do any web searches on it - they all give away details that it is much more fun to find out by reading the book.
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"Time's Eye", by Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter


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PostPosted: Sun 07 Aug, 2005 11:12 pm    Post subject: Re: Alexander Reply with quote

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Here is the final paragraph of Roger Ebert's review of Alexander: :
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I have always admired Oliver Stone's courage in taking on big, challenging films, and his gift for marrying action and ideas. "Alexander" is not a success, but it is ambitious and risky, and incapable of the inanities of "Troy."


The spoiler mentions "Troy" -- I enjoyed Troy.... told as a mythological tale and was exciting (albeit bloody). Alexander was much worse.... yes, Alexander is "risky" but I agree with Ebert's review that it's a movie that's not at ease with itself - and says both too much and too little. That could actually tantalizing -- too much of what and too little of what?

Actually, I confess that we gave up after the first "reel" so perhaps we should watch the second half of this lengthy thing.


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