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Old 12-04-2014, 04:02 AM   #41
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Lana Del Rey has two songs for the movie called 'Big Eyes' and 'I Can Fly'.

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A Weinstein Company rep says the studio hasn't made any Oscar-season determination about whether to emphasize "Big Eyes," the title tune that prominently appears mid-movie, or "I Can Fly," which runs over the end credits. Both songs were clearly written from the psychologically evolving viewpoint of the movie's heroine, Margaret Keane -- a possible plus for voters who, as Time magazine put it, "brutally snubbed" Del Rey's less obviously endemic contribution to The Great Gatsby, “Young and Beautiful,” early this year.
Apparently they might push the 'Big Eyes' song for an Oscar.

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Old 12-10-2014, 05:14 AM   #42
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Well, I am interested in seeing Burton do something different and having the writers of Ed Wood doing the script is a big plus, but this particular story doesn't give me high hopes. I'll reserve judgement for the final product, but my expectations are low at this point.
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Old 12-26-2014, 02:52 AM   #43
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4/5.

A fully enjoyable film. Amy and Christoph were excellent in their roles.

While it lagged in certain parts, I was definitely interested the length of the film. I can see Amy squeaking an Oscar nom, same for Christoph, as she is really strong.

The film itself had some dumb moments but that was the only drag.
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Old 12-26-2014, 04:40 AM   #44
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Well, I am interested in seeing Burton do something different and having the writers of Ed Wood doing the script is a big plus, but this particular story doesn't give me high hopes. I'll reserve judgement for the final product, but my expectations are low at this point.
a very good point.

this is such a different film for tim burton. in fact you will be thinking? am I watching a tim burton movie, because it certainly does not feel like it. elfman score is also very different. I give Burton alot of credit for doing that. the acting by the two leads is just great. expect Oscar talk for Amy. i wish tim was getting some buzz, the way that it works out he is more invisible this time around. a least Keaton is getting some great buzz for birdman.

the real question is how is it compared to his other classics like say ed wood and big fish. while very different from both of those films. I enjoyed it more then both as well.

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Old 12-26-2014, 05:11 AM   #45
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Tim Burton has been one of those directors that has stuck around for longer than he should. He had a great run in the late 80s and 90s, but once we hit the 2000s, his movies were more misses than hits. The biggest issue is that his movies are all the same. Well Big Eyes has come out and thankfully it is something far different from what Burton has given us in recent years, but it is still far from spectacular. The movie does a really good job in its pacing, and its story is pretty good, but it still leaves a lot to be desired. The biggest issue with the movie is in Christolph Waltz. He is a fantastic actor, but here he just feels out of place. It seems like he wanted to play the character eccentric like his characters of the past, but because he had to play it like a real person, he was denied to be himself. As such, his talents are not only wasted, but they bring the movie done quite a bit. Amy Adams does do a great job as Margaret though and she does show the passion for the person she is portraying. The ending does seem a little abrupt though, but whatever. It is far from being anything horrible from Burton, but it isn't a movie that can restore my faith in the once grandiose director. Overall, I give it a 6/10 stars. If you are a Burton fan, this movie is a good one time watch. If you want to see a movie based on a real person that I don't think has ever been touched upon before, it is also a good movie to check out. If you don't care about either of those, don't even waste your time with it.
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Old 12-27-2014, 06:08 PM   #46
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Lana Del Rey has two songs for the movie called 'Big Eyes' and 'I Can Fly'.


Apparently they might push the 'Big Eyes' song for an Oscar.

You can listen to them here:
Lana Del Rey - Big Eyes (Official Audio) - YouTube

Lana Del Rey - I Can Fly (Official Audio) - YouTube
I highly hope they push for "I Can Fly." I'm drawn more to it; the imagery and diction is just magical.
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Old 12-27-2014, 06:38 PM   #47
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I think the music style from Lana fits perfectly in a movie like this.

I still need to see this.
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Old 12-27-2014, 06:48 PM   #48
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Not a bad movie, but not a good one either. Amy Adams is always a pleasure to watch but the movie itself could have been so much more.
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Old 12-28-2014, 01:46 AM   #49
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Saw it yesterday...I liked it quite a bit. Really enjoyed the 60's vibe. Amy Adams was fantastic. It dragged a bit toward the end, and Christoph Waltz chews the scenery quite a bit, might have been miscast in this.
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Old 12-28-2014, 05:39 AM   #50
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It does not eclipse my favorite Tim Burton films (Ed Wood, Sleepy Hollow), but Big Eyes is an interesting, well-crafted entry in his distinctive oeuvre. He tells the true story of Margaret (Amy Adams), a California housewife and artist who flees an abusive suburban home life and moves with her daughter to San Francisco. Isolated in and a bit intimidated by the city, she falls under the spell of Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz), a shrewdly charismatic realtor and self-proclaimed "Sunday painter." Walter sees the monetary promise in unusual, almost Gothic paintings Margaret does of large- and sad-eyed waifs and slowly convinces her to sell them under his name because he is a superior salesman and showman and a man. Despite her ethical concerns, particularly when the scheme extends to lying to her daughter, Margaret agrees and quietly watches from a slight distance as Walter turns himself into an art-world novelty and sensation using her art, but how long can she remain silent?

In many ways, theirs is a disturbing story of deceit, gender constriction, and mental spousal abuse, but Burton never tries very hard to tug viewers' heartstrings. He plays his hand in a rather more playful, albeit still sensitive way, crafting a stranger-than-fiction caper confection rather than an overtly heavy experience. He clearly relishes rendering a nostalgic, slightly heightened vision of urban and suburban California in the 1950s and early '60s. Almost every color pops. He also awards his divergent and gifted leads a significant amount of room to play and generate magic and friction: Amy Adams' pensive acquiescence is sharply contrasted with Christoph Waltz's oily, ingratiating con-artist magnetism. They are both in top form, and there are a few amusing peripheral performances, too, including the incomparable Terence Stamp as an icily acidic art critic with zero tolerance for what he regards as over-hyped kitsch. And who has an icier stare than Stamp? Entertaining and often hilarious as it is, the film does have a notable flaw: Burton either cannot or will not dive very deeply into the soul of Margaret Keane. Of course, it is not hard to sympathize with her as inhabited by the beautiful and soulful Adams, but there are lingering questions the film should have addressed with greater clarity, including her initial inspiration for the iconic large-eyed waifs (they seem to emanate from an intense and perhaps painful corner of her mind) and the nuances of her midlife embrace of the Jehovah's Witnesses, a conversion broadly portrayed as giving her the overdue strength to stand up for herself as an artist and as a woman, in a court of law and otherwise.

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I really wanted this to be a return to form for Tim Burton, and there's nothing offensively bad here, but just feels all a bit undercooked. Like a tv movie worthy script with a A-list production values. The use of color in the cinematography, art direction, and costumes in the recreation of 1950s/1960s northern California was to die for.

This could have been a great feminist indictment of the gender politics of the time period, but its world view is a little too small. Worth seeing for Amy Adams fans because she delivers yet another thoughtful, great performance.
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Really enjoyed this. Interesting and with a subject right up my street. Great final film to close out the year for me.
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I really wanted this to be a return to form for Tim Burton, and there's nothing offensively bad here, but just feels all a bit undercooked. Like a tv movie worthy script with a A-list production values. The use of color in the cinematography, art direction, and costumes in the recreation of 1950s/1960s northern California was to die for.

This could have been a great feminist indictment of the gender politics of the time period, but its world view is a little too small. Worth seeing for Amy Adams fans because she delivers yet another thoughtful, great performance.
Those two elements alone make me want to see it, undercooked or not.
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Probably the most low key Burton-esque film he has done. His sense of style still shows through though. Within the first ten minutes, from the very plain 50's suburban neighborhood to the very painterly-like landscape shot of Margaret and her daughter driving up the hill, you know it's a Burton film.
It may not be the most exciting or entertaining biopic, but it presents the always important social commentary, it goes after, with a colorful and satisfying vision. Sometimes there is a real satisfaction with an end that doesn't bring it's hero down to the lowest common denominator in order to get there. That sometimes all it takes is to finally speak up.
Amy Adams is great as always, as is Waltz in his very humorous showcase at the courtroom scene in the final act. While not lavish in typical Burton style, it is still a beautifully setup little drama that is more easygoing and humorous than most biopics. It's still acted with on point theatrics, but in a less melodramatic fashion. You're more keen to strike a smile and chuckle than you are to ever wipe a tear. And with a genre and story that would tell a filmmaker to try and evoke the opposite out of the audience, Burton effortlessly aims to not. Which is certainly refreshing.
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The art direction and costume design was good, but besides that I thought this was pretty awful. Could honestly be one of the worst films of 2014. Maybe it's because I'm already not a huge fan of Burton (aside from the Batman films and Ed Wood) but I didn't like this movie. I thought it was very poorly written, un-engaging, anti-climatic,and no subtlety whatsoever to a story that should rely on it. All of the characters are one dimensional, there are a few characters that are not only uninteresting, but have no purpose whatsoever to the story (for example Jason Schwartzman's character keeps showing up, but has only one scene with one of the main characters. Every other scene with him is random and just has him showing up and saying things that do nothing for the story), and with the exception of Amy Adams, who was just average in this, the acting in the film is just awful. Christoph Waltz gives one of the most over-the-top, ridiculously bad performances I've seen in a long time. I was shocked at how terrible he was in this, seriously razzie worthy stuff. I didn't believe his character for one second, and when he tries to be threatening in this he just comes off as humorous. There is a scene where Waltz attempts to stab a man with a fork (which is played straight as a serious scene) but just comes off as hilarious. I keep talking about Waltz but I can't tell you how much he ruined this for me. He's one of the most irritating characters I've seen in a film in a long time. He repeats so much of the same dialogue, is constantly talking and shouting (everytime which comes off as funny since Waltz is so bad in this) and comes off as just plain annoying. This is someone who is a HUGE Waltz fan. The only thing that saves this from being a total disaster is the story, which was genuinely interesting, and I feel that with another director it could have been a potentially great movie. 1.8/5
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Big Surprise hehe.
8/10 - I really enjoyed this. One of his best films since Big Fish.

Beautifully shot, well acted by Amy Adams & Christoph Waltz was so good but really animated.

Beautiful song as well at the end.
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The art direction and costume design was good, but besides that I thought this was pretty awful. Could honestly be one of the worst films of 2014. Maybe it's because I'm already not a huge fan of Burton (aside from the Batman films and Ed Wood) but I didn't like this movie. I thought it was very poorly written, un-engaging, anti-climatic,and no subtlety whatsoever to a story that should rely on it. All of the characters are one dimensional, there are a few characters that are not only uninteresting, but have no purpose whatsoever to the story (for example Jason Schwartzman's character keeps showing up, but has only one scene with one of the main characters. Every other scene with him is random and just has him showing up and saying things that do nothing for the story), and with the exception of Amy Adams, who was just average in this, the acting in the film is just awful. Christoph Waltz gives one of the most over-the-top, ridiculously bad performances I've seen in a long time. I was shocked at how terrible he was in this, seriously razzie worthy stuff. I didn't believe his character for one second, and when he tries to be threatening in this he just comes off as humorous. There is a scene where Waltz attempts to stab a man with a fork (which is played straight as a serious scene) but just comes off as hilarious. I keep talking about Waltz but I can't tell you how much he ruined this for me. He's one of the most irritating characters I've seen in a film in a long time. He repeats so much of the same dialogue, is constantly talking and shouting (everytime which comes off as funny since Waltz is so bad in this) and comes off as just plain annoying. This is someone who is a HUGE Waltz fan. The only thing that saves this from being a total disaster is the story, which was genuinely interesting, and I feel that with another director it could have been a potentially great movie. 1.8/5
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Actually they had to tone down Waltz's character because the guy was literally wild, especially in court
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Just saw this. Just a good plain film. Nothing bad or nothing special - just a basic overall good flick.
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