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    Flight was a difficult movie to watch for me. Part of it was that I wasn't sure what it was supposed to be at first. (In the end, it seemed almost to be an expensive ad for Alcoholics Anonymous.)

    But I think also that one's reaction would change based on one's personal experience with alcholism and alcoholics. It just brought back too many memories of me dealing with my dad.

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    My biggest complaint was the out-of-place Budweiser product placement, which wouldn't normally bother me, except...what kind of hardcore boozer like Denzel's character gets his alcohol fix with canned water made for 12-year-olds trying to look cool by believing they're drinking real beer? Just seemed out-of-place to me.

    I've said before that it's nice to see Robert Zemeckis return to the land of live-action filmmaking, but the more I think about it, Flight could've been Zemeckis' most interesting performance capture piece yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Ü View Post
    My biggest complaint was the out-of-place Budweiser product placement, which wouldn't normally bother me, except...what kind of hardcore boozer like Denzel's character gets his alcohol fix with canned water made for 12-year-olds trying to look cool by believing they're drinking real beer? Just seemed out-of-place to me.
    Yeah. Anyway... serious criticism besides the beer/Coke endorsements?

    I've said before that it's nice to see Robert Zemeckis return to the land of live-action filmmaking, but the more I think about it, Flight could've been Zemeckis' most interesting performance capture piece yet.
    It was an interesting movie, I'm not sure yet how I'd scale it on Zemeckis' career card. It definitely was one of the most realistic of his movies. I liked What Lies Beneath better in some ways, but that was definitely a "stylized" movie; same thing with "Contact," I felt like it was dramatically shaped to be a particular kind of story; and meanwhile I felt like "Flight" was much more just a retelling of the facts of the story, with a realistic performance by Washington.

    The plane flight was pretty harrowing, especially watching the service staff bounce around inside the aircraft.

    Also liked the cancer guy in the hospital.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer View Post
    It was an interesting movie, I'm not sure yet how I'd scale it on Zemeckis' career card. It definitely was one of the most realistic of his movies. I liked What Lies Beneath better in some ways, but that was definitely a "stylized" movie; same thing with "Contact," I felt like it was dramatically shaped to be a particular kind of story; and meanwhile I felt like "Flight" was much more just a retelling of the facts of the story, with a realistic performance by Washington.

    The plane flight was pretty harrowing, especially watching the service staff bounce around inside the aircraft.

    Also liked the cancer guy in the hospital.
    One thing I love about Robert Zemeckis movies is playing a game I call "Spot the CG Shot." He's known for using a great number of invisible effects in odd places.

    There was one shot in Contact (one of my favorite movies, BTW) where Jodie Foster runs from the location exterior into a laboratory that was a set on a separate location. They shot the elements separately and then morphed it into one shot. (There's a similar shot in Flight where the camera zooms to Denzel's eyes and he morphs to be in a different location, which is the very next scene. I love those kinds of shots.)

    As for the other invisible effects in Flight, I mainly noticed the CG exterior shots of the airport with CG rain (not the most successful shot), but I begin to wonder about a lot of the night shots and if they were actually shot in the day.

    The unique thing about Zemeckis is that he's essentially a special effects geek but he is also very subtle about it. That's what makes his movies fun to watch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Ü View Post
    One thing I love about Robert Zemeckis movies is playing a game I call "Spot the CG Shot." He's known for using a great number of invisible effects in odd places.

    There was one shot in Contact (one of my favorite movies, BTW) where Jodie Foster runs from the location exterior into a laboratory that was a set on a separate location. They shot the elements separately and then morphed it into one shot. (There's a similar shot in Flight where the camera zooms to Denzel's eyes and he morphs to be in a different location, which is the very next scene. I love those kinds of shots.)

    As for the other invisible effects in Flight, I mainly noticed the CG exterior shots of the airport with CG rain (not the most successful shot), but I begin to wonder about a lot of the night shots and if they were actually shot in the day.

    The unique thing about Zemeckis is that he's essentially a special effects geek but he is also very subtle about it. That's what makes his movies fun to watch.
    I agree with that assessment, he's not trying to make a spectacle of himself.

    I'm not sure how I feel about the Contact shot, because it was pretty amazing (he had me fooled the whole way until she opens the mirror... the image captured within then which beautifully comes to rest on a picture of her and her dad on a shelf). The only problem with it is that getting one-upped like that pulled me out of the movie briefly, because I realized the shot wasn't real. But overall I think Zemeckis uses special effects to do realistic things / contribute to story, not really trying to make a spectacle.
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    Saw it last night. The plane crash was great.
    *shrugs*

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    If I hadn't seen the movie before the Oscars, I probably would've been pissed about the clip they showed of Denzel Washington's performance at the Oscars, which was practically the ending.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Ü View Post
    If I hadn't seen the movie before the Oscars, I probably would've been pissed about the clip they showed of Denzel Washington's performance at the Oscars, which was practically the ending.
    I heard it was done with sock puppets.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Ü View Post
    If I hadn't seen the movie before the Oscars, I probably would've been pissed about the clip they showed of Denzel Washington's performance at the Oscars, which was practically the ending.
    That did make me angry, actually. When the hearing came on, I pretty much knew what to expect.
    They should have shown the cocaine-fueled hotel scene with John Goodman. That was freakin' class.

    Speaking of Oscar clips, I predicted the Zero Dark Thirty "ACTING!" showcase from Jessica Chastain.
    I just knew this was going to be the moment they would show when I saw that movie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duck_of_Death View Post
    They should have shown the cocaine-fueled hotel scene with John Goodman. That was freakin' class.
    That cracked me up too... especially how he kept telling the others guys to screw off and stay out of his way. (Faint overtones of his psycho guy from Lebowski, there...)
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