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Posted: Wed, 31st Mar 2004, 9:44pm

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I've been meaning to post about Mulholland Drive, Requiem For a Dream & others. Then I thought, how about talk about any film you want without starting a whole new post dedicated to that just one film.

This post is for films that have made you think, that have caused you to think about them for longer than usual.

The ones I've put are pretty old.

I loved MD. After first watching it I couldn't understand it, then an hour later while I was washing dishes I suddenly got it. Naomi Watts' acting is superb & so versatile. And the music is superb as well - one of the best scores ever in my opinion, really complementing the changes of mood in the film (there are many!)

Requiem For a Dream is a difficult one. The final 20 minutes or so are the most traumatic cinema you could subject yourself to you. But there are so many great scenes in it, including the shot in the dining room & kitchen which is one slow moving shot with the speeded up character cleaning & hoovering. Not one for kids though.

Cube is another film I really like. The soundtrack to that is very haunting, sounding like teeth chattering most of the time. I was really excited about Cube 2 but I was disappointed by the ending of that, plus no chattering teeth sad

Big Fish was really effective. Helena Bonham Carter was very touching & Albert Finney showed what a great British actor he is. Even Ewan McGregor showed us with flourishing charm that he has the potential to be a sort of Cary Grant type of actor, a kind of everyman.
Posted: Wed, 31st Mar 2004, 10:33pm

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I agree with all of the movies you described, except for Big Fish, which I still have to see. They all had me thinking alot about the drama and thriller in films then, especially Mulholland Drive, which is one of my alltime favourite movie. Some movies still have an impact on me still after several viewings.

The recent ones that inspired me of thinking alot and gave me more motivation to do movies are:

Donnie Darko
Wow, the first time I saw this one, like 4 weeks ago, it blew me away... wow. I was thinking like "how the heck did I miss this one for 2 years?"
The storyline at first is so thoughtprovoking, it want's you to go to all the message boards to find out what the heck was going on. And even after you found out... you still love it, no you'll love it even more. This movie inspired me to finish a story, which I couldn't finish a long time. Now I am happy and satisfied.


Whale Rider
Very beautiful. Not the greatest film, but one of the more beautiful movies I've seen lately. I was touched by the fate of the Maori girl and how it ended. This one gave me the definite assurance how great New Zealand filmindustry right now still is.

Irreversible
I've only seen the first 20 minutes... gotta go watch the rest. But the fckn murder sequence was so disturbing... I am still thinking about it days after I watched once. I am still not sure how I am going to see the rape sequence. And the camera movement is really amazing, respect for the camera man and director Gaspar Noe.

Citizen Kane
Now I've seen this one several times over the past few years, it still amazes me everytime. One of my alltime favourites and it's absolutely breathtaking cinema and a technical masterpiece. I want to make a movie that starts and ends like Citizen Kane.
Posted: Wed, 31st Mar 2004, 10:46pm

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Spanish Prisoner wrote:

They all had me thinking alot about the drama and thriller in films then, especially Mulholland Drive, which is one of my alltime favourite movie.
Same here smile

Wow, it's great Donnie had that effect on you. It made me think a lot, definitely.

Whalerider I want to see. I bought it but haven't watched it yet. I'm waiting for the right moment I think.
Posted: Wed, 31st Mar 2004, 11:34pm

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i cant think of any movies that have really moved me recently. the last was probably return of the king. I really need to see eternal sunshine, as kaufman's movies always make an impact on me. cant belive i watched dawn of the dead instead

but if i were to just point out movies that have impacted me, they would have to be

The LOTR trilogy. I mean, i can't really explain why I like these movies so much. to me they just had all the good aspects of a drama, and epic, and a bad ass action movie.

Frozen. Probably one of the best asian movies I have ever seen. I doubt many people have seen this, but it is about a chinese performance artist, and about how his last performance will be him freezing himself to death, the the weeks that lead up to it. It is really odd, but moving. this movie is illegal to watch in China, so it can be hard to find an english version of it. I highly suggest this.

Memento. basically anything by nolan is a model example of what I want to accomplish as a filmmaker, and I happen to think memento was his best film.

Any Wes Anderson film. His movies are so bizzarre, funny, and moving at the same time. Can't wait for the life aquatic.

I just realized im getting off topic, so id have to say anything else by quentin tarantino (except jackie brown) and PT Anderson.

EDIT oh yeah, forgot Donnie Darko. I can't wait for Richard Kelly's new movie, whenever it comes out
Posted: Wed, 31st Mar 2004, 11:50pm

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The Core because now every movie I watch seems better.
Posted: Thu, 1st Apr 2004, 12:52am

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How so? (I also like that movie)
Posted: Thu, 1st Apr 2004, 1:18am

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I thought the Core was a good movie.. I tend not to think about the plot as much as about how they did things.. If you were told, "make me a scene showing a train going through the middle of lava" I think you would have been hard pressed to come up with the sense of motion they did. Plus I felt they really restrained from throwing gratuitous destruction shots at us the way Armageddon did.

But to stay on target in a anti-sense... I just watched "28 days", totally bored. I could see they were trying for a mood with the long shots of desolate cityscapes and weird plinky music but it sure didn't do anything for me, we sat and made rude comments about how dumb they were and the situation was....excuse me but wouldn't you have stopped at the first hardware store and loaded up on shotguns? or maybe went to bed in a building without windows? and if it wasn't worldwide don't you think there would be press and scientists monitoring/watching/etc. Governments dropping leaflets to any survivors..oh well.

On the positive side... I guess the first Matrix was one of the most "made me think" movies..its concept was so amazing, would I want to know? Would I take reality and a probable quiick death to relaxing in the slop until I passed? how would it work, was the Oracle real, etc. there were endless questions

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and then 2 and 3 came and poof!!!!! You fill in the rest...
Posted: Thu, 1st Apr 2004, 5:50am

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anything by Darren Aronofsky, Requiem or Pi. Pi makes you think hardcore. I still dont get all of it but what I do understand still makes me think to this day. Requiem made me actually FEEL for the characters. In the end when they all hit rock bottom was just mind blowing. the performances were amazing.

Donnie Darko..I dont even want to start with this movie. It has to be one of the greatest films of all time. Its so random yet it makes so much sense in its wierd way and really makes you think. I have heard so many different theories or opinions about this movie. I would let you all know what mine is but it would be a waste of time really..and long. but one question: who was that fat guy in a couple of scenes in the orange jumpsuit smoking? what was his relevance? I heard a friend say it was "god" watching over in a sense but i dont agree.

Life as a House is an amazing movie. if you haven't seen it then do so right now. A movie about a disfunctional family (divorced parents ofcourse) and one bad kid. The father has cancer and he wants to build a house with his son before he dies. his son doesnt know he is dying tho and alot happens and you are just crying in the end. fantastic movie.

American Beauty: the title of the movie says it all. so many people with issues in this movie is what makes it so realistic. there is alot of unreal events that go on but i think its just a pessemistic view of the world for a suburban family.

Swordfish: genius

Blow: this is the movie abuot the life of George Young. big time drug dealer. this man had everything you could possibly want in life and loses it quite fast. you feel really bad for him in the end but i wont tell you why just see it for yourself. heh
Posted: Thu, 1st Apr 2004, 6:03am

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Here are a couple of good ones, if you can find them.

Uncorked is a film made in the late 90's, but then the distribution deal fell throuhgh, and it never was released in the cinema. Several years later, though, it made its way into the video stores through another company. Very character driven, but the entire film is superb in every aspect. The script is amazing, the direction and camerawork complement the story very well, and the music is incredible. One of the most perfect films I have ever seen. It continues to make me think about how someone could create a film that is so interesting and engaging all the way through, without the typical violence and sex thrown in to grab our attention.

On more of a curiosity note, Dig up a film called Russian Ark if you can find it. It was made in Russia (big surprise), was filmed in the Hermitage (Russia's most famous museum), and is very weird, and I did not find it that interesting, except for the fact that THE ENTIRE MOVIE IS ONE SHOT! 90 minutes, no cuts!!! Not only that, but there are nearly 700 actors, and over 1000 extras! Technically, it is one of the most impressive things I have ever seen, but if you watch it for the story it might bore you to death. But it will definitely make you think again about what the age of Digital Video has unleashed, and what filmmakers are now capable of.
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i saw a guy on TV - after seeing the passion of the christ he confessed to killing his girlfriend

weird what movies can do to people

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Posted: Thu, 1st Apr 2004, 10:55am

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elementcinema wrote:

Donnie Darko..I dont even want to start with this movie. It has to be one of the greatest films of all time. Its so random yet it makes so much sense in its wierd way and really makes you think. I have heard so many different theories or opinions about this movie. I would let you all know what mine is but it would be a waste of time really..and long. but one question: who was that fat guy in a couple of scenes in the orange jumpsuit smoking? what was his relevance? I heard a friend say it was "god" watching over in a sense but i dont agree.

That guy was one of the insurance agents. you can see him in the beginning of the movie, after the turbine chrashed into Darkos home. The insurance guy just has to observe Donnie.
Posted: Thu, 1st Apr 2004, 10:59am

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On more of a curiosity note, Dig up a film called Russian Ark if you can find it. It was made in Russia (big surprise), was filmed in the Hermitage (Russia's most famous museum), and is very weird, and I did not find it that interesting, except for the fact that THE ENTIRE MOVIE IS ONE SHOT! 90 minutes, no cuts!!! Not only that, but there are nearly 700 actors, and over 1000 extras! Technically, it is one of the most impressive things I have ever seen, but if you watch it for the story it might bore you to death. But it will definitely make you think again about what the age of Digital Video has unleashed, and what filmmakers are now capable of.
I've seen a documentation of this movie. The german camera man / cinematographer almost collapsed when they were 10 minutes before the ending... he said it was so hard to carry the steadycam and concentrate for 90 minutes without any break.

I thought it's a cool idea, but then I am still not interested, though I am a huge fan of such things. I was breathless when I saw the first 15 minutes of Snake Eyes, where there was no cut at all, or I am sure more impressed with Rope, where Hitchcock tried to use this idea.
Posted: Thu, 1st Apr 2004, 1:15pm

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I've seen Russian Ark. I like the idea, but it would be so much cooler to have a one take movie that somehow transports you to many different places, although that's one of the restrictions of a one take movie.

For a great one take sequence, see Touch of Evil.

Uncorked sounds intrigueing, I'll try & find it. I like character driven films - well, pretty much any well made film.

Oh, another film that really affected me was Vertigo, by Hitchcock. It's a film experience, so watch it & be patient.

Similarly, 12 Monkeys... just that idea of that kind of premonition really stirs me, & it's really well done - I didn't realise Bruce Willis could act until then.#

Keep them coming smile
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MarkB wrote:

....excuse me but wouldn't you have stopped at the first hardware store and loaded up on shotguns?
You can't just wander into a shop and find a load of guns in the UK. smile But, yes, you're right, 28 Days Later didn't make much sense and had a very silly script, wrapped up in an annoying sense of self-importance.

I agree about Donnie Darko, great film.

There are too many films that have had an impact on me, so I'll just list the ones from last year:

City of God - massive, sprawling drama that somehow manages to hold itself together and be moving and informative.

The Pianist - some people inexplicably thought this film was boring. Quite how they can think that puzzles me. The relentless tension and horror kept me enthralled throughout. I've never seen the Nazis portrayed so brutally and unflinchingly.

Finding Nemo - accidentally saw this in a theatre full of under-10 kids. Normally that would be hellish but it worked brilliantly for this movie, and really made me remember what it was like to see films when I was that age. Great fun and I found it surprisingly emotional. The end sequence with the fishing net was brilliantly epic...it felt like the most powerful, exciting and momentous scene I'd ever seen in a movie! At least, that was until I saw my next film...

Return of the King - the LotR trilogy is the kind of storytelling I've always been fond of: epic, huge, relatively straightforward and to the point. Not to mention hugely exciting. Each of the films have had 'moments' for me, but the Ride of the Rohirrim in RotK took the biscuit, and is officially the most mind-bogglingly beautiful, exciting and epic sequence I have ever seen in a cinema. The grandeur it exudes astonishes me every time, from the moment they ride over the hill, to Bernad Hill's fantastic delivery of Theoden's speech, and then the final ride over the plains. Wow.
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The documentary on Russian Ark that Spanish Prisoner mentioned is on the DVD, and is much more interesting than the movie.

And Mellifluous, the shot that opens Touch of Evil is indeed an impressive one. Good movie all around, that.
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I saw Takeshi Kitano's film, 'Zatoichi', this week and it was awesome. If you like Kurosawa's movies, or want to see the sort of quirky, honest action film Hollywood can only dream of pulling off, go see it.
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I forgot to mention my favourite movie of all time. American History X. this movie is so moving and disturbing but it has to be the best movie ever (IMHO ofcourse).
Posted: Thu, 1st Apr 2004, 5:37pm

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Axeman wrote:

The documentary on Russian Ark that Spanish Prisoner mentioned is on the DVD, and is much more interesting than the movie.

And Mellifluous, the shot that opens Touch of Evil is indeed an impressive one. Good movie all around, that.
yeah? cool, maybe I should get the dvd for that documentary. I missed part of it.

and touch of evil, yeah... cool movie and the opening sequence is just plain wonderful and brilliant timing.
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And I forgot to mention Fight Club...but don't let this get too mainstream wink

One of the movies that had a great influence on me when I was a kid was Flight of the Navigator. Amazing movie, and it was magical watching it then. When I watched it when I was about 9, I thought that Sarah Jessica Parker's character was the little girl grown up, but seeing it again about a month ago I see I got that wrong. It's still a good movie watching it when I'm older but it does get a bit silly & childish. Nevermind...
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"Gerry" - Written by and starring Matt Damon and Casey Affleck. It's the story of two guys lost in the desert ... and that's it! It's a movie that I like to challenge people to watch by themselves from beginning to end without interruption, just to see if they can do it without going insane! The scenes in the movie are sooooo long that in a single scene your emotions go from interest to confusion to frustration and aggravation, to finally laughing because you can't believe that the scene hasn't ended yet. The movie has lots of scenery and very little dialogue, all of which seems like it was improvisation. The crazy thing about this move is that although it took every last bit of patience I could summon just to sit through the entire move, when it was done I was so fascinated by the whole concept that I actually watched it a second time... and will probably watch it a third time… the movie is like running a marathon - it’s torture and you hate doing it but once you finish you have a sense of accomplishment! ...
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How long is it exactly? There's some films I don't mind watching again & again even if they're too long, e.g. Amores Perros, Mulholland Drive, Lawrence of Arabia
Posted: Fri, 16th Apr 2004, 1:21pm

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The Life Of David Gayle.

what a great movie
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Battle Royale, just think how horrible it would be if you were forced to kill of all your friends sad
Posted: Fri, 16th Apr 2004, 11:29pm

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TAP2 wrote:

Battle Royale, just think how horrible it would be if you were forced to kill of all your friends sad
I'd rather enjoy it.
I'm sick like that!
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Punch-Drunk Love - Words cannot describe how much I adore this movie. It's so romantic, even with it's eccentricities. I think everything about it is near perfect.

Traffic - I can watch this over and over again and still have the same impact as the first time I saw it, only each time I get something else out of it. If someone else is watching it, I can't help but drop what I'm doing and watch as well.

Rushmore/The Royal Tenenbaums - Beautiful, inspiring, funny. Both great films.

Any Charlie Kaufman written film. The guy is pure genius, and the directors he works with really use his stuff well.
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Kill Bill vol. 2 - I just got back from this movie, and it didn't dissapoint me at all. It was so different than vol. 1 that I can't compare the two, so I'll say I like them both the same. You are crazy if you haven't seen this film yet. While vol. 1 made an impact on me with the style and just over all bad assevness, the second one made an impact on a much more intellectual level. If quentin tarantino were here, id hug him.
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Aculag wrote:



Rushmore/The Royal Tenenbaums - Beautiful, inspiring, funny. Both great films.

yeah, I love Wes Anderson movies... they are great and awfully funny and tragic at the same time. cool
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Films I have watched recently that I have enjoyed very much are "The Big Country" (can't believe I hadn't seen this years ago), "Intolerable Cruelty" (it's not quite "The Big Lebowski" but not much is) and "Fulltime Killer". These have all had more of an impact than most films.

Over the past 18 years I have been hit hard by:
"Waterloo" was my favourite film for ages, I want to remake it.
"Robin Hood : Prince of Thieves" watched this again recently, not seen it in ages, still good.

Those were two of my favourite films as a kid. It's strange when I rewatched Robin Hood, it was the first time I'd seen it while I'd been making films and it must have rubbed off on me as a kid, even though I obviously didn't pay attention to the style of film or the camerawork I can see alot of it in my films I make now, so that film quite possibly, subconciously may have been the biggest influence on my filmmaking. Quite scary.

It was the Monty Python films that got me into filmmaking, all I wanted to do was comedy. They were such a huge inspiration.

I remember when I saw "Mission:Impossible-2" in the cinema, I was blown away never seen action like that before, combined with the romance I fell in love with it and with the rest of John Woo's work. So later when I discovered his holy trinity of best films "The Killer" "Bullet in the Head" and "Hardboiled" I realised that I didn't know what true action was until then.

Of course "M:I-2" got me into action movies but it was the film "No Code Of Conduct" that gave me the idea to make my own.

Since then the best films I've seen is "American Beauty" practically cinematic perfection and "Casablanca". Last year one of my favourite films was much to everyone I knows disbelief: "Love Actually" I thought it was probably the sweetest film I'd seen, and in an age when films are too cynical, and all the modern classics are about gangsters and serial killers etc it's so refreshing to see a happy film and I don't care about the flak I get for liking it.

Oh yeah "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly" rocks.
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Catch Me If You Can

I really liked this movie, though it did move along pretty slowly.

This touched me in a sense that it showed different sides and opens up a new meaning to the word life. It showed that the world isn't as easy for some people and showed the process in which simple, ordinary citizens turn into runaway, crime artists.
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I liked "We Were Soldiers". I thought about the closeups of the burnt person's face for several days though crazy .
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Lets not forget 2001 A Space Odyssey

Made in the 60's and way ahead of its time, and a story that had me captivated for months after my first viewing.
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To name a few:

Battle Royale
Ring (a.k.a Ringu)
Spun
Requiem for a dream
Rules of attraction
Leon
The Usual Suspects
American Beauty

Have all had some form of impact upon me, and also the lord of the rings boxset fell on my head once.
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Fantastic, I've seen most of the ones mentioned & agree they are all powerful films.

Most of the films mentioned seem to be quite special, alternative, almost bordering on art-house (well, as art-house as Hollywood can get, lol), or foreign. None are really the usual films you think of when magazines compile their "best 10 movies ever" polls. smile

Ivansxtc is another film that affects me. It's shot on digital, & instead of processing the footage to make it look like film, the director has kept the 'rawness' so it makes the movie more real for its audience. It has one of the best scenes ever, IMO, where the scene starts of with a really chilled out, frivolous mood, & then it totally changes to the kind of gloomy atmosphere where you could hear a pin drop.

Another scene is equally powerful, where 2 strangers connect for a very short time, with undertones of a very powerful but gentle love, but the moment is all too soon lost.
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the last movie that actually had an effect on me was "the punisher"...it wasnt really the movie as a whole that effected me..but it was the beggining..when the punishers whole family gets murdered..it really mad me mad/sad at the same time..for some reason it made me say stuff to myself like "omg nooo" and other stuff..the rest of the movie wasnt that bad..but it wasnt fantastic..i expected more punishment
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Don't know whether you've heard, but Donnie Darko is being RERELEASED!!!

Very shortly, it will be out in cinemas, with 21 minutes of extra footage (!), new special effects, & a better foley.

Personally, I can't wait, as I'm sure it will feed us with further food for thought.

Joblo
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yeah ive heard about donnie darko for abuot 4 months now and ive been waiting and waiting and finally it is re-released very soon for sure. I couldve swore its 40 minutes and not 21..but either way the director was saying that questions will be answered and new questions will come about after seeing the directors cut. I have a feeling this movie will make ALOT of money seeing how popular it is after only being released to video and not in theaters. Im glad it is being released in theaters because this movie has to be one of the best movies of all time. in my opinion ofcourse. smile

If any of you are able to go out and rent the movie "Elephant" please do. this movie is amazing.
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I had no idea there was going to be a Donnie Darko Director's Cut, and I think I just messed myself (metaphorically of course) in excitement!

Oh by the way, I just recently saw Ichi The Killer , and it is one of the best movies I have seen in years. I am loving Japanese cinema more and more every day. Ichi The Killer is such a disguistingly violent film, but I haven't seen such a funny movie is a long time. If you can get past intense and disturbing rape scenes, I suggest this movie to everyone.
Posted: Tue, 11th May 2004, 1:07am

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Battle Royale is the film which has inspired me the most. Into and during film-making. smile
Posted: Tue, 11th May 2004, 1:13am

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I absolutley loved Battle Royale ( I had the emblem as my icon infact till about 4 minutes ago). The super violent images played against such beautiful Italian music was what really worked for me.