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    Those of us reading and posting at DDP have a better understanding of structure and genre than a standard person viewing a film.

    What are some films that surprised you in terms of structure or genre or arrangement or casting or whatever that were not what you were expecting?

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    A Wonderful Life. I never saw it until 2 years ago. I always assumed it would be 2 hours of a guy who wants to die and a ghost shows him that he should live. But I think that part happens so much later than you'd think it would. It's like at the "wiff of death part of the story." I was thinking it would be more Scrooged in structure.

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    • #3
      Star Trek VI... the last one with the original cast.

      After a while I'm thinking "this is actually a murder-mystery with Spock as Sherlock Holmes!"

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      • #4
        Originally posted by RogerOThornhill View Post
        What are some films that surprised you in terms of structure or genre or arrangement or casting or whatever that were not what you were expecting?
        Parasite, and not in a good way

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        • #5
          The Red Violin (1998), (except for Jackson’s intermittent yelling/acting style). The multi-layered execution of exploring the premise of the history and life of a famed, centuries-old violin is a rich tapestry to behold and deftly delivered in only two hours and ten minutes. A gem not to be missed.

          Amélie (2001) This is a cute love story told in a novel way. The rollicking pace as the film cuts between its several examples of love stories leaves no room for one to be bored. Well done.

          Each of the previously mentioned films gives the viewer several stories supporting each main story.

          The 12th Man (2017). Whoa. A gripping tale based on a true story. The suspense of the wounded main character evading capture by Nazis is all that’s needed to hold a viewer in its grip. The use of several dream sequences in succession was surprising and surprisingly effective. This is done in more than one scene, Each time it was always realistic, and it was always a surprise to recognize that the director fooled one into believing it was happening in the story.
          Last edited by Clint Hill; 11-22-2021, 11:21 AM.
          "If you're going to have a story, have a big story, or none at all." — Joseph Campbell

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          • #6
            Originally posted by RogerOThornhill View Post
            Star Trek VI... the last one with the original cast.

            After a while I'm thinking "this is actually a murder-mystery with Spock as Sherlock Holmes!"
            I'm sorry you're breaking up.

            Break her apart then!

            - Sulu for the win!!!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by RogerOThornhill View Post
              Star Trek VI... the last one with the original cast.

              After a while I'm thinking "this is actually a murder-mystery with Spock as Sherlock Holmes!"
              Leonard "Bones" McCoy is basically Dr. Watson then.
              "A screenwriter is much like being a fire hydrant with a bunch of dogs lined up around it.- -Frank Miller

              "A real writer doesn't just want to write; a real writer has to write." -Alan Moore

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              • #8
                I'm thinking Bones was in prison with Kirk, but yes, one of the crew played Watson allowing Spock to make observations out loud and explain everything.

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                • #9
                  It was an action / mystery for sure, but Spock didn't figure much out -- he cheated with his Vulcan mind trick. I think Scotty founds the boots and Kirk and Spock both pretended set a trap for Kim Cattrall...

                  Man I love the first group so much!

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                  • #10
                    My Best Friend's Wedding.

                    Is Jules (Julia Roberts) the protagonist or antagonist???? I think it could be argued either direction.

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                    • #11
                      Memento

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                      • #12
                        Duplicate in error.
                        Last edited by finalact4; 11-27-2021, 08:44 AM. Reason: duplicated by accident
                        "Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist,- Pablo Picasso

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                        • #13
                          weird goings on... duplicate again.
                          "Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist,- Pablo Picasso

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                          • #14
                            8MM (1999), starring Nicolas Cage, Joaquin Phoenix. The premise scares the bejesus out of me.
                            "If you're going to have a story, have a big story, or none at all." — Joseph Campbell

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                            • #15
                              Films all have structure. There are films that have subverted my expectations. Movies that come to mind:

                              Gone Girl
                              Memento
                              Titanic
                              Vantage Point
                              Crash
                              Syriana
                              Babel
                              Inception
                              "Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist,- Pablo Picasso

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