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    Reader comments on Love Liza

    Subject: Love Liza and the recent "Half Nelson"
    Date: Oct 9, 2006
    Sender: SammishPrevious | Next

    Why do American written films that treat drug abuse fail miserably in the artistic sense of film making? I just saw few days ago this new film which everyone seems to think of it a small masterpiece. After the movie, it reminded me of Love Liza. What a sorry bunch of twisted self-critical moments that lead nowhere. The movie is called "Half Nelson". I wanted to say something about it, but I could not find an entry (I am assuming because it has been recenly released) so I thought I will write using Love Liza. Another of those films that some critics think it is great, due to few rewards (lead actor?)it received. Ok, fine. In any rewards ceremony there bound to be a winner even if all the films are bad.

    Never mind the acting. It is good, but it does not save the movies at all. Snifing gasoline, Whow! that's something new I can learn about. Is it a widespread social problem or just few cases that the director wanted us to learn about. Ok that's fine, but since the film revolves 99% of the time around one drugged out person who cannot help himslef, Make him likable and beleivable, make him smart, witty, transcendent of his weaknesses and frailties, if not in all the film, try only a lapse of time where the viewer can see the charater spiritual aura under which all the uneccesary twists and shots can be at least bearable . Insead nothing, we are given a demented character with nothing to leads the viewer to. Why present someone who will make you indifferent of his plights and defeatism. Love Liza is a self-acclaimed, self-defeating film (probably written by a former gaz snifer) that should have tried to push a documentory still format. The viewer (I can only speak of myself) would at least believe the authenticity and the genuiness of the character.

    Half Nelson!! quote me on this. What is about the close ups anyway? It is not hide the fundemantal flaws of the charaters themselves. Why are we as viewers wanting to beleive these characters. I could not avoid seeing the characters (at the same time I am seeing the movie) from a wide open shots instead of the useless close ups. If there is any artistic reason why the close up were used, I cannot see it. The film is general says: Hey you viewer, "I am a free base crack addict but I do not think I am an addict. and please understand me, because I love people around me." I could have known that by watching one or two episodes of Law and Order. The problem is that whatever plausible analysis of the characters, it leave you as detached as possible not only from the charater but from he problem of drug abuse problem as a social problem itself.

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    Comment index:

  • Movie tried too hard   from James Cheatham, Jul 31, 2003
  • edit, edit, edit   from Rachel, Sep 15, 2003
  • Re: edit, edit, edit   from Ken, Oct 9, 2003
  • Re: edit, edit, edit   from David, Oct 11, 2003
  • BEST ACTOR   from doc, Nov 14, 2003
  • Wow..   from carol, Jan 15, 2004
  • » Love Liza and the recent "Half Nelson" «   from Sammish, Oct 9, 2006
  • From a real person who lived it   from G. Sorkin, Sep 15, 2008
  • Movie tried too hard   from James Cheatham, Jul 31, 2003
  • edit, edit, edit   from Rachel, Sep 15, 2003
  • Re: edit, edit, edit   from Ken, Oct 9, 2003
  • Re: edit, edit, edit   from David, Oct 11, 2003
  • BEST ACTOR   from doc, Nov 14, 2003
  • Wow..   from carol, Jan 15, 2004
  • » Love Liza and the recent "Half Nelson" «   from Sammish, Oct 9, 2006
  • From a real person who lived it   from G. Sorkin, Sep 15, 2008