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Timecode [Apr. 10th, 2004|02:10 am]
Timecode - http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0220100/

Tales of a lesbian's broken heart, a failed marriage, and a production company's meeting, and more . . .

All events play simultaneously on 4 frames of the screen in real-time, with no edits.

Timecode DVD jacket.

Given the general attention span of the general population, this style of film-making will probably never become vogue, unless our society is witness to an advancement in our genetic stock and attention span.

Figgis is responsible for Leaving Las Vegas, a treatment of the final degeneration of an alcoholic.

The acting in Timecode is fair, at best, and sometimes poor. With four running cameras and no edits, it's to be expected. Timecode is more of an experimental film than a regular one. However, the cast of the film leads to some further intrigue. Holly Hunter, Kyle MacLaughlan, Jeanne Tripplehorn, and Salma Hayek are some of the bigger names behind the characters.

The replay value of Timecode is rather immense, as there are four-screens of real-time action.

4 Screens in Real-Time, no edits.

Some of the interesting moments of the film happen when the characters in one frame merge into another frame and interact with other, related characters. At any given moment of the film, the user possesses the ability to key into one particular frame, with the focus of dominant sound.

Also, I believe Figgis re-shot this film quite a few times, as there is another version of the film that one can watch. The key is the lack of edits, which can be maddening for some. The film's experimental nature probably played worse on the big screen, as the style is more suited for a DVD home system.

For home video viewers, this one's an interesting film for a 3-day weekend and lots of energy and attention. Film students obviously would benefit from the experimental nature of this fairly-new Figgis film.

[User Picture]From: renazle_dazzle
2004-04-10 07:20 am (UTC)
I saw that movie. It was decent. The way it was filmed did annoy me at times. But it was pretty cool.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2004-04-10 07:30 am (UTC)
It annoys a lot of folks due to the lack of cuts.

If it was cut, unfortunately, it wouldn't be real-time, and it would be a disaster.

It's not the best film ever by-far . . . but it is a clever experiment in film.

If I was a film director, I'd want to use some real-time scenes, but not an entire film as such.
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[User Picture]From: renazle_dazzle
2004-04-10 07:48 am (UTC)
I agree that it was clever. I just hope no trends start necause of this LOL.
Harmony Korine did this film called "Julian Donkey Boy" He did an interesting thing.
HE sent the lead actress (Chloe Sevingy) out to stores with a hidden camera and she would interact with others and it gave the film a more realistic effect.
Juian Donkey boy is an aquired taste for sure. I don't recommend it very often. I like it but everyone else thinks its garbage. lol
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2004-04-10 08:00 am (UTC)
Something on IMDB indicates that Werner Herzog was in this . . .

I'm sure that if I ever find this film, I'd probably watch it.

The thing is, I'll watch anything. Most films I can make it through, regardless of like or dislike.

Sometimes, with the recent scathing Austin Powers reaction, I won't finish them, however. :D
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2004-04-10 08:04 am (UTC)
And, yes, this looks interesting. I'd watch the Julian Donkey Boy.

Also, in terms of IMDB shatting off my votes, I know for sure I've watched this:


I went to the Main Art in Royal Oak, MI to see this one when it was released in the theatres.

To date, it's probably the first, and possibly the only obscure-like-art-house-film that I've watched and almost hated.

I really didn't like this one . . . though when it's in the theatres . . . I have to sit through it because I know how much I just gave the ticket-person at the front counter.

Wasted rental money is easier to let go with a quickness.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2004-04-10 08:06 am (UTC)
By first, I mean, only arty-house film I went out and watched and really totally thought 'bleh.'

Though, I know I voted on Startup.com and liked it, being a business major.

Though, I like The Apprentice on TV.

So, yeah.
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