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While I'm a big - huge - fan of watching Jeremy Renner wearing fatigues while in the shower, this scene annoyed me. I call for a moratorium on "breakdown in the shower" scenes from here on out. Soooo worn out a cliche.
While I concur with JA's moratorium on "breakdown in the shower" scenes, I think this one was particularly special. This movie in particular was filled with things that could be seen as "cliche", but seemed to play with said cliches in a very exciting manner. War movie cliches are the worst offenders and this movie had them one after another, but in a cliche movie they would be used to heroicize the protagonist. These cliches were utilized to instead show our hero as totally diseased in a diseased situation. Also, it wasn't so much of a "breakdown" in the shower as a "washing blood off clothes" scene. Renner's character was such a mess that he was literally doing this for practicality's sake like a malfunctioning robot.
When are you going to talk about The Hurt Locker some? I don't rememeber you having expressed any of your thoughts on it.
i've been remiss i know. Oh me of no time. i loved it. but at this point i might have to wait until the DVD is out.
I going to have to disagree and vote to keep all shower scenes in future movies. What would cinema be with out shower scenes?!
Nathaniel, little off-topic: In the Best Picture Candidates page in the website, I think you mixed up "Up" with "The Lovely Bones" (the text boxes under them).
And another one, sorry... But this actually made me laugh, when I saw Rob Marshall's picture in the Best Director category.
Funny you posted this right about the time I watched this (it came out here only last week).
I know what you're getting at, Jeff, I think some of the cliche-play worked better than others. It didn't work in this scene for me.And Chris, heavens no, I dn't mean for a moratorium on ALL shower scenes! No! Just the ones where the character gets in with all his or her clothes and cries or yells or whatever. I am all for shower scenes in general!
The supermarket scene is better. In fact, I'm not particularly overwhelmed by this film, but the supermarket scene--particularly the thirty seconds in the cereal aisle--is one of my favorites of the year.
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