Originally Posted by Magnifiscent
Well, I find Vanilla Sky to be an unworth remake of 'Abre Los Ojos' in holliwood sause... the use of colours and light in the original one speaks itself. Again about "The others" if I can agree with you being the screenplay along the same lines of the sixth sense, Nicole plays far better than Bruce (after all this is the only movie in which he doesn't play dressed in a sweaty tank top nah?
) and the movie itself is well directed imo.
But, again Trebor, as for scents, to each his own.
Yes, I have to agree that 'Abre Los Ojos' was far superior to 'Vanilla Sky' (which I watched only out of boredom). As for 'The Others', so what if Nicole Kidman's acting was better than Bruce Willis'? It's still a very unoriginal film, especially when you take into account how many years apart these two releases were.
As for Nicole Kidman's acting, I found her to be over dramatic and (at times) unnecessarily hysterial. A brilliant film usually comprises of an original script/screenplay; an imaginative director; great acting, editing and soundtrack music (if any). I'm sorry, but whether or not Nicole Kidman was 'good' doesn't excuse the fact that this film was utter tosh.
Oh, and btw, Amenabar's fixation with Hitchcock has become extremely grating. If there's one thing I've learnt about Spanish cinema and music is how much they attempt to 'emulate' their English/American idols - and usually failing miserably. Almenebar is well established now and, yet, has still failed to forge an identity for himself! Even Almodovar had the good sense to develop this from his very first film, no matter how sketchy his initial vision was.
Bigas Luna, Pedro Almodóvar, Julio Medem, Luis Buñuel, Juanma Bajo Ulloa - these are Spanish directors who have shown originality in their films (regardless of their flaws). Amenabar showed promise at the beginning but has now become both a devotee of Hitchcock (yawn!) and a Hollywood whore.
I dare you to watch at least one film by each of the above directors, and then come back and tell me that you still thought 'The Others' was 'fab'.