Short Cuts

Short Cuts

DVD - 2004
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While helicopters overhead spray against a Medfly infestation, a group of peoples' lives in Los Angeles intersect, some casually, some to more lasting effect. While they go out to concerts and jazz clubs and even have their pools cleaned, these same folks also lie, drink, and cheat. Death itself seems never to be far away. A look at human life and American culture with over 20 lives interweaving.
Publisher: Irvington, NY : Criterion Collection : New Line Home Video ; Chicago, IL : Distributed by Home Vision Entertainment, [2004]
Edition: Special ed., widescreen presentation
ISBN: 9781559409568
1559409568
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (ca. 183 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet

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1aa
Aug 02, 2018

The film was an interweaving of stories written by Carver; there is a lot of vulgarity; the chronological aspects are different too (the stories were set in the 60's and 70's, but the film is set when it was made, in the early 90's), as are some plot elements, including one very important one at the end (the story is very different. There is a surprising amount of nudity it. Its incredibly long (3+ hours), worthy of two sittings to view it: one doesn't miss any of the plot by doing so. Some ass stole the booklet (what can one do with a booklet without the film?), but thankfully the second disc with extras on it was still included in the copy I borrowed - it has a decent doc about Carver and an audio interview with him (and other things I could not be bothered to watch).

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eggertson
Apr 20, 2018

I normally like Altman's guidance; this was an exception.

interweaving contemporaneous story lines, this is Altman's masterpiece, for sure. If there is such a thing as a 1, 2-punch in filmmaking, THE PLAYER, and this one, are Altman's. as with most of his ensembles, the list of stars just keeps going and going. Madeiline Stowe, as Tim Robbins' long-suffering wife, deserves a mention, here. so does Chris Penn. as does the actor who later played as Iron Man. as does Lili Taylor, of DOGFIGHT fame. Lili Tomlin, Tom Waites, Huey Lewis of THE NEWS, Matthew Modine. as I said, the list just keeps going. Actors seem to thrive under Robert's direction, in a way quite unlike the way actors performed under his mentor, Alfred Hitchcock. But the story rules here. Taken from several stories by Raymond Carver, but not exactly: they have been given the Altman treatment.

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Bookworm39
May 14, 2016

Pretty good movie. Different stories of characters that were intertwined. Julianne Moore was quite young in it.

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Ron@Ottawa
Apr 13, 2016

This is another masterpiece by late director Robert Altman. At three hours long, the storyline focuses on several families in LA. Most families are dysfunctional, with flawed characters. But I can't help but want to know more about them, and their hidden secrets. For me, the 3 hours flew by fast. And this film affirms Altman's position as one of the best directors from America.

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empbee
Jan 22, 2016

A very good movie, the story parts flow smoothly. The acting is good. No boring moments while watching it. Sensitive parts are tastefully done. Well mixed sarcasm and humor. It is though not a comedy.

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ncs1961
Feb 23, 2014

too many unpleasant characters in these stories...I turned it off and put away the book when I started feeling like I was being compelled to hang around people I didn't really like. I'm sure it's all high quality work, but "Why?"

jlazcan Oct 14, 2011

This film has a very impressive cast. It was made almost 20 years ago so you see current Hollywood stars in their earlier years. There is nudity in some scenes that seems senseless and the film goes off the rails at some points, but overall this movie is watchable, but a bit of a snoozer.

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"You know, scientifically speaking, Marion, there's no such thing as 'beyond natural color'."

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Ron@Ottawa
Apr 13, 2016

Sexual Content: Numerous scenes of nudity and sexual activities.

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