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Review: A Mighty Wind Poll

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GUEST,Ron Olesko 30 Sep 03 - 05:34 PM
Art Thieme 30 Sep 03 - 10:09 PM
Ely 30 Sep 03 - 11:11 PM
GUEST,shadygrove 01 Oct 03 - 02:53 AM
catspaw49 01 Oct 03 - 05:03 AM
Jeri 01 Oct 03 - 07:58 AM
GUEST,Art 01 Oct 03 - 09:18 AM
GUEST,Ron Olesko 01 Oct 03 - 09:29 AM
Jeri 01 Oct 03 - 09:38 AM
Art Thieme 01 Oct 03 - 11:02 PM
Ron Olesko 01 Oct 03 - 11:13 PM
Fortunato 02 Oct 03 - 09:21 AM
mike the knife 02 Oct 03 - 04:30 PM
Art Thieme 02 Oct 03 - 07:09 PM
Deda 04 Oct 03 - 12:02 AM
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Subject: RE: Review: A Mighty Wind Poll
From: GUEST,Ron Olesko
Date: 30 Sep 03 - 05:34 PM

This is starting to look like comic book geeks who pick apart movie adaptions of their favorite characters! Pickups, guitars... same as complaining that the X-Men didn't wear spandex!!!!

Seriously, listen to the director's track on the DVD for some good insight. Most of the characters were not that specific in terms of who they represented.   Guest and Levy took some sterotypes and developed extensive histories surrounding them.   There were numerous duos that could have been Mitch & Mickey, but they weren't!


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Subject: RE: Review: A Mighty Wind Poll
From: Art Thieme
Date: 30 Sep 03 - 10:09 PM

Ron,

I ain't serious. I do know that folks in the film aren't specifically cloned from any one (or two) actual people. I just personally knew guys and gals on the scenes all over that fit aspects of the stereotypes and amalgamations as depicted in this film.   No big ting, mon. ;-) **smile** The movie was fun. And extrapolating snd finding parallels in real life is fun too.

Art


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Subject: RE: Review: A Mighty Wind Poll
From: Ely
Date: 30 Sep 03 - 11:11 PM

I liked it. I liked _Best in Show_ better (maybe it was funnier because I work with overprotective pet owners all day) but I was impressed with the music. I'm not even that big a fan of that era of pop/folk stuff but I thought that whoever did the music for the movie did a terrific job of capturing the "sounds".

I thought _Songcatcher_ was a yawn; predictable, melodramatic, and patronizing, although I did like a lot of the music. I liked "O Brother", too--I actually liked the movie better that the soundtrack--although not as well as some other Coen Brothers stuff.


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Subject: RE: Review: A Mighty Wind Poll
From: GUEST,shadygrove
Date: 01 Oct 03 - 02:53 AM

Hi all, first time posting, (though I've lurked here for a long time) so   please be gentle with me!
I give it about a 7. I had heard a lot about the movie and maybe I had anticipated that it would be funnier; I enjoyed the earlier Guest movies: Spinal Tap, Guffman, Best in Show.
I do remember the era and the groups they are parodying, although I was young at the time, I remember the Limeliters, the Highwaymen, the Kingston Trio, and as for the 'neuftet' the New Main Street Singers, obviously they reminded me of the New Christy Minstrels, and weren't the Serendipity Singers similar too?
Guest's tenor voice reminded me of who? Glenn Yarborough? It was a very familiar vocal style that Guest did effectively.
The humor was pretty subtle, but I thought some of the songs were surprisingly catchy, (like 'Never Did No Wanderin') and very true to the folk-pop genre.


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Subject: RE: Review: A Mighty Wind Poll
From: catspaw49
Date: 01 Oct 03 - 05:03 AM

I am an absolute Guest junkie as you all know and I still feel this one was perhaps on par with Guffman when I was hoping it to be even better as they have the style and method down to an art. Like others here, I think BIS is still the best. Great as Spinal Tap is, it is not nearly as well done as BIS. Guffman provides a wonderful slice of life just slightly askew. So I put this one last amongst the Guest/Levy films, but I still love them all.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Review: A Mighty Wind Poll
From: Jeri
Date: 01 Oct 03 - 07:58 AM

I'd give it perhaps an 8, simply because there has to be room up at the top just in case something completely blows me away. Perhaps it would have been funnier if any number of possibilities I can think of were developed, but if I'd made the whole movie, it would have maybe gotten close to a 1. I wasn't there, and what's funny to me isn't necessarily funny to anyone else. Guest understands what's funny to the most people - even those who weren't in the 'scene' at the time. A major element in the skill of movie making is self control - what gets left or edited out.

Maybe it would be fun to have a 'Mighty Wind: Write Your Own Scenes' thread.

Ron, I don't think spandex would have worked for me. It wouldn't have been authentic, unless they were doing 1980s folk-rock groups, and I can't really imagine Eugene Levy in tights. Sorry.

Maybe Guest should do a movie about a sci-fi convention. In any case 'geeks who pick apart' whatever are having fun!


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Subject: RE: Review: A Mighty Wind Poll
From: GUEST,Art
Date: 01 Oct 03 - 09:18 AM

Art & Jeri - I guess you didn't pick up my tone - I wasn't taking this seriously either!   I am actually one of those comic book geeks! I actually liked the X-men costumes.   I do worry about those who use these "items" as a bone of contention and a reason NOT to like something.


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Subject: RE: Review: A Mighty Wind Poll
From: GUEST,Ron Olesko
Date: 01 Oct 03 - 09:29 AM

Okay, unless I am going crazy... I swear I typed "Ron Olesko" in the above note, not "Art".


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Subject: RE: Review: A Mighty Wind Poll
From: Jeri
Date: 01 Oct 03 - 09:38 AM

Ron, I didn't actually think you were taking it seriously. It's a phenomenon that occurs when geeks of any sort get together to discuss something that falls within their geekdom. There ought to be a name for it. Geekritique or something...


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Subject: RE: Review: A Mighty Wind Poll
From: Art Thieme
Date: 01 Oct 03 - 11:02 PM

The above post wassn't from me.

Art Thieme


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Subject: RE: Review: A Mighty Wind Poll
From: Ron Olesko
Date: 01 Oct 03 - 11:13 PM

Art, are you referring to the post that I mentioned above? I already explained that. Obviously my error - I typed your name in the wrong box!


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Subject: RE: Review: A Mighty Wind Poll
From: Fortunato
Date: 02 Oct 03 - 09:21 AM

Shrug. A few good lines. The most impressive thing is they improvised it. (How many takes they don't tell us, but still...), and it held together, sort of. It was disappointing, but what do I expect from Hollywood, eh?


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Subject: RE: Review: A Mighty Wind Poll
From: mike the knife
Date: 02 Oct 03 - 04:30 PM

Enjoyed it very much- 7 I'd say.
The Mitch/Levy character was a bit too overblown IMHO.
Dragged in certain parts.


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Subject: RE: Review: A Mighty Wind Poll
From: Art Thieme
Date: 02 Oct 03 - 07:09 PM

Ron,

I missed that. No problema.

Thanks.

Art


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Subject: RE: Review: A Mighty Wind Poll
From: Deda
Date: 04 Oct 03 - 12:02 AM

8.5, I enjoyed it a lot.
I loved Best in Show even more, thought it was hilarious. Missed Spinal Tap, though.


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