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Friday, April 19, 2019
SEEMS UNFINISHED, & YET... AMONG DE PALMA'S BEST...?
"IN A WEIRD WAY THE FRAGMENTED QUALITY ONLY MAKES IT MORE INTRIGUING"
https://www.angelfire.com/de/palma/dominosplitmonitorb.jpg

Jeremy Smith ("Mr. Beaks") refuses to assign a star rating to Domino on Letterboxd because, he insists, "it’s not a finished movie." Another Letterboxd user, pynechone, says Domino is "Clearly botched but still manages to be one of the most formally creative and impressive action/thrillers of the past few years." Some, like pynechone, as well as film critics such as Calum Marsh, are assigning four stars or more to Brian De Palma's new film, which has yet to be officially released (that happens May 31st). Here are some links, mostly from Letterboxd, and one from Twitter:

James Slaymaker

DOMINO: A refraction of the thematic concerns of REDACTED filtered through the antiseptic, high-def DV sheen of PASSION. An exploration of modern warfare as a clash between panoptic/synoptic surveillance, based on a dichotomy between digital image monitoring devices as tools of oppression and tools of emancipation. Toxic notions of American exceptionalism pitted against idealistic ambitions towards multicultural cooperation.

Ben Nash
****1/2 stars

This will show the world the destruction of the infidels."
"This will show the world your sacrifice."

"We're Americans. We read your emails."

Some of the most impressive shit Brian De Palma has ever shot. A continuation of the ideas and themes seeded in Redacted by way of Passion's aesthetic adventures. Definitely not the film it was originally supposed to be, but in a weird way the fragmented quality only makes it more intriguing. I pity the poor bastards who tried to market this as a straight action thriller.


James Healey
****1/2 stars

CLEARLY compromised yet despite this still manages to be one of De Palma's best. Almost feel's like if an amazing director tried to make a thriller in the style of The Room, but as crazy as that sounds it fucking works. This film is pure camp combined with De Palma's masterful filmmaking. If we ever get his cut, it could truly be a perfect film.

PS: Features the greatest use of split screen in cinema.


NewSock
Truly preposterous, bizarre movie. Plays as a satire/parody of political thrillers like Homeland almost because (in spite of?) the clear studio-mandated editing. Although the film was obviously compromised, the wacky plot developments reveal De Palma wildly indulging in his vintage trademarks: insane split screen POV massacre via laptop screen, a third act showdown almost told entirely in slow-motion, smoldering split diopter closeups, roaming overhead crane shots.

Jeremy Smith
No star rating for this one because it’s not a finished movie. It’s agonizing to watch at times. There’s a fun rooftop chase that was pretty clearly temp tracked to the “Kidnapped” cue from NORTH BY NORTHWEST (which is amusing because the sequence is a riff on VERTIGO), but it plays like a walk-through. The bullfight finale is brilliantly conceived, but it feels like the money shots are missing. De Palma was forced to rush through principal photography due to shady behavior from his financiers, and isn’t doing press. I’m surprised he kept his name it. But if you’re a fan, it’s an interesting companion piece to REDACTED, as well as a politically radical inversion of MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE. What could’ve been...

pynechone
**** stars

Whew. Clearly botched but still manages to be one of the most formally creative and impressive action/thrillers of the past few years. The final neon-drenched set-piece (mostly in slow motion) is truly something to behold.


Brendan Michaels
****1/2 stars

90s De Palma with the political intrigue of Redacted. I’m glad this finally came out, this film is fantastic.


Calum Marsh
**** stars

holy mackerel


Posted by Geoff at 7:56 AM CDT
Updated: Friday, April 19, 2019 11:39 PM CDT
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Friday, April 19, 2019 - 6:36 PM CDT

Name: "?"

always suspected studio interference. AMMO tweet was a con job.

Friday, April 19, 2019 - 10:38 PM CDT

Name: "Geoff"
Home Page: https://www.angelfire.com/de/palma/blog

AMMO tweet rings true to me.

Friday, April 19, 2019 - 11:14 PM CDT

Name: "The Player"

There never was any other cut than the one released. This is de Palma’s own cut, the cut Donaggio scorded and the actors looped. The 148 minute cut is as real as a unicorn. There simply isn’t enough story in that script to support a two-and-a-half hour movie. Trust me, I know... 

Saturday, April 20, 2019 - 9:00 AM CDT

Name: "Kyle"

Piggybacking off of what you’ve said, it sounds like the film only feels compromised and unfinished because they ran out of funds before they could film everything. So De Palma more than likely had to cut sequences and shots or was unable to film entire sequences causing them to work with what they had in the edit before probably abandoning the project entirely when the money ran out completely.

 The compromised nature of the film seems to point more towards a nightmare production and not getting everything he needed rather than the film being taken away from him. 

Saturday, April 20, 2019 - 9:07 AM CDT

Name: "Geoff"
Home Page: https://www.angelfire.com/de/palma/blog

Exactly, Kyle, yes-- as De Palma said, "somehow we managed to make a movie out of this completely chaotic production situation."

Saturday, April 20, 2019 - 5:11 PM CDT

Name: "Harry Georgatos"

Agree with Kyle. 

Still the intial reviews have me excited. 

Monday, April 22, 2019 - 8:45 PM CDT

Name: "harry georgatos"

Its time de palma went back to the studio system where de palma can have a semblance of protection from shady financiers.

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 10:26 AM CDT

Name: "MusicalShore"
Home Page: http://https://www.reddit.com/r/briandepalma

I believe Passion was shot on 35mm, not DV.

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 5:18 PM CDT

Name: "Geoff"
Home Page: https://www.angelfire.com/de/palma/blog

You are correct, Passion was shot on 35mm.

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