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Thursday, January 9, 2020
NOEL VERA - 'DOMINO' A MESS, BUT ALSO STYLISH, FUNNY
"DE PALMA HAS THE BALLS TO DARE, AND IN MY BOOK DARE WELL"
https://www.angelfire.com/de/palma/entrancejoedomino2.jpg

In part one of his "In my book best of 2019," Business World's Noel Vera includes the latest works from Quentin Tarantino and Brian De Palma:
Finally there’s Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood, which helped sharpen my fondness for yet another disreputable filmmaker who deals with lurid pulpy material — only difference being this filmmaker has talent and likes to take vicious jabs at the political establishment, often to his disadvantage. Brian de Palma’s Domino is a mess, but no more so than his other seemingly tossed-off efforts (Body Double, Snake Eyes, Mission to Mars). It’s stylish and funny, with some of its best broadsides aimed at the CIA; there are audacious setpieces and you can debate how successfully they’re executed but De Palma has the balls to dare, and in my book dare well. The filmmaker, alas, has disowned his work, declaring this wasn’t the film he intended; on the plus side you hope (as in the case of Snake Eyes) that a director’s cut will be made available some day.

Posted by Geoff at 12:01 AM CST
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Friday, January 10, 2020 - 4:41 PM CST

Name: "Harry Georgatos"

Everyone knows DePalma's DOMINO is a compromised film. The film I expected when I first learned of the synopsis was something along the lines of THE QUIET AMERICAN. In that book and film by Philip Noyce had CIA staging terrorist bombings and blaming the enemy. It's been CIA methodology since the birth of the agency in having operatives infiltrating terrorist groups and staging bombings and assassinations to justify American response and agression. What could have been with DOMINO ended up as a minor B-movie. A small nifty political thriller.

Friday, January 10, 2020 - 6:35 PM CST

Name: "insider"

once again the mention of a directors cut.

Friday, January 10, 2020 - 6:37 PM CST

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

Yes, but Noel Vera doesn't seem fully informed about the issues De Palma had with this production-- it seems that anything one might imagine regarding a longer cut involves things that were simply never filmed.

Friday, January 10, 2020 - 9:19 PM CST

Name: "Neil"

Carla Gugino had said she seen a cut of Snake Eyes that was more violent with more sexuality and more visual backstory that was taken out of the film by the studio.

Gugino had said she prefared the more violent version of Snake Eyes. A directors cut of Snake Eyes does exist and probably will never be seen which is a big mistake. 

Friday, January 10, 2020 - 11:44 PM CST

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

GUGINO ON SNAKE EYES' LOST ENDING
"WE SHOT IT ON VISTAVISION, SO IT LOOKED PHENOMENAL"

Carla Gugino was interviewed by Hollywood Outbreak's Greg Srisavasdi, who asked the actress about the original "tidal wave" ending of Brian De Palma's Snake Eyes, which was altered prior to its 1998 release when test audiences did not respond positively. Click on the above link to hear Gugino talk about the sequence and the film-- but here is what she told Srisavasdi:

Oh, my gosh. I know, it’s so weird. I feel like that came about just before they started doing (much more often) alternate endings on DVDs, etc. Because I saw that ending, and it was awesome! I prefer that ending to the ending that’s in the movie now. But I know that there was a thing at the moment with Snake Eyes where they felt like it was a bit of, like a ‘70s conspiracy thriller, and then all of a sudden it became an action movie with that tidal wave sequence. But in fact, I kind of loved that about it. We shot it on VistaVision, so it looked, you know, phenomenal. I actually did get pneumonia while shooting that sequence, and I was like, ‘It’s okay, suffer for your art, it’ll be great.’ And then they cut the sequence out of the movie! But I love De Palma. I love Brian. I had a great time working on that movie. Nic was fantastic, and Gary Sinise. You know, that opening sequence of that movie I think is still one of the best opening sequences of any movie.

https://www.angelfire.com/de/palma/blog/index.blog/1422538/gugino-on-isnake-eyesi-lost-ending/

 

Sunday, January 12, 2020 - 9:26 PM CST

Name: "insider"

The biggest mistake of DePalma's filmography was cutting out that epic vistavision setpiece from Snake Eyes. Today films are about spectacle. It's about the visual experience. Snake Eyes needed a big finish similar to Mission:Impossible and DePalma cut it out for one of the biggest anti-climax lame endings in cinema history. I hope the original ending comes out on Blu-ray. DePalma must have had a brain freeze when he cut that setpiece out.

Sunday, January 12, 2020 - 11:24 PM CST

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

The way I remember reading about it, after the test audience preview De Palma was pressured by Sherry Lansing and Paramount about changing the ending, and he fought for it, but ultimately gave in to the pressure.

Sunday, January 12, 2020 - 11:48 PM CST

Name: "Harry Georgatos"

Test screenings have ruined so many films. Who cares what a bunch of El Lay teenagers have to say about a film? These teenagers intentionally write negative comments to damage the film. SNAKE EYES would have been a blast if it had an action packed ending. I too wish that the original cut finds it's way on home entertainment. I wish studios discard test screenings. Test screenings have butchered so many films. 

Monday, January 13, 2020 - 6:11 AM CST

Name: "Christian G"

How about we create a petition for the release of the original version???

Promote it on facebook? 

Monday, January 13, 2020 - 5:13 PM CST

Name: "Phil"

"Snake Eyes" initially had a brutal gunshot killing that was forced out of the film by the censorship board to DePalma's reluctance. It would have received an R rating as opposed to a PG-13 rating. DePalma's original cut had violence and sex. The film was compromised by the ratings board and test audience screenings. This would have been a punch to the stomach for DePalma.

Monday, January 13, 2020 - 5:17 PM CST

Name: "insider"

if De Palma got his original version on screen it would have been a throwback to his sex and violence of his early '80's films. That's when De Palma was at his best. Hoping the original cut of Snake Eyes see's the light of day.

Monday, January 13, 2020 - 11:27 PM CST

Name: "Harry Georgatos"

Anyone listening to test surveys have the brain power of a peanut Warner Bros is installing artificial intelligence computers to determine what stories to green light and box office performance Scripts will be written by computers

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - 6:11 PM CST

Name: "Sue"

It bedazzles me why Brian DePalma doesn't give Netflix a call. David Fincher is currently filming a movie for Netflix. Scorsese has The Irishman at Netflix. Netflix will greenlight whatever movie DePalma would want to make. Netflix allows filmmakers to be filmmakers.

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