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ciúnas 
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Brizzle

Posted - 09/01/2011 :  13:40:57  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I would have thought that 127 Hours qualifies as a one-hander, given that 95% of the movie consists of James Franco’s character alone with his memories & increasing delirium, trapped by the rock.

(This was my partner’s commendable choice of movie as the start of her 39th birthday celebrations. At 10 a.m. yesterday we had a 385-seat auditorium entirely to ourselves at the local multiplex, which seemed kind of appropriate.)



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Salopian 
"Four-word thinking"

United Kingdom

Posted - 09/01/2011 :  14:21:25  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by lamhasuas

I would have thought that 127 Hours qualifies as a one-hander, given that 95% of the movie consists of James Franco’s character alone with his memories & increasing delirium, trapped by the rock.

Are there long chunks with him alone, or does it often cut away (however briefly) to people looking for him?
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At 10 a.m. yesterday we had a 385-seat auditorium entirely to ourselves at the local multiplex, which seemed kind of appropriate.)

I love when that happens, although it's usually for a worse film than this sounds.
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Salopian 
"Four-word thinking"

United Kingdom

Posted - 09/01/2011 :  14:22:31  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by demonic

You could argue the voices in Buried don't appear frequently enough to be considered supporting characters... it really is a one man show. Different for Gertie as "he's" a central character than appears from start to finish.

Yup, I'm going to count Buried as one and Moon as two.
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ciúnas 
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Brizzle

Posted - 09/01/2011 :  19:41:21  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Salopian

quote:
Originally posted by lamhasuas

I would have thought that 127 Hours qualifies as a one-hander, given that 95% of the movie consists of James Franco’s character alone with his memories & increasing delirium, trapped by the rock.

Are there long chunks with him alone, or does it often cut away (however briefly) to people looking for him?


Actors appear in the remembered or imagined scenes; but the only other actors involved are a pair of hikers he meets at the start before he becomes trapped, & some hikers he meets right at the end after he frees himself. For thematic & structural reasons there are no ‘real-time’ cutaways* from his ordeal.

(I’m assuming I’m giving nothing away here because the movie’s based on a true story, of course. A lot of its power derives from anticipating what we know is going to happen.)



* Christ. No pun was intended.



Edited by - ciúnas on 09/01/2011 19:52:39
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Salopian 
"Four-word thinking"

United Kingdom

Posted - 09/01/2011 :  20:17:16  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by lamhasuas

Actors appear in the remembered or imagined scenes; but the only other actors involved are a pair of hikers he meets at the start before he becomes trapped, & some hikers he meets right at the end after he frees himself. For thematic & structural reasons there are no ‘real-time’ cutaways* from his ordeal.

(I’m assuming I’m giving nothing away here because the movie’s based on a true story, of course. A lot of its power derives from anticipating what we know is going to happen.)

It sounds like the film fits then, so I'll leave it in.

I would certainly have counted that as a spoiler but I didn't know that it was a true story. (I avoid information about unseen films as much as possible.) I quite strictly feel that historical events are not spoilers, although I know that some people here don't see it that way. It arguably depends on how well publicised the events have been -- no one could convince me that it's a spoiler that baby Jessica McClure is rescued, for example.
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Shot in the Dark 

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Posted - 02/06/2011 :  02:37:13  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Gerry (2002) Matt Damon and Casey Affleck
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