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It wasn't so much his subject matter,stories, pessimism, preaching,smugness,misogyny, or even Leftism,et al, as it was his entire artistic approach and execution of his artistic ideas:

-the deliberately murky ,fuzzy photography, the camera almost endlessly slow-zooming-in on actors ( Too many times, to the point of gratuitousness ),and nearly endlessly wandering all over a set ,in the attempt to give the viewer the sense of the "atmosphere" of a scene,

-the non-directing of the actors( I've heard and read,many times, that "they never like to admit it, but actors need direction" ),leaving even great thespians flailing about, under / over-acting, in the style of the worst type of stage acting,, or, improvising that looks like the worst nights at Second City or The Groundlings,all in attempts at more "realism" and "naturalism" ,all of which only lead many critics to write "_________________ gives one of their worst performances". In no other director's movies was that written about any actors' performances more than his.

- the attempts at special effects( Slow-motion mayhem,a la Penn,Peckinpah,and others who did that better, the attempt at simulating cartoons for "Popeye",the earthquake in "Short Cuts", for examples ),

-attempts at referencing other filmmakers for some moments( Fellini,Bergman,Ray,Huston, and others ) ,to show how hip he thought he was,( And ,given his lack of talent, poorly executing them every time ). To name but a few things.

The end result,of all those elements ,mixed together, were movies that just lay there, and were rarely,if ever, as riveting,as movies with the same type of stories done by other great movie makers ,whether they were the ones who existed before Altman ever made his biggest films, while during the era of his main years ( 1969 - 2006 ),or after. While trying to sit through even what are said to be his "best" films, I know that any of his contemporaries would have done a far better all-around job on them - Huston, Aldrich, Wyler, Nichols, Arthur Penn,Coppola,Ashby, Kubrick, George Roy Hill, Scorsese, Peckinpah, Ritt, Pakula, Jewison, Don Seigel, Donner, Lumet, up to the Coens,Payne,Fincher,et al.

Richard Schikel and the great John Simon are right.

If anything,his movies are proof,that even if you are able to come up with a style that is unique / "different" and instantly recognizable, it does not immediately mean you and your films are "Great".

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Sorry, sill a stupid poetry theme...


many reviews here
but one can't help but wonder
if you're all dreaming?

(I'm going to publish that under the name "Biggus Dickus")

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I've never been impressed by him.

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I just received my belongings from Best Price Moving in the last week. Truly said I didn’t expect that they would reach within such a short time. But they did! They not only delivered timely but the loading was very smooth and timely on move out day. I was not present at that time but my other family members have been there. They have excellent testimonial for this company’s folks. They were well mannered and strong. Even I also watched that nothing was impossible for the crews. When they came to deliver I just tell them where to place our furniture and they did the job quite easily. It seemed they were cutting cake! I appreciate their style. There was no way to make any complaint. I am recommending them without any hesitation.

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If you need a Car Accident Chiropractor in West Palm Beach, Dr. Garrett Weinstein is phenomenal. They cared about me and my progress. I missed an appointment once and they called out of concern and not to scold me for not showing up. After three treatments I was feeling 100%!

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Ratso Rizzo. He was perfect in that role.

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A legend in his own time. One of the greats. The Godfather is his best work.

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I would like thank The Law Offices of Ian Mattoch for being there for me after I was injured. Attorney Mattoch is very compassionate, genuine, and he knows his stuff! I am very happy with the outcome of my case. He is the best brain injury lawyer in Honolulu and probably the US. Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication; I couldn't have done it without you!

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I was very impressed with the knowledge of the staff who actually did the
installation & the fact that the owner was assisting on the installation!

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It really do need to BEAT IT and not play it again.

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He was great in the Godfather and Apocalypse Now, but I'd have to go with On the Waterfront.

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He was in the right movie for him, "Rocky", and has since coasted on that success. Given a different kind of role, I doubt he could act his way out of a wet paper bag.

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As an actor, he was good at what he did. His range was limited, but at least he stuck with it. I'd rate him higher as a director, though.

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The S130 sure is a piece of shit. I knew it the minute I put the battery in and was greeted with screechy and annoying sound effects. It only got worse. The manual would not download from the disc to my pc, the touch screen does not work,the picture quality is dismal and they neglect to tell you you have to buy an extra part (memory card) to take more than one crummy photo.

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My move went very well. The team members I hired were excellent. They were quite helpful and determined. The guys never complained about anything. They carried my piano up the stairs, really worked hard. All the movers worked together quite professionally. Their patience and professionalism in fact surprised me. My move day was less stressful only for them. I would highly recommend Best Price Moving.

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Harriet Griffin is a dishonest person and art dealer. She claims to have authorization to offer works of art for sale that she does not own, and where she does not have direct access to the owners. She will go to any length to close a deal, including lies, misrepresentation and bullying. She is a most unpleasant person and is not trustworthy. I do not recommend dealing with her under any circumstances.

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Better actor than some. Not others tho. Hope I made myself clear.

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There once was an odd sort of llama
Who spoke against baseball as drama
His blood would sure boil
When he spoke of peak oil
But he never included Obama

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JohnnyDevil, I respectfully disagree. Nicholson is a master actor. He can do drama, comedy, action, romance. What more do you want? One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is one of the best films of the 20th century in my opinion and his performance in it is stunning. Other notable performances of Jack's: Chinatown, The Postman Always Rings Twice, Batman, and As Good As It Gets. There are many more.

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First base coach, Gil, liked to give his men
A rewarding pat on the bum.
But, when he patted, Bob,
Who missed his Anger Management Meeting, last night,
Bob burned down Coach Gil's home.

And now, the Haiku version:

Coach Gil pats Bob's ass,
Bob steals second like demon.
Charred futon. Dark rain.

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