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I for one liked Troy immensily. Some of the diologue was dumb but I love war movies of that variety and picking apart the tactiks, etc. Also that movie had to be hard to do because the story of Troy originally had Gods and Goddesses all over it. It had to be hard to write a story without them in it and still have it make sense. Also I think the shots, angles, and other director stuff was great. Some of the diologue was weak but that is the script writers fault not the directors.
Also in regards to child actors I was just it the musical, the Sound of Music, and I have new respect for children in acting. One of them turned into a huge problem but the other three were great. Ages 6-10

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While I have no problem with the director of Troy himself, I was wondering...was Ron Howard approached? He's had plenty of great projects in the past, he can get plenty of studios behind him and he's great with folks of all ages, so I presume he did or might have expressed and interest at some point? Perhaps OSC could shed some light on that.

Otherwise, glad to hear Peterson's in place and work has begun.

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Something that bothered me about "Air Force One" was the first lady just seemed to vanish at a certain point. I mean, she was on screen but just not acting in a manner consistent with what I would expect. But I would probably have to see it again to be sure. I did really enjoy "The Perfect Storm". And I watch "Das Boot three times, including the director's cut which was extra long. I loved that movie. I wish I could get the miniseries version that was broadcast on German TV.

And I apologize for dissing "Troy" without having seen it. But my reason for not seeing it was the casting decision, which I asked about in good faith and no one responded.

I mean, I think Brad Pitt is sexy as all get up, but I am a Greek Mythology fanatic and I just could not buy him as Achilles. I'm thinking a young Charlton Heston. I don't know if there is someone like that in Hollywood now. Someone whose power is in his frame, not just his muscles. P.S. Also a young Brando, if you follow me.

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I think the main problem with Troy is Orlando Bloom not Brad Pitt.
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I think we can all say that we definitely want at least two things from Ender's Game:

Honesty and reality.

When looking at an ideal director for Ender's Game, we can't just base our opinions on whether or not we liked this or that previous movie of theirs. Rather, base it off of how that director would be able to put across the key elements we want and expect from the film. Was Troy a great movie? Well, that's a matter of opinion. Did it bring across a sense of honesty and reality? In my opinion, yes. There were some aspects of reality skewed, yes (the Greek League lands and conducts two major battles in a single day... riiight) and some elements of desperation were, in my opinion, left out (such as the sacrifice of Iphigenia). However, these changes were made to fit the pace of the movie and were necesarry when condensing an epic like the Iliad to screen.

Considering OSC has stated that EG will be condensed into a single year, I believe it is essential that the director attached to the project be able to condense the essential elements of a story while remaining true to the story and to the characters. Wolfgang Peterson has demonstrated his ability to do that.

Compare this to laughable alternatives such as Spielberg or Scorsese who, in my opinion, have never created works of honesty in their entire lives.

Wolfgang Peterson may not be the ideal person for the job, but think of all the simply wretched alternatives we could have ended up with if not for OSC's adamancy and integrity. WP, at least, has demonstrated he has the right skills for the job.

Edit: I also didn't believe Pitt as Achilles at ALL. Don't kill me, but I think Vin Diesel would have been better suited. He has the power, grace, and cool demeanor to be believable as the leader of the Myrmidons. Also, ever since I saw "Helen of Troy" I've always pictured Achilles as bald. Did anyone else keep calling him "Asheel" through the whole movie? [Wink]

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