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Director/co-screenwriter Nora Ephron
Rating:6.0/10 (3 votes) [
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Reviewed by bryan00009 on June 15th, 2006
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Nora Ephron's desultory, monotone commmentary is revelatory of the type of wan, unimaginative remakes-only movies that Hollywood does these days. The fact that she wrote and directed 'Bewitched' seems hardly relevant. In her view, how a movie is made is more important than the end product: "Directing is like hosting a party ... You never know if the movie's going to work, but at least you want people [involved] to feel that you took good care of them." She lavishes fulsome praise on the (caterer???): "She makes great, great food," and casually drops in the fact that they had ice cream flown in (from across the country), as if that's normal. This is a director's world where huge amounts of money are thrown at star vehicles with only the most meager, low-risk concepts behind them (for the most mediocre results). This roughly-edited commentary, obviously pieced together over several sessions or days or weeks (I guess she couldn't sit through the whole movie at once), has her repeat some things almost word-for-word, "the cinematographer was brilliant (as was everyone else), the theme is about a woman's ... bla-bla-bla." It gets tiring. It seems this self-involved and self-satisfied director only wants to eat well and not offend anyone: "I hope that people will feel glad that they went to see [the movie] and that we killed two hours of their time in a useful and pleasant way." Of her sister and co-writer, she says, "I'd like to think that we share half a brain." From the audience's perspective, it would probably be better if they shared a whole one.
Reviewed by The Cubist on June 16th, 2006
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I would agree with the above review that this track is pretty awful and add that Ephron goes off on a tangent early on talking about whether the T.V. show was pro-feminist or not and how her friends in A.A. like the show because itís ďabout falling off the wagon.Ē She defends the casting of Kidman because she liked her personality but says nothing about her capacity for comedy.
Reviewed by ipatrick on September 26th, 2014
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okay, while not completely disregarding thr previous reviews, I personally enjoyed the commentary because I am a fan of Ephron and have enjoyed every single one of her commentaries. she did have a view of filmmaking as a common project and one of the grea things about her is that she ackowledges the entire crew's work into the final product and she makes you appreciate things about rthe production that you wouldn't have noticed just by seeing the movie. some of those may be a little banal, like her obsession with starbucks (now I'm wondering if nora ephron was the original basic bitch). but regardless of what the final product may be she has some interesting insight into the production of the movie, her actors and the process of remaking 'bewitched', which is, I think commentaries are good for.
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