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The Number 23 (2007)

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Commentary 1: Director Joel Schumacher Rating:7.0/10 (1 vote) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by iwantmytvm on April 16th, 2020:Find all reviews by iwantmytvm
Schumacher provides a mostly enthusiastic and engaging commentary, aside from a few pauses where he announces that he will have a sip of tea, and with 7 minutes remaining, decides he has nothing more to say about the film and checks out early.

He speaks about growing up watching a lot of movies, that they shaped his early life, and the importance he feels in being able to create films and tell stories in hopefully unique ways. He believes that audiences are smart and do not need everything explained to them. He notes the origins of the script, that this film was a risky choice for the studio which meant a quick shoot in the LA area on a low budget. He is complimentary of the cast, pointing out how Carrey worked to create his own tattoo for the film, and had suggestions for the music. The crew comprised frequent collaborators for Schumacher, which yielded an efficient shorthand. The distinct look of the film was intended to be color noir, which means pretty much what you think it does.

He came into the business working on Woody Allen films and learned some valuable lessons about balance in comedy which transcend to performances. He justifies how he films sex scenes and believes in quiet dramatic scenes, as people are more likely to impart important information quietly rather than yelling.

He acknowledges the number 23 phenomenon and the many coincidences that were discovered over the course of filming, in their own lives. This was his 23rd film.

In this commentary from 2007, Schumacher predicted a computer revolution in filmmaking, that would allow budding artists to create movies from their homes.