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The Girl Next Door
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Director Luke Greenfield
Rating:7.4/10 (5 votes) [
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Reviewed by Typhoid on March 3rd, 2012
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This is a terrific commentary. While Greenfield has somewhat of an annoying voice, his information is non-stop. Every second is filled with his passion for film -- constantly referencing films that inspired The Girl Next Door, inside commentary on the making of the film and tidbits about the nervousness of the actors involved.
Generally, this is a fantastic commentary. Listen to it.
Reviewed by Hungry Baz on February 3rd, 2013
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A good track. Luke explains that this film was has been greenlit since 2000, how in some scenes that he wanted the audience to be as uncomfortable as Matthew, a body double was used for Emile Hirsch's nude scene because he only 17, the friend/ enemy relationship between Matthew and Kelly. "Your worst enemies are your best friends because they know everything about you." (Tell me about it!) Re-writing the movie, the development of the characters, the scene where Kelly tricks Matthew into taking Ecstasy was based on his experience with taking an E and his love for U2. "Guys, we gotta talk."
Overall, a great track and worth watching if you like this film.
Reviewed by thegibson99 on January 31st, 2017
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A fairly good non-stop commentary by the director. He talks a lot about putting the audience back into an 18 year-old's shoes starting with the opening montage. A lot passion for song choices in movies and tidbits here and there about the actors during specific scenes. Definitely worth a look for fans of the movie.
Reviewed by grimjack on December 4th, 2020
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I have got to agree with a lot of the above comments. I did not think this would be such a good commentary. He is almost consistently talking about what is on the screen at the moment, yet still manages to bring up behind the scenes and pre-production stuff. He stops to marvel at Cuthberts face at all the times we do.
He is not very technical at any point, but he is constantly bringing up the song choices, how important he thinks a soundtrack is, how the characters were designed, and points out when actors added something that was never on the page.
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