A Ghost Story

A Ghost Story

DVD - 2017
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In this singular exploration of legacy, love, loss, and the enormity of existence, a recently deceased, white-sheeted ghost returns to his suburban home to try to reconnect with his bereft wife.
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : Lions Gate Entertainment, [2017]
Branch Call Number: DVD F GHO
Characteristics: video file, DVD video, rda
DVD, NTSC, rda
digital, optical, surround, Dolby digital 5.1, rda

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JCLIanH Jun 08, 2018

A gorgeous and haunting (pun unavoidable) poem of a film. I feel like this is the answer to the question, "What does a director do, I mean really?" Every filmmaking choice made in this film has weight, and the result is a wonderfully original film.

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Jtikva
Jun 06, 2018

Thanks to comments about slowness of the movie, I was prepared. It was very slow (like real time unfolding) but I'm glad I stayed with it. I thought that the actual storyline was great and found the ghost's perspective of time to be fascinating. Highly recommend, if you can stick with the slowness.

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ausnos
May 22, 2018

Why was this movie even made? It was painfully dull and boring. Nothing remarkable about it at all. Save yourself the agony and do not watch it!

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KennethSmith
May 05, 2018

Those who are put off by the unquestionably s-l-o-w initial development ultimately miss the movie. That is not a strong recommendation, but there is an overall design which may appeal to someone who appreciates the unconventional.

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lukasevansherman
May 01, 2018

I don't know, I kinda liked it. Based on some of the previous reviews (especially BiffBlack, 3 below, whose rhetoric and bile is almost Trumpian), you'd think this movie knocked up their sister and killed their dog. Writer/director David Lowrey (not the guy from Cracker/Camper Van Beethoven) and actors Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck come back together after their period crime drama, "Ain't Them Bodies Saints," which had a distinctly Malick tone and feel. In this film, Affleck and Mara play a couple, Affleck dies, comes back as a ghost. If you're looking for plot and action, well, you've been warned. It is slow and a bit baffling, but it also does something different with the ghost story and has a melancholy lyricism that stuck with me. Even if you're bored with it, I'm not sure how you can hate it with the vitriol that the perpetually apoplectic BiffBlack does. If Malick's "Balands" felt like the inspiration for "Bodies," his more abstract and metaphysical "Tree of Life" feels like an influence here.

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8372s
Apr 29, 2018

there is literally a 5 minute and 15 second scene where you watch a woman eat a pie in silence. this is not a joke.

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trunks60
Apr 23, 2018

Very slow and boring. Five minutes of them looking into each others eyes, slooow, her standing at the window for 5 minutes, booooring. I didn't finish.

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biffblack
Apr 03, 2018

Offensively awful. A Ghost Story may be the most condescending piece of junk I've ever witnessed. It's loathsome. The writer-director David Lowery revels in self-indulgence while pretending to be profound. Sooner rather than later, his delight in insulting the living, the dead, and whatever audience he may have for his wretched movie becomes all too plainly apparent. The slaughter of the frontier family is absolutely grotesque, but this horrible film already establishes itself as pose-striking, empty hipster trash long before that happens. Vile and reprehensible. Definitely NOT "cosmic," as loser New York critics claim. I loved Rooney Mara in "Carol," but there's nothing she can do to redeem Lowery's distasteful idiocy. The immature auteur seemingly wants us to empathize with the ghost, yet he undermines the shrouded figure by contrived, dishonest means. With its static takes and laborious longueurs, A Ghost Story might well be christened "Malick for Morons."

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RogerLeonard
Mar 02, 2018

Not worth staying awake for.

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YGlen
Feb 27, 2018

We still can't decide if this film is brilliant or laugh-out-loud ridiculous in the way visitors to an art museum view a single red dot on white canvas. Either way, you will probably want to lean on the fast-forward button of your remote until the final ten or fifteen minutes. I guess overall it would have been a great 20-minute film short, but is tortuous as a 90 minute movie.

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Oct 19, 2017

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