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Jeff Malicki

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I had uploaded a version of this review that included a few bits and pieces and snippets of a few songs, but unfortunately received a copyright notice on YouTube almost immediately. Here's a music-free edit of my review. Hope y'all like it.

 

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Great review Jeff ... and welcome!

More Paul Dano scenes would have been great.

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Jeff Malicki

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Thanks Bonnie! I was registered here many years ago (GoofyJeff) but couldn't remember my old email and password. Oh well!

Thanks for the kind words. 

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Jeff,  Glad that you took the G-word off of your former screen name. 

I think that they cut it down perfectly.  The deleted scenes are wonderful and YES, the recording scenes are nothing short of amazing.  It isn't a happy film to watch but it sure evokes the emotions.  The hamburger scene is, for me, the hardest scene to watch. 

The characterizations are all first rate by all of the big four in this and the Mike Love character, incredibly accurate by Jake Abel. 

I believe that a LOT of people took in this film and the story clicked with people as to what took place with Brian after Pet Sounds. 

Nice job doing this and stay out of the YouTube penalty box. 

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I agree with Al, Jeff - I know there were a lot of folks wishing certain scenes wouldn't have found there way to the floor, but at the running length it was released at, the editors nailed it (as did the producer, director, actors, .....)!  You had to nip it at the 2-hr mark.  I, too, would've liked to have seen many, many scenes - but only as extras. 

Jake Abel - That guy nailed Mike so well....if he'd have had 10 more minutes of dialog, there isn't a critic alive who could realistically argue against a Best Supporting Actor nod.  Of course, Paul Dano could've had that - and more imo.

But my real kudos go to the screenwriter(s), producer, and director - these folks really took the time and nailed the story.  There are likely others (Melinda?) behind the scenes that made this so true to life.

It doesn't seem like a year has passed since this epic biopic was released - I've seen it five times, and I've been pacing myself.

Thanks for helping us revisit this Jeff.

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Thank you Al and Bugs. It was a joy revisiting the film a year after seeing it initially and still loving it as much as I did last year. 
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Well said Jeff! You've done a wonderful review for a wonderful movie. 5 out of 5 stars -totally agree!
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It was a great movie.
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Debbie KL

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And this thread reminds me - I need to go watch the film and all of the add-ons for the dvd again.  It was such an excellent, daring film to make.  Keeping the heart of the man in the midst of the transformation in his life - quite a challenge.
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Yes, Debbie - a HUGE challenge, no doubt.  SO much occurred in Brian's life (and the Beach Boys' world).  There was no way to make the biopic inclusive of all he's seen.  To pick two phases of his life was brilliant - and daring, as you say.  There's no doubt, knowing Brian's story to a certain degree helps when you first see the movie, yet those in charge also made a movie newbies could enjoy.

Last night, I presented my version of Brian Wilson's story (1961-present) to my daughters - a one-hour slide show of sorts.  In it, I referenced the importance of the early Beach Boys Sacramento shows.  When that was done, I presented my gift - tickets to Brian's October 15th show in Sacramento.  Their eyes lit up!  We then watched "Love & Mercy" (again).  Wonderful night!

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I'm going to be buying the Blu Ray from Amazon in  a couple of weeks. My daughter has been wanting to see it for ages; I was debating due to her age (9), but she's already been looking at interviews and such from the Landy era on YouTube as it is , including the Diane Sawyer piece, so she pretty much already knows.
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Some of the Landy scenes are pretty intense, like his screaming at Brian for eating for burger or confronting Melinda at the dealership.  

But, if she's familiar with the story, she should be able to handle it. 
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Hi Billy C, I don't know if you've seen L&M already, but fyi there is a shower/bed scene. Pretty tame by today's standards (and very tastefully done) but just wanted to give you a heads-up on this as well. You may want to watch it through by yourself first, then decide. Either way, a 'must-have' for your collection, you'll be glad you got it. Enjoy!
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One thing I've noted at Brian's shows this year is what I call the "L&M effect." You encounter people who've seen the movie, and they're attending their first BW show and saying "I never knew ..."

No doubt the movie has brought broader exposure to Brian's life and music. And as the Beatles sang, you know that can't be bad.
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Yeah, I've actually seen it 4 times myself SG, so I already know! 
She saw some of the scenes in one of the YouTube promo clips from when it was first released and she asked me about the burger scene.

Not for nothing, everytime I see that part, I get upset.


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