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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 16 July 2017
In this 1999 adult mystery drama Dr. Bill Harford [Tom Cruise] and Alice [Nicole Kidman] are both ‘hit on’ at a Christmas party. After a frank argumentative discussion Alice’ fantasies are revealed causing Tom to question his own fantasies with other people, but where will it end?
Personally, I wouldn’t class this as an erotic movie, it has adult content and lots of nudity but it’s more about controlling desires, sexuality and trust rather than eroticism. Starting off in a warm fuzzy orange this creates a dreamy, affluent and seemingly carefree world where the background colours reflect the current plot mode, green for jealousy etc, as the story unfolds. Well written and directed with amazing camera work [albeit in a TV format], this never really reaches a ‘run’ tending to stroll along at an even pace which is all part of its charm, although many may complain that it is slow and plodding.
The single disc offers play, scene selection, special features [cast & crew, interviews with Cruise, Kidman and Spielburg] and Tv spots [Jealousy, combo] and Languages [English soundtrack (the only option!), subtitles in English, Arabic, Russian, Romanian, English hearing impaired, off]. Rated 18 this has nudity and a woman using a toilet within the first 2 minutes and full frontal in the first 15, and with numerous uses of the F word and much adult discussion, this could easily offend some.
This seems to go nowhere but stick with it and you’ll get sucked in to a shady underworld where no-one is who or what they first appear. Even the end scenes cast doubt on what has really taken place and each individuals involvement in them.
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on 28 January 2017
Stanley Kubrick's last film could be about many things: dreams and reality, the nature of jealousy and possession, guilt complexes and the nature of an apparently sexually unfulfilled relationship. Dr.William and wife Alice seem to have the 'perfect'relationship but when they both go to a huge party gathering, they get separated. She almost is seduced by a Hungarian Lothario who, nevertheless, starts to peel off some of her layers of resistance which comes from being a faithful married wife and mother. The host of the party summoned William upstairs to sort out a woman who has overdosed ; William stabilises her as a favour being asked to keep silent.

However, as the film progresses, rather like 'Pilgrim's Progress', William, suffering from dream like fantasies about his wife making love to a Naval officer, attempts to engender some fantasies of his own with a smart-talking prostitute through some very iffy swingers. He receives the password, 'Fidelio' which will enable him to attend a masque at this huge mansion provided he can kit himself in a costume. At several points in his 'progress' he is tempted - the owner of a costumier who has a daughter who is sexually advanced and, at the masque, a hooker who advises him to leave as he is in danger. He is in a world which his own fantasies have created although he never succumbs to temptation.

Having given the distinct feeling that all of the above is rather like Satan taking Jesus into the wilderness for forty days and nights to show him what could be His kingdom, the film then reveals another layer which is completely unexpected but borders on narrative manipulation Although he has done nothing to develop feelings of guilt, he of course has to cope with his jealousy regarding his wife's dream regarding her affair. Was her dream a re-running of the truth or wishful thinking? The trouble was that the film was like being served a very rich meal which could not be savoured in its entirety. Its visual opulence was most engrossing, especially the masque, a throwback to 18th- century Hellfire Club-type gatherings. However, there was an emptiness in the plot but one will always appreciate the stunning images of the piece.
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on 22 September 2016
This movie is phenomenal. . Every time I watch it I love it more and more. You can't just watch this movie once, the first time I watched it I didn't understand it at all, but the more you watch the more you understand. .

Most people don't realise that this movie has so many hidden meanings applicable to the real life secret societies that exist today, with Kubricks inside knowledge being printed on screen, as much of his knowledge is in many of his movies. . If you know something of these societies you will 'get' the movie so much more, there's even blogs explaining the scenes for those that don't know what the movie is about by providing the information. .

So, knowing that this stuff actually happens in the 'upper-echelons' of power, and celebrity, you gain an insight into this shady real life underworld.

To add mystery to this movie, some claim that Kubricks cut originally lasted much longer but those in power didn't want it shown - perhaps too much information for the masses, and others also claim that Kubricks untimely death may have been 'attributed' to too much information being released in the movie. . . Whatever the truth, this is a timeless classic!
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on 8 February 2017
A great epitaph for a great director, Stanley Kubrick, who passed away shortly after Eyes Wide Shut was finished. Critics panned what they couldn't understand - a movie, subtly and ingeniously directed, reflecting the lifestyle of the rich and famous, and the influence of paganism in contemporary society, through the worship of Satan. The nudity in the movie emphasises the immorality and depravity that exists among the rich and famous.
Kubrick cleverly chose Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, with links to Scientology, Satanism and the Illuminati, to play the main roles. They performed brilliantly - with an excellent supporting cast.
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on 16 February 2018
Having spent 2.5 hours watching this film I'm a touch reluctant to waste more time thinking about it. My selflessness and concern for humanity, my finest qualities apart from my humility, compel me to say something, however. I will be brief. The plot admittedly contains much intrigue, but whereas Kubrick has shown a deft touch in other films, here he is simply adolescent and cloddish. I suspect much of this arises from his having written the script himself. Apparently he wasn't told that one can be an adept director without possessing the skills required to create plausible or interesting characters. His attempts to deal with important and interesting themes, particularly those of eroticism, love, fidelity and lust, come off as prurient and dull, revealing he has no insight into them, nothing to say at all. The viewing felt as if I were forced to sit through the protracted dream of some imaginative but boorish fourteen year old boy. The Kubrick corpus would have been better off without this nonsense, though Nicole Kidman's nude corpus redeems it slightly.
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on 6 February 2016
The film is full of mystery and intrigue, and will have a lasting effect on the viewer. A pregnant, deranged fantasy nesting within the dramas and conflicts of New York's various subcultures, from super wealthy professionals to the husk of its seedy underbelly and mankind's oldest profession; the sacred goal of every character is eloquently highlighted by the superficiality with which their lives seem so precariously hung. At any moment the dream may devolve into the nightmare if the goal is not meet. The divine event in which case is that of fulfilling the carnal desire; the overwhelming lust to penetrate resounds in the exchange of glances between objects of desire and the subjects of its embrace on one hand ascending by conquest; and on the other degrading by submission. A wonderful film by the recently late Stanley Kubrick.
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on 14 August 2017
A bit slow but a decent thriller,but way to long.
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on 7 June 2017
Brilliant film. Well put together. Really enjoyed it.
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on 20 August 2017
tense thriller with twists
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on 15 October 2017
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