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A detailed and very positive review of The Mist, BluRay edition here:

 

"...due to strong character performances and a great story, The Mist is one of those films I find myself watching over and over again. It’s a throwback to the 1950’s type sci-fi movies that focused as much on characters as it did the science fiction."

 

http://www.ishtalkers.com/mist-bluray-review

 

 

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Review of The Mist as part of 'A Month of Scary Movies' article:

 

"Thomas Jane is really the quintessential leading man in a King story. Here, he's a just a man trying to look out for his son."

 

http://journalstar.com/entertainment/artic...1cc4c03286.html

 

 

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Blogger Review of The Mist with spoilers:

 

"The Mist is well acted and rather tense. It's a great situation for a horror story, in which people must face the unknown and their own fears, and I was glued to the screen throughout."

 

http://autothrall.blogspot.com/2009/10/mist-2007.html

 

 

 

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Here's a Behind The Scenes report from The Mist with quotes from Tom at end of article:

 

"We spent a surreal forty-five minutes inhaling second-hand smoke as Jane discussed past films (re: Dreamcatcher: “Yeah, some people liked that.”), his graphic novels (a mockup of Bad Planet with a Bernie Wrightson cover is on the rack in the pharmacy when his character grabs comics to take to his son) and..."

 

http://www.cemeterydance.com/extras/2009/1...by-bev-vincent/

 

 

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...and a blogger's Top 10 Horror Movies of the 2000's, and of course The Mist figures into it:

 

"We’ve got some great actors here: Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Toby Jones. They help elevate the material."

 

http://readrant.wordpress.com/2009/10/29/t...ies-of-the-00s/

 

 

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...and and lastly and ghastly, The Mist is also on this Top 20 Horror Movies of last 20 years:

 

"The horror in The Mist definitely lies in how character-driven it is. It’s truly frightening to see how quickly the people trapped in the supermarket are influenced by Marcia Gay Harden’s fanaticism, and it makes Thomas Jane’s struggle to protect his son and friends that much more immediate. Then of course, there’s the ending. It’s always nice to see an American horror film that’s willing to “go there” so to speak."

 

http://norestforthewretched.blogspot.com/2...-movies-of.html

 

 

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Went to my folks to visit them for Halloween. They never saw the Mist and wanted to see something other than Halloween , American Werewolf in London etc. I been telling them about the Mist since I saw it and they knew about the painting Mr. Jane sighed for me. So they said sure. My mom who is a awesome old school horror movie watcher. Pop is so damn picky and an ass I was a little hesitant to show him . Because I didn't want to argue about want a awesome movie it was. Well they both loved it. The ending of course caught them both off guard. They both are in there 60s and was like watching teenage kids at the movies. They had a great time and loved it! Thanks Mr. Jane for one of the greatest Halloweens in my 35 years sir!

 

 

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Link to another cool review of The Mist:

 

"A stellar cast inhabits this tiny little Maine shopping center. Thomas Jane should be credited as the necessary good in a sea of mistrust and mayhem, David Drayton. He is such a strong lead..."

 

http://cinematronica.wordpress.com/2009/11/09/the-mist/

 

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Reviews of The Mist keep popping up online. Here are 2 more:

 

The Mist review by blogger:

 

"...Darabont and crew develop a wonderfully directed and acted piece of horror film which I will say is very underrated."

 

http://gregae.blogspot.com/2009/11/oh-horror-37-mist.html

 

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another review of The Mist that talks about the DVD version with extras:

 

"While the struggles of the human characters dominate the narrative, the film delivers on the monstrous goods in spades."

 

http://wtf-film.com/site/2009/11/14/mist-the/

 

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...and another blogger review of The Mist:

 

"...one critique on the back of the box dubs The Mist a "Masterpiece"... I would be hard pressed to disagree. The film is amazing and far surpassed my expectations. It is chock full of classic King characters..."

 

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The ensemble cast is wonderful too and wisely maintains an every man quality to it. Thomas Jane is terrific as are the supporting characters including a fanatical Marcia Gay Harden, Laurie Holden [The Majestic, The X-Files], Samuel Witwer [battlestar Galactica], Toby Jones and William Sadler."

 

 

http://scifimusings.blogspot.com/2009/11/mist.html

 

 

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The Mist is #4 on "Top 10 Depressing Movies" list and it's in "good" company.

 

Check out the breakdown here:

 

"...the interpersonal conflicts that emerge amongst the group of survivors cast a real pall over proceedings..."

 

http://www.411mania.com/movies/columns/123495

 

 

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Great find. And it's great to see this movie get some nice recognition. Showtime is airing it this month and I made the mistake of watching it before I went to bed last night. Bad idea. :lol: But it's still a fantastic movie.

 

I liked what this guy had to say about it though. This part was something I don't think I had considered before, but it gives the ending a whole new meaning for me.

 

While some have perceived these final moments, as the mist subsides and the normal world returns, as representing nothing more than a matter of catastrophically bad timing on the heels of a tragic decision by father David Drayton (Thomas Jane), the call for a "blood sacrifice" from the manically religious Mrs. Carmody (Marcia Gay Harden) earlier in the film suggests the possibility that the mist might not have cleared at all had David not taken the lethal action that he did.

 

It never occurred to me that the mist might have actually cleared because of what he did, and not coincidentally. I guess I didn't want to believe that the crazy lady might have been right all along.

 

That ending still packs a wallop though. I could barely sleep last night, lol!

 

This was another great bit that he wrote too, about the cast.

 

With the caliber of talent called on to tell this tale that alternates confidently between politically charged social commentary, philosophical conundrum, and full-on monster movie, The Mist is arguably the best A-class B-movie of the decade.

 

 

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I was thinking more today about this, after watching the movie again last night and seeing that list, and two things occurred to me. One was that it's a shame that this movie only made it onto a list of the 25 best horror films of the decade, and not a list of the 25 best films of the decade overall, because in my mind, it is without a doubt one of the best movies made in this decade. The ending alone makes it an instant classic, and puts Darabont into the ranks of some of the greatest filmmakers of all time, imo, for being creative enough and bold enough to write an ending that provocative.

 

And the second thing is I started thinking about what the reviewer said about David's actions actually being the thing that caused the mist to disappear, and that Mrs. Carmody was right about the blood sacrifice. But what if his son wasn't the one who was meant to be sacrificed? Did anyone notice after Ollie killed Mrs. Carmody, that she was lying in a crucifix position with a pool of blood around her head, that could have resembled a crown of thorns? Perhaps she was the one whose death released them all from the mist.

 

And if that's true, then it makes David's actions at the end all the more tragic and heartbreaking. I've often wondered what would have happened if they had sat in the car for five more minutes. Would the mist have cleared? Would the troops have come marching by? Or would something else have come out of the mist?

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Wow, This is all over the Decade-Best Films lists online, for the horror genre, or just any film:

 

50 Best and Worst Twist Endings in Film - The Mist is at #19 for Best Twist; lots of spoilers to be found here:

 

"I just watched this movie the other night, and wow, what an ending."

 

http://benjaminwss.wordpress.com/2010/01/0...ing-them-again/

 

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Matt's Top 20 Films of the 2000s - The Mist is at #16"

 

"The Mist shows that the world is truly terrifying when all hope is lost."

 

http://www.collider.com/2009/12/31/top-20-...s-of-the-2000s/

 

 

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Top 20 Horror Films of the Decade - The Mist is at #6:

 

"… the acting is superb. I don’t think I have seen Thomas Jane in a better role. "

 

http://fandomania.com/the-top-20-horror-fi...de-part-3-10-6/

 

 

 

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Just a little FYI---

 

Today marks the 51st birthday of Frank Darabont. The director of this fine film! Along with The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile just to name a couple. Happy Birthday to Frank!!! :)

 

 

-Aly

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Just a little FYI---

 

Today marks the 51st birthday of Frank Darabont. The director of this fine film! Along with The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile just to name a couple. Happy Birthday to Frank!!! :)

 

 

-Aly

 

 

Happy belated b-day Frank!! I just this really cool clip online of Frank talking about that breathtaking ending of Bladerunner (with Rutger Hauer and Harrison Ford on rooftop) - and it's sooo funny, and true, what he says. Here's the link:

 

http://www.critical-end.com/2010/01/28/hap...rthday-frankie/

 

 

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Blogger review of The Mist:

 

"I've got to side with the people who thought it was awesome."

 

http://thatwasjunk.blogspot.com/2010/02/70-mist_10.html

 

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Another blogger review of The Mist:

 

"When horror is utilized correctly it can be a remarkable snapshot of society at a certain point in history.... The Mist is the first real horror film to deal with 9/11 and the War on Terror. "

 

and

 

"Jane has that everyman quality nailed, and along with little Nathan Gamble have a great father/son chemistry."

 

http://popcorncrumbsandsodastains.blogspot...-mist-2007.html

 

 

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Blogger review of The Mist:

 

"Thomas Jane as the protagonist, David, is ideal as a level-headed, reasonable man who is just the type of leader you would feel safe following; he's simply trying to keep everything together while using as much common sense as possible."

 

http://aplaceforreviews.blogspot.com/2010/...chive-mist.html

 

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Another blogger review of The Mist:

 

"Thomas Jane is a damn genius. He has so much intensity and much expression in his face almost always, which is great for an actor especially if you know how to express yourself, which is why Thomas Jane is amazing..."

 

http://robertholik.blogspot.com/2010/03/my...ew-of-mist.html

 

 

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