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Re: “There's something ugly about I Feel Pretty


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Posted by terry mason on 04/22/2018 at 10:09 PM

Re: “There's something ugly about I Feel Pretty

"Never mind that not all women share the same experiences or would blindly accept her as their spokesperson (especially nonwhite women)."

Well she can't be *not white* can she? And what a ridiculous, paternalistic, sentiment this is. Yes, because "nonwhite women" can *only* relate to the struggles of other "nonwhite women". Their "spokesperson" couldn't possibly be "white". Only white people think in ridiculous terms like this, as if there is a binary of "nonwhite" and "white" with all "nonwhites" being in some sort of coalition of "others". We get that you need to trumpet your "wokeness", but come on...

As for the "commercial sell out" angle, it was hard to even read this article due to the endless collection of pop over, pop under, auto-play and inline ads.

It seems only hypocritical, sanctimonious bloggers are allowed to use advertising to pay their bills as they rant about "commercialism"

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Posted by anonymouse on 04/21/2018 at 10:57 PM

Re: “Chappaquiddick: How to spin a movie about spin?

Cool story, bro.

Posted by WTCM on 04/20/2018 at 4:51 PM

Re: “Chappaquiddick: How to spin a movie about spin?

this critic is an example of the helpless, hard leaning left who cant leave their politics at the box office. Before you judge me, you need to know that I'm a trangendered black woman who is gay and prefers male asian transgendered males with dyslexia. It's very complicated and I really don't understand why Mary Jo didn't wear floaties while driving in the dark with a Kennedy? Feel me? yo? One of my best friends, Stormy Daniels, said that Larry Sinclair has a better chance in court than I ever will. Let's unite! Retarded left, we need to join hands free ourselves from the oppression which is the TRUTH.

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Posted by gabrielsfist on 04/20/2018 at 3:54 PM

Re: “You Were Never Really Here updates Taxi Driver to an even colder urban landscape

@TerseNode1. The first thing most readers ask about a movie is"What's it about?" The reviewer's obligation is not to dodge the question, which in fact is not so simple as it seems. The rest has to come afterward or between the lines.

Posted by Peter Byrne on 04/17/2018 at 8:05 AM

Re: “You Were Never Really Here updates Taxi Driver to an even colder urban landscape

@Redbeard. That "psychic link" of course belongs to "ideas", the category TerseNod1 finds wanting in the review. The reviewer's alerting us to the outcome of the final scene only increases our anticipation and interest in it. After all, we're not children. Or are we?

Posted by Peter Byrne on 04/17/2018 at 7:53 AM

Re: “You Were Never Really Here updates Taxi Driver to an even colder urban landscape

Critics these days merely summarize plot when "reviewing" they no longer have philosophical and aesthetic opinions of the work, the form, or if life. Most modern reviews read like an elementary school student' book report - this happened and this happened - there is little more than a list of characters in locations and in a sequence of actions. Stupid people talk about people, places, and events; smart people discuss ideas.

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Posted by TerseNode1 on 04/15/2018 at 9:33 AM

Re: “You Were Never Really Here updates Taxi Driver to an even colder urban landscape

Love your take on this. So far, you are the only critic Ive read who picked up on the psychic link and bonding between Joe and Nina, which is the theme too many of your colleagues have failed to notice. But I cant believe you spoiled the final scene. Please edit so that others can enjoy its whiplash intensity without expectation.

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Posted by Redbeard Simmons on 04/12/2018 at 7:17 AM

Re: “The Death of Stalin

Very funny film!!!

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Posted by Treat on 04/06/2018 at 8:18 PM

Re: “The new Wonder Woman is OK with men

An American movie WITHOUT a car chase.. a fine beginning.

Posted by Big Julie on 04/06/2018 at 6:01 PM

Re: “The Red Turtle swims against the tide of children’s animation

Few people seem to have noticed, but, despite the gorgeous film production (music and animation), the plot is evil: The turtle imprison the man on the island, preventing him from escaping, and when the man fights back, killing her, the 'dead' turtle applies a last dirty (and magic) trick: turn on a beautiful woman and seduces the man.

And dont like the idea of love by force. This left a big moral question unanswered in this movie: is she (the turtle/woman) right do this? This remember me the Odysseu in the Homer's poem "the Odyssey", when Calypso (a nymph in Greek mythology), detained Odysseus, to remain as her lover, for seven years in the island of Ogygia (she enchants Odysseus with her singing).

The red turtle is a old story told differently, with sad music and simple animations.

Posted by Sandero11 on 04/05/2018 at 12:17 PM

Re: “Brighton's just right for a murder, mate

Thinking it over years later, I'd of course agree that Rowan Joffe's "religious flourishes seem more rhetorical than heartfelt". But looking at Greene's career as a whole so were his. His conversion to Roman Catholicism seems like a gleeful discovery of new plot devices. In novels like 'The Heart of the Matter' of 'The End of the Affair' characters appear to cling to abstract theological principles merely to help the novelist manufacture tension.

Posted by Peter Byrne on 04/04/2018 at 9:12 AM

Re: “Capra's Catastrophe

Thank you for that very interesting piece. I just watched Broadway Bill for the first time and found it a hotchpotch, curate's egg of a film. The set piece where the odds go up on Bill was a poem, with great writing, acting, editing and cinematography that, as you observed, dared to play away from the main characters but was one of the highlights of the film. The film could have ended as Bill's nose reached the post, as Depression-style karma, with the $2 sucker money fulfiling the dreams of little people, the suckers. Warner Baxter was a strange actor, he strolled and smoked his way through such uneven B picture offerings as the Crime Doctor series but on occasions had some real sparks of brilliance. In this film he just seemed the typical boorish anti-hero but as you observe, autre temps autre moeurs. I keep rare breed poultry so Skeeter was a gem too and Myrna Loy is one of my favourite actresses.

I hate 'It's a Wonderful Life' and cloying is a fine description for it. It seems strange that it should come from the same director as 'The Bitter Tea of General Yen' which is a masterpiece. Broadway Bill on the other hand seemed as if it had been created by a committee.

Posted by Pavlovafowl Sue Cross on 04/02/2018 at 2:38 PM

Re: “The Death of Stalin

Ridiculous, dark, yet fluffy. Keystone cops meets politics. It is that just politics? The actors are a delight. Steve Buscemi is ridiculously sincere. A second viewing was equally hilarious. The chasing, racing, scuffling about like a Three Stooges comedy hits home the absurdity of synchopantry. Though some had flies do go splat.

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Posted by 1Tersenode on 04/01/2018 at 6:26 PM

Re: “With Ready Player One, Steven Spielberg finds his avatar

I love this review. Directors must be careful. My family loved inception by Nolan for its complicated storyline.
But we came out Ready Player One just too overwhlemed and tired and wtf, why so much money spend without honing in the screenwriters. This is not a movie or film.
It's a Hollywood experiment.

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Posted by Keith on 03/29/2018 at 3:43 PM

Re: “In Fifty Shades of Grey, the big O's gotta go

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Re: “Fifty Shades Freed: Come for the BDSM, stay for the lifestyle porn

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Posted by rima deliana on 03/29/2018 at 3:08 PM

Re: “An epic quest to skateboard from Chicago to New York hits the screen in Shred America

Damn I Loved this story when it aired on "What About Chicago?!" a month or so ago! Looking forward to the release of Shred America

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Posted by aStevens on 03/22/2018 at 4:24 PM

Re: “The White Ribbon

Several things come to mind when we look at 'The White Ribbon' a decade after.
1) It bears the mark of Jean-Claude Carriere the great French scenarist who oversaw the script that Haneke wrote. The Frenchman's pace and incisiveness is evident and avoids the jolts and abruptness of Haneke's transitions or lack of them when he goes it alone. 2) It no longer seems relevant to see the film as a key to the onset of Fascism in Europe. Haneke labored the point in his interviews of the time, but today the film looks more like a critical view of paternal oppression. That said, wanting to or not, Haneke shows that the cruel fathers are in a bind forced on them by the system. For instance, it's because the old peasant who hangs himself didn't keep his son in line that he was ruined. 3) We hardly notice that the film is in black and white, which is very much to Haneke's credit. Other directors who did without color in recent years made a big thing of it, maybe because their movies had little else to offer.

Posted by Peter Byrne on 03/22/2018 at 8:45 AM

Re: “Luke Skywalker still has lessons to learn in Star Wars: The Last Jedi

I love this "Disney must have payed for this article" sentiment that comes straight out of a conspiracy theorists' rulebook.

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Posted by Jovan Ristic on 03/21/2018 at 5:07 PM