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Re: “A Bad Moms Christmas

Boycott Susan Sarandon!!!

Posted by Treat on 11/06/2017 at 9:43 PM

Re: “Battle of the Sexes

Great review!

Posted by Treat on 09/22/2017 at 7:22 PM

Re: “Snatched

Ike Barinholtz is fun to look at and Hawn finally fixed her botched facelift so she can appear in films again. I'll wait for it to come on cable.

Posted by Treat on 05/12/2017 at 10:42 AM

Re: “Landmark's Century Centre

I love Ozon's work. The subtitles are German. Can an English speaking person understand this film?

Posted by Treat on 04/22/2017 at 10:28 AM

Re: “Jackie

Just not that good. "Bobby" doesn't even feign an Irish accent and Portman is to young and immature for the role. Next time, have an American director pick out a better book or recreate it from a point of view from the very smart and tortured First Lady. I was in 4th grade when this all happened and to this day I cry whenever I see the footage of the shooting. Nothing close came to my mind nor emotions with this film.

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Treat on 12/16/2016 at 7:57 PM

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Re: “Foxcatcher

How Foxcatcher promotes gay pathology.
Gay moviegoers sometimes have their sexuality turned against them as in Foxcatcher, in which Channing Tatum’s hunkitude, used as the focus for director Bennett Miller’s murder tale, promotes a kind of gay-bashing.
Tatum plays the ultimate dumb jock sweating pheromones and insecurity. As a wrestler whose physical close-contact implies intimate vulnerability, he’s sought out by a millionaire psychopathic sports lover who cannot pull together his personal attraction and professional ambition. Lust turns to jealousy then mania.
Miller’s films depict gayness as part of a character’s perverse idiosyncrasy, like Philip Seymour Hoffman’s stunt performance in the 2004 Capote. In Foxcatcher, it’s comedian Steve Carell’s turn at stunt-acting, outfitted with an oversized schnoz, mean beady eyes, dingy teeth, blotchy skin—and gayness, a covert characteristic of self-proclaimed patriot, birdwatcher, and wrestling fanatic John du Pont. It was du Pont, heir to one of the world’s largest chemical companies, who, in 1988, seduced Olympic medalist Mark Schultz (Tatum) with promises of athletic glory and eventually killed Schultz’s wrestler brother Dave (Mark Ruffalo).
The true-crime aspect of Foxcatcher is less interesting than the bizarrely closeted spectacle Miller makes of it. As written by E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman, this film is not sympathetic to the tyranny of the closet or even panicky homosocial athletics. It takes the real-life tragedy and teases about its gay subtext. From Tatum’s balls-heavy jock walk to Ruffalo’s scruffy, hands-on butch-tenderness, this quasi biopic relies on cock-blocking pathos. An undercurrent of snide gay contempt—almost mockery—is felt in the way Miller and team connect du Pont’s freakiness to his conservative politics and affluent, isolated secrecy.
Surely Carell’s oddball performance ought to be a joke but for Miller’s grim seriousness. Foxcatcher portrays du Pont as a homicidal pervert. His sexuality is hidden behind a facade of traditional American patriotism: Founding Father portraits in the du Pont mansion look on as du Pont sponsors his private team of athletes (named Foxcatcher after his family's sprawling estate); these mute choruses never comment on du Pont's freakiness.
Switch the title Foxcatcher to what gays used to call “Chicken Hawk.” Miller’s homophobia is all in code—what his hypocritical admirers might call “discretion.” But as in Capote, it’s really just Miller’s suspicion of sex; his desiccated hatred of eroticism. These meaty athletes are non-sensual. Mark and Dave’s Of Mice and Men relationship seem quasi-incestuous and du Pont's claim, “I do not share my mother’s affection for horse flesh,” is surely a tortured double-entendre. For dirty talk, du Pont and Mark repeat the words “ornithologist, philatelist, philanthropist” at each other—a failed SNL skit.
When du Pont awakens Mark for an after-midnight work-out, we’re shown the beast-with-two-backs in silhouette. Miller’s tasteful (?) approach keeps us in the dark but surely du Pont and Mark know they’re humping. Miller’s innuendo robs them of their full tragedy while indie movie power brokers who sponsor Miller’s elite homophobia deflect their snobbery with a violent climax. They promote gayness as a pathological stereotype. In its grim, art-movie way, Foxcatcher is a form of gay-bashing. Lovers of the singlet had better stick to Matthew Modine, Michael Schoeffling, and Frank Jasper (pictured below) in the 1985 wrestling mat classic Vision Quest.

3 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Treat on 12/25/2014 at 8:51 AM

Re: “Second City's latest main-stage show is full of second guesses

The problem with this show was sound. Unless one was at a table close to the stage, one missed a lot of words that ended up not getting the jokes. TOO MANY SOFT VOICES-BAD SOUND SYSTEM!

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Treat on 11/19/2014 at 6:45 PM

Re: “Our top picks for fall visual arts

What the heck dose the word "obscure" have belonging to the intro here???? Bowie will always be relevant.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Treat on 11/11/2014 at 2:56 AM

Re: “How Rahm became a Democrat again

I have been as disappointed in Rahm as I have been with Obama. Rahm was a great US Rep. from my district in North Chicago. He helped me many times while I was imperial fighting the US and IL. coming down on me. He had hoped to be in Pelosi's position as Speaker, but Obama broke his dreams and thus the House of representative hopes of being mostly Deem.
I really hope Independents gain more foothold in the coming years. Go Unions.

9 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Treat on 11/04/2014 at 5:01 PM

Re: “Play ball!

"Santorum" will never be president to funny.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Treat on 08/31/2014 at 4:05 PM

Re: “French filmmaker Philippe Garrel is the master of the unseen

Well what theatre is this film playing at? Can't find it anywhere...

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Treat on 08/29/2014 at 11:18 PM

Re: “Does Rahm Emanuel have a challenger who can win?

I sincerely hope Toni runs...

6 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Treat on 07/02/2014 at 11:29 AM

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