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Puffin NubbinsWe shouldn't pretend that the casting couch is not and has not been a "thing" FOREVER in Hollywood. This is why I have never accepted finger-waggling moralizing on any issue from Hollywood elites. Harvey is less of an exception than the industry would like to admit.

Many women have slept their way to the top (e.g., Chelsea Handler) and many women have been sexually assaulted and raped. The women who agreed to sex-for-play are, in some small way, responsible for making the expectation of sexual favors which has resulting assault and gray-area consent.

And shall we talk about the kids in this system?


Yeah, as scummy as Trump is, I think some of Hollywood's outrage against him is actually them trying to clear their conscience at Trump's expense for the things they've seen and heard themselves.

I agree with this wholeheartedly.


Trump is an easy target for Hollywood; rich, white arsehole Republican who abuses his power. You can trash him all day and not worry about any backlash from the industry. Weinstein was 'one of their own' in a sense that he supported both Clintons and Obamas' campaign runs. Hell, didn't Malia Obama have an internship at the Weinstein company? Think about how hypocritical these celebrities and hollywood types look calling Trump a sex offender for his 'grab women by the pussy' and they were damn near silent all these years when a known sexual predator like Weinstein's behavior was worse? Not a good look.

Well said. This sentiment is exactly what Steve Bannon used en route to the White House. That false PC moral outrage the elites loved to be on the forefront of.
Oct 11, 2017 2:44 AM
DaMU
replicanThe film industry is a superficial/vain/shallow one. It?commodifies sex and violence. Nobody should be surprised by the fact that one of the most powerful moguls in the industry for the past couple decades didn't think twice about assaulting women.

That being said...I have a hard time having sympathy for the victims who also profited from the industry biases.

Well, at least you've found a way to dislike everyone.

There's a difference between what I said and dislike. Are implying that the likes of Asia Argento want sympathy at this point?
Oct 11, 2017 2:22 AM
Harvey's wife is about to become a very rich woman.
Oct 10, 2017 11:45 PM
The film industry is a superficial/vain/shallow one. It?commodifies sex and violence. Nobody should be surprised by the fact that one of the most powerful moguls in the industry for the past couple decades didn't think twice about assaulting women.

That being said...I have a hard time having sympathy for the victims who also profited from the industry biases.
Oct 10, 2017 11:43 PM
Love seeing the elitist liberal establishment being called out over this.

Hollywood is so grimy.
Oct 10, 2017 11:37 PM
Lena Dunham calling out the men of Hollywood for not speaking out against Harvey -

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/09/opinion/harvey-weinstein-lena-dunham-silence-.html

I like the part where she points how "liberal-leaning" (though let's be real here...it's a lot more than just a lean) doesn't waste time to criticize the Roger Ailes of the right wing world but not as loudly when it comes to one of their own. Lena doesn't mention him but I'll throw in Anthony Weiner here too.

I rarely agree with any sort of feminist perspective but when you look more closely at these types of cases...it has to be more of a predatory power thing than a sexual thing. I mean these guys could have 10/10s consensually anytime and yet they choose to jeapardize everything they have worked for as well as dragging friends and family into this ugliness. It makes no rational sense other than these guys are plain evil. It's not even a thing where they have some mental block that they can't help themselves...they clearly can help themselves enough to be at the top of a hugely competitive industry. It's that they choose to break the moral compass. Some psychotic shit.
Oct 10, 2017 12:20 AM
By the last season I felt about the characters pretty much how they felt about each other...it wasn't worth the aggravation. I stayed until the bitter end but thought the writing was awful by the 5th season. The character arcs went nowhere worth putting up with the constant pointless arguing. It just didn't make for entertaining viewing.

Some critics view the show's insistence on being unpleasant at times admirable but for me the show didn't have much to say for me to accept that experience. It's a slight show...so for me it has to come down on the side of fun viewing which it doesn't for the most part, especially after season 4.

What did you make of the series finale OP? I thought it captured everything wrong with the show pretty well. Very disappointing. Lena running around in her underwear being shrill....

I'm a huge Lena fan. I want to see her move on to the big screen again.
Sep 15, 2017 9:14 PM
DP is the heart n soul of this forum.
Sep 10, 2017 4:49 PM
I find it odd that they are playing up the 4.20 angle. The material never struck me as stoner-centric. If anything the Broken Lizards come off as anti-cannabis...what with the whole LEOs thing. The comedy always came off as more at the expense of a stoner rather than with them in on the joke.

Like they are more Saturday Night Live humor than Harold and Kumar.
Sep 5, 2017 3:58 AM
I'm not a big LOTR fan but I do recall thinking that scene with Cate's character getting angry was very well done. Caught me off guard. Like everything from the CGI to sound to Cate's facial expression comes together perfectly there.
Sep 5, 2017 3:52 AM
I was listening to a podcast discussing the film recently.

One of the critics took issue with Ally Sheedy's character undergoing the makeover as way to be attractive (to both herself and others??). The critic argued that it was vane, not something the character would do. Instead of coming of as an empowering scene, it diminishes her character's strengths.

I hadn't thought of that ?before but can completely understand that perspective. Bender didn't stop looking like a bum to win the heart of the cheerleader.

Anyway, good film.
Sep 5, 2017 2:39 AM
Sorcerer Supreme NamelessThe Coens dabble in themes of nihilism in wake of faith, featuring protagonists who either abide by or resist and question the call of faith during specific phrases, and eras, in one's life. That's about as simply as I can put it. They work with inverse tones in that their comedies often shroud a sinister subtext while their serious films are injected with farce and slapstick... which often results in explicit violence. They have a very callous tone when it comes to who dies, as death often comes in the form of punishment for stupidity, oversight, miscalculation... Lots of stressed out characters putting in their all only to get slapped for it (read: thrown into a wood chipper). You can tell they are a fan of slashers and have an edge when it comes to horror, despite never explicitly crafting a horror movie. Humans are scary enough, even when they are composed of ridiculous caricature. There is nothing like the John Goodman arch through the Coen's catalog, life of the mind indeed

So, what exactly are you supposed to take away from their work? What are you missing??

Fuck it, dude, let's go bowling

Now that I've given it more thought, I strongly dislike their brand of comedy. The Big Lebowski, Raising Arizona, Ladykillers, O Brother...did not laugh.
For me it goes:
1. Illewyn Davis
2. Fargo
3. No Country
Sticking with the Big Lebowski, you mention the brothers include a sinister subtext within their comedies. I think my reason for not 'getting' their humor is that nobody in their films gets the humor. They are all completely the opposite of being self-aware. I haven't seen a comedy of theirs in a while so I'm just spit balling my thoughts here...I feel like their is a disconnect between the tone of what the characters' ordeals are and what the audience is supposed to experience. Not sure if I'm articulating correctly here.
Aug 30, 2017 2:34 AM
Death Proof
replican@DP?

I get what you mean by if I don't get it, I don't get it, but just for my enlightenment, play along-

Taking that scene in the GIF as an example, what exactly about it works for you? Goodman's character basically plays out the same notes in every one of his scenes in the film. He constantly screwed things up for the protagonist. Goodman going apeshit on a car in a case of mis-identification is funny. But when that premise is recycled so much...it just gets to be irritating. And even if there's an actual point the Coen bros are trying to make (Dude is so passive as to surround himself with knuckleheads but remains loyal) it gets old after the first couple times.

I guess if the comedy worked for you it's enough to constant boorishness of Goodman's character does't get tiresome like it did for me.

Honestly, if you think that Goodman is one-note then either you haven't seen enough of his work or you're not paying attention. As I had said in a recent thread, I believe Goodman is one of the finest actors to come out the US in the last 25 years.
I'm not sure what to say. You still say it's a funny scene but you think you're missing something.
Let's put Lebowski aside. What about O Brother Where Art Thou? Or Blood Simple? Have you seen either of those?

I was talking about his performance in the Big L only. That scene is funny out of context. Within context it's just grating.
Aug 30, 2017 2:18 AM
@DP?

I get what you mean by if I don't get it, I don't get it, but just for my enlightenment, play along-

Taking that scene in the GIF as an example, what exactly about it works for you? Goodman's character basically plays out the same notes in every one of his scenes in the film. He constantly screwed things up for the protagonist. Goodman going apeshit on a car in a case of mis-identification is funny. But when that premise is recycled so much...it just gets to be irritating. And even if there's an actual point the Coen bros are trying to make (Dude is so passive as to surround himself with knuckleheads but remains loyal) it gets old after the first couple times.

I guess if the comedy worked for you it's enough to constant boorishness of Goodman's character does't get tiresome like it did for me.
Aug 29, 2017 10:40 PM
Robin McDonaldI loved the show and it was part of my weekly life for decades before the Tomatometer.
I think Ebert was a ?better film writer than he was a TV host. His written reviews were so
thoughtful and uniquely engaging.?

I don't think Ebert ever landed a well matched partner in the year following Siskel's death.
It wasn't Richard Roeper. But ironically Roeper found a great match with plenty of chemistry in Aisha Tyler.
Sadly she only did two episodes with him.

The only weekly show I ever found was as much fun as Siskel and Ebert was Korey Coleman and the Spill Crew.
Four or more guys who were friends got together to review films and Korey would animate their audio talks into a
five to ten minute segment with high quality limited animation. It was really funny as Korey would turn their riffs and
jokes into cartoon reality. Its amazing they kept is going as long as they did because its an insane amount of work.
It was network television quality. I am surprised they never got picked up.


I think the show's inability to find a suitable replacement had more to do with the format and medium itself than chemistry.
Aug 29, 2017 7:53 PM
Joel and Ethan. They are widely acclaimed. Every time I watch a film of theirs I feel like I'm missing the joke or larger point. Their films strike me as empty...or that their point is so buried that it makes it moot. Like an indie version of David Fincher: flawless technique and execution but in the end they make fleeting/cold films.

The only film of theirs that I would rewatch is Inside Llewyn Davis and that is more due to Oscar Isaac's performance.

I feel like I just don't understand the Coen brother's tone. For example Big Lebowski, I didn't find it funny at all. It has the hijinks of a stoner comedy without the fun. John Goodman's character...like...I did not get him at all...what was the angle with that? A caricature I presume, but without those around him playing off him it just comes off boring.

I never feel vested with the characters that populate their films.

I would guess that A Serious Man is their most personal film. While watching it I felt it was...lazy. I'm watching someone watching their life. I don't find it to be engrossing enough to enjoy or feel compelled to watch.

So Coen bros. fans, what makes them talented?
Aug 29, 2017 7:51 PM
The GOAT critic. Loved him. He was open about everything, including his biases.

Have you all seen his appearance on The Howard Stern show?
Aug 29, 2017 7:36 PM
His last attempt at something other than his usual dumbed down material was The Cobbler by a director I love...it sucked. I have never disliked an actor as much as I do Sandler. Just something about his schtick that irritates me.

He represents everything that is wrong with mainstream Hollywood in my eyes.
Aug 25, 2017 4:13 AM
Quite-Gone Genie
Death Proof
Thanks, big daddy.

I think he's the first poster to get mega-nuked.

What does that mean?
Aug 25, 2017 4:06 AM
Someone needs to check Rick's ego.
Aug 14, 2017 7:36 PM