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Popsicle PeteI'm starting to fear the inevitability of an 8-year Trump presidency.

I'm not worrying about 2020 until at least 2019.
Apr 27, 2017 12:11 AM
Janson Jinnistan

I don't think there's another director who fully embraced Ozu's technique of direct eye-camera contact.

heh, next time I watch SotL I'm going to keep this in mind.

and yeah sucky news. there's a lot on his catalog I've yet to see but I've always admired Demme for his eclectic-ness, always hopping from one disparate genre to another.
Apr 26, 2017 7:05 PM
Planet Terror
Surely, our president and his supporters will be moved by the subtlety and sublimity of the films mentioned in this thread.

I mean, they probably won't and you're right that these broad characterizations do not help cultural tensions no matter who they target. if Dirty Harry and Death Wish were reactionary, then so are Desierto and Brimstone. and I'll bet either side doesn't feel good when they are cast as the villain.

I recently finished Arlie Russell Hochschild's Strangers in Their Own Land about a sociologist trying to understand the ethos of rural white America. I know works like these are trying to bridge the empathy gap. at the same time, I know how hard it can be to want to build that bridge when you find untenable so much on the other side (in spite of the other side's visible sufferings).

also I don't take issue with Star Wars promoting a multi-cultural cast as its heroes. maybe it is not fair that the villains are homogeneous in their whiteness but it is not without historical precedent in the USA. and plenty of the hero characters are white so I see it as pro-multiculturalism and not anti-white.




Apr 25, 2017 10:35 PM
oh well.

at least us whites can take solace in having president who feels our pain. #maga
Apr 25, 2017 7:52 PM
Trump's interview with The Associated Press. just to stay in the loop

https://apnews.com/c810d7de280a47e88848b0ac74690c83

I'm also kinda worried that this whole Russia stuff will yield bupkis and then the Democractic Party will look like a bunch of Russophobic conspiracy theorists. of course if Trump's taxes come out and a bunch of stuff can be traced to Russia, it's just going to be bad optics, conspiracy or not. gotta find some healthy distractions in the meantime, argghhh
Apr 24, 2017 4:56 AM
ahaha, I'm leaving that in.

so in addition to gay Star Wars, I vote for wushu/wuxia Star Wars.
Apr 23, 2017 6:37 PM
as underused as they were in RO, I'd love to see a spin-off with Donnie Yen and Jiang Wen's characters. lots of marital arts/odd couple shenanigans in space sounds like a good time.
Apr 23, 2017 5:09 PM
haven't been keeping up like I should although I am to the point where Mike's father talks about the fire at the officers' nightclub (plus Dick Hallorann cameo!). not as visceral as Mike's giant bird attack but I'm curious how far the book further intertwines these societal horrors with IT's supernatural horror.
Apr 22, 2017 3:39 AM
DaMUThe original film purportedly gained traction because people saw it as an antidote to Vietnam malaise with its simple binary story.

how very Ronald Reagan (zing!)
Apr 22, 2017 3:23 AM
Quite-Gone GenieI still think "The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson" would have made a good series finale.

nah, Miracle on Evergreen Terrace
Apr 20, 2017 4:10 AM
*drags Popcorn Reviews down the stairs by his neck*

family values, motherfucker
Apr 19, 2017 7:36 PM
a lot of people in my family are O'Reilly heads so there lies in me an urge to revel in this latest news. but I know that eventually they will find another outlet to satiate their grievance-based ideologies and cultural resentments. it's as reliable as the tides.

at least there are still some jobs you can be barred from after committing sexual harassment.
Apr 19, 2017 7:16 PM
new releases for July

July 11 - Roberto Rossellini's War Trilogy (upgrade)*, L'argent by Robert Bresson
July 18 - Stalker by Andrei Tarkovsky
July 25 - Lost in America by Albert Brooks

*includes Rome Open City, Paisan, and Germany Year Zero
Apr 17, 2017 9:34 PM
Black PhilipLet's be totally real. They will never and I mean NEVER top the OT. The Original Trilogy. That would take some supernatural magic we don't have yet. For the mean time we can 'enjoy' these artificial clones they will keep on making to feed the cash as long as possible. That's the bottom line folks, and it would take 9,000,000 new characters to EVEN replace ONE Han Solo. Word up!

yeah I accepted a long time ago that my nostalgic feeling for those three movies can never be reproduced. but accepting that has let me approach the new movies without unrealistic expectations.

as long as the kids like 'em, it's all good.
Apr 15, 2017 4:11 AM
BobHarrisI was just thinking about the south park episode a few days ago about Christopher Reeves eating babies and regaining his superman strength and HackMan being his nemesis, although the good guy.

yeah I hope I'm not alone in occasionally calling him Hack Man.
Apr 15, 2017 4:08 AM
between this and TFA, I'll give this one the edge for not being as self-conscious. that it is taking place within an existing movie is basically fan-service already so maybe it freed the filmmakers from having to self-reference as often (aside from the already existing characters, locations, and vehicles within the fictional world).

I get the criticism that the characters didn't "pop" the way they did in TFA. for me the only two "characters" that mattered were the Rebel Alliance as a whole and Galactic Empire as a whole and those were characterized well enough to keep me interested in the story. not that better characterization of the individual characters wouldn't have helped but as is, it didn't hurt my viewing as much as some.
Apr 15, 2017 3:12 AM
hell yeah, love Hackman. one of those actors like Robert Duvall who has had such a diverse range of characters without falling back on overly mannered tics or flamboyancy. (not to slight those that can use those tools to great advantage)

the last movie of his that I saw was Scarecrow which yeah did take a bit of time to get going but ended way stronger than it finished. (movie probably picked up momentum once things started going south for Pacino's character. sorry Pacino.) and while not the biggest Superman movie fan, I admire his commitment to looking like an idiot. Ned Beatty too.
Apr 15, 2017 3:02 AM
I am sufficiently teased.
Apr 14, 2017 5:08 PM
whoops, I thought we had already started. oh well
Apr 13, 2017 12:31 PM
still reading, Chapter 9 now.

and so far I'm finding plenty to like about IT. even when it does ramble, there are some pretty good passages. mostly the ones detailing sheer nostalgia and sheer terror, evoking a childhood when everything was so much bigger and mysterious. the night after I read the passage where Ben meets Pennywise on the frozen lake I had walked home from the movie theater trying to beat the dark and the steadily increasing cold wind. obviously I'm too old to be intimidated by such settings but I remembered that scene and how these things could take on a much more sinister life when you're still at the age where you're just figuring out a lot of basic shit.

I already know that it ends with the gang beating IT and I hope I'm not disappointed to find that the Ultimate Evil is indeed a tangible entity that can be subdued like any mortal. doesn't mean things can't still be scary while IT is still alive though.
Apr 11, 2017 10:05 PM