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Nocturnal Animals gets a strong recommendation overall. However, I do have two criticisms. One, the film's tone and approach are affected. Two, when the plot or characterization is abysmally sloppy, it plummets off a fucking cliff.* However, NA is also a great mix of stupidity and intelligence. When this movie is good, it is outstanding. When it is smart, it is incredibly smart. For example, NA is one of the best examinations of the writing process, and its relationship to trauma, that I have seen on film. Related to this, a scholar could do extensive psychological criticism just from this one rich piece of cinema. Furthermore, I compliment NA on often being so gritty and on taking some huge risks that challenge the audience. Furthermore, the cast performs as good as you would expect, and they make characters interesting, if not emotionally engaging. Finally, I like the symbolic visuals throughout the movie. Not every director would be so adept as to include them.
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grelber37 updated his STATUS: about 9 hours ago

Nocturnal Animals gets a strong recommendation overall. However, I do have two criticisms. One, the film's tone and approach are affected. Two, when the plot or characterization is abysmally sloppy, it plummets off a fucking cliff.* However, NA is also a great mix of stupidity and intelligence. When this movie is good, it is outstanding. When it is smart, it is incredibly smart. For example, NA is one of the best examinations of the writing process, and its relationship to trauma, that I have seen on film. Related to this, a scholar could do extensive psychological criticism just from this one rich piece of cinema. Furthermore, I compliment NA on often being so gritty and on taking some huge risks that challenge the audience. Furthermore, the cast performs as good as you would expect, and they make characters interesting, if not emotionally engaging. Finally, I like the symbolic visuals throughout the movie. Not every director would be so adept as to include them.
grelber37
grelber37 at 04:47 PM Feb 22

* SPOILER footnote

I notice that the sloppy plotting occurs in those sections presenting Edward's book. Edward Sheffield is a "failed" writer with limited skill. Perhaps, the film's poor writing (during these scenes) are supposed to reflect how Sheffield has likely written them.

I note something else. Edward claims that the manuscript is for a book soon to be published. However, he might not be telling the truth. His manuscript could be unpublishable dreck meant strictly to communicate with his ex-wife. However, I might be giving the film's writers too much credit. Or, Austin Wright might have purposefully written the Tony scenes like something out of a paperback, and Tom Ford might have in-turn kept the same level of quality in the film.

timmyd
timmyd at 07:56 PM Feb 22

I really liked the film. In my top ten from last year.

grelber37 updated his STATUS: about 17 hours ago

We shall see whether April is the coolest month or cruelest month. On April 10th, American Dad returns. I find that the show is still sordid, satirical, sitcom fun, and one hopes that it continues its winning ways. Also in April, Agents of SHIELD returns. Many on-line commentators speculate that we get Agents of SHIELD: What If? after S4's Ghost Rider and LMD themes. Well, we shall see whether if the upcoming "what if?" scenarios (whether officially designated so or not) are engaging or not. The series heads toward either summer break or a series finale. I would hope for Coulson and crew to leave on a high note. It is the Marvel way.
grelber37 updated his STATUS: 2 days ago

The Descent: Part 2 is an indecent step-down from the first movie. The cash-grab sequel is mediocre. Some parts make no sense. Many plot events try to "fix" elements of the first movie. Don't fuck with the original. I am glad to have caught The Descent: Part 2 on a Showtime freeview for "free".
Pat Hatfreet
Pat Hatfreet at 01:12 PM Feb 21

Totally indecent!

TheChanges23
TheChanges23 at 04:12 PM Feb 21

I'm ecstatic you agree Grel. The Descent is a Masterpiece....Part 2 is a calamity of quality and a huge disrespect to what came before.

timmyd
timmyd at 08:17 PM Feb 21

one of the worst fucking endings ever .

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grelber37 updated his STATUS: 5 days ago

The Purge 4 premieres on July 4, 2018. Ant-Man and the Wasp arrives on July 6, 2018. I wonder if one will move. Of course, neither should. We shall see them both.
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cerealkiller182
cerealkiller182 at 06:49 PM Feb 17

Never put it in those terms. That's pretty awesome.

timmyd
timmyd at 07:53 PM Feb 17

right on.

grelber37 updated his STATUS: 5 days ago

Fist Fight is the funniest fuck'n 2017 release that I have seen. Okay, I have only seen three 2017 releases (FF, Death Race 2050, and Justice League Dark). Fist Fight has a throwback style reminiscent of '70s and '80s comedies (such as Three O'Clock High, of course). A slightly screwball approach pervades the fun, and a viewer has to be willing to go with it. Like many '80s sex comedies, the movie offers light social commentary on high school life. As an ex-teacher, I found some bits and lines especially funny. Like many modern R-rated comedies, the movie offers some risque and creative bawdry, filthy humor, that a person can laugh at or not. I had a good time at the movies.
timmyd
timmyd at 07:53 PM Feb 17

glad you dug it , buddy.

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They are often worthy. Ask any pet owner.

Weapon X
Weapon X at 03:51 PM Feb 16

Who's a worthy boy? WHO's a worthy boy? You, yes, YOU are!

BATeMAN
BATeMAN at 06:10 PM Feb 16

You have betrayed the express command of your owner.
For peeing on the carpet and chewing the furniture.
I cast you out!

timmyd
timmyd at 08:13 PM Feb 16

awesome

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grelber37 updated his STATUS: 12 days ago

Daredevil: Season One episodes are so good that they are addictive. I am actually just sitting before the television watching several episodes in a row. However, the Blu-ray player does the strangest thing with the disks. The video keeps pausing (for maybe a centisecond) while the audio keeps going. I have never had this viewing problem, and other Blu-rays play just fine. Oh well, this "problem" is a small one, and the staccato play does emphasize certain images.
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grelber37 at 08:41 AM Feb 11

I also want to comment on the show itself. The Netflix series is much better drama and gritty noir than other Marvel cinematic properties. Furthermore, a longtime Daredevil fan finds a hundred and one things that the scripts get right, and he notices that the writers must also be majorly knowledgeable fans.

The only thing that I do not buy is how easily ol' DD gets beat-up. Common goons would not give Daredevil so much trouble. But, I suppose their unusual toughness provides suspense (i.e. will Matt win this fight?). And, it helps pad each episode's run time.

TheChanges23
TheChanges23 at 07:10 PM Feb 11

I'm happy you're enjoying the series Grel. Hugely.

Do you plan on watching the other Netflix shows? Jessica, Luke, and Iron Fist?

Or have you watched them already?

grelber37
grelber37 at 05:55 AM Feb 12

No. I just watching DD-S1 for now. There is only so much time and money.

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This morning, FB commentators have passionate debates about Superbowl LI's commercials and halftime show. Many folks are offended. Many are inspired. Often, it is good to see democracy in action these days.

However, I would point-out one thing, and any communications scholar might. Texts (e.g. ads) have both an author and a receiver. The author's intention matters. But, the receiver's interpretation does greatly as well. Therefore, any audience should remember that s/he places a lens over a text. S/he _chooses_ to see the text as political reference, Christian discussion, sexual innuendo, etc.

In turn, an individual decides if s/he is offended. In recent times, certain commentators note, jocularly or otherwise, an unhealthy proclivity for everyone to be offended, whether liberal or conservative. Internet memes mock this easy offense and thin skin. I hope that people, especially those commenting on the game, remember that they control their own reactions.

Of course, I should acknowledge one other thing. Sometimes, texts lend themselves to certain interpretations. Therefore, a text might be an obvious political allegory or other statement. Similarly, it might be clearly religious or sexual in nature.

Finally, I should note one other thing about fan reaction to last night. Sometimes, there is a lack of it. Curiously, I have seen no conservatives upset over the rendition of "America the Beautiful" before the national anthem. The female singers redacted "brotherhood" with "sisterhood". Curiously, I have seen no progressives upset over the Melissa McCarthy commercial for Kia. The slapstick could easily be called misogynistic if one wished to call it that. But, McCarthy is a comedian and hefty; therefore, viewers might place the ad into certain contexts, whether they should or not.

People are interesting. They are especially interesting as readers of the world around them. I like studying them and learning.


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CrazyHick
CrazyHick at 09:20 PM Feb 06

I love your take. I think from your previous posts we are on differing sides of the political spectrum. However, examining the varying commercials logically it is definitely an extremely interesting time in our country.

jeo4
jeo4 at 09:35 AM Feb 07

I think everyone needs to dial down the anger and hostility and give some thought to the intention of the material and not how it offends them personally. As a nation, we are so divided right now that nobody is willing to meet in the middle and have thoughtful discussions about anything. Politicians are a root cause, but we as thinking, reasoning adults could handle them with more critical thinking. We could look at each issue and determine more intelligently what needs to be done from a neutral standpoint by thinking about how it impacts everyone. Then maybe we could find some common ground.

grelber37 updated his STATUS: 21 days ago

I do not speak Latin. However, the Radcliffe LMD apparently does, for he spoke it in Tuesday's Agents of SHIELD episode. He told Fitz, "I hope the memory of our friendship will be everlasting. A wise man says little. The die is cast." I wonder whether Radcliffe built a Fitz android or something. Then, Simmons would have to possibly deal with the same crisis as Coulson has currently. Furthermore, I keep wondering if a Robo-Ward will show-up or if the show writers really have finally beat that character (and his resurrections) to death.
grelber37 updated his STATUS: 21 days ago

Hey! Did you see that new red-band for Fist Fight? I was laughing my ass off. Especially as an ex-educator, I have to see this fucking movie! It looks a lot better than expected.
timmyd
timmyd at 08:16 PM Feb 01

it looks like it may hold some good fun.

grelber37 updated his STATUS: 22 days ago

The Dune remake will be directed by Denis Villeneuve. This a good thing. I am especially convinced that he is the right man for the job after watching Arrival.
grelber37 updated his STATUS: 22 days ago

Last night's Agents of SHIELD was hit-and-miss. The LMD's mindtricks would not have worked on professional spies, and the stinger was anticlimactic. A few plot developments were convenient. However, "Hot Potato Soup" had robust amounts of humor and suspense. Some plot twists were damn great. Last night's episode moved the overall narrative forward engagingly and efficiently. As always, the cast made the episode great. And, the episode even had an appropriate amount of the sci-fi weird.
grelber37 updated his STATUS: 23 days ago

This is an entertainment question, albeit not a movie one. What are your thoughts on the Superbowl this Sunday? Who do you want to win? Why? What else are you thinking?
Frosty_86
Frosty_86 at 01:16 PM Jan 31

Falcons to win. For a few reasons. I am Packers fan and since they beat Green Bay some how in my weird little head I want to say at least we got beat by the best. I hate Tom Brady and Belicheat with a passion. I also would like to see one of the non-typical powerhouse teams (Steelers, Patriots to name a few) win a Super Bowl. I think it'll be a good game, I want to see Brady cry. The commercials will suck because there's been some sponsors pull the adds, Mountain Dew will have the weirdest commercial though. The Halftime show will suck too although I liked the shows when it was Tom Petty and The Boss. So what the fuck do I know there?

cobb
cobb at 10:20 PM Jan 31

falcons.movie trailors food family and 24. what more do i need

grelber37 updated his STATUS: 30 days ago

Death Race 2050 lives up to expectations. King Corman delivers a B-movie better than most. DR2050 has the social satire of who we have become and who we might (unfortunately) become yet. It has the batshit violence and characters of the first Death Race. And, its special effects are good for a bad movie, but nothing high-end. I agree with the video store employee who rented me the movie. DR2050 is simply cheesy fun to be possibly consumed with some alcohol.
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