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Tonight's revisit= "Her"
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oscarxp25 updated his STATUS: 6 days ago

Tonight's revisit= "Her"
timmyd at 09:08 PM Aug 13

great film.

Scotch at 09:14 PM Aug 13

Was going to try and say something else but timmyd pretty much nailed it.

oscarxp25 updated his STATUS: 8 days ago

I saw the it Annabelle footage and all I have to say is Skarsgard is going to blow everyone away in less than a month. His Pennywise is so creepy and childlike. The footage definitely shows off the friendly side which he pulls off as well as the evil one
oscarxp25 updated his STATUS: 9 days ago

Hannibal season 4 a possibility?! Please let that happen!
YoshioKun13 at 08:31 PM Aug 10

I still need to see seasons 2 and 3

timmyd at 08:39 PM Aug 10

whaaaaat ? yes please .

OldKingClancy at 01:48 PM Aug 11

As perfect as the finale was, I'm always in for more.

oscarxp25 posted a MOVIE REVIEW item: 11 days ago

The Dark Tower


Directed by: Ron Howard
Written by: Akiva Goldsman
Cast: TBA
Studio: Sony Pictures Entertainment
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
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“The Dark Tower” is an epic that can be best described as an unforgettable experience.   The themes, plot, characters, and scope of the story is unmatched.  It is something that should be sought out by anyone who wants to partake in something that will stand the test of time.   Well, that is what I have heard about the novel.   My admiration for Stephen King stands with “IT”, which will have its own movie out next month.   I walked into “The Dark Tower” only knowing the basic knowledge of the source material so I strictly judged it as a film.   Even then, I saw a movie that was broken, incomplete, and a lazy affair that definitely failed the source material...[more]...

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oscarxp25 posted a BLOG item 11 days ago



This isn’t a review, but a look at why this specific film is one of my favorites of all time. Want an extremely short review? “Election” is a masterpiece in film making that has beautifully subtle direction, a flawless script, incredible performances, and is funny as hell.

Here, I am going to talk about why this movie can be used as a metaphor for most elections that happen every four years in this country. The film maybe about a high school election but many of the antics can be applied to the event that defines out Democracy. Please enjoy….

“Election” is a film, 18 years later, that still is sharp, witty, and downright satirical as it was in 1999. The film came out when I was 16, before I was legal age to vote, so I appreciated what I saw at the time, which was a film that was hilarious and well made. Now, I see it as a piece of art that rightfully shows all the insanity that goes along with elections, four of which I’ve been witness to. This may seem like just a typical high school comedy, but it has so much to say that still resonates today. This is why it is one of my favorite films of the 90’s.

In a small Mid-Western town, early in the morning, a young and ambitious student sits at a table ready to show the world, well more like her fellow students, that she means business. This is Tracy Flick, who is played by Reese Witherspoon, and she is a spitfire. In the narration, she talks about how she was raised to be a winner. As a single child, her mother has made sure she molded her daughter to become a success. Tracy’s dream is to one day go to Washington and change the world. Her Social Studies teacher, Jim McAlister, played by Ferris Bueller himself, Matthew Broderick, is less than thrilled with her desire to run. See, he runs the school government program and Tracy isn’t his favorite person. McAlister and Tracy have a history together. His former friend, who used to be the math teacher, was caught having a romantic fling with the young go getter. McAlister repeatedly tells us, through narration, that he doesn’t blame Tracy for what happened since she was a student and his friend was supposed to be a responsible adult. Still, you can hear disdain in his voice as he narrates the fall of his old friend. The movie then becomes a tale of him trying to destroy her by any means possible while his own life implodes.

Early in the movie, the two characters offer different perspectives on the occupation of being a teacher. McAlister is a beloved teacher who loves his job and takes it very seriously. Tracy’s counter argument is that being a teacher is the life choice of someone who is mundane since they do the same thing every day while their students move on to do the things they weren’t able to achieve. It is a very nihilistic view of the saying “those who can’t do, teach.” While I know many teachers who are lively, I have also run into those who seem defeated in life.

The narration is cleverly used here since it represents the inner thoughts of these two, but their actions do not reflect their thoughts. McAlister, seems happy and tells the audience that everything is perfect, but we are shown evidence that makes it seem that Tracy maybe right. He has everything that is supposed to make you happy, but something is still missing. Tracy, for the first part of the story, may seem a bit annoying and straight edge, but is shown as someone who believes in achieving the American Dream through good and honest hard work. It is when McCalister brings in the school jock to defeat her that we start to see Tracy isn’t as truthful as she lets on.

The disgraced math teacher points out that Tracy is a loner and it is a price to pay for someone as brilliant as her. Though the observation was part of his seduction, he does have a point. Many parts of the film show Tracy alone and isolated from everyone else. Though she involves herself in every club possible, the student government is the only thing that makes her feel needed and worthy. When McAlister asks Paul, popular and kind, but dimwitted, to steal the election from her, it is here where we see Tracy’s true colors. Though they both despise each other, both McAlister and Tracy have one thing in common, they lie to make themselves happy.

Another character is thrown into the mix, Tammy. This is where director and co-writer Alexander Payne really starts to use these characters to show the state of politics in America. Tammy is the sister of Paul, but her identity goes beyond that specific trait. Early in the movie she tries to convert a friend to become her girlfriend, but the other girl doesn’t budge and hooks up with Paul in spite of Tammy. Tammy enters into the election just to stir things up. Unlike Paul, she is extremely cunning and smart, especially on how she orchestrates her specific happy ending. Most of all, she just doesn’t care about the election, which separates her from Tracy’s obsessive personality. As the movie progresses with these three, we see Tammy represents the unfortunate side of American voters, the apathetic. She constantly belittles the system, says what she feels, goes against the norm, and the crowd loves her for it. Sadly, this is the sad reality of many voters in America. Back in 2004, celebrities were used to influence young voters to “vote or die.” It was a bit over the top but I understand what they were trying to do. Forty years ago, the youth vote was extremely strong with 50% of the youth going out to be heard. This past election the number was somewhere between 40-45%. The character of Tammy definitely represents the apathetic nature of American voters. In her speech, she says she understands that no one really cares or believes what they preach. No, they just do it to place it on their college transcripts. Many American voters feel the same way as young Tammy does, understanding that the term “good natured” doesn’t belong anywhere near politics. That once the elected official is in, they will most likely not make good on their promises and use their power for their own benefits. This is why Tammy, while a supporting character, is as important as Jim or Tracy to the overall satire of the film.

Director and co-writer, Alexander Payne, definitely has a voice of his own that he has traveled with him for over twenty years. His films show real life through a harsh, but hilarious comic lens. He puts his characters through the wringer. They come out on the other side either changed or just more aware of who they really are. Some may hate his characters, others may love them, but their outcomes are real and truthful to the unpredictability of life. Many film makers try to do this, but fail to strike the correct balance. He takes the phrase, “people don’t change, they just become who they really are,” and creates people that his viewers can relate to.

Mood: Chillin'

BATeMAN at 05:10 PM Aug 09

I will look out this one. Big fan of Reese Witherspoon. And do like nearly everything i've seen of hers.

oscarxp25 updated his STATUS: 11 days ago

Check out in my BLOG why Alexander Payne's 1999 film "Election" is not only a masterpiece, but a timely film that could be applied to any American election...especially the last one.
oscarxp25 updated his STATUS: 11 days ago

I am outside doing some yard work, and listening to a recent interview with Howard Stern and Jim Carrey. Carey and Nolan we're supposed to do a Howard Hughes picture about the time in his life when he really lost his mind with Jim Carrey playing Hughes. Of course, that never happened since we got the scorcese and DiCaprio version instead. That is a damn shame since I think the Nolan version would have been interesting and probably would have Pushed carey back on top
LelekPL at 12:07 PM Aug 10

There's still a chance he might do it later on but probably with a different actor. Right now I want a horror movie from Nolan

oscarxp25 updated his STATUS: 12 days ago

The Circle was God awful... I am.shocked how bad it was
timmyd at 08:10 PM Aug 07

I blind bought it last week . This is the third horrible comment I've seen . I may sell my copy.

grelber37 at 08:55 PM Aug 07

Wisdom of the Crowd is an upcoming TV series that has a premise very similar to one premise in The Circle. You might find the similarity interesting. The Circle presents as a bad thing the same situation that WotC promotes as a good thing.

oscarxp25 at 11:42 AM Aug 08

The movie is absolute garbage. Wisdom of the crowd would have to be complete utter dog crap to even be on the same level as the circle

oscarxp25 updated his STATUS: 15 days ago

Unforgettable is the very definition of a guilty pleasure. 7/10
oscarxp25 updated his STATUS: 15 days ago

Surprised how much I am enjoying "Unforgettable". Dawson can elevate anything she is in and is Heigel acting or just doing a heightened version of her bitch personality?
Scotch at 11:14 PM Aug 04

Gonna go with heightened version

oscarxp25 updated his STATUS: 15 days ago

I am really getting tired of all these attempted shared universe movies.
oscarxp25 updated his STATUS: 19 days ago

Good to see all you guys again! I missed this place. I checked out Chastain in "The Zookeepers Wife " and while she was good, the film was a complete bore. 4/10
oscarxp25 updated his STATUS: 24 days ago

Catching an early IMAX showing of Dunkirk
grelber37 at 06:35 PM Jul 26

I hope that you like it, especially in IMAX.

oscarxp25 updated his STATUS: 25 days ago

Finally saw wonder woman. Shit, that was a great movie and Gadot OWNED that movie and the character. Full review coming soon.
grelber37 at 03:50 PM Jul 25

Wonder Woman was pretty damn great. I am glad that you enjoyed it.

timmyd at 08:25 PM Jul 25

glad to hear you dug it.

oscarxp25 updated his STATUS: 26 days ago

"Power Rangers" had its heart in the right place. Well some of the updated ideas did work and the young cast was pretty good, especially RJ Cyler, most of it just felt kind of awkward and forced. 6/10
Moviefreak2010 at 06:37 AM Jul 25

i liked it

HTX0811 at 06:55 PM Jul 25

I found this to be pretty dull but the young actors were good.

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