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Riot erupts near St. Louis over police shooting of teen | more -- The FBI has launched a parallel investigation.

Amid pressure, New York releases half of Common Core test questions

Study: More coffee may prevent your ears from ringing

Babylon 5 reboot likely to become big-budget film: Original series creator will pen the script, possibly finance the film

Dear Johns: Actually, You Should Be Ashamed to Buy Sex -- There is a lot that is wrong in this article, or at least wrong-headed. The author (strangely enough, a woman) decries the industry by contrasting the relative freedom the customers enjoy (rarely prosecuted) with the restrictions sex workers endure (especially those trafficked into such work). The piece takes pot shots at everything, mainly casting aspersions. She does admit that "some woman [sic] do choose this line of work, and sex-workers unions argue that prostitution can be a freely made choice" but dismisses it in the same sentence. What the author fails to realize or acknowledge is that 1) it's not called the oldest profession for nothing--it's not going away, & 2) the illegality of the trade is the root cause of most of its problems. The best way to tamp down on most of the concerns is to pursue legalization or decriminalization, so the industry can be regulated.
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The Academy was unafraid to award the best picture Oscar to the widely recognized most deserving film. That's refreshing.

[Ellen] DeGeneres joked about the weighty decision ahead in one of her more daring lines.

"Anything can happen, so many different possibilities," she said. "Possibility No. 1, '12 Years a Slave' wins best picture. Possibility No. 2, you're all racists."
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What art says about the past

I sometimes think I have spent years unlearning what I learned earlier in my life. For instance, it was not George A. Custer who was attacked at the Little Bighorn. It was Custer--in a bad career move--who attacked the Indians. Much more important, slavery was not a benign institution in which mostly benevolent whites owned innocent and grateful blacks. Slavery was a lifetime's condemnation to an often violent hell in which people were deprived of life, liberty and, too often, their own children. Happiness could not be pursued after that.

Steve McQueen's stunning movie "12 Years a Slave" is one of those unlearning experiences. I had to wonder why I could not recall another time when I was so shockingly confronted by the sheer barbarity of American slavery. Instead, beginning with school, I got a gauzy version. I learned that slavery was wrong, yes, that it was evil, no doubt, but really, that many blacks were sort of content. Slave owners were mostly nice people--fellow Americans, after all--and the sadistic Simon Legree was the concoction of that demented propagandist, Harriet Beecher Stowe. Her "Uncle Tom's Cabin" was a lie and she never--and this I remember clearly being told--had ventured south to see slavery for herself. I felt some relief at that because it meant that Tom had not been flogged to death.

Apparently he made these comments just a week ago, then went on to write those horribly convoluted sentences about how interracial marriage is perceived.

Mother Jones, in response to those latter comments, counts down Cohen's ten worst moments.
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Animator Hayao Miyazaki to retire from making feature films -- I list this first because finding out this news really saddened me. His last film hit Ann Arbor this summer but I didn't get a chance to see it. I'll have to make an effort to see it now. For those who have not seen any of his work, please do see Spirited Away & Howl's Moving Castle. They'll probably give you a better appreciation of anime.

Researchers Discover Potential Clue behind Age-Related Memory Decline

Women Sell Positive Pregnancy Tests on Craigslist -- Okay. I see why this made the news, as it's so odd. However, I don't see anything illegal about it, so I don't understand why Craigslist is forbidding such sales. Distasteful? Yes. Not illegal.

Bling Ring

Jun. 21st, 2013 11:12 pm
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Most of the Cabal (all but Jeff) went to see The Bling Ring, at the behest of Jamie.

I can't recommend this movie. It's rather uneven. There's very little progression or character development. I can see several ways that it could have been so much better, particularly in terms of perspective. There were definitely some poor directorial decisions.

All in all, not as bad as seeing Snakes on a Plane in the theater (or ever), but not the best movie I've seen in the last year or two, or five.

flicks

Feb. 13th, 2011 12:45 pm
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My dad & I were watching portions of The Godfather last night (he flips through channels rather frequently). The film was being broadcast by AMC, which advertised itself with clips of presumed viewers. One of these claimed to have watched a particular movie more than a hundred times.

"I couldn't imagine watching a movie a hundred times," I said. "And I've watched several movies many, many times."

"I can't, either," my dad said. Then, during the next commercial break when the same commercial aired, he amended his statement: "I think I might have seen The Godfather a hundred times. Since 1972? It's certainly possible."

"A hundred times? That's a lot of time, a lot of your lifetime."

"Yeah, it might have been a hundred times."

I mentioned that I'd seen Forrest Gump over twenty times; South Park: The Movie might also be in that category for me. My dad brought up Rocky Horror; I conceded I'd seen that quite a few times, too. But it didn't rise to the centenary mark.



This weekend, I watched two flicks for the first time. The first was one that had been recommended by a couple of friends: David Lynch's Eraserhead. (For some reason, I feel compelled to preface the title with the director's name. Maybe that's because the movie is an art film.) Now, I've seen weird movies, but this ranks right up there. I mean, wow. It's so odd, I can't even think to whom I could recommend a viewing. I guess if you're really into Lynch as a director & want to complete his oeuvre, sure, go ahead. I've seen less than a handful of his films, but of the ones I have, I think Blue Velvet is his best.

The other movie I had the chance to see was Gone With the Wind. Obviously, living in this culture, I could not escape hearing the signature line by Rhett Butler, but I had succeeded in keeping myself from being spoiled with regards to the film. I'm glad to have seen it, but damn that's a long movie. My goodness, yes. I really hadn't noticed the film length when I turned to TCM, so I was a bit surprised when I looked at the clock four hours later. Aside from that, I enjoyed Clark Gable's acting, & I suppose Vivian Leigh captured the capriciousness of Scarlett's character, but other than that I can't see me putting the film on my top 100. The romanticism of the slave-era South bothered me quite a bit, but even beside that the portrayals in the film itself were too unrealistic.

The endings to both of these made me sit up & exclaim "What??" Just strange finales.
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[profile] flinx relates a passage about tap dancing in the 1840s, to which I directed him to the film Bamboozled.

Then, at iMDb, I come to an article wherein Spike Lee, the director of the above, does in real life what he castigates in that very film.

As my friend Serita would say, shut the noise.
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My dad is watching Rocky Horror. Whether this is in honor of Halloween, I've no idea.

(Oh, it's my copy.)
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Apparently, folks thought Avatar would have won more awards by now, considering how many canned jokes have been made (particularly Ben Stiller's makeup).

It's been Hurt Locker's night. Which is interesting, because I just wasn't thrilled when I saw it. (However, my father couldn't stop singing its praises.)

Christoph Waltz totally deserved his award. If you haven't seen Inglorious Basterds, put it on your list.

Also, I must see Precious. Damn.

Edit: What is up with these personalized best actor & actress recitations? Why are the speeches about the persons, not their roles? *shakes head* These people do not need their egos inflated. That I strongly feel.
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In AMC's broadcast of Blazing Saddles today, it silently censored racial and gender slurs. I clearly remember in late 2008 watching it and it wasn't edited out.

I'm not normally for censorship, but I'm heartened that I can watch cable TV in the afternoon without hearing what I consider obscenities.

Edit: Actually, upon further thought, I feel worse about the censorship. A film is a work of art, and it should be appreciated in total. I still don't want to hear slurs over live airwaves, as I so distinctly remember from two years ago.

flicks!

Dec. 29th, 2009 10:21 am
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If you attended a movie in the theater this year, which one was your favorite?
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I received no gifts today and only three overall: my father presented me with a $10 giftcard to Borders (he knows me so well), and [livejournal.com profile] netmouse and [livejournal.com profile] sarahmichigan both sent me books of stamps (hooray!).

The only person I gave anything to was [livejournal.com profile] lameautarch: I treated him to an opening-weekend showing of Avatar at the local IMAX theater. (The ticket prices were well worth the effects; however, we should have eaten beforehand instead of paying through the absolute nose for snacks.)

Last night, he took me to spend Christmas Eve with his extended family. Nice (if sometimes silly) conversation, lovely food, good company.

I am thankful for my family and friends. Without their support and love, I don't know where I would be. I thank every one of you for being in my life.
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I just wanted to note my disgust at the trailers for the upcoming Jennifer's Body.
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Comcast's On Demand currently has a flick called American Raspberry (1977) in its Free Movies section.

It's in the vein of Amazon Women on the Moon, and much of the flick is funny with the added bonus of '70s nostalgia. However, there were two or three jokes that just went beyond the pale. One of the very first sketches parodies assassination/sniping ala Death Race 2000. Amazed as I was to see such material unearthed in the current political environment, I was just stunned that anyone at any time thought that the subject could engender a joke, at least in that context.
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Went to see The Hurt Locker with my parents. My dad really liked it; my mom and I were not as impressed. I don't watch a lot of war movies, and I really didn't even know that's what the movie was about before we arrived at the theater. Of the ones I have seen: Patton--good. Platoon--good. Hurt Locker--not so much. But if you're a war film buff, you might get a lot out of it.

Also, [livejournal.com profile] lameautarch showed me Primer, which came out five years ago. It's physics-speak heavy, and it was quite confusing but intensely interesting. Apparently, it was shot on a $7k budget, which is freaking impressive. I thought, as mindfucks go, Moon was the better film, with a wider appeal. However, I feel my geek friends would appreciate Primer if they could get their hands on it.

good flick

Jul. 11th, 2009 03:30 am
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I went to see Moon tonight with [livejournal.com profile] lameautarch. It is definitely a mindfuck. Also, serious science fiction fans will enjoy it. It's vaguely reminiscent of 2001.

I hadn't heard of it before today, but it seems to be getting good reviews.
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I don't remember where I got some of these. But they're fun.

I was a generation too young to understand one of the references in Blazing Saddles. At one point, the sheriff says, "You'd do it for Randolph Scott." Now I get it. And it enlarges my understanding of the western.
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Acting legend Paul Newman dies at 83

The article doesn't mention it, but he was good in The Hudsucker Proxy, too. That's one of my favorite comedies.
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Really? Were the '70s that bad for movies?

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