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    I finally caught 12 YEARS A SLAVE and was both riveted and disturbed by it. Part of it was wondering if I had been in Northrup's position, could I have made better decisions than him? The other part was being utterly revolted by the brutality of the South's slave system through details ranging from insensitivity regarding a mother's loss of her children to Northrup's own near-lynching ordeal. Anybody who declares in the wake of this film that a) slavery was not as bad as described or b) that blacks somehow benefitted from being enslaved is somebody whose sense of humanity has been poisoned.
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    Looks lIke Marvel found their replacement for Downey.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeDec 20th 2013

    Monuments to Confederate soldiers and generals are a big thing down South. "Never forget the gallantry and bravery and sacrifice blah, blah blah."

    If I ever won a really big lottery prize, one where I have money for foolish projects after donating a chunk to actually helping people, I'd commission sturdy bronze sculptures of slaves glowering at something above eye level . . . and then install them by all of those Confederate monuments. Plaque on the base of each: "Oh, we don't forget either."
    • CommentTimeDec 20th 2013
    @ Michael Wayne

    I'm okay with Ant-Man if for no other reason than it gets us to Wasp and adds a little more estrogen to The Avengers. I do like the one poster's idea of having Wasp played by Zooey Deschanel.
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    Some of the films I saw in 2013 that really impressed me:


    Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton

    Upstream Color
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    I'm watching Con Air for the first time ever.

    This is ridiculous and hilarious.
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    Con Air is one of the better Bayhem movies. Good ol' Nick Cage fits perfectly into this kinda thing. Another gem in the same vein, also with Cage but also with bonus Travolta, is Face/Off. So much fun.
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    Zooey's fine if you go for mousy. My candidate is Rashida Jones (drools). How funny would it be to see Rudd and Jones in a domestic fight?!
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    Just watched a sci-fi film called Love. Totally stunned. Surreal, smart and cinematographically stunning sci-fi. Definitely not an easy film, but immensely rewarding.

    • CommentTimeDec 23rd 2013 edited
    I just watched The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec. It's an utterly delightful surreal movie by Luc Besson based on the comics of the same name. Set in early 1900s Paris, with mummies and a pterodactyl. The humor was right up my alley, though it did suffer from basically having one female character and the rest of the cast was entirely male roles.
    Still, heartily recommend for entertainment.

    Also in random films, I saw Drones, which bills itself as Office Space meets Close Encounters. It's also charming in its own way, leaning a bit on the romantic comedy side. Also, apparently was co-directed by Amber Benson AND Adam Busch! (Tara and Warren team, what?) The cast is composed nearly of my favourite people (2 Freaks and Geeks alum!).

    I have been in such a fluffy movie mode this year. I think I got burnt out after that one year of every fucking "grown up" movie I saw having some manner of sexual assault as plot development. Though I'm still waiting for a movie that passes the Bechdel test.
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    This is something that has pissed me off with big budget genre films for quite a while now. Thank fuck there's indie for low-key interesting stuff instead of empty, cookie cutter epics...

    Why does every story have to be an Earth-shattering epic?

    A little follow-up:

    The Reason Why So Many Movies Seem So Similar
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeDec 25th 2013
    I went to see the latest Hobbit movie a couple of nights ago. On 3D: wearing plastic glasses over my own specs is a pain, and after about an hour my eyes felt like they were bleeding. The novelty wore off after about twenty minutes. That was the first film I'd seen in 3D at a cinema since the eighties, and I'm not going to be doing it again. On the film itself: I was knackered, and my mate had to wake me up at some point. So I've not really much to say on that. *slopes away with a hatred of dwarfs surviving shit that they really shouldn't*

    I did enjoy Gravity, though.
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    "The Wolf of Wall Street" is one of Scorsese's best movies since "Casino". I laughed out loud more than a few times. As far as his comedies go, it's right up there with "King of Comedy" and "After Hours".
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    Hollywood superhero/sci-fi/fantasy/thriller films have turned into 1970s arena rock. And I think rom-coms are disco.
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    Have watched so many films this Christmas that have actually been of quality:

    It's a Wonderful Life [which I'd never seen before]
    The Red Shoes [I'd seen some of before, that is, before my date almost threw up in the middle and we had to leave]
    The Croods [meh, my nephew enjoyed it]
    Once Upon a Time in Anatolia [wow. Excellent. May fall into my category of least-Christmassy Christmas films rosta.]
    Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows [Had forgotten how they stand surprisingly well.]

    Fuck yeah, Christmas.
    Thanks for the surprisingly good TV-film-scheduling UK-TV people.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeDec 31st 2013
    I stayed with my sister part of last week. She had a long evening shift on Thursday afternoon and evening, so I borrowed her car and went to a couple of movies.

    Frozen was nicely done, but the musical numbers were kind of intrusive. About 60% of the way in it does settle down into a solid comedy / adventure.

    The Coen Brothers' Inside Lewyn Davis was wonderful. Struggling folk singer goes on a road trip to try to buoy his rapidly falling star. A great character study.