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(SF Gate bounced me so hope you don't mind me posting this here!)
It's true a lot of documentaries on artists and certain musicians are often aimed at, or appeal to, a very narrow niche, but that doesn't mean the film itself isn't utterly worthwhile. I just watched The Man Who Fell to Earth a 2.5 hr. Brian Eno docu. that came out a few years ago, and it was fantastic, if a bit overlong and exhaustive and perhaps, mainly aimed at already "won-over" Eno-philes. In any case, I'm a massive Giger fan from the time ALIEN came out and made such an overwhelming impression on me in 1979 at age 11, so I'm probably one of the prime targets for this
film and I aim to see it if it opens in NYC or LI or on DVD soon. A friend once quipped that Giger was primarily dealing in "illustration" but I always saw him as something of a visionary artist myself, having a style and disturbing depth/texture that many fantasy/horror/SF artists did not possess, minus a few notable exceptions. Giger was also much more than a mere illustrator given his amazing set and sculpting/production hands-on achievements with ALIEN and other projects but particularly ALIEN. He'd not only paint it, he'd BUILD IT to exact specs. That takes a special kind of genius. That work still holds up and it deserved all the many accolades it received. I dunno what happened with POLTERGEIST II but I still haven't seen that film: supposedly most of Giger's work was left on the cutting room floor, sadly. Anyway, I'm very much looking forward to Dark Star.
--Scott B. L.I. NY
Wow...so cool...another altogether new way of looking at Cambodia other than through the tired yet tragic lens of US-Vietnam War and Pol Pot. Who knew?
jesus crisis,save us
The original Far From the Madding Crowd was to my mind, such a superior piece of work, that I truly don't understand why anyone would try to do it again. There are so few masterpieces of film that stand the test of time 50 years later. With all due respect to the cast and crew of the 2015 version, I just don't get it.
Actually, Tommy Tedesco played no part in the recording of "California Girls." The 12-string guitar intro was jointly played by Carl Wilson and Jerry Cole, both of whom had their guitars plugged directly into the console in the recording booth.
I saw it at Landmark Albany Twin and was moved beyond words. GO! a.s.a.p.
this was a fantastic movie, 4 out of 5. can't believe reviewer is having a whinge because of an accent. lol go shoot yourself and go back to your failed job.
I would like to see that it looks good
Solid historical drama?! Maybe you should read a little more about Enigma and who really broke the code before making those statements. I mean really, read up.
The modern racism you describe, which undeniably exists, is hardly comprised of "millions," and is certainly not "more virulent today than ever in [my] lifetime." While I sympathize with your disappointments with Obama, the false comparisons offered up these days by Republicans are paper thin and easily refuted by history. The lady doth protest too much.
Weary? No. Hurried? Yes. With so many sub plots left from the first two movies Jackson struggles to wrap it up in a satisfactory fashion for any of them. Every one of them is addressed to some degree ranging from minutes to mere tenths of a second. The rescue of Gandalf and the defeat of Sauron, the great struggle to survive and defeat Smaug , the love interest of Elf and Dwarf, the survival and reorganization of Laketown to Dale, Gandalf's return to the group, the near war between the powers of good, the real war with evil, the bla bla bla battle with Thorin and Azog, Legolas and Bolg, Thorin's leap to sudden madness and leap back again, finding lines and places for everyone like Beorn (we see him drop from an eagle into battle for two seconds and never see him again), the 11 other dwarves (no lines), the Woodland realms world beating archers ( not a single elf fired one arrow), the many goodbyes that never happen, the obvious and glaring cutting of critical content to serve for extended edition sales. How utterly ironic Jackson is faced with time problems for a trilogy everyone criticized him for milking to long. In reality, the movie is totally off pace from a plot perspective mainly because two better arranged long movies would have served a better fit rather than three movies. Starting this movie with last movies ending demonstrates exactly what I mean. Its been a year since the insufferable blowhard has left the mountain for us viewers. To be able to get back into that groove and then wrap it up in the time slightly longer than standard Jackson intro length is asking much. It feels like I am watching the end of one movie and the start of another. The movie is fun with its neat moments such as Galadriel suddenly revealed to be more poweful than the Maia and using great name calling skills to defeat the dark lord. The arrival of Billy Conlly to anything is always a good time. Thranduil's two sword imitation of a food processor proves him worthy to be called daddy by Legolas. Good fun all but another path could have meant so much more than thrills.
I’ve read most of the reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, and most sum-up (more or less) with the same plaintive refrain:
“More relevant today than ever…”
As a Republican voter since 1971, I tend to agree, but not for the same reasons as most who are peddling that message. Racism and bigotry are more virulent today than ever in my lifetime. And it’s coming almost exclusively from Democrats, the President, liberals and professional Leftists. Anytime I post a comment on-line critical of President Obama, I can expect to see at least a half-dozen posts calling me a racist or a moron. I see African American members of Congress ridiculed and denigrated because they are either members of the Republican party, or just generally considered ‘conservative’.
In 2012, it was considered ‘politically correct’ (if not ‘advantageous’) to make disparaging references to the Mormon faith, because Mitt Romney was guilty of being both a Republican, and member of a religion which for no known reason, has been deemed eligible for disdain by the liberal ‘community’. There was even a satirical hit on Broadway built on the premise that there was a lot to mock in the Book of Mormon.
And this last year (the year that is supposedly so timely with respect to the film ‘Selma’), we had violent race-riots in the streets of several of our cities, expressing outrage that two African Americans, one of whom had just committed a felony caught on a security video, ended up dead when in each case, they resisted arrest by police. Even after two grand-juries, and the DOJ determined that racism played no part in these incidents, the outrage continued. In Ferguson, Missouri, the media, and racists in the roving bands of so-called protesters whipped up a lynch-mob mentality, all based on what turned out to be false allegations against a white police officer, who, when the facts finally came out, had been assaulted and almost killed when the suspect he was trying to detain, attempted to disarm him, and use his gun against the officer.
Niether was there a shred of evidence of racism in New York City, where another African American died after resisting arrest. In fact, the officer-in-charge in that incident was an African American woman. But when the New York City mob took to the streets, African Americans were seen on national TV carrying placards and chanting: “What do we want? Dead Cops”.
And in just a few short days after that “civil-rights rally”, they got their wish: two NYPD cops shot from behind while eating lunch in their squad car, by an African American who bragged about his intention to “kill two of them for every one of ours” on his Facebook page.
So I guess it’s true. The movie Selma is relevant today, because once again, we have millions of Americans who blindly hate a certain minority of their fellow citizens, partly due to the color of their skin, and their own self-serving assertion that this particular minority (white Republicans and/or conservative African Americans for the most part) don’t qualify for the same respect and civil-liberties as they (you) do.
I don’t need to go see the movie Selma — I watched it all first-hand back then while it was taking place. I recognized racist hatred when I saw it back then, and I recognize it again now. There was no excuse for it then, and there’s no excuse for it now. But there is one added insult to the racism and bigotry practiced by liberals and the Left today: unforgivable hypocrisy.
BTW: This Republican voted for Senator Obama in 2008, because I took him at his word that he would try to do the things he said he would do as a candidate, if we elected him to this country’s highest office. We did. He didn’t.
No mention of "The Theory of Everything", "Life Itself"....just shocker, shocker, shocker. Isn't a movie critic supposed to serve all moviegoers? Maybe this one should see "Life Itself" -- very inspiring and thoughtful.
The author, Kelly Vance, did a terrific job on this piece. I feel like I've already traveled the 1,100 trek myself and am all the wiser for it. Please thank the author for me
This was a terrible movie . Although i like Ben Affleck, the story line did not make sense. End of the story was the worst.
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