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Comment Archives: Stories: Arts & Entertainment

Re: “Super Dark Times explores a bygone era

Am I always the only one to tell you how much I really like your reviews. I do you know.

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Posted by Janet Abbey on 10/09/2017 at 8:18 PM

Re: “On the joy of reading Stephen King's forgotten fairytale

This has always been my very favorite of Stephen Kings books, and I didn't know if anyone else was as enchanted with it as I was. Thank you for reminding me to read it to my grandchildren. Thy are sure to love it as much as I do.

Posted by puckfouse on 09/28/2017 at 4:07 PM

Re: “The birth of camp: Unpacking Pee-wee's Big Adventure

PeeWeeBoy and Nathan :
You need to get lives, both of you.
Are you into zombies, too ?

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Posted by alf on 09/26/2017 at 12:59 PM

Re: “The birth of camp: Unpacking Pee-wee's Big Adventure

I've watched Pee-wee's big adventure over 150 times. I will now appreciate it even more.

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Posted by Nathan Kosted on 09/23/2017 at 9:47 PM

Re: “The birth of camp: Unpacking Pee-wee's Big Adventure

Oh, please. Motifs, Brechtian ideas, and analysis of sexuality? Stop trying to be so intellectual. If you want intellectual, how about we view a movie featuring the Saturday morning kids' show host through Occam's razor. The simplest explanation of Pee Wee's Big Adventure is that it was about a guy who has lots of zany fun and yes lives in the world of imagination. Nothing more or less.
And yes, he is funny. Not everyone has the same sense of humor. Maybe most jokes in the movie can be appreciated by kids. I'm sure there are people who- I'm sure most kids wouldn't appreciate your jokes, Mr. Brooks.
Anyway, try to tone it down and not feel compelled to make something simple so nuanced and adult. Your approach was with a razor much different than Occam's and you nearly cut up my childhood hero.

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Posted by PeeWeeBoy on 09/23/2017 at 8:07 PM

Re: “Mother! only masquerades as feminism

MaryAnn Johanson begins: I cannot recall the last time a film made me as angry as Darren Aronofskys Mother! has. I can relate to that kind passion, because never before has a film review made me so counter-mad!

Johansons complaints are as follows. 1. The characters are one-dimensional 2. The story is misogynistic. 3. The film makes no sense. 4. The director is bad at making movies and/or hates women? The last is purely conjecture, based on the otherwise unsupported, ad hominem claim that Aronofskys head wended [good verb use!] further and further up his own cinematic ass

Its true that Mother! isnt easily pinned down. Read 50 reviews and you will find 50 interpretations. Instead of pat lessons, Aronofskys given us the messy unfolding of an archetypal womans psychological nightmare; to unlock its secrets demands repeated viewing. Is Mothers subservient relationship to her older, poet husband a critique of traditional gender roles? A cautionary comment on the sin of co-dependency? Does the blood seeping from the floorboards constitute a Lady MacBeth-esque breakdown or a literal event? Perhaps its a biblical allegory, but careful with that: If anybodys giving away their rib in this picture, its Eve. My point is that not understanding a film and the film having no meaning is not the same thing.

I think Johanson incorrectly assumes that Aronofsky believes hes making a feminist movie. I see Mother! as apolitical if anything. The film shows humanity at its worstand neither gender escapes that judgment.

Its true that Mother never leaves the house, and of course women should be allowed to do that. What I dont understand is why Johanson is so scandalized to find a horror film filled with horrible things. What is art for but to exercise our demons, in lieu of tearing each other apart? Again, I must insist: Putting bad things on screen and condoning bad things is not the same thing. Conflate the two, and you risk missing out on a modern masterpiece.

-Molly Laich

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Posted by Mollyllama on 09/18/2017 at 2:34 PM

Re: “La La Land glides by on superficial charm

It sucked. Thank you.

Posted by Elana Leanna on 09/17/2017 at 12:07 PM

Re: “Mother! only masquerades as feminism

Perhaps the review missed the fact that "Mother" is Mother Earth and the entire film is an allegory for the way that Man has treated her as well as the religious allegory with Bardem's role being symbolic for God.

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Posted by S. Krause on 09/15/2017 at 9:08 PM

Re: “Mother! only masquerades as feminism

At the heart of it, this movie is really about an abusive relationship. All your points are accurate and the movie is horribly misogynistic, but perhaps where we differ is in our interpretation of the meaning behind it.

Perhaps I perceived it wrong, but this movie in many ways acts as a mirror of our society and its casual mistreatment of women. The film is uncomfortable and I think that's why I liked it. You feel tension. You feel anger. It's an intense roller coaster acid trip of a film and you're along for the ride with J. Law's character the whole way. I will not say it was a satisfying film, but I'm glad I saw it once, though will probably not be repeat viewing any time soon.

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Posted by Kyle Fordham on 09/15/2017 at 11:00 AM

Re: “On Record: Yours Conditionally, by Tennis

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Re: “On Record: Yours Conditionally, by Tennis

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Re: “Live and on record: This Old Dog, by Mac DeMarco

"Richman Goes Yacht Rock."

Posted by Josh on 09/14/2017 at 9:40 AM

Re: “Good Time: a grittily authentic heist movie

I can always count on Molly to steer me to the right movie and to stop me from the one I shouldn't bother with.

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Posted by Janet Abbey on 09/07/2017 at 5:47 PM

Re: “A Ghost Story reimagines a haunting

Again thanks. This film is an underrated BEAUTY that will only be enhanced with time. Affleck's performance under the sheet tho it may be, is poignant beyond understanding and feeling. So nuanced it can only be matched by Mara's.I found it induced a tranced viewing.

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Posted by Janet Abbey on 08/17/2017 at 6:30 PM

Re: “Lady Macbeth: modern horror in period-drama clothing

I can always count on you Molly for a sensitive and singular review. Lovely reading of this film.

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Posted by Janet Abbey on 08/17/2017 at 6:24 PM

Re: “In defense of The Dark Tower

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Re: “Playwright John Biguenet on how Hurricane Katrina changed his world

Thank you Mr. Biguenet, for your refusal to use quick "Katrina shorthand" and instead blaming the death and destruction on levee collapse. Using "Katrina shorthand" gives the culprits in the disaster, the US Army Corps of Engineers, a free pass. And also is unfair to the survivors.

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Posted by SandySays on 07/27/2017 at 4:50 PM

Re: “Wolf Heffelfinger's new album bodyslams politics

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Re: “Wolf Heffelfinger's new album bodyslams politics

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Re: “Wolf Heffelfinger's new album bodyslams politics

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