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Comment Archives: stories: Arts & Entertainment: Film

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: “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: “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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Posted by Janet Abbey on 06/22/2017 at 5:53 PM

Re: “'Sand Castle' unpacks Operation Iraqi Futility

I am shocked that you would write something as uneducated as saying this movie could be "cathartic" and "comforting". You have no idea what really went on over there or how the troops that were there feel. Please be careful when you review something you have no real life knowledge of.

Posted by Tina Rick Brohman on 06/09/2017 at 8:08 PM

Re: “Moms on film: a Mother's Day compendium

Laich is always so very good.

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Posted by Janet Abbey on 05/11/2017 at 10:28 PM

Re: “'The Dinner': just a little too much to swallow

As always Laich is accurate, so intelligent emotionally and so savvy smart that it is a complete pleasure to read her. I hope her reviews get collected and published as a book by her newspaper. Both deserve it.

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Posted by Janet Abbey on 05/05/2017 at 11:02 PM

Re: “'Sand Castle' unpacks Operation Iraqi Futility

well written and on point. No palme d'or here but you can watch it with your brain on. We say thanks.

Posted by idealpragmatist on 05/05/2017 at 1:00 AM

Re: “'Sand Castle' unpacks Operation Iraqi Futility

From an Iraq War combat veteran: No. There wasn't much there that felt very authentic, and certainly nothing "cathartic" or "comforting". This was a paint-by-number rendition devoid of depth. Worse, the film appears to have somehow confirmed your own flawed preconceived notions about what it was like or what it meant. This film was bland and instantly forgettable. While you're waiting for THE film about the Iraq War, for God's sake READ the multitude of authentic accounts. There are a lot of great books out there, and they can certainly help inform any future reviews you might tackle.

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Posted by Centaur on 04/22/2017 at 9:16 PM

Re: “The International Wildlife Film Festival remembers founder Chuck Jonkel

It's my great pleasure and honor to have known Chuck Jonkel; and I can honestly say that having had the opportunity to go with him on one of his trips to Churchill, Manitoba to watch polar bears was one of the high points of my life. "Amazing" is a much overused term, but I can't think of any other word that better describes Chuck.

RIP, Chuck; you'll be long remembered.

Posted by alf on 04/13/2017 at 2:18 PM

Re: “La La Land glides by on superficial charm

Read your excellent review after paying to see it ,expected a blockbuster musical love story, ok Emma was ok ,but, even if we had seen it for free I still wouldn't give it a good night out rating, film left our party flat and unimpressed, even the dual ending was just irritating . wish we had gone to see something else even Lego batman.

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Posted by Steve on 02/28/2017 at 11:53 AM

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