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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.

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: “The real history lesson behind Helena's Confederate monument

This reminds me of the big push back in the 1990s to erase the word 'squaw' from the English lexicon. The word police in Minnesota said 'squaw' had become offensive, so to protect the presumed delicate nature of Indian women, it was to be expunged.

Even if it had become offensive, censorship was the worse response. They could have started a campaign to reclaim this marvelous word meaning 'woman,' to rise up and take back one of the oldest Algonquin words in the Oxford English dictionary, dating from the circa 1660s. Instead, the name was changed, of one of the most beautiful lakes in the land of lakes. Squaw Lake, Itasca State Park, headwaters of the Mississippi, is now called Lake Oziwindib, the male Native American who guided the 1830s search for the headwaters.

In a stroke of a pen the presence of an Indian woman in this much visited park has disappeared. Instead of wondering, who was she? And how did she merit an exquisite body of water named after her, and her baby? For on the southeast side of the lake is a tiny island, called Papoose Island.

Whomever controls language, and what we see, such as statues, eventually controls how we think. We are too easily conceding to cultural gatekeepers what and how we should think.

Posted by Caro K on 09/23/2017 at 1:48 PM

Re: “Fraud? What fraud? Corey Stapleton doubles down on the doublespeak

Another phony, reprehensible repuglikan reptile.

Posted by alf on 09/23/2017 at 12:23 PM

Re: “Zinke gets Interior staff into the “#sportsmen” spirit

What a phony bastard ! No moral or ethical compass at all. All he seems to be interested in is advancing his own career and padding his own bank account.

Next stop ? probably K Street, with a high six or a seven figure a year salary. If he ever comes back to Montana at all (Let's hope not !), I'll bet it'll just be for an annual luxury, outfitted "hunt", or to schmooze with the likes of Gianforte and the other high rolling scum at Pig Sty, the Yellowstone Club, or on their showcase, tax-dodge, hobby ranches.

Posted by alf on 09/23/2017 at 12:18 PM

Re: “Cutting teachers for dummies: How to maximize pain and minimize profit at UM

Penny wise, pound foolish : the corporate model. You expected more ?

Posted by alf on 09/23/2017 at 11:18 AM

Re: “Lisa Triepke campaign surrogate Wes Spiker goes off script

This is very helpful. I just saw a little flyer supporting Triepke in my local grocery. I wondered who she was.
Now I know.
She won't get my vote, Spiker won't get my business, and hopefully, I won't have to not shop at that store that I really like!

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Posted by Krispen on 09/22/2017 at 7:05 PM

Re: “Lisa Triepke campaign surrogate Wes Spiker goes off script

Well.... this simplifies so much! I just saw a sign advocating for Triepke in my local grocery store and wondered who she was.
Well, now I know. She won't get my vote, Spiker's business won't get mine, and I'll be thinking about whether I continue to do business with that store.
Dammit, I really like that store!

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Posted by Krispen on 09/22/2017 at 7:02 PM

Re: “The real history lesson behind Helena's Confederate monument

The removal of Montana's Confederate monument is nothing more than political opportunism. For the tribe or anyone else to claim offense to this monument is total nonsense. Its opportunism, victimology at its finest. And the City Council violated all consideration of as they say today, transparency. What do you tell your kids about things you have to do under cover of darkness. They should be ashamed. Quit rewriting history, Montana!

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Posted by Ed Kugler on 09/22/2017 at 4:53 PM

Re: “Former Five Valleys Land Trust Director Grant Kier takes aim at Greg Gianforte's House seat

This sounds promising. And almost anyone would be an improvement over Gianforte.

So, Greg Strandberg, did you actually read this article? Mr. Kier has worked for a decade with all kinds of people all over western Montana. It's would make sense that he actually would understand the realities and concerns of many Montanans. Why would you think he doesn't?

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Posted by ol' az hippie chick on 09/22/2017 at 3:11 AM

Re: “Former Five Valleys Land Trust Director Grant Kier takes aim at Greg Gianforte's House seat

@Greg Strandberg - In your incessant, vituperous commenting across a multitude of forums on virtually every issue, I have yet to see a single hint even that you have any idea what the realities and concerns are for ANY Montanans.

What I have seen is pretty much just mouth and attitude, without reason or facts. It's called "trolling."

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Posted by claudius on 09/21/2017 at 2:25 PM

Re: “Lisa Triepke campaign surrogate Wes Spiker goes off script

So the folks in Ronan and Polson are going to Kalispell? Why? Because it is so much better to shop in a community that has attracted the likes of Richard Spencer and others who subscribe to fringe racist ideologies? Yeah, that's much better than those transients who allegedly spend all their time raping women. Like the Mexicans of course.

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Posted by Shortbull on 09/21/2017 at 1:34 PM

Re: “Lisa Triepke campaign surrogate Wes Spiker goes off script

Wes Spiker is well known as a spoiled kook. I.E. former spokesperson for Stock Farm, attending posh American Express luxury publishing conferences (this list could stretch for pages). He's generally regarded as a boomer douche of the first order behind his back. There are numerous legends of his petulant behavior like crawling across a boardroom table while screaming "wah wah" while berating a client for being a "baby". It's pretty clear that he's the brains and $ behind Lisa's campaign. If he hates progressive politics so much maybe a McMansion in Big Sky is where he can be around folks like himself. I'd say good riddance.

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Posted by MiddleClassMissoula on 09/21/2017 at 11:18 AM

Re: “Lisa Triepke campaign surrogate Wes Spiker goes off script

Why hasn't Mayor Engen filed a single campaign finance report since August 26? Are you telling me he hasn't raised a single dollar over the past 25 days? I find that hard to believe. Remember, Montana law requires candidates to file a new report 48 hours after they receive a donation.

What's going on?

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Posted by Greg Strandberg on 09/21/2017 at 11:02 AM

Re: “The real history lesson behind Helena's Confederate monument

I'm concerned at the profound ignorance of our history amongst the next generation of Montanans. History is supposed to be factual but in reality it's anything but. College graduates have no idea who Joseph Stalin was. Or Audie Murphy, Pol Pot, Benito Mousollini,HoChiMin and a host of history makers. A second grader can quote you chapter and verse about RevDrMartinLutherKingJr but has no clue who Albert Einstein was.
I submit that educators are rewriting our history by ignoring what did happen with what should have happened. Opposition to anything Conferate is a perfect illustration. America has bee apologizing for the institution of slavery for all the seventy years I've been alive. I think it's time to move on. 1864 was a long time ago.

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Posted by smedley on 09/21/2017 at 10:55 AM

Re: “Former Five Valleys Land Trust Director Grant Kier takes aim at Greg Gianforte's House seat

Grant Kier made $92,887 in 2015 as a director of a 'nonprofit.'

He has no idea what the realities and concerns are for the majority of Montanans.…

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Posted by Greg Strandberg on 09/21/2017 at 10:53 AM

Re: “Lisa Triepke campaign surrogate Wes Spiker goes off script

Many of the points raised in Spiker's letter are some of the reasons hundreds of families in the Ronan - Polson area have quit doing business, shopping, attending events, etc. in Missoula. They now take all the money they spend out of town to Kalispell. And the actions and words of Ellie Hill and Mayor Engen are part of the reason too. Missoula is quickly becoming a mini Seattle-Portland-San Francisco.

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Posted by jr2jr2000 on 09/21/2017 at 10:50 AM

Re: “Documenting Bigfoot's small-town footprint

For anyone interested in the subject...I wrote a book called Paranormal Montana that collects all the Bigfoot sightings in Montana that I could find, covering the years from the 1890s to the early-2000s.…

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Posted by Greg Strandberg on 09/21/2017 at 9:13 AM

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

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