Mr. Bogdanovich is correct about the cinema we see today, be it feature motion pictures, or TV serialized dramas. They are aimed at very small specific audiences, and therefore are repetitive. Very few feature motion pictures today are plot/dialog driven. They rely on CGI, special effects, car crashes and explosions. I personally find them boring.
I was raised on the fringes of "the business." My father worked as a business agent for several motion picture unions, and during the last season of the TV show The Outer Limits, (the original B&W) he was involved in production, and script approval. He was a movie fan, but only of well crafted, dialog driven intelligently made movies. He instilled that love in me, taking me to screenings of classics whenever he knew of their showing. Before I was 15, I had seen Gone With The Wind, Citizen Kane, Sunset Boulevard, What Ever Happened To Baby Jane, Now Voyager, Treasure Of The Sierra Madre, Inherit The Wind, I treasure those movies, they truly are as my Dad would say, as we walked out of the theatre, or put down his popcorn bowl at home, "now that's a movie you should watch once every year!"
Years ago when I was in college, I used to be able to go to the movies between noon and early evening. The showings were the first of the day and a few times I had the theater to myself. Never was there more than five other audience members and they were very quiet. I watched every film that was nominated for an Oscar that year. None of them became classics. What I did learn is that a audience can get in the way of the film experience more than it can add to it. With a large enough screen (60" or larger sitting close enough with a properly dimmed room and a good sound system) the theatrical experience can be just as powerful as a movie theater. The venue is less important than ever with Cinema. I do however, agree with Bogdanovich about the niche madness that is afflicting Cinema now. Fewer and fewer artists are involved in the Cinematic process and the new product is becoming hackneyed and very disposable.
I will no longer call it film making because a good number of high quality works are now being beautifully captured digitally in higher and higher resolutions. With this obvious fact, film is becoming less and less relevant to the medium of Cinema and the audience is getting a more intimate experience.
Watched this for the second time this morning. Wish the Hanna family all the best. Hey Steve, Do you really believe we can't see right through you? Heard of the phrase, " Self Righteous" ? Wonder if you believe the words you speak. Enjoy the money.
Thought you might like to know that our Kimball's Peak Theatre is showing 'Maps to the Stars' starting February 27th.
equating the Iraq war with 9/11 makes it a pure propaganda film at best! NO NO NO!!!
The reviewers comment, 'Ben Whishaw gets Paddington's voice just right, and the movie wouldn't have worked without the absolutely correct actor bringing him to life' is very interesting. Colin Firth was originally penned for the part, and even recorded several sections before it was determined, by mutal consent apparently, that the 'fit' just wasn't right. Glad Mr. Whishaw strikes the right cord, then!
you just like seeing her tits!
"Moses communicates with a Yahweh who has taken the form of a preternaturally serene young boy." Sounds to me more like Dionysus or Apollo!
The Mosaic Law strictly prohibits creating visual images of God. Congratulations to Ridley Scott for managing to disrespect Moses and the Hebrew religion twice in one scene! First, by depicting God at all. Second, on drawing from Greco-Roman mythology for his imagery. Check out Ezekiel, Chapter One, for a Hebrew view of what God might look like.
The photo caption reads, "Christian Bale gets his gospel on..." Since when is Exodus part of the gospel?
This reviewer is a perfect example of the 'finds everything offensive' brigade'. I hope this reviewer stays home for the rest of her life as it is obvious she finds the world just too mean and oppressive.
The St. John's International Women's Film Festival in Newfoundland, Canada just celebrated its 25th anniversary last month. The Rocky Mountain Women's Film Festival is not alone!
Terrible review. Who ever wrote this should think about starting a new career. It doesn't matter who (good or bad person) or what (young black man, paragraph 10) a person is.. no one should be treated or gunned down like that.
Ravenous is a cult classic! Robert Carlyle and Guy Pearce gave great performances. Worth watching for sure.
I really like this actress. She did a sci-fi movie a few years ago w/ Matt Damon that was also really good- The Adjustment Bureau. See it for her- Emily Blunt is one of my favorite actresses.
I thought they at least answered most of the questions you raised in your blog post.
Here's my thoughts on them:
1. If the fairies don't need a leader, why don't they care when Maleficent sets herself up as their queen? (Angelina Jolie is fab as the vampy witch fairy.
I thought she did a kind of takeover of the kingdom as she was the most powerful fairy of them all. With her strength and anger, she did a hostile takeover.
2. Why is human Stefan (Sharlto Copley) so horrifically awful to his fairy friend Maleficent after being so sweet to her?
Stefan mentioned early on he desired to live in the castle and be king. As he spent more time away from Maleficent and her world, he was slowly consumed with greed, eventually leading him to do the nasty deed.
3. Why do three "nice" fairies (Lesley Manville, Imelda Staunton and Juno Temple) turn their backs on their homeland in order to raise little human baby Aurora (Elle Fanning), apparently as a favor to the cruel Stefan?
After Maleficent placed the curse on the baby Aurora, these fairies felt a duty to care for the child. It's the least they could do after one of their own did such a cruel thing.
4. How come, if Maleficent casts a nasty revenge spell on the baby, but later casts another spell to revoke it when she learns the error of her vindictive ways, it doesn't stay revoked?
It was because of the original spell that Maleficent wasn't able to revoke the curse. The original curse stated that the curse couldn't be revoked. Thus, even Maleficent wasn't able to stop it.
An informative list, Ms. Salk, but I think you misread the review. It is not an actor, but a character, whom the reviewer did not realize was intended to be Jewish until near the end of the movie. The actor who plays this role, Jon Hamm, is not Jewish apparently. At least he is not on your list of Jewish actors.
for future reference:
Actors of fully Jewish background: -Logan Lerman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Mila Kunis, Natalie Portman, Bar Refaeli, James Wolk, Julian Morris, Esti Ginzburg, Kat Dennings, Erin Heatherton, Odeya Rush, Anton Yelchin, Paul Rudd, Scott Mechlowicz, Lizzy Caplan, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Gal Gadot, Robert Kazinsky, Melanie Laurent, Marla Sokoloff, Shiri Appleby, Justin Bartha, Adam Brody, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Gabriel Macht.
Actors with Jewish mothers and non-Jewish fathers -Jake Gyllenhaal, James Franco, Scarlett Johansson, Daniel Radcliffe, Alison Brie, Eva Green, Emmy Rossum, Jennifer Connelly, Eric Dane, Jeremy Jordan, Joel Kinnaman.
Actors with Jewish fathers and non-Jewish mothers, who themselves were either raised as Jews and/or identify as Jews: -Andrew Garfield, Ezra Miller, Alexa Davalos, Nat Wolff, James Maslow, Josh Bowman, Ben Foster, Nikki Reed, Zac Efron.
Actors with one Jewish-born parent and one parent who converted to Judaism -Dianna Agron, Sara Paxton (whose father converted, not her mother), Alicia Silverstone, Jamie-Lynn Sigler.
"Not to mention insanely cute, humanized-without-being-anthropomorphized baby animals." Love it! Love the description of John C. Reilly, as well. Thanks for this review :)
That same photo of Cage has been going around on FB for a while now with the caption, "Only Nicolas Cage could make a real beard look fake!"
Get off Verhoven's ****! The originals, while I loved them too, are terrible films. They were filled with unforgivably bad acting, excessive violence and as much pointless action as any modern cash-grab. They would have been better had they NOT been satire. When I think back to the originals, I don't think "that was a great satire film" I think, that was a fun action movie I liked as a kid that I am now embarrassed to be caught watching now.
The new movie chooses not to make a bad joke out of the story of a man struggling to maintain/reclaim his humanity after being turned into a cyborg cop by a greedy corporation and still manages to be an awesome but more intelligent action movie.
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