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Re: “Despicable Me 2 lives up to the title in all the worst ways

What a bitter review. The only thing I could take away from it was that hand-wringing liberals should just steer clear of the cinema if all they can do is see the worst in everything.

55 likes, 20 dislikes
Posted by Joshua Hughes on 07/03/2013 at 3:03 AM

Re: “Despicable Me 2 lives up to the title in all the worst ways

As a mexican who saw this film in a theater full of Mexicans in Mexico, I can tell you: nobody was offended. See, the rest of the world doesn't expect anything better from americans, so we take it with a grin and enjoy the show. If there's anybody offended out there it's the mexicanAMERICANS or whatever-AMERICANS or white-guilt people who've sold their souls to the PC apocalypse where comedic violence only ever must happens to cis-gendered, white, well-accomodate men, otherwise it's wrong to laugh about it. I suppose you didn't take notice of the main character being humiliated by dressing in drag and being assaulted by the female lead, then unceremoniously being thrown into the trunk of her car as if the role of the stereotypical caveman who knocks her bride unconscious and drags her to his man cave to commit rape was reversed. Or, you know, maybe it was just a bit of fun.

Tell me, if men and female are equal in regards to rights and social standing, or at least, we want them to be equal, why is it that it's wrong for a white female character to be the subject of cartoon violence but it's perfectly acceptable for a male to be the victim?

Yes, the film wasn't as good as the first one and it definitely didn't change my life, but it isn't an atrocity that spits on the face of society and equal rights for everyone. Good day.

39 likes, 12 dislikes
Posted by Rowl Hadrian on 07/21/2013 at 7:29 PM

Re: “Despicable Me 2 lives up to the title in all the worst ways

Wow... "Me 2 is crude, racist, sexist and in entirely well-worn ways"? Seriously?

The movie was fun, silly and exactly what I had hoped for from a fun and silly movie. I suppose you *could* (and have) over-analyzed this light-hearted movie as though it was Tolstoy or Plath - but I think most people would simply enjoy the movie for what it is. Fun!

Lighten up, Ms. Johanson.

34 likes, 12 dislikes
Posted by Mr_Thorns on 07/09/2013 at 7:07 AM

Re: “Despicable Me 2 lives up to the title in all the worst ways

I'm a liberal, a minority, and a feminist---and I loved the movie. The female character in the film who is "treated like a prey animal" according to the reviewer, was NOT "annoying but harmless." Lucy (not Gru) shoots her with a dart because the woman was about to pull Gru's hairpiece off in front of an entire restaurant. It was a bit of comedy and it would be a fair bit of exaggeration to call this evidence of some sexist worldview.

Yes, lighten up.....including Mr. Liberal Basher up there.

14 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by GePaloma on 12/30/2013 at 12:10 PM

Re: “Despicable Me 2 lives up to the title in all the worst ways

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.

12 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Colin Rose on 12/05/2014 at 1:27 AM

Re: “Fruitvale Station doesn't trust its audience to know true tragedy

I knew I would find one of these condescending ass articles... It never fails when a Black Male is murdered... Like Michael B. Jordan said... Black Men are Americas Pit bulls... White folks are so fucking pathetic...

11 likes, 11 dislikes
Posted by Tiffany Tmiwitw Briscoe on 01/06/2014 at 4:06 PM

Re: “Despicable Me 2 lives up to the title in all the worst ways

In some ways I agree. Steriotypes are annoying. But in the end I think I laughed once. Just not a good movie. Boring, tedious, reaching. It's like they took a bunch of shorts, added a Mexican, slapped them together into a movie. I'm not impressed. If you liked the lorax or rango you might like this film. It lacks heart. I wonder if they even had fun making this movie. Or maybe this was just a really long preview for minions comming out in 2014. Sad sad sad...

10 likes, 20 dislikes
Posted by metalkingaboutmovies on 07/14/2013 at 5:46 PM

Re: “Documentary portrays the four-generation Hanna Ranch and an 'eco-cowboy's' legacy

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.

8 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by zillla on 04/26/2015 at 11:35 AM

Re: “Fruitvale Station doesn't trust its audience to know true tragedy

If you're going to use a big word like Verisimilitude please make sure you understand what that word means. Your reviews tend to be extremely pompous and self-righteous yet intellectually dishonest at best, so I don't know why I'm bothering to waste my time reading this trifling "review".

7 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Jinxx32 on 08/03/2013 at 7:38 PM

Re: “Fruitvale Station doesn't trust its audience to know true tragedy

"Verisimilitude is not a "Get Out of Narrative Plausibility Free" card" Yes it is, by definition. Also, if you can't handle the truth, that's your problem.

7 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Sean Ardley on 08/03/2013 at 4:58 PM

Re: “Men with guns

equating the Iraq war with 9/11 makes it a pure propaganda film at best! NO NO NO!!!

4 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by happyfew on 01/26/2015 at 2:58 PM

Re: “Fruitvale Station doesn't trust its audience to know true tragedy

We can alway comment on the negative. Regardless if he was a saint or not. .right is right and wrong is wrong. Sometimes I feel the people that make silly comments as above no not actually know what it feel like to go through some type of discrimination. Your imagination can take you places that you never imagined going...so take a moment and just imagine the shoes being on the other foot...

4 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by l.clarke on 01/16/2014 at 9:38 PM

Re: “Johnny Depp's Pirates schtick fails The Lone Ranger

I don't mind Johnny Depp doing eccentric and quirky per se. After all he does do it well. But it's really misplaced in a film that I think should have been played straight. I think that one of the reasons that the Marvel films have done so well, despite their faults is that they were about heroes. Fallible and (mostly) human, but clearly heroes. George Trendle created two characters with great cultural impact in the 1930's, and both of those characters got lousy movies made about them in the last couple of years. Maybe if the Green Hornet and the Lone Ranger had been played as heroes instead of punchlines, people would have wanted to see them in the movies.

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Richard M. Shirley on 07/03/2013 at 9:01 PM

Re: “Hollywood historian Peter Bogdanovich talks about what made classic films great

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.

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Michael Bradley on 02/19/2016 at 11:27 AM

Re: “Fruitvale Station doesn't trust its audience to know true tragedy

While I think that the shooting of Oscar Grant was awful and caused by extreme negligence by all of the officers involved, the story could have been told at least as powerfully if the director and screenwriters had been willing to be both factually and intellectually honest regarding who Grant actually was and how he lived his life.

Plainly and simply, the filmaking team chose to make Grant more saintly than he actually was to force the audience to their viewpoint, instead of letting us make up our own minds. The director's use of provocative tropes was not only dishonest at its core, but also lousy filmaking. Had Coogler been true to both the story and his subject, he could have created a film that made a difference. Instead, I suspect that most of us will forget the film once the manipulation has leached from our systems.

3 likes, 10 dislikes
Posted by Josh Futterman on 08/30/2013 at 10:08 PM

Re: “Johnny Depp's Pirates schtick fails The Lone Ranger

Ummmmm, no. According to all reports in this film the explanation of why the Ranger wears a mask is because he is ashamed to be a white person. Awesome, If Depp and this director think we are going to pay good money to get the message "all white people are racist" for 2 and a half hours they are mistaken. If I want to hear that message, I'll watch the George Zimmerman trial or read the Colorado Springs Independent's own Ranger Rich.

3 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Stacy in Woodland Park on 07/06/2013 at 10:33 AM

Re: “The Purge confronts American violence, privilege and delusion

Another plot ripoff (sigh). Remember the popular made-for-TV movie/series, "V?" "V" was just a plot ripoff of the novel, "The Greks Bring Gifts." And now we have "The Purge" - which is nothing more than a plot ripoff of the original series Star Trek episode, "Return Of The Archons." The difference? In the Star Trek episode, they called it "Festival" - and while "Festival" didn't last as long as "The Purge," it did happen more often.

3 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Emily Grant on 06/05/2013 at 5:42 PM
Posted by Mark Lutinski on 02/15/2018 at 10:07 PM

Re: “Wild takes on rarely explored aspects of human nature

you just like seeing her tits!

2 likes, 11 dislikes
Posted by apathetic on 12/25/2014 at 1:54 PM

Re: “Let my people go big

The photo caption reads, "Christian Bale gets his gospel on..." Since when is Exodus part of the gospel?

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Mr. K-- on 12/14/2014 at 12:24 PM

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