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PostPosted: Fri Jun 30, 2017 1:25 pm 
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I'm fascinated trying to parse his thesis here- that critics carry emotional baggage, which they bring with them to their critiques, which is... bad? Ebert was always happy to get into his own experience when reviewing things, which I've always admired about him- even when I think he's way off, there's usually a fairly clear sense of personality behind his reviews, which is often all I really ask for.

Plus the best critics even if they don't like a film can at least describe what they didn't like in a way that lets the audience know if they might like it! That's also why its great to have an actual continuing relationship through the writing of a favourite critic, so that you learn more about their tastes (and potential blind spots) and can factor that in to their responses a bit.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 30, 2017 4:21 pm 
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Pauline Kael being a classic example. I disagree with her take more often than not, but at least she knew how to convey what it was like watching the film.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 06, 2017 3:21 pm 
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"nice to watch"? Give me strength. I suggest people who don't get Malik should wake up - preferably before they die. Those who like their blocks of reality served well done, with lots of comfortable dialogue, nothing too challenging metaphorically - will never get Malik. Life's logicians. Where would we be without you? Otherwise, I'm sure Malik doesn't give a toss about "falls from grace" or anything else connected to man's shoddy little reflections. Ironically, the worst thing about Film Art, is having to share it ..


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 06, 2017 3:43 pm 
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Frankly never read a better scouting report.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 06, 2017 3:55 pm 
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Mali(c)k sure looks good for a guy in his seventies!

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 06, 2017 8:00 pm 
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Shorter version: I am so smart. S-M-R-T.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 11, 2017 3:32 am 
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Every comment on Todd McCarthy's Valerian review needs to be burned with fire


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 11, 2017 3:42 am 
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Amazing:

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This is a film produced outside of the dilapidated Hollywood studio system. Besson raised financing for production through presales, working with several smaller international distributors who believed in his vision. Hollywood needs this movie to fail because it is in a time of crisis; as people prefer to stay home to watch Game of Thrones on SVOD , and as it has just dumped a fortune into a string of comic book movies that will take us into the foreseeable future.

The "critic", who lambasted the film on the pettiest of terms ("Eurotrash is back") , is just a cog. A tool serving his function. To protect Hollywood product during this time of crisis at all costs.

Well done. The Hollywood reporter has shown its true colors; a troglodyte publication of the lowest common denominator.

I'll be using my American dollars to support Valerian . And I'll find Comic book movies on pirate bay.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 11, 2017 3:51 am 
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The best/worst was the guy who argued that since the trailer told him which character was Valerian, it wasn't a flaw in the film that the movie neglected to mention who or what Valerian is


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 11, 2017 4:06 am 
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What's fascinating is that in some ways, EuropaCorp is the perfect French equivalent of Hollywood's studio system.


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Another from the Schrader facebook page...

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2017 6:52 pm 
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Critic changes his mind and is mature enough to admit it is now "rediculous"?


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2017 7:02 pm 

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Critic changes his mind and is mature enough to admit it is now "rediculous"?

Oh no, I think it's great that he admitted it rather than doubling down. I just found it amusing the progression of posts amusing, particularly the fact that he rushed to judgment on social media after only an hour of the film.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2017 10:13 pm 
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I think it's [Ron] Howard's third best film.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2017 1:26 am 
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Big Ben wrote:
Amazing:

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This is a film produced outside of the dilapidated Hollywood studio system. Besson raised financing for production through presales, working with several smaller international distributors who believed in his vision. Hollywood needs this movie to fail because it is in a time of crisis; as people prefer to stay home to watch Game of Thrones on SVOD , and as it has just dumped a fortune into a string of comic book movies that will take us into the foreseeable future.

The "critic", who lambasted the film on the pettiest of terms ("Eurotrash is back") , is just a cog. A tool serving his function. To protect Hollywood product during this time of crisis at all costs.

Well done. The Hollywood reporter has shown its true colors; a troglodyte publication of the lowest common denominator.

I'll be using my American dollars to support Valerian . And I'll find Comic book movies on pirate bay.


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Isn't Valerian based on a comic book?


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 30, 2017 12:11 am 
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This is one of my favorite reviews of any movie ever. Try to guess what this guy (from IMDB, giving it 1 star,) is talking about. The title of the review is "The extra-terrestrial history is a lie."

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The premise of the film, an extra-terrestrial incursion, is is utter nonsense. Science fiction can (and should) be as far fetched as the human mind, and imagination, can carry a writer. Rewriting history and past sciences is just asinine. Firstly, there were only three extra-terrestrial incursions in New Mexico, all at different sites, including the Trinity Site. The United States kept actual greys from the planet Nibiru in ice chests (mostly because the physics was so new, scientists were unable to predict the reaction of these living wonders from outer space), most of which were on (or under) American soil. Officially, two more greys were cryogenetically frozen in Colorado, two more in Massacheusetes, three in Alaska, seven more at three other sites in New Mexico. The majority of Testing was done at the Nibiru Test Site in Nevada, bordered by the Nellis Air Force Range and the Tonopah Test Range, altogether encompassing one of the largest unpopulated land areas with around five and a half thousand square miles (it is only 65 miles from Las Vegas). The likelihood of exposed families living near the test site is lower than the entire population of Las Vegas being over run with savage Martians (better movie), because the freezing make this impossible, especially in New Mexico. How many greys were stored outside of US soil? None. Nada. Zero. A great big goose egg...

Secondly the affects of exposure to grey energy are well known, and public finally, The US and UK governments released reports as well as the Sandia Laboratory and the National Cancer Institute, and more recently, eyewitness accounts of the greys in civilian populations (Mexico) by an American reporter who was silenced until his death, have all come into public light in the last decade and a half. This movie is like Jaws had Roy Schneider spent half an hour underwater (on the moon, say) fighting the shark with his fists. It doesn't have to be believable, it really shouldn't, it does have to be convincing, though.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 30, 2017 12:42 am 
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I maintain that if extraterrestrials are aware of are existence they probably think we're akin to ants and or absolute dumbshits. As for the review I'm always fascinated by conspiracy theorists attacking films like this. But what really confuses me is when conspiracy theorists take legitimate bullshit stories like JFK and present it as gospel. But hey what can you do?


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 30, 2017 1:13 am 
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I can't find it via Google but I assume it's
[Reveal] Spoiler:
Close Encounters?


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 30, 2017 8:07 am 
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No, it's
[Reveal] Spoiler:
Stalker!

Don't believe me? Here's a link (follow it and scroll down a little till you see the guy's name.)


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 30, 2017 9:03 am 
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Wasn't that Mel Gibson's initial pitch for Passion of the Christ?

Anyway as anyone who has watched The X-Files, read Thomas Pynchon's Against The Day (or played Kholat) know, there have been aliens in Russia (or at least Siberia) since the Tunguska meteorite!


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 30, 2017 11:38 am 
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Ya'll if you want the weird Russian shit you need to check out The Dyatlov Pass Incident. There's very much a rational explanation for it because you know, that's how the Universe works but the conspiracies around this incident are wild.

I cannot fathom how New Age shit like Nibiru found it's way in a review for Stalker though. The brain doesn't process probability very well (In the case of this gentleman not at all apparently) and this is why people tend to favor conspiracies over more mundane rational ones. Why think Tarkovsky left the film ambiguous when he was clearly trying to hide the truth about aliens!

See also: The absolutely one hundred percent true Stanley Kubrick conspiracy theory that he helped NASA fake the moon landing and covertly revealed this to us, the public in The Shining! Soooo clever Stanley.

*rolls eyes*


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 07, 2017 8:32 pm 
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An Amazon.com review of Laurel and Hardy's The Essential Collection:

"I am very upset that there are several Spanish Laurel and Hardy movies in here. If they were made at the time of the originals that's fine. If they are recent than this is my last purchase from you. Illegal aliens cost the citizens of the United State ove 300 billion dollars a year. My grandparents were imigrants but they came over legally and did not go on welfare. When is this going to stop!"


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We got Michael Owen to review the handful of movies he’s ever finished watching


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Not sure if he is being sarcastic, but man, I've noticed that a lot of my acquaintances that have been immersed in more recent interactive technologies like gaming or social media just cannot focus at the rate of film. I stopped even trying because I can see its not reaching them... it's like it's not stimulating them at fast enough a rate to hold their attention.

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"“That’s my problem with films: I just can’t believe it. I sit there, thinking, ‘I wonder how many takes that took?’ and ‘is that a stuntman?’ The big action fights are so far-fetched I shake my head in disbelief: people shooting each other, rolling over with bullets just missing them, jumping off of trains. How can anyone believe that?”


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The National Review pans Twin Peaks: The Return for not having a conventional enough narrative.


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