Discussions of specific films and franchises.
- Michael Kerpan
- Spelling Bee Champeen
- Joined: Wed Nov 03, 2004 1:20 pm
- Location: New England
- Joined: Tue Jul 25, 2017 2:13 pm
LBJ was actually a pretty good president, although his handling of Vietnam is a brought on his legacy.
- Joined: Tue Jul 25, 2017 2:13 pm
Carter is actually the person who started off our current cycle by embracing the Chicago School’s policies, transferring wealth and power to concentrated finance. So while he might be less bad than his peers, his tenure was still destructive. As an expresident he has been exemplar. I wish more would follow his lead.
- Joined: Thu Mar 07, 2019 3:44 pm
The Bernie Sanders Fox News town hall last night was in a Pennsylvania county which went for Obama twice then Trump. This is a very real group of people. And the Democrats’ inability (some would say “refusal”) to win them over through working class policies and politics will continue to put Trumps in office.
- domino harvey
- Dot Com Dom
- Joined: Wed Jan 11, 2006 2:42 pm
There’s now talk Netflix will release this in February, with a surprise last-minute Oscar qualifying theatrical run starting on New Years. Seems unlikely, though, unless this is either very, very good or very, very bad
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I knew that fact, but what I didn't know—before perusing J.D. Vance's Wikipedia entry—was that he's connected to three of the more odious figures in American intellectual life (such as it is): Peter Thiel, Amy Chua, and Rod Dreher. If he had studied under Alan Dershowitz the cesspool would be unmatched, but alas.
- Joined: Fri Jun 13, 2014 1:14 pm
The word on the street from people I know who've seen this is it's a complete calamity and one of the actual worst movies of the year not being hyperbolic. Doesn't mean people won't see it or want to give it awards specifically because Glenn Close is acting in it but the movie is apparently just wretched.
- Joined: Sat May 25, 2019 11:58 am
This is getting torn apart limb to limb. Guess Adams and Close will win their Oscar after all.
Variety -Yet the desperation of Adams’ turn is somehow more depressing; she is wailing and hollering and clamoring for that Oscar, resulting in the most unapologetic award pandering since “The Revenant.” Just give it to her, for God’s sake, so she can go back to doing interesting work.
Vox -Glenn Close and Amy Adams, in a movie like this one, are all uglied up for the their Oscar close-ups. It’s the acting-as-transformation-into-human-troll school.
Vanity Fair -Adams and Close. But their performances here feel bizarrely theatrical, as if they had to wind themselves up to Perform, with a capital P, as strange creatures they’ve never encountered before. They’re not humanizing portrayals; I watched an official Q&A about the film following an advanced screening, and as its moderator joked, they feel like memes waiting to happen.
I thought Oscar begging ended once Dicaprio, Winslet and Hathaway won their oscars. I see that it is alive and well and flourishing.Close’s work in the film is almost an obscenity, a patrician actor doing the hoariest of brassy-old-lady drag. It’s a kind of mugging that has no place in an age when audiences have become much better attuned to Hollywood falseness than they once were. Every note of Close’s performance is a glaring actor choice, all grim calculation masked as empathy.
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It's a tough distinction to make between panned and dull/unremarkable. Looking on Metacritic, The Reader isn't nearly as skewed negative as Bohemian Rhapsody, which got Malek an Oscar two years back. I tend to reserve the "abysmal" and "universally panned" superlatives for films that really deserve them, when you still have a few positive words coming this film's way. However, this is shaping up to be the lowest avg critic score I've come across yet (*if it wins anything), with Bohemian Rhapsody's high 40s next, but there are plenty of others hovering in the 50 range.