"The Babadook" started out creepy and atmospheric enough, but by the midpoint, it telegraphed its punches so clearly that I knew both (a) what was going to happen in the second half, and (b) not to worry too much. Maybe the "child in peril" angle scares parents more than it does those of us who have opted to remain childless. It's a *good* movie all right, mostly thanks to Essie Davis's performance, but I was expecting more based on the critical hype it received.
Just finished reading the book, Wild. Excellent entertainment and sure to be an American classic decades from now ... similar to The Man Who Walked Through Time ... although Wild is written by a better author, a wordsmith. Good job, Cheryl Strayed. I am looking forward to the movie tonight at El Con. Seeing Wild is my 68th birthday present from my wife. We're taking my adult granddaughter.
This movie is probably bad (haven't seen it yet), but some of the comments in this review are as stupid as the movie.
So one of the gripes is that a caveman kills a mammoth because it's an "endangered species" - even though it obviously was not in the era this movie takes place in (not to mention that CAVEMEN had no concept of endangered species - they hadn't even invented the wheel yet). And killing an animal is "murder" now? Seriously.
It sounds like this review was written by a member of PETA.
I want to review the Reviewer: I'm just guessing, but it sounds like a black college kid in their senior year, and using a little too much " inside golf " lingo trying to inform us of the "scoop." I won't see it. As MLK once said, " everything is about race." Ah well, we plunge on. Uninformed as I am as a white guy, having endured the "race riots" in north Philly of the late 60's, the brutality of the high school gang banging in the rest rooms (can you say, .....zip guns?......I knew you could), I am a man from the mid 20th century, not this one. I look at the White House and see a black president surrounded by a largely black staff, appointees, ditto, and a country where the south is more integrated than the north.
Yet, the Reviewer paints this picture of black people bemoaning a culture deep within their souls crying out " Freedom........freedom"? I need to know from what? there is a black middle class in this country far exceeding an insulated down trodden poor white middle class. Statistically, whole towns are falling into dirt poor poverty, yet, still the cry of Freedom......Trillions of dollars have been consumed by the war on poverty, yet, it still grows. The tide forever grows.
I saw it and thought it was really good. I think everyone will see something in this film that resonates with them. i thought the cast was great. Dennis Haysbert's performance as the dean was awesome. Good stuff!
I can't wait to see this. I've been following it on the internet and it just seems amazing.
The Loft: My mistake, I didn't see it on the schedule. I'll make the change here.
Boogie Nights is the first film in the PTa series, playing Thursday, November 6 at 7pm. 35mm print too.
There should be a festival in Peggy's honor. She's a "cut above".
Memphis plays Sunday at Noon!
Bob Grimm what a lovely and insightful critique. You have intrigued me to the point where I am compelled to see this movie. Thank You!
Footnotefetish's first sentence makes perfect sense, ay te wacho. You're the one who's reaching to make it not.
Hey calm down. It is an artwork. As German do I believe in the freedom of sspeech and choice. Not in moral angst. Try this bestseller and be surprised!
Really? We can't even call ourselves pussies anymore? Can we still call people dicks? Tits? Assholes? And when is the last time you read Savage Love?
Tis a sham you proclaimed
to be ashamed
when you incongruently ascertained
that a review of a film filled with vulgarity
was a form of sentence pornography.
I don't know - I think the scene where all the people Brian is telling to stop following him blindly, and start thinking for themselves, repeat everything he says verbatim, is arguably just as funny as the "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" number at the end - and "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" is completely hysterical.
Your first sentence is the most incoherent thing I've read in a while. You should really proofread. And I'm not sure in what universe feminism is conservative, but call it what you will.
Pussy is as a pussy wusses - so what? Lighten up. Take your conservative rants to a less alternative forum where you can troll and fuss all you want. I have lived in Tucson since 1975 and The Weekly stills stands tall while others have fallen. Children be forewarned, this crazy-a*s film not for you - nor me, thanks to the self-deprecating Bob Grimm.
So the Weekly is using "pussy" as a pejorative now? That's really awesome. When I moved to Tucson several years ago, some more established Tucsonans that I met told me that the Weekly wasn't what it used to be. Now I've started echoing them.
I had to roll my eyes when I read your review of "Obvious Child." It displayed a facile understanding of abortion and an expectation that any movie dealing with the subject should follow the usual TV and movie cliches--you know, the predictable story about the emotionally distraught woman who anguishes over the horrifying decision in front of her. Never mind how common the procedure is. Never mind how safe it is and how rarely women who get abortions ever regret them later. Nope. According to the Weekly, any movie that acknowledges that is unrealistic and doesn't put any serious thought into the topic--so says its male move reviewer.
And here's another one of the Weekly's male movie reviewers, using "pussy" as a pejorative. This is supposed to be an alternative newsweekly, but it often reads like some hack paper written by washed-up former frat boys.
Funniest thing I've read all day. The two comments immediately following make it even better!
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