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Re: “Keeping It Reel

Oh, Bob. Regarding your review of "La La Land": Really? Original? I guess it's been some time since you've seen REAL classics that clearly inspired multiple facets of this film, like, say "An American in Paris," "Singin' in the Rain," "A Star is Born," the Astaire-Rogers oeuvre and lesser films like "Xanadu,"and "Fame." Emma Stone was very good, but Gosling nearly ruined the film with his saturnine presence; comparing him to Sinatra and Gene Kelly is just ludicrous. The film really needed the ebullience of a Gene Kelly or the dapper charm of a Fred Astaire to really make it fly. It also needed help in the writing department; the script elements certainly betray Chazelle's youth and lack of real-life experience. I lived in L.A. for more than two decades and I cannot recall another film that so heavily romanticizes the city and the lives of its characters. Most actors in L.A. never get (paid) work in films or TV, and the small percentage who do mostly get work in commercials and as (non-union) extras. Most would gladly eat out of dumpsters for months for the chance to get a SAG card. For Stone's character to apparently limit her auditions to film and TV work shows extreme naivete, at best.
The John Legend character's assertion that "Jazz is dying" is simply not true; jazz has enjoyed a small but healthy niche market since the decline of big bands in the '50s. Given that jazz clubs are few in L.A., and regularly feature established artists of the genre with a lot more experience than Gosling's character has, some of his character's actions and attitudes are largely preposterous. How can his character have any "depth," as you put it, since there's so little of his backstory revealed to the audience?
Walter Kirn wrote a recent piece in Harper's in which he concisely skewers nostalgia, a concept in which this film is drenched: "It [nostalgia] tells romantic lies. It breeds reactionary sentiments by glorifying and simplifying what was and devaluing what is."

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Posted by Starcommand on 01/10/2017 at 12:20 AM

Re: “The Skinny

This belongs in the "Police Dispatch" section; what a bunch of silliness all around. Anyone who would seek the experience of consuming a "craft" beer because of its ostensible exclusivity deserves what they get. Any bar owner who would sell it without informing the customer of the unusual premium price in advance deserves what they get too.
The only puzzling aspect of this story is why Jim Nintzel thought it was newsworthy, which it could only have been if Ms. Sedgwick were conducting public business at the time of the incident.

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Posted by Starcommand on 01/07/2017 at 1:53 AM

Re: “Has Arizona Reached Peak Charter?

It would be wise to heed the words of Diane Ravitch, whose 2013 book "Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement..." hit the nail on the head: "School choice turns parents into consumers, not citizens...We have a civic responsibility to support public education." Along the same lines, she said that the most important function of public education "is to prepare children for the duties and responsibilities of citizenship."

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Posted by Starcommand on 01/01/2017 at 9:28 PM

Re: “Crooked Path

Hasn't this city reached peak brewery yet? Why do you keep using the "Chow" section to promote booze merchants?

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Posted by Starcommand on 12/31/2016 at 4:44 AM

Re: “Wage Rage

"...says agencies such as his have such low budgets that they can't afford to increase their wages for employees."
Hmm, so in other words when these agencies originally drew up their operating budgets, way back whenever, they were counting on the minimum wage not changing significantly anytime soon, in effect banking on continued domination of the legislature by Republicans.
N'est-ce pas?

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Posted by Starcommand on 12/29/2016 at 5:07 AM

Re: “Dealing with the Devil

Hey, good luck with that. Since 60 million benighted souls voted for the human equivalent of a cancer cell to be President, maybe there's hope for Satan as well.

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Posted by Starcommand on 12/29/2016 at 4:17 AM

Re: “Fill Up On Beer, Bands and Brats at 4thtober Fest

Sounds delightful. I'm sure the beer will bring out the brats in abundance.

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Posted by Starcommand on 10/21/2016 at 9:17 PM

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