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Forum: Television 12-30-2019, 10:27 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 269
Posted By karsten
Re: Mandalorian...oh no he didn't!!

I looked up the clip on YouTube. I haven't enjoyed anything in Star Wars that much -- I mean, the punching scene -- since that one, single Ewok got laser-blasted in Return of the Jedi.

The over-cute...
Forum: Films 12-21-2019, 08:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 553
Posted By karsten
Re: Star Wars

Agreed. I always considered AOTC to be the best and most original of the prequels, and I suspect that some of its bad reviews were critics overcompensating for being too kind to TPM, which really was...
Forum: Films 12-17-2019, 05:42 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 195
Posted By karsten
Re: Biopics

I've always wondered what the demarcation line of biopics is, vis-a-vis other genres. E.g., is Cecil B. De Mille's Ten Commandments a Moses biopic? Is Braveheart a biopic?

If so, then the latter...
Forum: Films 10-06-2019, 10:09 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,984
Posted By karsten
Re: Joker

The first two? Even the second, with its campy-comedy herring-eating, toy-duck-riding Penguin and such -- you're putting that over the Nolan films?

Well, to each his own.

I'll give the first Burton...
Forum: Television 06-01-2019, 05:51 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,357
Posted By karsten
Re: Game Of Thrones

For me, the series was always hit and miss, with a few notable high points (e.g., Gregor Clegane defeating Oberyn Martell, which was a splendid inversion of the David-vs.-Goliath cliché and elicited...
Forum: Television 05-25-2019, 05:17 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,874
Posted By karsten
Re: Craig Mazin's "Chernobyl" HBO series

Well, I'm not at all keen on the insertion of the completely fictional Hidden Figures-esque Emma Watson character, in a series that otherwise makes a commendable effort to stay true to real-life...
Forum: Films 08-15-2018, 07:18 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 5,631
Posted By karsten
Re: BlacKKKLansman

LOL. Sure. What am I prejudiced against? Uniformity?

All I can say is, if {inhales} "the top approved critics" {exhales} in any field were comparably unanimous in their adulation over something,...
Forum: Films 08-15-2018, 12:55 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 5,631
Posted By karsten
Re: BlacKKKLansman

Well, evidently if one wishes to come across a review that departs from lock-step adulation . . .

. . . then, yes, it may well be a place to turn to.
Forum: Films 08-15-2018, 08:45 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 5,631
Posted By karsten
Re: BlacKKKLansman

A less . . . reverent review:

http://takimag.com/article/spike-lees-kkkrazyglue/#axzz5OFpAgEKt
Forum: Films 06-19-2018, 07:52 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,041
Posted By karsten
Re: Ocean's 8 -- Here We Go Again.

LOL. As if they're anything but. And ill-considered ones at that.

The analogy is spot on.
Forum: Films 03-25-2018, 02:04 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 606
Posted By karsten
Re: 7 Days at Entebbe

1. People are inevitably tribal. This prompts them to take sides with their own. Right or wrong (and really, who's to judge if that's right or wrong?), that's human nature. It is what it is.

2....
Forum: Films 03-12-2018, 02:26 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,563
Posted By karsten
Re: Wrinkle in Time

A film ruined by preachiness (among other things) is a film ruined by preachiness -- be it Brad Bird's Tomorrowland, or this malformation-passing-itself-off-as-an-adaptation.

The race of the...
Forum: Films 03-12-2018, 07:43 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,563
Posted By karsten
Re: Wrinkle in Time

This review says it all:

http://thefederalist.com/2018/03/07/a-wrinkle-in-time-is-a-disastrous-adaptation-of-lengles-book/

It would appear that the filmmakers had multiple agendas. Pity that one of...
Forum: Films 02-24-2018, 08:04 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 6,980
Posted By karsten
Re: Star Wars Ep 8

I wish that more people held this point of view. If they did, then every film that didn't reduce the number of white people to Black Panther levels wouldn't be denounced as "[X] So White!", and could...
Forum: Films 02-15-2018, 08:04 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,149
Posted By karsten
Re: Black Panther

Precisely. "See it and like it, or you're a bad person."

Driving up the box office via guilt.

Giving Disney your money and your endorsement is now a moral imperative.

And concomitantly diving up...
Forum: Films 02-14-2018, 02:56 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,149
Posted By karsten
Re: Black Panther

Well, given the lavish marketing campaign that Disney has devoted to it, it's a fair bet that, when the final numbers are tallied, the film will end up in the black.
Forum: Films 12-27-2017, 09:49 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 6,980
Posted By karsten
Re: Star Wars Ep 8

1. That's very rude.
2. He's entitled to his opinion.
3. Many people share his opinion. Present company included.
Forum: Films 12-17-2017, 11:49 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 6,980
Posted By karsten
Re: Star Wars Ep 8

Yes, I think that that's exactly right. Indeed, the only reason that these films are making any $ is due to the brand.

I already considered The Mary-Sue Awakens -- excuse me, The Force Awakens -- to...
Forum: Films 11-18-2017, 07:14 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,630
Posted By karsten
Re: Justice League

There was a whole thread about Man of Steel that discussed this, and it came up again in a BvS thread. Even as a kid I found the Donner Superman to be corny and got sick of him; these days, those...
Forum: Films 11-18-2017, 09:38 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,630
Posted By karsten
Re: Justice League

Isn't that all Marvel stuff? That just adds to my point about market saturation. The X-teams established themselves long ago too. What's left for yet another new superhero team?

It also uses up the...
Forum: Films 11-17-2017, 09:28 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,630
Posted By karsten
Re: Justice League

Part of that is Marvel's carpet-bombing of the genre. I mean, when they're churning out one movie after another on what seems like a monthly basis, and they're all interconnected, how much room is...
Forum: Films 11-17-2017, 08:25 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,630
Posted By karsten
Justice League

SPOILERS ABOUND:




Very schizophrenic film, part Zack Snyder, part Joss Whedon.

It's impossible to know which parts are whose, but it's a fair bet that the most serious moments, as well as the...
Forum: Television 11-02-2017, 04:23 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,360
Posted By karsten
Re: 20/20 on Harvy Weinstein

I don't see how, unless he has pathological levels of Schadenfreude, where even a ruined life and career can be mollified by seeing others go down. (Then again . . .)

At any rate, I hear that Corey...
Forum: Television 11-01-2017, 09:55 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,360
Posted By karsten
Re: 20/20 on Harvy Weinstein

> actress

That's a bit selective:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5038635/Kevin-Spacey-lying-man-recalls.html
Forum: Films 10-09-2017, 06:57 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,964
Posted By karsten
Re: Blade Runner 2049

So I just viewed it.

Awful. Just awful. And I say this as a long-time and avid fan of the original, which I consider to be a masterpiece, and the viewing of which I regard as one of the formative...
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