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« Reply #15 on: Jan 24th, 2014, 6:53pm »

on Jan 23rd, 2014, 08:06am, Will wrote:
Ugh. That post was terrible. Good riddance. Now the real post.

First, what does it say about me? Meh. NetFlix has a large selection of crap. If I was looking for quality, why would I be on there in the first place?

Second, what does the algorithm prove? Chances are, if you're watching NetFlix, you're going to start watching crap. Especially when they feel the need to push crap like The Avengers at every turn, starting with the buy-in and carrying through to assumptions about their broad user base, which is correct.

They didn't read me right.

Third, you're kind of missing my point. I never denied watching The Avengers, nor did I deny watching other crap on NetFlix. The issue isn't in the watching, it's in the understanding. Just because you watch something -- even if you like it -- doesn't mean you see it as a quality work. That was my point, after all.

And come on. I've never asseverated that I dislike comics -- aka spandex (wait, not like...) -- or that I automatically look down on the medium's major properties. Is disliking The Avengers conflated with disliking comic book properties and all films adapted with those properties?

It's more important than I realized.


The stars indicate how likely it is that you'll want to see it based on your history. They do not attempt to tell you whether or not a film is of high or low quality.

You were not read wrong. By your own admittance, you don't find a whole lot of quality on Netflix.

Anyway, I was just messing with you, man.
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« Reply #16 on: Jan 28th, 2014, 05:57am »

on Jan 24th, 2014, 6:53pm, midLfinger wrote:
The stars indicate how likely it is that you'll want to see it based on your history. They do not attempt to tell you whether or not a film is of high or low quality.

You were not read wrong. By your own admittance, you don't find a whole lot of quality on Netflix.

Anyway, I was just messing with you, man.


Well, NetFlix is srs bidness. Very.

I wouldn't necessarily agree that it read me right; the standard is "likelihood", which is anything but certain. If I watch Dredd, and like it, does that mean I want to watch The Avengers or X-Men Origins: Wolverine? Does that mean I'd like them? No. But it does appear to mean that NetFlix would run the numbers and assume that I would.

The issue of quality is a non-starter. Dredd is pulp. the other two are "comic book movies"; how big is the difference? Is it a point that matters? It's always context. Any of the IP/characters/subjects mentioned can be interesting. I don't condemn films based on sub-genre, but I do condemn them when they don't expand that sub-genre or attempt something respectable in a larger frame.

The Avengers is respectable in other ways. It's a workmanlike effort from effects to casting through to the mise-en-scene: hits all the right beats, at the right time, giving each character their "moment". Yawn. Pro forma, all the way. The IP is in good hands.

But hey, you're the elitist and/or snob according to NF.

And let's face it. I'm jealous.
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« Reply #17 on: Feb 10th, 2014, 09:39am »

Im trying to go through Supernatural and Game of Thrones right now.

I thought Supernatural would be this pretty boy CW show like Twilight, instead it's basically Ghostbusters meets Metallica. Wha? Why is this on CW? Show is awesome.
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« Reply #18 on: Jun 5th, 2014, 6:43pm »

You ever watch something you disdain? I suppose we've already been over that, and the rhetoric is reality.

I saw The Purge, or most of it, on release. It doesn't take long to see it coming, but the disappointment remains: here's a concept that is purposefully under utilized. To have a good setup -- one night a year without any law -- and have so little interest in it, outside redundant progressive allegory, speaks to a paucity of talent to say the least.

I disdain the ethos running through the film. It's typically self-sacrificial, dysgenic, post-family unit tripe. Also known as another Friday release.

Yet I watched it again the other night...well, partially. It's not my fault if a group I'm with starts watching, right?

The throughline of the film is not one of intellectual curiosity -- even by the standards of a relatively cheap, high concept studio filler release -- but rather assumptive propaganda. The minute the precocious boy allows the member of the hunted underclass indoors, the film's narrative might as well be auto-writing. You know exactly how this film is going to end; it's the gift of Hollywod "creativity", wherein 98% of low-wattage IQs behind this trash pump out thoughts that don't go much behind a message on a bumper sticker.

But what do expect from a society that puts Drew Barrymore on TCM to "analyze" classic film? embarassed

So the white upper-middle class family is protected in their relative whitetopia. A lone black man finds himself hunted by implied-white supremacists. Naturally, the idealistic pre-teen stands for true morality, and thus rescues the black man from the gang of hateful whites.

I can't tell if this is sci-fi or an episode of Law & Order.

Such is the gift of neo-Soviet constructivism.

The film's moral quandary, of course, is no moral quandary at all. You know who will live and who will die, despite the pretense of tension. And as most any filmmaker, no matter how bad, would know, what is being shown is what is being said.

The father (Ethan Hawke; yes, he's still alive) attempts to hand the stray over to the gang but, surprise, can't do it because of the morally superior demands of the son combined with the tearful ultimatum of his wife.

Thus, a showdown. The husband is ultimately impaled -- always the phallic imagery (wasn't he Man enough?) -- while the wife, children and black-man-made-hero all survive.

Never saw that com...oh fuck it.

The film is deontological boilerplate, and thus moronic in its assumptions. Consequences don't matter, in other words. Only higher moral values espoused by the film through its idealistic youth (the children always know best in Hollywood, as Bryan Singer can attest; unless they need to be forcibly sodomized, of course).

At the same time, while consequences aren't *supposed* to matter, the film does everything to avoid them. If it had balls -- and intellectual bravery about its stance -- then the wife should have been raped brutally, the children murdered and the father forced to watch.

All so they could righteously protect a stranger.

Obviously the filmmakers would find this repugnant. Both because its too honest and because of what it would do to the bottomline in both contexts: less box office, however paltry its ceiling was, and the wrong message for the people that did see it.

Never once, note, does this stranger offer to give himself up to the mob to protect this family. As is so often the case, micro and macro, the true neo-culture of the west is for the needs of the few to greatly outweigh those of the many. And within that selfsame structure we come to the leftist proposition of a post-familial (and post-filial) west; it's not the father's responsibility to, first and foremost, protect his family at all, see.

Now we can all get those "Framily" ads. That's something. It's the "new us".

The racialized strata within that same (con)text is very purposeful, and almost always the same. Thus the white patriarch dying is highly relevant; just as it is for the black man being treated as little more than a prop to explore one white's morality versus another's. Well, at least up until the black man's moment to be reborn and reimagined as an examplar of deus ex machina, thus serving three purposes: 1) justification for taking him in, 2) the facade of power and autonomy at the 11th hour and 3) an easy side-step of ugly consequence relating back to the first point.

From blaxploitation to this: the only relevance as a political statement in a white morality play. Yet another media statement (meme) about black people as powerless children for 100 of a 110 minute running time. What a positive and, yes, of course, "moral" statement.

Just stack up the offenses. Political. Racial. Intellectual.

The movie has it all.

Most offensive of all is the typical amour-propre through medium-as-message. An individual statement on morality made over and over in nearly every mainstream filmic text. What delicate snowflakes. Too bad the script pages didn't remain as white.
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« Reply #19 on: Sep 23rd, 2014, 09:43am »

Does anyone else watch Sons Of Anarchy? I think i've finally come to the conclusion that this is pure trash TV. I do enjoy it, but shit, everyone is just so fucking stupid, except the bitch, who just happens to be the wife of the Kurt Sutter. coincidence? i think not
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« Reply #20 on: Sep 24th, 2014, 05:01am »

The only thing I ever watched on FX was The Shield...that series alone justifies the network's existence.
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« Reply #21 on: Jan 22nd, 2015, 11:04pm »

The Shield finale is what I compare all finales to now.
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« Reply #22 on: Jan 23rd, 2015, 5:10pm »

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« Reply #23 on: Jan 26th, 2015, 03:09am »

Birdman or (Probably The Best Superhero Film Since Batman Returns) finally made it to the independent cinema in my town so I caught it over the weekend.

It won me over pretty early on with it's critique of the modern Comic film made for a dumbed down mainstream idiot market when the Birdman (Batman) films of the late 80s/early 90s were leagues ahead in substance and quality. Yes.

Keaton never does his trademark Batman whisper, but his Bale voice really shows Bale how it should be done.
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« Reply #24 on: Jan 26th, 2015, 3:58pm »

I'm looking forward to Birdman. Probably have to wait for DVD though. Our theater sucks.
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« Reply #25 on: Jan 29th, 2015, 9:31pm »

Gone Girl: very ++
Great movie. A few questions left at the end, but well done. Very nice soundtrack by Ross and Reznor as well. I'm so glad Reece Witherspoon had the guts not to be in her own production.
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« Reply #26 on: Nov 18th, 2015, 8:34pm »

Mrs. Snipe and I just got back from Spectre. It was much better than I'd expected. I like my Bond unattached and uncaring, but James Blonde is growing on me.
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« Reply #27 on: Mar 15th, 2016, 05:22am »

I saw Blue Mountain State: Rise of Thadland. God it was mediocre. There wasn't much to like or dislike with a passion. Mediocrity at its peak for me. The sex scene is the only thing I remember as being a genuinely good, intentional joke.
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