Another CONservative champion bites the dust.
Great write-up, George.
It's not so hard to understand -- the product was down. Not enough movies out there that we "had to see."
BIRDMAN became pointless in its third act. That window scene -- did he really "soar" spiritually or not. Since the film couldn't show us, it reveals it had no idea which it was, and therefore, the meaningless ending was yet another stunt like the "one shot illusion" stunt and the "Times Square Tightie-Whitie Sprint" stunt.
BOYHOOD, IMITATION GAME, and SELMA were better films simply because they didn't collapse in on themselves in their final minutes, but not artsy-fartsy/offbeat enough for the Hollywood ilk.
FIFTY SHADES OF GARBAGE - How the film managed to be worse than the book is a monumental feat.
If women ran the world... who would invent the cloths washing machine?
Watched ONE scene from this movie (it's on Spike now) and I agree without seeing the beginning or end this is "The Worst Movie of ALL-TIME." This movie is equivalent to let's say, shit. Thanks for reading my comment. Be sure to watch John Carter if you feel the need to become slightly stupider, this movie kills brain cells as you watch.
I'm currently being investigated for the distribution of nudity in Idaho. I sent a pic to someone. A HUGE crime here. Why did no one tell me nudity is a crime here??? WTF? The last time I talked to the cops I asked if I sent a nude of myself to my wife, I could go to jail for a year. They said it is ILLEGAL for my wife to SEE me naked!!! How do you have sex in Idaho???
@ jimdoolittle, your points are well articulated and seem true enough. Still, I will never be found glorifying or honoring those who choose to kill other human beings not matter what the justification. The best thing he did and also the film was place the spotlight on the horrors of the aftermath of being a warrior and the difficulties of PSTD For that, I will thank him... I recognize the value and need for myth in our psyches but it is time to put aside the old myths like "picking up his father's sword and shield and taking the role of the warrior"... and replace the with new paradigms and new myths if we are survive this new world and it's new dynamics. It has to start somewhere. Or at least this myth. "When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things."
The bravest sounding words are the easiest to say when standing this far back from the butt of a rifle. Chris Kyle was a warrior - and this is something that the modern day man has a hard time relating to. To hold enough grimace and disdain for not only an individual, but an entire organization (some wrongfully call it a "race") is a psychological step that is not often used in modern day society mostly because it is a step that is not often righteously needed. The modern man has a hard enough time relating to his own father in general, let alone picking up his father's sword and shield and taking the role of the warrior. Chirs Kyle is a different breed of man that cannot be easily compared to any breed that is called upon inside the safety of our own neighborhoods and city streets. May his memory be respected, and his legacy live on.
"Why haven't we seen more films examining the conflicts in Iraq or Afghanistan--good ones, controversial ones or even mediocre ones?"
Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker are two incredible recent war films that come to mind, but there have also been tons of documentaries that have gone to theater, to Netflix, and hosted by PBS. I prefer looking at contemporary war through the lens of a documentary rather than a film.
After reading multiple accounts of Chris Kyle, the more he seems like a complete ass.
"For the record, I'm certain that because Chris Kyle was such an adept killer, his aim saved the lives of countless United States servicemen and women. For that, I mourn his passing." (sic) Better to not go to war, save a hell of a lot more people. Glorifying institutionalized violence and making heroes out of the hierarchy of the "death cults" is not the direction I wish the children of the future to go. Take them to Selma instead..
There's nothing even remotely "heroic" about being the best at killing people who are defending their country from you and your "brothers", the invaders.
I thought the movie was well done, disturbing and sad. There are now thousands of veterans home from our middle east wars. There needs to be more films where they can see themselves. Films about their lives-what it was like for them having been in war and how it is to come back to the States and try to reintegrate into civilian life where most civilians don't relate to or think about the wars.
Jesse Ventura defrauded the SEALS. He was never one of them.
They thought he was and that's why they invited him to their gatherings.
If Ventura didn't lie Chris Kyle never would never have heard of him.
JESSE VENTURA PHONY SEAL, LIAR, BRIBER, AND INSULTER.
Chris Kyle was just another thug with a gun. It's sad to me that this is a person who our culture chooses to celebrate.
Russia is like the nation which might have been. The commie delay was at least 70 years... and now a genuine goon is in charge. Please do not mistake the Russian people with the Russian leadership goons.
Is this the movie with Oprah in it?
You really should have rethought this before you published it. Portlandia is a lot like a lot of things but minstrel show ain't one of em. Whomever is the editor at BW either didn't see this before it went live or is equally out of touch with the difference between a minstrel show and PORTLANDIA. I live in Portland but have spent much time in Boise and am usually stoked on BW articles but this is just a malformed hypothesis that doesn't hold up to the level of quality in journalism Im used to from BW.
To put it bluntly: the main difference between the two is that Portland is thriving because of Portlandia, and African Americans suffered because of minstrel shows. Portlandia is a symbol of Portlands achievements in entrepreneurial endeavors and stance on progressive politics while minstrel shows were cruel jokes meant to shame and insult an entire race of humans. Portlandia is a love letter to Portland while Minstel shows were kind of a hate letter to African Americans. If anything Portlandia is kinda the opposite of a minstel show...
The comparison is ludicrous and ill thought through. It's not like reprehensible or gonna make me stop reading BW, it's just immature and ignorant and has no place in such a fine publication.
Regarding the "LBJ controversy" - you will recall that LBJ was a Democrat, and every thinking person knows that only Republicans are racists! /sarcasm
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