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Comment Archives: stories: Blogs: The Measure

Re: “The Different Kinds of Female Action Stars: Scarlett Johansson vs. Gina Carano

GC has improved immensely in "In the Blood." Those were no crocodile tears… I really felt her helplessness in the hospital scenes..jumping to different hospitals w/ no trace of her husband…. It was believable at the same time...No female looks as sensual and believable than GC… but her delivery of the fight scenes are amazing….She looks just a bit heavier than when she was as an MMA but I prefer to see women in movies that resemble what "real women" truly look, she's just a little bit more buff than regular women… but at least not the "skinny model look," women who do not represent the general population….. She is definitely my favorite female action star

Posted by Nz M Budhrani on 04/09/2014 at 4:25 AM

Re: “Maya Angelou Sucks at Poetry

OH SWEET JESUS THAT POEM IS BAD

7 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Karl Hungus on 04/08/2014 at 12:41 PM

Re: “The Different Kinds of Female Action Stars: Scarlett Johansson vs. Gina Carano

"She has a compelling physical presence, which in turn lends her a naturalistic air—she's not posing as a badass; she is one..."

I couldn't agree more, and I think this is exactly what separates her from the pack...and there is definitely room in the action/adventure genre for someone with her beauty, presence and skills...she is exciting and fun to watch, and her acting is improving with every role....if the stars align as they should, in a year or so, there won't be another female action star that can touch her, as she will be the be the "go to" woman for those types of roles....Gina Carano is amazing and I look forward to seeing more and more of her in the future...

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Posted by goodwolfe21 on 04/05/2014 at 7:28 PM

Re: “What's the Noah "Controversy" Really About?

Challenges are old hat, yesterdays news and so common they have become boring to some old believers. Been there, done that, overcame it all, bought the t-shirt, etc. We have faith because we have already addressed the challenges. We enjoy God, love God and His word. Aren't movies for enjoyment? If you think the word is boring, you just haven't listened to the blazing sermon of a good preacher. If a writer can't get something truly uplifting and exciting out of all the hair raising life events in the Bible, maybe the writer needs to ask God to explain the Bible to the writer. God is happy to reach out to people and does it all the time. His Holy Spirit explains the Bible all the time to people that ask for that. If we get told there is a movie about Noah, we expect a movie about Noah, not about some dude that has a similar story. If you want to write a move about some dude that has a similar story, just name it "some dude that has a similar story", that way there is no friction about unmet expectations. That said, I know that people do whatever it is that people do, so I am usually surprised if movies are faithful to The Word. I have no strong expectation that people do things right. That is the nature of people and is why we need Jesus our maker to repair us and to accept His repair of us. Only the perfect fit into heaven and we can't get perfected unless we are repaired by our maker Jesus, who loves us, made each of us deliberately and died for us. As far as the movie goes, I am looking forward to it and will see it. I think I will probably enjoy it. I will be able to pick out exactly what does and does not match with the living Word of God because The Word lives in me, the very source of life itself. I hope that you find The Word's endless joy too.

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Posted by Hi! on 04/05/2014 at 2:36 PM

Re: “Of Human Bondage: How The Retrieval Succeeds Where 12 Years a Slave Failed

Hi Janeé. I don't think you *need* to have a comparison, but I was disappointed with 12 YEARS A SLAVE because I didn't think it was a good work of art; I thought that this movie about a similar subject was, and that by contrasting them I could better explain what I think matters in strong storytelling. I mentioned the race of the director because both movies deal with race-related themes, and some readers would certainly be interested in where the perspectives are coming from; it was in the interest of transparency—trying not to obscure information I knew that some readers might find relevant. For me it's not so much an issue: I'm not "tired" of hearing about white culpability for slavery, and I would never suggest (as I specifically note in the above article) that anyone else should share the burden of blame; I just think that compelling storytelling requires a little more complexity—for starters!—and I think THE RETRIEVAL is a good example of how you can have complex characters in complex situations without muddying the moral horror of the situation.

@justpassingthrough 12 YEARS A SLAVE is a carefully constructed film with musical cues and edits and framed shots, all of which are used, I believe clumsily, to intensify your emotional response. It's not the subject matter I object to; it's the presentation. That is, the form, not the content. I'm not indifferent to the suffering of human beings, or to the legacy of our history. But I'm irked by what I see as bad storytelling because I believe that such aesthetics limit, even deaden, as a culture our emotional responses. A syrupy Hans Zimmer score doesn't provoke genuine sympathy/empathy. Over time, it might even start to do the opposite.

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Posted by Henry Stewart on 04/04/2014 at 1:05 PM

Re: “Of Human Bondage: How The Retrieval Succeeds Where 12 Years a Slave Failed

I feel that your message either sounds just like it reads or perhaps you are doing a poor job of explaining your point. Why do you need to have a comparison? Why would one be different as far as presentation ability or a particular story? This is not a remake of Solomon Northup's story. Perhaps you mean to say it is very compelling because the story is being told from the same time period from a different viewpoint that shows the reality of slavery from more than the perspective of the slave and his or her view of the master. I don't mean to offend you, but why even bring up the race of the author/director? What difference does his race make in his ability to tell the story? You come off as a white man who's tired of hearing how white men where responsible for such a tragedy, would like to hear it from his own view point and prove that his slavery movie is better. I think perhaps you feel this is a good piece because it shows how everyone played a part in the lifestyle of the time for the good and bad; and that included bad white people, good white people, good black people and the bad things they had to do to survive. I just think your article sucks at getting that message across.

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Posted by Janeé Cifuentes on 04/03/2014 at 9:16 PM

Re: “Of Human Bondage: How The Retrieval Succeeds Where 12 Years a Slave Failed

Emotional Manipulation???? Wow....

I paused for a second before adding a comment. It should be noted that I don't usually do so. I hope this was a journalistic ploy to "stir the pot" and create discussion and not actually your perspective on the depiction of what "PEOPLE/HUMAN BEINGS" endured through slavery.

Its not manipulation to acquiesce to the suffering of other people. That's the foundation of humanity. The problem is that culturally since we landed on the shores of North America and started the colonies we have subjugated, oppressed, and exploited anyone who did not share our phenotypical design or cultural beliefs.

Our atrocities have given way to the prevailing social conscience that some people are not deserving of our sympathies, an idea that is truly and utterly false.

My heart bleeds for the suffering of all men, women and children regardless of race, culture, or spiritual designation. It is not necessary nor am I suggesting that you have to feel the same way I do. I would however suggest the proper respect be given to what the subject matter emotes.

Anything otherwise is culturally insensitive.

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Posted by justpassingthrough on 04/03/2014 at 12:18 PM

Re: “Of Human Bondage: How The Retrieval Succeeds Where 12 Years a Slave Failed

You might call it manipulation, but slavery in the u.s. was based on a manipulation. First of all, let's talk about the fact that 12 years isn't fiction and the director use the veracity of the story to create something approaching veritas. You might feel manipulated but the present, and thus your critique, is based on the false hope that actually it can't be true that The Atlantic Slave trade was one of the worst things that ever existed in human history and it was perpetrated by your ancestors. Yes, complexity always defines our present, but that present is undoubtably shaped by the past. It runs in your blood.

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Posted by obinna.izeogu7236 on 04/02/2014 at 7:49 PM

Re: “Park Slope Under Attack on Both Ends from "Undesirables"

It sounds like they are just trying to make the place safer. However, those zoning laws are probably there for a reason. I wonder if they are for safety measure for the town. I hope they are able to compromise; I think the improvement would be best for the community.

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Posted by Elisa Jed on 04/02/2014 at 7:31 PM

Re: “Horrible Bosses Is Terrible

Aniston's character wasn't just sexual, she was sexually abusive. The thing that really made me sick when I saw this movie once the way that female-on-male sexual assault was played for laughs. When men commit sexual assault or harassment, they're horrible people and evil, and that's the truth. But when women do it like in this movie, we're supposed to think that they're hot and cute and funny, and that guys who don't want to be treated that way are a bunch of wimps. Remember ladies and gentlemen, it really is true: rape and assault are never ever funny.

Posted by Red on 04/01/2014 at 1:36 AM

Re: “The Do's and Don'ts Of Dating With Tinder

10 Ways NOT to Pick Up Women on Tinder

bwahahaha

http://strangedaysinthecity.wordpress.com/2014/03/30/how-to-not-pick-up-women-on-tinder-10-ways-not-get-a-lover/

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Posted by strangedaysinthecity on 03/30/2014 at 3:46 PM

Re: “Darren Aronofsky's Noah and the Bankability of Once-Indie Directors

Noah a vegetarian? Really, Darren? God gave man dominion over flora and fauna. Humans are omnivores and need animal protein for proper brain development..

Noah (a recorded toolmaker.) and family were farmers and built the ark to preserve and continue life. If anything, Noah should have killed sociopathic Ham, after the flood, not his unborn grandchild on an ark where nobody was pregnant.

Aronofsky should be reassured Noah existed and his sons and their descendants be traced through Chronicles in the Bible and archaeology to people and places today. In 2002, Holocaust survivors asked an artist to “Find Noah”, and in three internet days, he found all the grandchildren and where they lived. Why are the 7 Noahide laws, for Jews and Gentiles alike, still the basis for law on earth? I don’t think Darren knows, but he WANTS to know.

Please experience…. http://www.NoahIsReal.com , a four part interactive essay where Noah’s descendants are traced through architecture, art history and the 3 style of hats, each son of Noah’s families wore (each had their own head covering style), the meteor that struck earth in 3123 bce and “messed things up” until this day…and more

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Posted by Jeffrey Rose on 03/29/2014 at 8:06 PM

Re: “Angelo Badalamenti Made a Surprise Visit to a Twin Peaks Party in Brooklyn This Weekend

What a fun, surprising evening, and how gracious he was!

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Posted by Katherine T. on 03/24/2014 at 1:13 PM

Re: “It's Twin Peaks Weekend in Brooklyn

And Angelo did end up showing up at Owls Head! He was awesome! :)

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Posted by Silvia Olivares on 03/23/2014 at 11:40 AM

Re: “Why It's Important to See Disturbing and Graphic Images in the News

Expect all video games above ratings E10+ to be like these gorey images. Even the fan made video games and indie video games.

Posted by testingscript64 on 03/19/2014 at 9:40 PM

Re: “Who Cares If a Famous Person Dies?

unless you had him in the death pool

Posted by rich on 03/18/2014 at 11:46 PM

Re: “Who Cares If a Famous Person Dies?

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Posted by wewe395 on 03/18/2014 at 8:19 PM

Re: “Why 12 Years a Slave is a Bad Movie

My sentiments exactly, now that I finally watched it. The film may have done justice to the actual story, but it isn't in any way a 'pro-freedom movie' with any message of significance to society at large.

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Posted by aec on 03/13/2014 at 5:12 PM

Re: “Last Night on 2 Broke Girls: Jokes That Are Barely Even Jokes!

man kat dennings is hot !!!

Posted by blaze on 03/11/2014 at 8:57 PM

Re: “The Best Old Movies on a Big Screen This Week

Well done, Sam!!!

Posted by Ricky on 03/05/2014 at 6:09 PM

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