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

I'm adding a belated comment as I just saw 12 Years a Slave on DVD. What struck me most about the movie was exactly the point you made - the complete indifference to all the other slaves in the story - they were treated as nothing more than extras. I had to read a lot of review to find one that made this point that I found so disturbing. I'm glad you took it up.

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Posted by Anne on 05/23/2014 at 11:04 AM

Re: “5 Movies You Should See at the Brooklyn Film Festival

BFF 2014 trailer - http://vimeo.com/m/95802501

Posted by River Raid on 05/22/2014 at 12:08 AM

Re: “For a New Godzilla Movie, Looking Back at the Summer of 1998

I think the 1998 movie is better than all of the others. No, I am not trolling, and yes I mean ALL of them.
The acting, characters, and plot are fairly lame, but if you look at the previous Godzilla movies they were nothing short of horrendously bad.
The new one beats it in acting, but the Godzilla design looks just awful, a bloated, waddling, CGI monstrosity.
The only reason people hated the 1998 one was because it was a different design (and most people ignore the fact that they weren't allowed to use the original design, so it was pretty much set up to be hated).
As a biology nerd studying zoology, the 1998 one was realistic, and looked a thousand times better than the ridiculous, upright man-in-suit look of all the others.
Had there been a real fight between the 1998 Godzilla (and I refuse to call it anything else) and the traditional Godzilla, the 1998 one would win, as it would be the only one which could move faster than a waddle, balance on one leg, or do anything with any degree of speed.
If people judged the 1998 Godzilla by the same standards they judged the other Godzilla movies (and not just trying to hate it for trying a new monster design) then they would love it.

Posted by Kira on 05/21/2014 at 8:22 PM

Re: “The Must-See Movies and Venues at Rooftop Films in Brooklyn

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Posted by Caribeanhall on 05/20/2014 at 11:56 PM

Re: “In Honor of Mother's Day: Pictures of Our Moms

Could you tell me what is the illustration above (mother nature)? Who is the illustrator? I'd like to get a print of it!

Posted by mamamajuly on 05/20/2014 at 9:51 PM

Re: “Vanessa Redgrave, the Best Actress of Our Time

And I can't forget The Turning Point. That musing look on her face.

Posted by Rain,adustbowlstory on 05/20/2014 at 10:18 AM

Re: “Twin Peaks Deleted Scenes Finally Getting Released

It is in fact available for pre-order now - Amazon sale price just under $95 (down from $135): http://bit.ly/TwinPeaksBR

Posted by Sean Francis on 05/15/2014 at 5:04 PM

Re: “Why Am I Addicted to Cat Power? An Enquiry in 10 Parts

beautiful article for a beautiful free spirit...I wish Chan was touring more often in France!!

Posted by Laurene on 05/12/2014 at 6:36 PM

Re: “New York is Mentally Ill About Seinfeld!

It's a line from an episode... the one where Jerry is dating Terri Hatcher and she calls him and Elaine mentally ill for trying to figure out if her 'assets' are real or not. By the way, they were real and they were spectacular.

Guess you're not a fan from New York.

Posted by Marla on 05/09/2014 at 3:55 PM

Re: “New York is Mentally Ill About Seinfeld!

Groan-worthy headline. Mental illness is an actual, real thing, not a pithy way of talking about Seinfeld.

Posted by Tam on 05/09/2014 at 2:18 PM

Re: “Comforting Thoughts: There's an NYC Gang Called "The Master Race" (Featuring Members of the FDNY!)

Oh yea one other thing,,, mother fuck the DEA, them faggits are one of theost structured gangs in the country
Take drugs off the street put the original dealer in jail put the drugs back on the street but you motherfuckers worried about a little bit of pot being grown you joking right

Posted by LAZ ,,, the race on 05/09/2014 at 1:51 AM

Re: “Comforting Thoughts: There's an NYC Gang Called "The Master Race" (Featuring Members of the FDNY!)

I don't know what crew your talking about but the one I ran with the one that's been tattooed on my shoulder ( TMR )since my youth , has made me what I am today standup motherfucker that's got principles morals and values that puts his family first because when I ran the streets I put that family (TMR) first ,, we grew up in a time when numbers were important if you were alone the streets Ate you up we weren't having that as far as that racists opinion racist outlook that you got on us as a whole is the most ludicrous thing I've ever heard in my life
Hey here is a brainstorm for you want to do a little background research find out exactly all the different ethnic backgrounds of the individuals that were crew back then and do some more research and find out where most of us are today
Cause I know wihere most of us are today working regular type jobs Busting our asses swinging hammers owning homes raising children paying property tax paid school tax and trying to live and PS for the record that bullshit statement that stereotype statement that you made about Irish people dispute resolution consuming fermented grains
You're quite the fucking clown I love to really stereotype my people Irish people and smack the living shit out of you

CHAZ TMR
THE MOTHER FUCKING
MASTER RACE

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Posted by LAZ ,,, the race on 05/09/2014 at 1:47 AM

Re: “A Film Festival For Brooklyn, By Brooklyn, and About Brooklyn

How is this a film festival by Brooklyn, About Brooklyn when all of the places you are screening and all of the filmmakers you are showcasing hail from the predominantly hipster white areas? If you're going to do that, fine, it's your prerogative. But don't front like that represents the whole of "Brooklyn." Besides, most of you guys just got here five years ago.

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Posted by realitycheck on 05/07/2014 at 10:39 AM

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

I know the app itself is free but how much does it really cost to use it? I ask that because other dating sites let you use it for free for like a week and then charge you to really use the site.

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Posted by Katie Burns on 05/05/2014 at 1:20 PM

Re: “John Turturro's Fading Gigolo Is Inexplicably and Irretrievably Terrible

Way late on a reply here, but thought I might as well:

We're introduced to Murray's proposal so quickly that I didn't have much time to register that he was "amplifying" his dermatologist's wishes; or to understand why his dermatologist would discuss this with him; or why the dermatologist would nonetheless be willing to pay top dollar for the privilege of meeting a guy who's generally pretty nice.

I didn't find the scene where Murray "convinced" Avigal that she needs physical contact particularly convincing itself, maybe because it utterly lacked any details, and for some reason the movie relies on the massage table to convey what she's been told about this guy. I didn't find this cleverly subtle; I just found it confusing, why the movie didn't have Allen's character come out and refer to him as a masseur or something to that effect. And it still wasn't clear to me whether Turturro knew what Avigal wanted. Or why she was attracted to him beyond him treating her with basic human decency. Or why she was attracted to Liev Schreiber's character, for that matter.

It's the movie that I found utterly unfamiliar with human relationships. I think in general, they're more spoken than Turturro realizes.

Some audiences seem to like it, though, and it certainly got some decent reviews. But to me it feels like a rough draft at best.

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Posted by jesse on 05/02/2014 at 11:54 AM

Re: “When Jon Stewart Lets You Down

This was a pretty lame segment, but I do think the "lack of teeth" was consistent with how the Daily Show covers random semi-local stories that are newsworthy for a day. If there's a good parallel or connection to a national story, he ties it to the larger issue and often finds that magical place where comedic gold and social commentary are one in the same.

However, Stewart tries to avoid making every story about a larger issue (that is sort of Fox News' shtick). Keeping things light maintains an important balance that keeps the show from being too preachy and is part of his whole "you can't take me seriously, I'm just making jokes" defense.

In this case, there was no real connection to anything interesting so they decided to cover it lightly. I'm not sure why the writers couldn't think of anything other than hand-puppets... perhaps they were imagining the myriad ways they could have covered it if Staten Island was part of New Jersey and Grimm had ties to Christie?

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Posted by deebstown on 05/02/2014 at 12:16 AM

Re: “What To Expect from the David Lynch Interview at BAM on Tuesday

Paul was unable to find the trigger.

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Posted by Refund please on 05/01/2014 at 1:00 AM

Re: “A (Brief) Oral History of L'Amour

I grew up going to CBGB's and L'amour.
Real Brooklyn* needs a new club for Rock, Metal.

*Meaning outside of Greenpoint, Wburgh etc*

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Posted by MCS on 04/30/2014 at 10:43 AM

Re: “A (Brief) Oral History of L'Amour

Remember like it was yesterday when Carnovore played! Home away from home! Missed!

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Posted by Scarlet Cassadine on 04/30/2014 at 10:13 AM

Re: “A (Brief) Oral History of L'Amour

i live a blocks away from the club ironicly having bought my house with my Wife which whom i met at tbe club in 1992. My favorite band Hades was playing that night (they regrouped as Non Fiction). I recall having to trek to Lamour on a bus or catching a ride and then getting stuck there at 2:AM many times walking the 4 miles home kicking a can all the way home drunk off my ass too!
i'd pass out till the next day and do it all again if a good band was playing the next night!

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Posted by Ira Gold on 04/29/2014 at 11:31 PM

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