Of course Ron Pauls storming out of a hotel room was not the sign of his homophobia. But what he said was homophobic for sure! He should have just said "No!" :)
RaleighRob: I thought my point was pretty clear: Far from denigrating the country, I was simply saying that France, while possessing an extraordinary and enviable culture, is also a country like any other, subject to the same economic and social problems other nations have on our increasingly integrated and interdependent globe.
For France, the issue is a little more acute because of the increasing isolation of its rich language in a world that tends to do its business in English and Chineseone of the subtle points made in Olivier Assayas' film.
I agree with you, by the way, that the U.S. is no great shakes next to France. Certainly we could learn a lot from them about providing health care for everyone. (I like their 35-hour work week, too, but that doesn't seem to be working out so well.)
For what it's worth, here's an abstract of the French economic situation, courtesy of The Economist:
Fading glory? Difficult to live? Um...ok?
Your review of the film is great and all but your knowledge of France isn't as good. In fact it is pretty bad.
How "difficult" is it to live in a country that ranks 11 on the UN Human Development Index? (The US ranks 15, by the way.) And we rank similar in per capita GDP according to the IMF (US at 15, France at 16). And of course a big topic these days is health care....the WHO ranks France as #1 with the US at only 37. Wow.
You make France sound like it's on the verge of falling into the Third World...and that's certainly not the case. (If anything, it may be us!)
I'll echo all the other complaints about appropriate methods of introducing spoilers (hint: it's before, not after. Hope this helps), and add that that Gil Scott Heron reference in the photo caption makes you look like a pretentious jerk, instead of simply a jerk.
So, you got that going for you.
I want to reiterate everything the others have said about this movie. I had made up my mind that Moon would be a horrible movie based on the author's review. My friend convinced me to go and the review ruined my whole experience of it. Not only was I primed to look for the negative in the movie (which I had trouble finding), but so much of the plot was completely ruined for me. I was pissed. Opinions of the film aside, you CANNOT spoil a plot. The most "egregious" bit of all this is that your contempt for the film experience and your readers was clear when you wrote "(spoiler, sorry)". What the F*%k!
Now opinions up front. You gave that movie 1 star!??? Okay,maybe it wasn't a four star, but it wasn't Big Mama's House 2. Come ON!!! IMDB gives it 8.3/10 and RottenTomatoes gives it a 90%...........out of a HUNDRED percent!!!
David, I thought your recent coverage of the Varsity closing down was great. And I'm sure I have read many of your reviews in the past and thought they were spot on, but I can't see what you were thinking. It's like you didn't even give this film a chance.
I used to totally trust the Independent for most opinions, but now I will certainly be skeptical.
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My experience of the movie, which I saw at Northgate, theatre 8, was colored by the problematic visual clarity. I couldn't get away from the fact that what I was looking at wasn't clear, wasn't clean, focused. Patrons had to tell the management to get the previews/ads in focus (focus was way off). Then I found the movie to be fuzzy. This is not a problem I've ever encountered in a theatre before. I'm wondering of this is was way the movie was meant to be (I doubt it), or if there was a problem with the theatre. The management insisted that there was no problem. What is the experience of others???
I helped review this movie on www.iheartchaos.com, and let me say that a)We liked the movie, and b)We took great strides to not reveal any plot spoilers. We aren't movie reviewers by trade, but somehow we managed to uphold higher standards than you did. I will agree that it was difficult to review without mentioning the rest of the plot, but that's what an honest reviewer should do. I would have done the same thing if I didn't like the movie. There are many people that would really like this movie, and you just totally ruined it for them.
It's not the job of a reviewer, no matter how self-important, to give away the plot of a movie.
The Indy should hire someone who knows the basic requirements of the job.
Please learn to write a review without spoiling the plot. If you must do so please indicate a spoiler beforehand not after. What an @$$hole.
Gotta say, I thoroughly enjoyed Moon and its minimalist, throwback approach to sci-fi. (Plus they used models for their FX! who uses models anymore?) Yes, some of the dialog was banal, and if the movie suffered from anything, it was that it wasn't creepy enough, and didn't go far enough in showing what a fubbed up situation in which the main character was stuck.
I also have to disagree with David's physics part of the review: that wasn't frost on the faceplate; it was pretty clear it was a thick coating of moondust.
Have you never heard of a "spoiler alert"? It's two words that most literate, civilized humans use at the BEGINNING of a review to warn one another that an upcoming passage contains information that may ruin the material being reviewed.
In giving away an important plot point, and writing "spoiler, sorry" AFTER it, you do nothing but reveal your utter contempt for this movie. You are not "sorry" at all! You further reveal your contempt for your reader, by ruining their movie-going experience.
Thanks a lot JERK! Oops, spoiler, sorry!
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As someone who grew up with Transformers and holds it and the other 80s action figure based cartoons like GI Joe and Thundercats near and dear to his heart, a "fanboy" as you might say, let me say that as Michael Bay stands alongside George Lucas as another who has urinated over my childhood memories. I will always remember my first meaningful experience of mortality being the death of Optimus Prime in the still fantastic "Transformers: The Movie" featuring Orson Welles in one of his last roles.
Are you serious critics?
This movie had to have been one of the most astronomically colossal movies of the year!
I decide to go watch the movie this morning, watch the entire breathtaking 140 minutes of intensity and excitement, get home, and choose to see what the critics had to say. I am breath taken about every single one of there reviews, shocked, amazed.
Every single bald headed ass scratching review writer out there decided to take one of the best movies of 2009 and turn it into a wreck. Critics such as them love the attention, if one critic decides to write up a very unexpected astonishingly shocking review, every other idiotic reviewer is going to do the same thing.
My opinion, do NOT listen to those reviewers, if you liked the trailer or if you are drawn to special effects. GO.
P.S (also go for MEAG FOX!!!!)
ONE star? Really? Not that I ever take what a "movie critic" says or prints with anything more than a grain of salt, I find it hard to believe that Brothers Bloom was SO horrible that it garners just a one-star review. The part of your commentary that left me most flabbergasted was your blasting of the opening sequence depicting the back story. First off, you make it seem as though it somehow robbed you of a portion of your life essence by having to watch that snippet of "cloying" and "cringe-inducing" film. It was SEVEN MINUTES long. It was also a way to show the origins of the brothers' peculiar relationship and Bloom's resentment of and reliance upon Stephen. Penelope's varied hobbies were important to show her willingness for adventure, not to mention coming in handy during a few scenes, such as knowing other languages. I, for one, appreciated seeing the quirkier side to Rachel Weisz's acting, of which I was already a fan. While the parts you did like, the swindling and adventure, were there and were fun to watch, the emotional story was equally as important and valuable for a more rounded tale. Perhaps, however, that aspect didn't register because there was, to paraphrase Penelope, a constipated soul watching it.
Bruce Stone has pretty much defined independent film in Chapel Hill for decades. It is sad to think this era may be coming to an end.
According to the Galaxy's Web site, the film opens July 17, not June 17.
What about the new movie opening 6/17 "Food Inc."?? Is no where on the list. I know it is suppose to play at Galaxy Cinemas in Cary. I'm hoping to find times and locations to go see it but am having trouble.
Interested in discussing this movie? The Movie/Book Club will meet at the Carrboro Cybrary on Thursday, June 4th at 7:00pm to discuss the movie and the book. Copies of the book are available at the Cybrary for borrowing. Participants that have only seen the movie or only read the book are welcome. The Cybrary is located at 100 N. Greensboro Street inside the Century Center in downtown Carrboro. Call 918-7387 for more information.
And the original Star Trek series WASN'T about (i.e., influenced by) Gene Roddenberry's attitude towards life?
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