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Re: “Clint Eastwood's biopic of a deadly American Sniper downplays the unsavory details of Chris Kyle's life

Your point about Kyle's inability to understand the larger ethical context or the almost chthonic forces that drive him rings true. I've read the book (which is awfully written) and will probably see the movie; thank you for the on-ramp.

13 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Paul Baerman on 01/14/2015 at 11:10 AM

Re: “The West Memphis Three are free ... what about the real killer?

I haven't watched the West of Memphis one yet, but I've seen all three of the Paradise Lost films. It's obvious the police were incompetent and/or corrupt by any reasonable professional standard. Let's look at the evidence for that:

a. despite the fact that it is well known in law enforcement that parents are (and should be) prime suspects, until they are ruled out, in a child abduction or murder, the West Memphis police failed to test the hair sample they collected from Terry Hobbs, or ever seriously consider either him or Mark Byers as supects:
b. despite the fact that the chances are astronomical of a man walking into a nearby fast food restaurant with muddy pants and shoes and blood all over his arm on the same night as the murder of three boys who had been dumped in a nearby muddy stream being UNRELATED to that same murder, the police "lost" the collected blood evidence and made no attempt to canvas the area and find the suspect;
c. the police did no canvas of the immediate neighborhood where the victims lived--had they done so they would have found out that Hobbs' statement that he hadn't seen the boys was contradicted by a neighbor who same him collecting the boys on the sidewalk after 6pm;
d. they offered up a lost fishing knife found in a nearby lake six months after the murder as evidence that it was the murder weapon though no positive physical connection could be made between the knife and the murders;
e. they claimed that the case was an "11" despite the fact that they had ZERO physical evidence tying any of the three boys to the murders;
f. they coerced a confession in which somehow one of the killers thinks the killing happened in the morning, and they have to repeatedly lead him to a later and later time, before he finally gives them the answer that coincides with the crime scene; also a confession in which the killer is aware of none of the specifics of the crime scene until they are volunteered by the officers and in which he misidentifies the ligatures--after having been told about them--as having done with rope rather than shoe laces.
g. the fact that Jesse wouldn't turn state's evidence on his friends in spite of the offer of a vastly reduced sentence didn't cause them to rethink their position. Gee, this guy is a psychopath killer who murdered and mutilated three little boys, but he won't tell the "truth" about his co-killers to get out of jail decades earlier. Does that make sense to anyone with a brain?
h. they offered as "evidence" of motive symbols you can find graffitti'd on any urban or rural train trestle--"satanic" symbols--and a book on the occult that Nichols bought from a library sale for a dime.

One could do the same number on the prosecution, and I completely agree with the post above that is amazed at the incompetence of the attorney who is arguing for the state before the supreme court regarding the DNA evidence statute. Not only is the state's argument "Orwellian"--all means the opposite of all--none of the exculpatory evidence is to be considered under the law; but the attorney trying to make that case clearly doesn't even have a clear line of legal reasoning, and starts to sputter in the first 60 seconds of questioning. I have to admit that watching these films and these cops and these attorneys, I find it hard not to fall back onto stereotypes of the South as ruled by bigotry, stupidity, and a toxic version of Christianity.

24 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by David Charbonneau on 01/10/2015 at 2:24 AM

Re: “A drum prodigy and a sadistic mentor in Whiplash

Sounds like my jazz instructor at Northern Virginia Community College, Herb Smith. He was a bit harsh but not psychotic. He knew what we would be up against in the real world and wanted us to be ready. But as time goes by reaching levels of expertise in any discipline seems to require unhealthy focus. some see that as progress, I see it as the ubiquitous dehumanization in our perverted society. Unfinished people who can't build or engage in a cohesive community is the result.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Remo on 11/12/2014 at 10:21 AM

Re: “The West Memphis Three are free ... what about the real killer?

Colleen Marie Hennigan - I wonder if you'll ever get your brains back. You know, the brains the W. Memphis removed from your head. If you have done even 30 seconds worth of research you would know that the blood on that necklace was found to be Damian's except for a minute drop that could match aprx 15% of the population including co-defendant Jason Baldwin who often wore that necklace. If you get that brain back, please rotate it enough to absorb the fact that the when that necklace & other evidence was tested, DNA testing was in its infancy and forensic scientists were not able to pinpoint DNA profiles as they do today. For you to post such a completely false statement is really quite disgusting given the overwhelming evidence that the psychopathic pedophile Terry Hobbs was the killer. But then, a River Phoenix obsessive may not be the best target for me to give facts to. La la la la la!!!

11 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by Margo Robertson on 10/23/2014 at 11:24 PM

Re: “Movie review: Realistic tank warfare and murky ethics in Fury

Just like Tom Hanks did to his tribute to John Wayne and Jimmy Stewart in "Saving Private Ryan", Brad Pitt is doing the same thing as a honor and privilege to his tribute not only to Henry Fonda but also to his astounding tribute to Vic Morrow's "Combat!" television series of the 1960's.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by rgj5366 on 10/22/2014 at 5:15 PM

Re: “Adorable flippers in Dolphin Tale 2

DOLPHIN TALE 2 is a rehash of the same story that shouldn't have been remade in the first place. The story was already told once which made the original so entertaining in 2011. You can tell that Ashley Judd along with Harry Connick and Morgan Freeman are totally exhausted and wasted here. And it shows. It's another re-telling of "Flipper" that we have heard once before.

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Posted by rgj5366 on 10/02/2014 at 3:25 PM

Re: “The West Memphis Three are free ... what about the real killer?

I wonder if Damien got his necklace back. you know, the one with possibly one of the victims blood on it ....the scene was cut from Paradise Lost , but you can view it it on YOUTUBE.

7 likes, 18 dislikes
Posted by Colleen Marie Hennigan on 09/20/2014 at 10:32 AM

Re: “Get on Up is a slightly neutered but exquisitely acted tribute to James Brown

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Posted by Sarwar A Kawsar on 08/30/2014 at 2:27 PM

Re: “The West Memphis Three are free ... what about the real killer?

Too many people have forgotten the real crime in the jumbled mess of pointing fingers. If this case, evidence, and depositions were moved into a new state and court, the floodgates would explode. Those boys were not murdered by teens. This was horrid act committed out of rage and jealousy. In every child homicide the parents are the first suspects under the microscope. And that was not the case in this situation.
I came from a small town and have seen how that can blind all parties involved. Nobody ever wants to believe someone they know can do something like this.
A mother's instinct is uncanny. And here we have a mother that really needs to be listened to.
I fear this is going to be tossed around until it's too late to punish the real killers involved.

18 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Melissa Reynolds on 08/21/2014 at 6:31 PM

Re: “Richard Linklater's groundbreaking 12-year project culminates in the remarkable Boyhood

Please replace all occurrences of "http://www.indyweek.com/images/star.png" on these film review webpages with "*" so that we may search by number of stars.

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by MBH on 08/03/2014 at 12:53 PM

Re: “Robert Redford goes solo in All Is Lost

This movie is definitely in the running for Worst Movie of All Time. Anyone who has even the most basic knowledge of sailing can give you a run down of everything about this movie that makes it completely preposterous from a technical standpoint, and the continuously poor judgement exercised by The Protagonist that leaves you wishing him dead at every turn, just so you can go home and be done with it.

It's as if a bunch of guys who have never seen water, much less a boat, got together and decided to make a movie about making a transoceanic passage, with predictable success. It's absolutely clear that none of the people involved in making this movie have even the slightest idea of what you would need to know to even get to the point where you would find yourself 1700 miles from land in the Indian Ocean. What is so shocking about this is that this could have been a truly great movie, if only the production had engaged an actual blue water sailor as a technical advisor. It's not as if there is any shortage of them.

Redford's acting is horrendous—he behaves as if he has absolutely no idea what to do, but we are supposed to believe he is single-handing a small craft, presumably around the world, the direction is atrocious—let's start with what direction one needs to sail when in the midst of a huge storm with building -sized waves (hint: you need to sail into the wind, and perpendicular to the waves), and the writer should be put in jail or given extensive mandatory community service cleaning public toilets for this turd of a film, at the very least.

I really don't think I even have words awful enough to do this "film" justice. "All Is Lost" is, indeed, utterly lost, and its only value is perhaps as a lesson for film students as to what not to do when making a movie.

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Gemma Seymour on 08/02/2014 at 8:51 AM

Re: “The West Memphis Three are free ... what about the real killer?

@sasquatch38.....everything you said for Hobbs is likewise for the WM3....I was a Pre-Law/PoliSci major...it's called beyond a reasonable doubt...meaning it's not even about the WM3 being innocent or guilty(which I think they are) but the initial case did not do that for the state either......so keep reading...law books that is

9 likes, 10 dislikes
Posted by KP Hobes on 07/19/2014 at 1:50 PM

Re: “The West Memphis Three are free ... what about the real killer?

@tdotboogy.....WOOOOWWWWW....ITS AMAZING!!! You calling Southerners ignorant when your ass definitely can't read, or know anything about doing research before you open your fucking mouth!!! That boogy ish means you must be from NY or DC a northerner of course....so how you guys say it....GET THE FUCK OUTTA HERE... YOU CALLED THE GUY A RETARD RIGHT.... SO IF YOU KNEW ANYTHING ABOUT THE REAL LAW INSTEAD OF JUST TALKING....YOU KNOW WITH THE IQ HE HAD/HAS...HE WOULDVE BEEN DEEMED MENTALLY INCAPACITATED TO SPEAK WO A LAWYER...IF YOU HEARD THE DIFFERENT ACCOUNTS OF THE AUDIO CONFESSION YOU WOULD KNOW HE WAS COERCED, ENTRAPPED...AND HAD NO FUCKING CLUE WHAT HE WAS GETTING INTO....NO DNA...HIS NAME WAS SIGNED INTO A LOG OF A GYMNASIUM MEANING AN ALIBI......IGNORANT ASS PEOPLE LIKE YOU WERE APART OF THE JURY/LYNCH MOB THAT PERPETRATED THIS GREAT INJUSTICE AND THE WORST KINDA PEOPLE IN THIS WORLD ARE THOSE THAT WOULD RATHER SEE PEOPLE BURN INSTEAD OF ADMITTING THEY'RE WRONG......FUCKING ASSHOLE!!!! What rock have you been living under????! ENDQUOTE!!!!!

24 likes, 11 dislikes
Posted by KP Hobes on 07/19/2014 at 1:07 PM

Re: “The West Memphis Three are free ... what about the real killer?

tdotboogy shows the idiot mentality of southerners, inbred white trash without two brain cells to rub together. A mountain of evidence means nothing to illiterate high school drop outs like you and the cops and jury. you deserve to live in that backwater shithole you call home.

16 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by Logan Wolvie on 07/18/2014 at 2:41 AM

Re: “The 99 percent rise up in The Purge: Anarchy

Our disturbing and idiotic preoccupation with being trod upon by the wealthy and powerful leading to a dystopian future is pervasive. Are you all really that scared of standing up and fighting for your rights? Let's try that instead.

The real purge should be the attack and destruction of the corporate oligarchy and it should be every day.

6 likes, 12 dislikes
Posted by Remo on 07/16/2014 at 2:14 PM

Re: “When bondage was innocent

It is hard to figure out where the kinky limits are as the nature of the humans beings are to always crave more and more...... little wonder why things always seems to escalte. However, it may not be a bad thing as human beings are also the only animals of the realm to be burdened with hedonism, which to me is a bliss ;-)
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Posted by Vin Kev on 07/15/2014 at 10:10 PM

Re: “A study in stillness in Ida

Not to be missed! Near perfect film for adults, with emotional depth and wallop, masterful structure and stunning B&W cinematography. Like a Mozart symphony or Anita Baker album, no gimmicks or wasted moments, just authenticity: this is the world and this is us in it.
I must strongly disagree with the review - "The stillness also represents a storytelling style that's austere to the point of being miserly. Pawlikowski provides very little detail about the central tragedy." All the story's painful facts are plainly there even if somehow you don't know Poland's 20th century tragedies; it just doesn't condescend to the audience by having characters literally tell you what is right in front of you! Hard to understand calling such a raw and emotional film "cold."
There's no violence in the film but rather the nuanced consequences of its aftermath. The title character was played by a young novice actor and while her role is not that strong, the story revolves more around others in the ensemble who were all absolutely excellent, particularly Wanda, Agata Kulesza . There's no emotional manipulation and yet I found a woman sobbing in the lobby. See this on a big screen while its here, don't wait for the DVD.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Oren Leblang on 07/12/2014 at 7:42 PM

Re: “A study in stillness in Ida

This movie is a masterpiece. Not sure why the reviewer gave this 3 1/2 stars, mimicking broken IMDB ratings I suppose, which are skewed anyway based on the sheer # of trolls down voting movies just because.

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Posted by Mike Marconi on 07/07/2014 at 1:06 AM

Re: “Robert Redford goes solo in All Is Lost

Oh wow this movie is the worst movie I have ever seen this movie makes someone go in depression at the end of the movie we saw a hand but not the person wow this movie was not expensive at all for the director wow thanks.the lord I i don't have depression because if I had it I would.have been dead

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Posted by edgard what on 05/30/2014 at 10:34 PM

Re: “Robert Redford goes solo in All Is Lost

That movie is boring and worst and put me a sleeping I don't come back see this movie ever in my life..

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Posted by edgard what on 05/30/2014 at 10:28 PM

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