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Re: “Back In Time (Congcong Nanian)

really liked this movie, for its thoughtfulness, sensitivity, and race-agnostic view of first love. soundtrack also memorable, although I can't seem to find more information on artists (Japanese?). ending is open, so not predictable.

Posted by Dolly Uy on 12/28/2014 at 10:44 PM

Re: “Before I Disappear

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Posted by James Smith on 11/24/2014 at 4:24 AM

Re: “Soul Surfer

Movie reviewing is inherently subjective, but "Soul Surfer" is a much better film than Kathy Justice of Indy Week suggests, and one big clue that she wasn't paying attention is that her mini review mistakenly locates the action of the film in the Hawaiian island of Maui. In fact, as the film makes clear via dialog and cinematography, its events take place in Kauai (where the Hamiltons live) and Oahu (whose North Shore hosts legendary surfing contests).

Given Bethany Hamilton's inherent toughness, some of which is captured in the committed performance by AnnaSophia Robb, it's also wrong to dismiss the inspiring Hamilton story as "syrupy" or lacking in broad appeal. You don't lose an arm to a shark at Halloween and resume a professional surfing career by Thanksgiving of the same year just by going to an open-air church and singing Christian hymns along with Carrie Underwood.

Kathy Justice thinks the film's dialog is "shaky," but to me it sounded real. That's not to say that it was great, but evangelical Christians really do talk like that, and to its credit, the movie never got preachy. If you walk into this movie looking for artful profanity or some David Mamet-style zinger like "Coffee is for closers, " you'll be disappointed, but then you've only yourself to blame. On the other hand, if you take "Soul Surfer" on its own terms, it's a move that will stick with you for all the right reasons.

Posted by Patrick on 05/09/2011 at 11:32 AM

Re: “Tron: Legacy

Wow Zack, your review is brutal... "brutal and needlessly sadistic", to quote the MCP from the first film. Actually, you have some good points. However, I'm giving this film 4 stars. Why? Because they didn't do anything stupid to the format that the first film established. Look at it this way -- there are numerous ways any writer/director could have messed things up royally. In my humble opinion, this film does what it set out to do; it delivers just over two hours of escapist entertainment. That, and it captures both the zeitgeist of 1982 and of today. No, this isn't Shakespeare -- nor need it be. And, yes, there are some things about the plot and editing that are a little rough. However, we're not dealing with a North By Northwest or Lawrence of Arabia here -- we're dealing with a visually stunning and sonically interesting popcorn flick. That, and it has replay value (which is more than I can say for alot of movies today). So, with all of that in mind, I am thankful that this film was made, I enjoyed watching it, and I'll go back and see it again.
As for the idea of the original TRON film being compared to "a good-looking plate without much on it", I'd have to say that it's worth another look. I didn't notice it at first, but then I moved into the phase of deconstructing film: The first film actually has alot of sophisticated parallelism going on in it. For anyone who is interested in finding out just how much there is, try watching it with a pen and paper in hand, and make a note of every real-world to computer-world parallel you see as the film progresses. Then relate that to the editing process. It's obvious that alot of careful arrangement and thought went into it. Now, that same level of fine-tuning does not appear in the sequel. However, TRON Legacy does still manage to do what it's required to do. And that is, it entertains.

Posted by Neb on 12/18/2010 at 7:22 AM

Re: “Easy A

I feel as if the Indy review of this movie severely missed the mark. Easy A is the story of a average girl trapped in the horror that is high school and finds herself subject to the joys and perils of teen gossip. While on the outside this might seem like just another teen comedy the character of Olive played wonderfully by Emma Stone sets it apart. In recent years the subject of high school has been picked over and over again in many movies from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986) to Brick (2005). While both are favorites of mine they lack a strong female character, which has been a gripe of mine for years. Where is the female version of Ferris Bueller? Where is my strong, funny, independent girl, whose whole life goal does NOT include a boyfriend (I’m looking at you Twilight). While Olive may not be this exact girl, she is certainly a big step in the right direction. Olive is very smart and quick witted, who instead of falling to the whims of peer pressure stands up to them on her own terms. Olive has many qualities I had in high school, like actually liking school and being rather ashamed of it. She also has two funny and supportive parents, which is lacking in so many teen movies. I applaud Hollywood for letting a strong girl take the lead in a movie, and while I would rather see her in a not “sex talk” driven comedy, it’s a good start Hollywood.

Posted by RrrrrrrMustard on 09/18/2010 at 7:05 PM

Re: “Randomocity

Unexpectedly pleased with this film. Great simple story with characters that worked.

Posted by Johnson 5-0 on 08/14/2010 at 1:50 AM

Re: “Samsara

With a 90% approval audience rating on RT, I was expecting a much more interesting and compelling film. The photography is superb but there is nothing that holds the images together. It would have been helpful if at least the countries in which the film was shot were listed in the lower right hand corner or somewhere (as opposed to be listed in the credits) as one image merged into another and great distances were spanned from scene to scene. The animal cruelty scenes were too graphic and disturbing so I created my own intermission. Could have been so much better.

Posted by Maria Tadd on 10/05/2012 at 2:42 PM

Re: “Penguins of Madagascar

Your movie search engine has to be the dumbest, most unintuitive piece of software I have ever used.

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Posted by patrickm07 on 12/13/2014 at 10:04 AM

Re: “Marvel's The Avengers 3D

not really actors acting, a lot of digital comp effects..

Posted by Serge G. on 06/09/2012 at 11:07 PM

Re: “The District Attorney Declines to Prosecute the Cop Who Killed Frank Clark, But Residents of McDougald Terrace Still Doubt the Official Narrative

Simple solution to the mess - officers STOP patrolling this neighborhood.

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Posted by Barbara 2 on 03/29/2017 at 2:02 PM

Re: “Raleigh Is the Second-Fastest-Growing Major Metro In the Country. Can It Keep Up?

Thank you for this article, Mr. Fine. If I am not mistaken, my full statement on Zebulon was that they had not seen the influx of residents that other towns in Wake had, but they will soon. This is a countywide issue.

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Posted by JohnNC on 03/29/2017 at 10:25 AM

Re: “Durham Adds Bike Lanes, Aims to Make City More Bike-Friendly

Paint looks great over the patchwork of potholes. Good luck to riders who dodge bad road surfaces.

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Posted by AntonioVivaldi on 03/29/2017 at 9:28 AM

Re: “Abandoned mobile homes plague North Carolina

How can I go about trying to get a 3 or 4 bedroom double or triple wide mobile home. Me & my kids have been going from house to house for 3 years now and its very exhausting. I want my kids to have a home and not have to keep house hopping. Please let me know what steps I need to take to get a mobile home.
Thanks in advance!

Posted by Taetae on 03/28/2017 at 8:38 AM

Re: “The Story of North Carolina Is the Story of Immigrants

Someone growing up in NC would almost have to make a specific to avoid a second-generation immigrant. I grew up here in the '50s and '60s and even then knew plenty of immigrants and immigrants children. Maybe your friend had on blinders, Margarets.

Posted by joemoody on 03/27/2017 at 10:43 PM

Re: “Real Talk: $3.76 Billion Isn’t Going to Stop N.C. Republicans from Being Transphobic Bigots

To give credit where it is due, at least they are stedfast in their racism, xenophobia, sexism and repressed sexuality.

Posted by Haggie on 03/27/2017 at 10:15 PM

Re: “Young bluesman Slick Ballinger turns to the gospel; keeps promises to family

Awesome man of God! In our third week of revival,and he's now a part of our church! We love the Ballinger family!!

Posted by Sherra on 03/26/2017 at 2:04 PM

Re: “The Story of North Carolina Is the Story of Immigrants

There's still a lot of homogeneity in NC. I'm proudly second-generation. Recently, someone (a grad student at NCSU) told me that she had never met anyone whose parents were born in another country. Sadly provincial.

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Posted by margaretS on 03/25/2017 at 10:41 PM

Re: “Thom Tillis, Textbook Definition of a Schmuck, Says Goldman Sachs Is a Champion of the "Little Guys"

As an exercise in futility, I write to Thom about once a month. His answers are always very long and courteous, but I never get the impression that he has actually read and understood my letter. Instead his response always contains a shout-out to bipartisanship. So my next letter starts with the question "where was bipartisanship during the Obama administration?". I never get an answer to that.

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Posted by margaretS on 03/25/2017 at 10:13 PM

Re: “Who's responsible for the Falls Lake mess?

Swamp Fox says STAY TUNED ....... With the right tools This Can Be Fixed

Trust Me

Son of the Swamp Fox

Posted by Isacc Witham on 03/25/2017 at 9:46 AM

Re: “You Are Welcome Here

"The Immigration Issue" begins with "You Are All Welcome Here", printed in 7 different languages, setting the tone for an informative, well-coordinated series of well-written essays! The next page gives us the Emma Lazarus sonnet that is engraved on the base of the Statue of Liberty, those purely patriotic American words, welcoming "your tired, your poor, your huddled masses" to the American Dream. All of us need to read and recite those quintessentially American and undeniably religious words. We need to take the extra time to reflect on the beauty, the color, the music, the culture, the ideas - all of the magical differences that we gain...this opportunity to blend our ethnic diversities into the richest culture on earth.

And I appreciated your Amanda Abrams piece "Blessed Are the Merciful", which makes it clear that Christians have a role to play in this drama. Surely they cannot ignore the New Testament words of Jesus Christ, who was very crystal clear in demanding support for the poor and strangers in our communities. There can be no doubt on what Jesus would expect of them in this contemporary immigration situation.

In subsequent pages, Jeffrey Billman layed out beautiful infographics to amaze us with numbers: 794,700 (almost a million!) foreign born residents of North Carolina, 294,500 of them undocumented. And what a wonderful diaspora of ethnic diversity, woven into our social, linguistic, cultural, and economic fabric: 426,055 Latin Americans, 210,136 Asians, 87,866 Europeans, 47,503 new Africans, and dozens more smaller groups.

Sarah Willets "The Waiting" told the story of a pregnant immigrant Raleigh mother and her encounters with ICE and other heartwrenching stories of families torn apart by the ICE agents, husband from wife, brother from sister, mother from child, scenarios that are now occurring with alarming regularity under executive orders from a hate-crazed, xenophobic Trump administration.

Thomas Goldsmith's "In the Shadows" described the low-key efforts of North Carolina cities to avoid giving help to the ICE agents as they swarm through our communities with no sense of responsibility for the trail of family and personal tragedies that they create everywhere they go. And sadly, ICE enjoys the help and support of Wake County sherriff Donny Harrison.

Thanks to Sarah Willetts for her chart on how immigrants can avoid ICE, how to react when they find themselves in ICE custody, and about the relative safety of school properties.

Ken Fine provided an uplifting interview with US Representative G.K. Butterfield, who showed a wise and warm compassion for the immigrants among us, and an appreciation for the benefits that we all gain from the ethnic diversity they bring into our communities. And he explained, for those who need to measure consequences in dollars and cents, that our state's economy is very dependent upon these immigrant workers.

I really enjoyed Erica Hellerstein's essay "The Mountain People" about the 20,000 Vietnamese Montagnards who have found a home in Raleigh. I've had the personal pleasure of meeting many of these gentle, soft-spoken people.

Ken Fine comes back for "Strangers In a Strange Land", explaining the pressures that are placed upon our new immigrants, who must work with only 3 initial months of assistance, learn as much English as possible from their ESL instructors, and then quickly find some kind of niche in the local economy.

Nijah McKinney adds "How To Help", an introduction to local non-profits that can help. This article was very useful in getting me started to toward donating and volunteering.

And finally, a special treat: a poster in the centerfold of this Indy issue: a "Raleigh Welcomes You" Poster, repeating those words in 17 different languages. I taped it carefully to the front window until I can score a larger lawn poster to let immigrants in my neighborhood know that I care so very much about them!

Indy, this was your best issue ever! The staff writers each contributed a gem to the collection, and the sum is greater than its parts. The issue was full of useful information. And I hope that we will find many follow-up stories coming, in order to keep our knowledge current, and keep close tract of friends and villians in this fluid situation, in which this unprecedented wave of hate and ignorance is being visited upon our communities right now.

And in conclusion, here are 3 thought-provoking essays from the New York Times, that illucidate some of the damage that Trump's xenophobic rage is causing in America:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/16/opinion/george-soros-when-hate-surges.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/25/opinion/the-costs-of-mr-trumps-dragnet.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/22/opinion/president-trumps-reckless-shame-
game.html?ref=opinion&_r=0

by John Bertke, commenting on the Indy Week 3/22/2017 issue dedicated to a multi-article feature entitled "American Dreamers, A Special Immigration Issue".

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Posted by John Paul Bertke on 03/25/2017 at 4:00 AM

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