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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: “State Board of Elections Throws McCrory a Lifejacket

Of course there was no evidence. We're in a post-fact world, doncha know? And one person saying there could be a problem means that there totally was a problem. If this is to be anything but what it appears to be, they would call for a recount of the entire state. I wonder why they picked just Durham? I can't for the life of me imagine why that county was selected. Hmmm...have to think on that one.
Funny that the GOP is screaming about a recount in WI, MI and PA, but seems to think it's a good idea here.
Oh, while we're at it, let's have a recount of the whole state for the Presidential ballots as well. I can't imagine what will be found.

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Posted by canesfan on 12/02/2016 at 11:25 AM

Re: “Rhapsody in Blues: Jazz Phenom Gerald Clayton Celebrates One of Durham’s Finest Musical Exports at Duke

JCD: Duke Performances dedicated a significant portion of our 2015 summer season to celebrating Music Maker's 20th anniversary. We featured artists including Cool John Ferguson, Sam Frazier Jr., Boo Hanks, John Dee Holeman, Ironing Board Sam, Williette Hinton, The Branchettes, Pat 'Mother Blues' Cohen & Big Ron Hunter. Over the past decade, we've also had the good fortune of presenting Music Maker artists Joe Thompson, Dom Flemons & Bishop Dready Manning. Keep an eye on our offerings, I'm sure that we'll have opportunity to showcase more of the elders as time goes by. Finally, I'd be careful w/ the term 'original musicians', none of the folks living today were making music alongside Rev. Gary Davis, Etta Baker & Blind Boy Fuller during the 'heyday' of the Piedmont blues in the 1920s, 30s & 40s.

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Posted by Aaron Greenwald on 12/02/2016 at 9:57 AM

Re: “Rhapsody in Blues: Jazz Phenom Gerald Clayton Celebrates One of Durham’s Finest Musical Exports at Duke

caab's suggestion sounds exciting. It's a shame that the original musicians didn't fit into this particular performance, but I'd pay good money to see Duke Performances showcase them for a different event. I hope we can see that happen soon.

Posted by jcd on 12/02/2016 at 6:12 AM

Re: “A Lloyd Webber revival at Hot Summer Nights

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Posted by Mary Austin on 12/02/2016 at 3:44 AM

Re: “A Desperate Pat McCrory Makes His Last Stand

My grandmother would have me to cut a switch and give it to her when I misbehaved. I believe it is time for me to introduce Pat McCrory and the NCGOP to my granny.

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Posted by cityfox on 12/01/2016 at 10:04 PM

Re: “Does North Carolina give homeowners associations too much power?

I will never, ever live in another neighborhood that has an HOA. It's not even up for debate.
I already have to live under the thumb of the federal government, the state government, the county government and the municipal government. The idea of also having to live under a little collective of neighbors that see fit to tell me what flowers I can plant, and whether or not I can work on my car in my driveway is insulting.
I was the president of our HOA for two years, and out of the dozen issues that came to the board, only one even came close to rising to the need of some sort of intervention ... and even then, all it took was a meeting with the two neighbors to work things out. After that my policy became straightforward: "don't talk to us until you've talked to your neighbors." Or, when I was feeling less charitable: "act like adults."
HOA's give the neighborhood busybodies far too much latitude to cause the rest of the residents grief. If there's something that needs to be codified in law, then take it up with the city council ... otherwise, stop with this foolishness.
Oh, and our property is fastidiously maintained, so I'm not complaining from the vantage point of being on the receiving end of "violation" letters.

Posted by mike_in_nc on 12/01/2016 at 7:43 AM

Re: “Local Lawyer: Officer Who Fired Fatal Shot Has a History ...

Plenty of news about all of the wrong in the DPD, some of which is probably true. When will we get to read about how this community plans to deal with its deep systemic problems, including its tacit support of a convicted felon being in possession of illegal substances and a stolen firearm?
Not that many years ago I took some classes at Durham Tech, and I always did my best never to any further west along East Lawson than I had to. I can only wonder how much crime this neighborhood exports out to the rest of the area.

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Posted by mike_in_nc on 12/01/2016 at 7:31 AM

Re: “Local Lawyer: Officer Who Fired Fatal Shot Has a History ...

"We're targeted."
"It scares me. I become afraid immediately.
They're coming to do something. They comin' to bring harm.
I'm gonna turn around. I'm gonna run. I'm gonna get away from the situation.
It scares the hell out of me."

In August, I asked Chief Davis about some cops jerking their guns out so often
other cops call them "jerk-offs," and that the Durham Police Department does not
document use of force like other departments do, especially against pedestrians,
but that if the DPD required its cops to document it when they
pull a weapon and they do not do so, they can be fired BEFORE
they shoot someone. She said cops aren't gonna tell on themselves, and that
it is the responsibility of civilians to report police force use of force,
and that they can't know what their cops are doing unless we report them;
when I said desk officers don't document complaints taken to them,
she said we should take our complaints to the Civilian Police Review Board;
they're useless, will not take complaints about police misconduct, &
Durham One Call [560-1200] will not take complaints about police misconduct.
She said she wanted to talk to me after the meeting, but then
when I said I've been stopped hundreds of times and searched at gunpoint,
she said: "I wonder why?" and turned her back and walked away.
The next day, at McDougald Terrace [Nat'l "Night Out"], I told her
I wanted to answer her [snarky] question: I said I used to live across the street,
in Lincoln Apartments, worked there and at Durham Tech & NCCU, tutoring kids,
including kids from McDougald Terrace,
and that no one should have trouble with cops because of where they live.
She said: "It's a target area" and turned her back and walked away again,
to smile at children for a 'photo op.
"It's a target area." - That's why 'jerk-off' cops [Like Barkley?] can jerk their guns out
"all the time" like they say in McDougald: people in DPD target areas are targets.

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Posted by Chris Tiffany on 11/30/2016 at 5:34 PM

Re: “Does North Carolina give homeowners associations too much power?

I would not buy or invest in a development that did not have an HOA. That after having made the mistake of buying in one that did chose to eliminate theirs, there is NO protection, NO control of people neglecting the homes and property. We suffered a 30% property value decline, in an era of rising home prices within 3 years of the HOA being disbanded.
When you buy a home you receive and sign for the covenants, it's no suprise what the rules are.

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Posted by 669283 on 11/30/2016 at 3:07 PM

Re: “Residents: Meeting on DPD Shooting Accomplished Nothing

This comment is relevant to "Meeting on DPD Shooting Accomplished Nothing".
Were targeted.
It scares me. I become afraid immediately.
Theyre coming to do something. They comin to bring harm.
Im gonna turn around. Im gonna run. Im gonna get away from the situation.
It scares the hell out of me.
In August, I asked Chief Davis about some cops jerking their guns out so often
other cops call them jerk-offs, and that the Durham Police Department does not
document use of force like other departments do, especially against pedestrians,
but that if the DPD required its cops to document it when they
pull a weapon and they do not do so, they can be fired BEFORE
they shoot someone. She said cops aren't gonna tell on themselves, and that
it is the responsibility of civilians to report police force use of force,
and that they can't know what their cops are doing unless we report them;
when I said desk officers don't document complaints taken to them,
she said we should take our complaints to the Civilian Police Review Board
they're useless, will not take complaints about police misconduct, &
Durham One Call [560-1200] will not take complaints about police misconduct.
She said she wanted to talk to me after the meeting, but then
when I said I've been stopped hundreds of times and searched at gunpoint,
she said: "I wonder why?" and tuned her back and walked away.
The next day, at McDougald Terrace [Nat'l "Night Out"], I told her
I wanted to answer her [snarky] question: I said I used to live across the street,
in Lincoln Apartments, worked there and at Durham Tech & NCCU, tutoring kids,
including kids from McDougald Terrace,
and that no one should have trouble with cops because of where they live.
She said: "It's a target area" and turned her back and walked away again,
to smile at children for a 'photo op.
"It's a target area." - That's why jerk-off cops [Like Barkley?] can jerk their guns out
"all the time" like they say in McDougald: people in DPD target areas are targets.

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Posted by Chris Tiffany on 11/30/2016 at 12:58 PM

Re: “Will Donald Trump’s Collapse Drag Down These Five N.C. Republicans?

I know it's a little late, but to note the Indy's crystal-ball gazers and analyzers of Tar Heel state politics weren't only fooled (as were 99% of pollsters) re: 2016 national election results after prematurely handing the U.S. presidency to the Wicked Witch of the North, but they similarly were of touch with ordinary, middle-class America in this state. Thus Mssr. Blest's can take comfort in knowing his analysis of NC races was not singular inaccurate (the lesson, I suppose, is to not give credence to cocktail party jokes among fellow travelers as gospel). Unfortunately for a lot of people, the devil's still in the details.

To wit:

(1) Blest correctly predicted 1 of 5 races above, the Cynthia Ball (D) N.C. Senate victory over incumbent Gary Pendleton in District 49. Even in the world of baseball, a Mendoza line (.200) hitter stands to be released soon, unless he has power, speed and an outstanding arm.

Otherwise,

(2) Repubs Tamara Barringer and Chad Barefoot won in Districts 17 and 18, respectively, as did Chris Malone (R) in the D35 House race;

(3) Incumbent Richard Burr (R) rolled over Deborah Ross (D) in the U.S. Senate competition, regardless of her ads detailing Burr's $$ deals. When Ross couldn't deny Burr's ads charging she had been an ACLU lawyer who fought mandatory sentences for rapists, promoted gun control and defended flag-burners, she was swept off the cliff. (A parochial observation: flag-burning may be protected by the Supreme Court as political expression, but it's like spitting in the face of families who have grieved for sons and daughters who gave their lives to protect freedom and stand against dictatorships around the world. No candidate can bring that kind of rubber knife to a gun fight and expect to survive).

Some more interesting post-election facts:

(1) If Pat McCrory wins a recount, NC will be one of 23 tri-fecta states in the US (governor, senate, house controlled by Republican Party).
(2) If McCrory wins, the Dems will have 6 trifecta states.
(3) If McCrory loses, the Repubs will have 22 trifecta states.
(4) In the NC House, the count is 74 Repubs and 45 Dems. The Dems picked up 1 seat in the House while the Repubs remained at 74.
(5) Dems had 31 election races in the NC House in 2016 with 0 (zero) opponents. Repubs had 29 such races.
(6) Republican newcomers in the NC House -- Mike Clampett (D119) and Cody Hensen (113) defeated incumbents Joe Queen (D119) and Maureen Copelo (113). Democrat Mary Belk (D88) and Cynthia Ball (D 49) defeated Repub incumbents Rob Bryan (D88) and Gary Pendleton (D49).
(7) House newcomer Larry Strickland (R, D28) def. newcomer Pat Oliver (D).
(8) In the NC Senate, Danny Earl Britt (R) def. incumbent Jane Smith (D). Smith was the only NC Senate incumbent to lose in November.
(9) In the NC Senate, the count is 34 Republicans and 16 Democrats.

In the face of another overwhelming state election defeat -- with the exception of the unsettled NC governor's outcome -- Dems had to do SOMETHING. So they have turned, once again, to their only friendly bulwark -- the federal courts, specially the U.S. Court of Appeals of the 4th Circuit where three liberal judges -- Judge Diana Motz, a Bill Clinton appointee; Judge James A. Wynn Jr., a Barack Obama appointee; and Judge Henry F. Floyd, an Obama appointee -- ruled in 2016 the redrawn (mandated by NC law as a General Assembly duty) electoral districts were declared unconstitutional and the voter I.D. requirement of the legislature violated civil rights of minority groups. This was announced three weeks after the Nov. election results in which Dems declare no voter fraud occurred -- which should be a puzzlement to them and other liberals.

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Posted by Rataplan on 11/30/2016 at 11:35 AM

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