"Presumably following its literary and cinematic predecessors"
I'm all for a negative review and different opinions about movies, but this review just feels like an attack on French culture. And I disagree. Eric Rohmer is great.
Mr. Grella's sad commentary inspires ennui. While he is criticizing the camera level - a huge shortcoming I'm sure - he spends not one word on emotion, attraction, lust or the capacity we humans have for suffering. The film deserves much better understanding before it is criticized so bluntly. But, then, what could one expect an American, albeit from Rochester, to know about the finer points of love, life or philosophy?
Also, I hope some of Mr. Northrop's sarcasm and wit (and dare I say self-awareness of his elevated mental faculties as compared to other born slaves) come through, though that might be even harder to translate into the film.
Right on. I read the book and it was. .. difficult to stomach. I hope the film captured some of Mr Northrop's ingenuity and his pondering over the nuances of cotton-picking talent and effective sugar cane harvesting (two topics of which I can scarcely imagine), his descriptions of which were really practical; a learned man indeed that heaps of injustice nearly broke.
A really useful review, thanks City. I'd seen something about this movie on the new york times website, then in the Little Theater email yesterday. The trailer looked very interesting, but I was still undecided until I read Adam's review. I'll go check it out on the 26th.
Just a correction: Salinger's practice was in the school of Vedanta associated with Ramakrishna. It was Hindu, not Buddhist.
Mariel Hemingway will be the special guest of Greentopia | FILM this year and will be at the screening of 'Running from Crazy', a movie that is about her family and in which she stars. Screening will be on Saturday evening, September 14. Location and time can be obtained by visiting greentopiafest.com. You don't want to miss this very special appearance and film!
I think the central thesis of Pandora's Promise is that solar, wind and nuclear are all needed to reduce carbon emissions. They argue that closing the door on nuclear would tragically doom mankind to failure in the quest to avoid the worst ravages of global warming.
Given that we are at "400" already on a planet where going past "350" presents a clear and present danger, it provides some serious food for thought.
Pray tell, how many Palestinian buses with innocent civilians were blown up in West Bank or Gaza?
Who's interested in just Pat's perspective ?
A movie is an ensemble that should explain itself to the viewer.
I really like the idea of Adam and Dayna reviewing this movie together. They didn't agree on everything but, that is a good thing. You get a chance to see different interpretations in the movie and different views of the movie itself. I love the idea of them walking together and connecting it to scenes in the movie. Good job!
More video reviews! I love this. :)
I like walking with Dayna and Adam!
It certainly makes me want to check out the film.
What lovely discussion without too much spoilage.
Thanks for this!
I don't believe the reviews on this film. the critics knew that this film was set to be one of summers blockbusters and they didn't want to see that happen so they deliberately gave it bad reviews as to make sure the audience wouldn't want to or would not go to see it. Do to not wanting to waste money on a stinker. I saw the trailer and it looked amazing. I want to see it and i'm not gonna let any jealous critic or prudish critic stop me
YESS!!! I love these movies, you get exactly what you came for, fast cars, cheesy dialouge, absurd action sequences, and gratuitous skin shown. It's gotten to the point where I think even the actors are in on the joke.
Check out this episode of the B.S. Report http://espn.go.com/espnradio/play?id=6443190, it is THE definitive breakdown of the previous movie (and the whole franchise) by Bill Simmons and Adam Carolla. They will probably be coming out with another one shortly
Well put. The movie grabs your attention in the very beginning and doesn't let go until the very end. I wasn't sure if the movie had a point, Perhaps how things can go wrong or not how you wanted it to go when you try and do the "right " thing in life.
Hey! I'm the director of "Do Cybernauts dream of digital Love?" I wish I could have been in Rochester for the screening... Thanks for the nice presentation!
Not only is this movie exceptionally dull, but all the characters are like paper doll people. No one is likeable. The director seems to assume that we 'know' all the people, and not a single one has a defined personality, or has their role in the movie defined. It is also odd that the home looks in need of a coat of paint and a few more lighting fixtures. It displays yellowing age as it naturally would if photographed 70 years later, but not in its own day. 90 minutes wasted.
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