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  1. Upon even further Titanic reflection, I think it's best that the main story focused on three main the fictional characters. The real historical people seemed to be treated very respectfully, as imperfect as I'm sure they were, with only J. Bruce Ismay as somewhat of a villain. (and it's not like his jumping ship is untrue.) This allowed for the dramatic license to be taken with the Jack/Rose/Cal characters without "movie ending" anyone's real legacy. I don't know if it was done on purpose, but if so, it was wise on Cameron's part.
  2. AMC can sue the state all it wants. I have absolutely no desire to sit in a movie theater right now.
  3. The Jack and Rose aspect is probably what has aged the most, however, the ship itself and the actual sinking are still fantastic. I think what the movie does really well is the introduction in Southampton, the attention to detail of the inside of the ship, and pretty much the entire last hour or so. The Nearer My God to Thee sequence still packs a wallop. First it's the melancholy of the hymn over the brief looks in on folks like Andrews and the Strausses, and then it's a juxtaposition over the chaos and fear on the deck.* I also liked the way Cameron would show some lingering, almost romantic, shots of aspects of the ship being destroyed and also some sudden and violent ones. The image of the main ceiling bursting and flooding while some of the folks inside are screaming is haunting. Really, all of the destruction is haunting in some way. It was also smart to look in on the life boats and see their perspective from the outside. And because Kathy Bates is a treasure and deserves as much screen time as possible. And speaking of life boats, when the one does go back and you not only see the bodies frozen but the abject guilt on the face of the crew member when he realizes "We waited too long" it's so well done. I understand some of the criticisms of the movie, but it's so much more than star crossed lovers and I still think it's worth it. And if you wanna play the game of did it deserve all those Oscars? It mostly won in technical or artistic categories (Sound, cinematography, art direction, score, costumes, etc. And the damn song won too.) and I think it's hard to argue against those. (maybe the damn song, but there's no way that wasn't going to win.) Also, as the mastermind of all of that, it's hard to say Cameron didn't deserve his Oscar for direction as well. His attention to detail is crazy. Best picture? In retrospect from 20 plus years out, the other nominee that maybe coulda/shoulda/woulda is LA Confidential but it's not as if LA Confidential has become this zeigeisty classic and Titanic this afterthought. (The other nominees were As Good as It Gets, the Full Monty, and Good Will Hunting.) Anything can be debated but Titanic winning doesn't feel like a whiff to me even in hindsight. ' *Whenever I need a knife, I like to say "I need a knife! I need a knife!" all panicked and English accent like the crew member. It's even better when people don't get the reference and have no clue what I'm doing.
  4. I think I said this in a different thread but while you can't go wrong with any number of scenes in this movie, the piano rehearsal scene is my favorite. "Well if that isn't the isn't the best I ever heard." "Thank you." heh. My only complaint is I wish that whole sequence was longer. But how can you also not love Trouble in River City or Marian the Librarian? Or anything by the Buffalo Bills? Like a lot of musicals, I do find that the second act drags a little though. I can do without, what is it, the song when they're on the bridge? It's like almost every musical is one or two songs too long. But it's such an enjoyable movie it's hard to complain too much.
  5. Watching Bad Times at the El Royale. First off, Cynthia Erivo is insanely talented and should just be in everything. Second of all, I've never seen a 50 Shades movie so those not withstanding, but I've never seen Dakota Johnson in something and not been impressed. Even in her one scene in The Social Network she just pops off the screen. She's a case of Hollywood nepotism that's worth it.
  6. Re: kids on TV shows. They don't inherently bother me either. I mean, people have kids. On the other hand, if they're not a focal point of the series I don't care if we don'e see them for three episodes in a row. Some stories include the kids and some don't. Don't get me wrong, is it fun to point out all the times Rachel Green is a neglectful mother because all she does is carry the baby monitor around with her? Sure. But I can forgive it. I'd rather that than shoe horning the kid in at all costs.
  7. I'm not too proud to admit that I had to google what "badinage" meant.
  8. Usually when I drop a show it's just a gradual phasing out as my interest wanes. It's seldom, if ever, a conscientious decision. There is only one time that I can recall when I did it abruptly for a specific reason. (Season 5 of 24 when they killed off Michelle, one of my all time TV girl crushes, in the first five minutes. I was like that SpongeBob "Imma head out" meme.)
  9. I rented this back in April. It's not perfect but the two parts that got me were the long uncut shot of Autumn answering the never/rarely/sometimes/always questions at the clinic and especially the little pinkie to pinkie between Skylar and Autumn when Skylar is with the kid from the bus. That tiny "I'm here for you" gesture damn near broke me. Another scene that has stuck out in my mind is the creep at the grocery store. In a movie where almost (if not all) the men are presented as creeps this one it home as something that probably every teenage girl/20 something woman has faced in her life. Basically, he looked like he was in his 60s and he kept hounding this 17 year old cashier to go to a party at his house. What the hell, dude? But I think I've met that guy. We've all met that guy. And it was those little tiny moments that were sprinkled throughout the movie where it was like, "You might not have went though what these two are going through specifically, but we all have some form of shared experience with this." What was refreshing about the movie in general was that through it all, the leads were never presented as anything more than 17 year old girls. They weren't wise or mature beyond their years. They made some short sighted decisions. There were no grand speeches or moments. Skylar didn't always have the right thing to say to comfort Autumn. It made it cringey to watch sometimes (in a good way) but it also felt real and grounded. I think if you make one or both of them more worldly it makes the story more fantastical and you risk detracting from your message. I also just loved their overall friendship as imperfect as they were. On a completely different note, I know Ryan Eggold is on New Amsterdam so I'm guessing he plays a good guy, but literally my only exposure to him has been this movie and BlacKkKlansman so I'm like "is this guy ever not a disgusting asshole?"
  10. I think Lady Gaga was fine in A Star is Born but she didn't blow me away. If it was up to me I don't think she should have been nominated in her acting category. I think a great deal of the praise comes from the fact that the role was such a departure for her and it wasn't a disaster. Same with Sandler in Uncut Gems. He was very good but I think a lot of the hype came more from him defying expectations.
  11. Credit where it's due, I do like when he seems to be in on the joke. When he does the self deprecating stuff like living with his mom and calling her his roommate (although that's a bit of an act since I believe he has since purchased the house from her. It's not like he's just lounging around in her basement not contributing to the finances) he's pretty funny. I just really have no interest in movies like Big Time Adolescence or the King of Staten Island, which seems to be his go to at the moment. Although, in the interest of more fairness, the time his Chad character on SNL referred to RuPaul as "Ruple", I lost it. Might have been the hardest I ever laughed at something he did. I wish him luck and good health, but his act just isn't for me.
  12. There was an episode of SVU once where Novak had to subpoena documents or something from the army and they sent over boxes and boxes of worthless other files for her (or more likely some low level law student) to sift through to get what they needed. I have no doubt this happens in real life as well.
  13. For me it's not really Pete personally, I just don't think arrested development, stoner, slacker comedy is funny.
  14. I couldn't agree more. The early chemistry is really something to behold and still stands out to me after all these years. I think that's part of the reason the show still endures. Now matter how goofy things get, and they can get pretty goofy, you watch a scene or a moment where the girls are interacting and you're like, "that's me and my sisters" or "that's me and my friends." And as I already posted, sometimes it's just fun to watch entertaining people be entertaining. It's also fun to watch people who seem to be genuinely enjoying themselves, which is the sort of thing that shines through on a show like this. Chick Flick works because all the ladies commit to running around the house while crazy movie characters stalk them with sharp objects. And it's fun as hell! ("Hello? Ax murderer!") And to your point, Primal Slayer, kudos to Shannen and Alyssa because there are gentle Prue/Phoebe scenes as late as Sin Francisco and you'd never know whatever was going on between the two of them was going on. It's a shame it couldn't last because there really was a special spark those first three seasons.
  15. Wait. wait. wait. wait. wait. Legally Blonde lied to us?
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