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  1. Can't really disagree with most of what you said. What saves "The Women" somewhat is the cynical POV that while the film doesn't portray women in exactly a positive light, the men are actually portrayed just as bad if not worse. It's essentially "men are dogs" , so women have to cope with it as best you can. Not exactly enlightening, I grant you. Yet the zingers and repartee in the film wear down any resistance. The comic timing is impeccable by the cast. I did think the Paulette Goddard advice speech to Norma Shearer is different then the one by her mother , the one genuinely
  2. I think it’s obvious by now that Brady hatred/Jealousy only makes him stronger. Let it go. Of all the insane statistics with the man is this nugget: Since turning 40, Brady has reached 3 Super Bowls, winning 2 , was a SB MVP , was a regular season MVP, and this year including the playoffs threw for 50 TD’s. Since he’s playing next year, barring injury, he could conceivably have gotten into the Hall of Fame based on just the 40+ age phase of his career.
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    Tennis Thread

    Contrast with Nadal's public stance: "We can't complain" https://au.sports.yahoo.com/australian-open-2021-rafa-nadal-sobering-reality-check-stars-041230621.html
  4. I dunno, I get that the Chiefs/Mahomes are the favorites, (3 points sounds about right). However their Offensive Tackle Eric Fisher is out with an ACL and it looks like OT Swartz isn't returning for the Superb Bowl. so up in the trenches it will be interesting how the Buccaneers pass rush fares.
  5. Well, looks like Bucaneers versus Chiefs. Ok, so let's see if at least 3 out of the 4 Offense/Defense Coordinators going to the Super Bowl end up as head coaches next year. Just saying.
  6. Of course the irony is Rodgers will probably be the league MVP, but yeah, you don’t put the game in his hands. WTF? Sorry but the facts are Rodgers losing at home ( with pregame snow) is now 1-4 in NFC champ. games, losing 4 straight. As to the Bucaneers, well they’re winning with the big D, which last time I looked is key to winning champs. They should get AB back for the Super Bowl.too. I hate the word “legacy”, but yeah, for Rodgers it has to hurt. heheheheheh.
  7. the secret: Avocado Ice Cream.
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    Tennis Thread

    Poor Novak, "Woe Is Me" must be his middle name. "Victim" is definitely his last name.
  9. Good God, Aaron Rodgers winning a 2nd SB would make him nigh unbearable. As it is, we know how "beloved" he is by so many of his ex teammates. Incredibly gifted Quarterback but alas also incredibly "gifted" as an asshole. .
  10. Eagle's Doug Peterson: Dang, winning a SuperBowl and a couple of playoff spots gets you squat these days....
  11. Does toughness of regular schedule translate to better results once playoffs come? I dunno, Just Playing 16 games, if you're not toughened up by the season end regardless. It would be interesting to have statistical data as to how the teams with the best record versus quality opponents do once the post season commences. Now I know before the season started the Ravens were projected to have the "easiest" schedule as opposed to the Patriots having the "toughest" https://www.giants.com/news/2020-nfl-schedule-release-strength-of-schedule-formula-how-it-works Did the actual resu
  12. So that means Diana and Steve went around for basically 5-10 minutes?
  13. I'm torn: It seems that it's a huge advantage for the #1 team in each conference to get a week rest while everyone else dukes it out. OTOH, why shouldn't the best record have the advantage, since it reflects excellence over the entire season. Caveat on the WTF and Bucs game, didn't the last 7-9 playoff team pull off the upset in 2011 ? Not only did the Seattle Seahawks upset the NO Saints, but the Saints with Drew were the defending SB champs. That was a crazy year regardless as the wildcard NY Jets led by Mark Sanchez upset the 14-2 NE Patriots. However back
  14. Mildly shocked they didn't try to insert a couple of Russian skaters just so Johnny could oh so confidently overenunciate their names.
  15. So agree with that. Having said that, I did like the treatment of Steve Trevor in the first WW movie, in that it was his compassionate humanity and self sacrifice, his goodness, that attracted Dianna to him. (Well yeah, OK it didn't hurt he looked like Chris Pine). My bigger issue with this WW1984 movie was that it had been 75+ years since his death and Dianna had not moved on. When you add the Justice League movie it appears that 100 + years she is still pining for the man. It's a narrative dead end.
  16. The masochistic "The Party's Over" gets me every time.
  17. Mercy alive but it grates on me how Meryl Streep seemingly is offered every role between the ages of 35-75. It's not even a rant on her abilities, but the fact that no actress has a range that wide. For example , She is an OK singer, but she even gets first dibs on singing roles.
  18. I've always thought the Holy Grail was Orson Welles' "The Magnificent Ambersons", which IMO is probably gone forever, Some claim a copy of the original uncut film was sent down by RKO to Orson Welles who was in Brazil; I just read there is yet another effort to try to find the excised footage. However back then they would burn all the excess footage found in their vaults/warehouses after awhile. The other lost movie frequently referenced is the silent 1924 film "Greed" by Eric Von Stronheim. Reputedly the first cut ran over 8 hours! Back to the Welles film, even a novice li
  19. I've watched soo many foreign films in my life that CC on english speaking films doesn't phase me at all. As an American, it's especially helpful on British/English movies/shows where the accents make some dialogue indecipherable to my ears. Netflix shows so so many foreign TV series, let alone movies, that I would think CC isn't that distracting once you get used to it.
  20. The Pre-Code 1933 "Babyface" starring Barbara Stanwyck was something else. The frank depiction of sex as a transactional exchange vis-a-vis men for her character to climb up the corporate ladder was so matter of fact. Spelled out so clearly her father allowed men to abuse her sexually from a young age, yet the emancipated Babyface isn't portrayed as a "victim" perse, nor some wicked wayward woman, but, so help me , someone who translates Nietzsche philosophy to exploiting men instead of being exploited. ( It's hilarious to learn they edited out all references to Nietzsche from the po
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    Mank (2020)

    At the risk of sounding like a cultural philistine but this is a movie for only the critics to love. The admittedly detailed craftmanship (B/W cinematography) overwhelms the premise of the film and bare bones there is no genuine driving narrative. The film tries to drum up suspense for the gradual reveal as to why Mank "betrayed" Hearst/Marion Davies and my impression was there isn't anything there, it's certainly not even the irony of a "Rosebud" reveal. As others have said, the film is not genuinely about the making of Citizen Kane but more Mank's ambivalence with his Hollywood
  22. Ah the infamous Shoah review, Kael wrote that the director, Claude Lanzmann, “could probably find anti-Semitism anywhere”. Somehow I don't see any mainstream critics today writing a similar scathing review. It wasn't so much that Kael was contrarian vis-a-vis many revered films, but how she skewered them. They seemed to offend her personally. though truth be told, With Pauline, everything was personal.
  23. I've alway had a soft spot for Pauline Kael. Agree or disagree, Kael had visceral reactions/responses to films which mirrors the way many of us experience movie-going. Nowadays some film criticism is so tip toey or almost by consensus. Compare with Pauline's : nothing wishy-washy about her film opinions. She was not afraid to go out on a limb, and when it came to panning a movie, todays critics don't hold a candle...hehehehe....
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