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  1. Posting here at last, because of the tragic passing of RBG. I really, really like this movie. While it sometimes has the feel of a conventional Hollywood biopic, it rises above it by never falling into the usual traps. In other words, the following does not happen: 1. Marty turns into a Lifetime Original Movie husband who gets all hostile and pissy because Ruth isn't performing her wifely duties and has the temerity to want to do more in her career. 2. Jane does the typical Movie Kid thing of whining that Ruth isn't home often enough, and that she acts out because "it's the only way I can get your attention!" (tell me I'm not the only one who hates this trope). Instead, Marty is supportive from beginning to end, and Jane acknowledges the importance of her mother's work, and when Ruth says that the case has disrupted their lives, Jane shows remarkable maturity by responding, "Who's it for, if not for me?" Wonderful. And, yes, I also cried at the final shot. An excellent summation. The most amazing person you know is still just that: a person.
  2. I wish 2020 were a person, so I could wish death on it. Thank you, Justice Ginsburg, for all you did for us. You left one hell of a legacy, and, one way or another, we will make damned sure you won't have died in vain. p.s. If I'm wrong and there is in fact a Heaven, please give Marty a big hug for us.
  3. I'll sit at your table, die on that hill, and all those other cliches, because I complete agree with you about Marisa Tomei's win!
  4. Hard pass from me. My husband said it best: it looks like a total nothing, a snoozefest. I agree with the leads being miscast. I like Lily James, but she is all wrong as the second Mrs. de Winter. For one thing, she's waaaaaaaay too beautiful, and they don't even try to dowdy her up (They didn't even go the bun and glasses route!). The point of Second!Mrs. de Winter is that she's plain or, at the very least, pretty in an unspectacular sort of way. Joan Fontaine fit that mold perfectly, and she captured Second!Mrs. de Winter's insecurity, awkwardness, and girlish naïveté. In fairness, Laurence Olivier was also too young (at 33) to play Maxim, but they aged him up by greying his hair, and he did a great job playing an older, patriarchal asshole. Armie Hammer always strikes me as hopelessly bland and unthreatening. He couldn't intimidate a guinea pig. I'm sure Kristin Scott Thomas will make an okay Mrs. Danvers but, come on, can anyone really top Judith Anderson's delectably evil portrayal? If I'm going to check out a Rebecca remake, I'll take my chances on the 1997 version with Charles Dance, Emilia Fox (Georgiana Darcy from the 1995 Pride & Prejudice), and the recently departed Diana Rigg. I agree but, unfortunately, we live in the age of anti-ambiguity. If they can show the Once-ler in the 2012 Lorax, what's to stop them from showing Rebecca?
  5. If I've said it once, I've said it a million times: I think Tootsie is the superior "man-in-drag" comedy. I fail to see what makes Some Like it Hot so magical that AFI named it the #1.
  6. Re: Katherine Hepburn I happen to like, even love, the Great Kate, but I never cared for Bringing Up Baby or Stage Door. Go figure.
  7. In my not so humble opinion, I thought it was done horribly. No joke, I now hate the show in retrospect, because Catra's crimes were neatly swept under the rug. I hated it so much. You actually bring up a trope that bothers me: the idea that a female character has to end up together with someone, anyone, no matter how wrong or just plain stupid it is. Yes, I think it's sexist even when a woman ends up with another woman, because of the notion that a woman isn't whole unless she's paired up. Before anyone gets the wrong idea, let me clarify: I'm not against romance, be it in real life or fiction, I am not out to shame anyone who wants to be in a relationship, and if you 'ship characters in fiction, you do you. I also agree with Spartan Girl that we definitely need more LGBTQ relationships represented in the media. What I am saying is that writing relationships out of arbitrary narrative obligation, shock value (Jon Snow and Daenerys, anyone?) or to make a statement drives me up the wall. I think I read somewhere that She-Ra showrunner Noelle Stevenson has admitted that she prefers writing friendships to romance, and that's something I really, really appreciated about the show. Adora and Catra absolutely did not have to be endgame. At that point, Catra was responsible for so much shit, that if they wanted a redemption arc that badly, they should have gone the Darth Vader route and have her sacrifice herself. I know, I know, I don't like the "Bury Your Gays" trope either... but then, they didn't have to make the attraction between the two characters more than subtext. Hell, if they absolutely had to pair Adora with someone, why not Huntara or Scorpia (I loved the idea of Scorpia and Adora becoming close, but it never happened)?
  8. Critics then and now seem to actively loathe her, and there's always been grumblings over her Best Actress Oscar win for Mrs. Miniver. One, that movie is good and she's good in it, and two, I for one take umbrage with Nicholas Cage and Joaquin Phoenix having Oscars, so there!* *That's not directed at you, VCRTracking, just at all the Garson naysayers.
  9. Yeah, the IMDb message boards were fun most of the time, but I don't miss them, because there are trolls, and then there are the rapacious, shadow-lurking freaks that those message boards attracted. Yeesh.
  10. For the record, I love Ponyo and I hate Spirited Away. Do you have any idea of what a freak that makes me? I hate It's a Wonderful Life more with each passing year. I wish Cabaret had won the Best Picture Oscar over The Godfather. Yeah, I said it! Greer Garson was a good actress, dammit. Strictly Ballroom is the only Baz Luhrmann film I like. Jean Harlow and Rita Hayworth had it all over Marilyn Monroe. I think Bonnie and Clyde is overrated as hell. You can keep A Hard Day's Night and Help!, Yellow Submarine will always be my Beatles movie of choice!
  11. Huh, that explains a lot of why the current season is damned gloomy. Fair enough. Again, I'm merely a casual DW viewer. I maintain the Doctor doesn't need three companions. One is a companion, three is an entourage.
  12. I feel bad for not liking the current season of Doctor Who, because I love Jodie Whitaker and her performance as the 13th Doctor isn't bad, but I find that this Doctor is such an uninteresting nonentity compared to previous incarnations. I mean, really, who is she? I hated Twelve (which is a shame, because I like Peter Capaldi)... but at least that's because he had a personality! Mind you, it was a horrid personality, but still a personality! I also realize the Doctor has had more than one companion at a time in the past... but even a casual DW viewer such as myself can tell there is a reason the Doctor typically only has one companion at a time: three is a friggin' crowd! It's too many! This isn't Star Trek, it was never meant to be an ensemble show! And that's another thing, why is the show so dreary now? What I liked about the Eccleston and Tennant years was that there were definite stakes, and they sometimes explored grim plotlines, but it was still a fun, escapist show. The current season is so bleak and humorless, and has one of the ugliest color pallets on TV. Oh, what I wouldn't give for the return of K-9...
  13. No argument here. Something about Matthew Broderick sets my teeth on edge. Ferris is a smug little sociopath in the making. Jeannie was the only thing I liked about that movie.
  14. That is such a fun dress, and rare is the person who can pull off contrasting stripes (Audrey Hepburn could, as well). Myrna Loy doesn't get enough credit for how well she wore clothes. Her style is too underrated (heck, Loy herself is too underrated).
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