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by Ben W.
Mon Oct 13, 2014 10:19 am
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: THE DOCTOR...is in
Replies: 108
Views: 96286

Re: THE DOCTOR...is in

Capaldi's tenure so far is more than a little reminiscent of Colin Baker's first year in the role. The showrunners attempted something more ballsy than usual with the Doctor's character, and part of you desperately wants to applaud them for it. But all the same, choosing to define your lead as a bor...
by Ben W.
Sun Oct 12, 2014 6:36 pm
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: THE DOCTOR...is in
Replies: 108
Views: 96286

Re: THE DOCTOR...is in

I'm sure everyone's had one of THOSE kind of days where irrelevant, seemingly trivial bullshit adds up, leaving you feeling tired and nauseous by the time you have to hit the sack. Last night's episode of WHO, "Mummy on the Orient Express", was about an ancient curse that seeks out and mur...
by Ben W.
Wed Oct 01, 2014 2:13 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Frank Church's news corner, the sequel.
Replies: 11791
Views: 951418

Re: Frank Church's news corner, the sequel.

You fellas might want to give this a read: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/sep/29/neoliberalism-economic-system-ethics-personality-psychopathicsthic This paragraph stood out for me in particular: Our society constantly proclaims that anyone can make it if they just try hard enough, all...
by Ben W.
Sun Sep 28, 2014 12:13 pm
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: Wathcya watchin'?
Replies: 1642
Views: 335279

Re: Wathcya watchin'?

FORREST GUMP. This movie has been a source of endless fascination and frustration for me. I don't want to go down the path of other, more cynical critics, who have already done a serviceable job of ripping the film's horribly conflicted themes/messages limb from limb. First of all, let me come right...
by Ben W.
Fri Sep 26, 2014 2:05 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Frank Church's news corner, the sequel.
Replies: 11791
Views: 951418

Re: Frank Church's news corner, the sequel.

The anger is building. More and more clenched fists are rising into the air. So why haven't "the people" snapped yet?

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/thinking ... ution.html
by Ben W.
Wed Sep 24, 2014 3:28 pm
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: Wathcya watchin'?
Replies: 1642
Views: 335279

Re: Wathcya watchin'?

Criterion? Uh-uh. Scream Factory is the closest I'll allow a home video label to being a genuine deity.
by Ben W.
Thu Aug 21, 2014 1:24 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Depression
Replies: 667
Views: 203430

Re: Depression

Well...there really isn't a whole lot left to say, is there? I know I've already referenced Robin's performance in SEIZE THE DAY, but anyone who's also seen WORLD'S GREATEST DAD, GOOD WILL HUNTING, or ONE HOUR PHOTO will know the vulnerability and darkness he displayed in the Saul Bellow adaptation ...
by Ben W.
Wed Aug 13, 2014 5:20 pm
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: Wathcya watchin'?
Replies: 1642
Views: 335279

Re: Wathcya watchin'?

OCULUS. A relatively low-budget ghost movie about a haunted mirror. I browsed through a couple of positive reviews, and thought it'd be worth a look-see. Sadly, it turned out to be more of the same. I wish someone had quietly explained to the director why there's a legitimate reason traditional supe...
by Ben W.
Mon Jul 21, 2014 12:34 pm
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: Wathcya watchin'?
Replies: 1642
Views: 335279

Re: Wathcya watchin'?

NOSFERATU THE VAMPYRE. Werner Herzog's version.

I've never seen the original movie (I know...gotta change that), but this one is still marvellous, and a perfect cure for post-TWILIGHT ennui.
by Ben W.
Wed Jul 16, 2014 2:16 pm
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: Wathcya watchin'?
Replies: 1642
Views: 335279

Re: Wathcya watchin'?

Not necessarily. I'm sure a little more insistence on your part could have brought about a shrieking "shut the fuck up!!" Gene Hackman-style.
by Ben W.
Tue Jul 15, 2014 2:28 pm
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: Wathcya watchin'?
Replies: 1642
Views: 335279

Re: Wathcya watchin'?

CRIMSON TIDE. "Calm down, Mr. Hunter." "I am calm, sir." "You don't appear to be calm." This is a great movie with a truckload of great dialogue, but this one sticks out in particular for me, as I've had so many conversations that mutated into outright arguments with th...
by Ben W.
Fri Jul 11, 2014 10:23 pm
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: Wathcya watchin'?
Replies: 1642
Views: 335279

Re: Wathcya watchin'?

I think Steve is suggesting that Tarantino's version of Hitler's comeuppance would have only made the worst kind of martyr out of the man.
by Ben W.
Thu Jul 10, 2014 8:57 pm
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: Wathcya watchin'?
Replies: 1642
Views: 335279

Re: Wathcya watchin'?

Ben, you're giving Tarantino more credit for moral awareness than he possibly deserves. Moral issues don't even begin to register on his mental radar. He's all about movies -- action, violence, bloodshedding, kapow kapow, freak out the audience with the old ultra-ultra. Having said that, I admit I'...
by Ben W.
Wed Jul 09, 2014 6:26 pm
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: Wathcya watchin'?
Replies: 1642
Views: 335279

Re: Wathcya watchin'?

“It’s almost a deep sexual satisfaction of wanting to beat Nazis to death, an orgasmic feeling. My character gets to beat Nazis to death. That’s something I could watch all day. My parents are very strong about Holocaust education. My grandparents got out of Poland and Russia and Austria, but their...
by Ben W.
Thu Jun 12, 2014 8:24 pm
Forum: Pop Culture
Topic: Wathcya watchin'?
Replies: 1642
Views: 335279

Re: Wathcya watchin'?

THANATOMORPHOSE. Strange, atmospheric piece of "arthouse" horror about a woman who inexplicably begins to decay inside her lonesome apartment. It wasn't exactly the merriest of jaunts, so I followed that up with Weird Al Yankovic's UHF just to remind me how films can be anything for any ti...

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