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Comment Archives: stories: Film

Re: “Bad Professor

See: "Five Easy Pieces," et alia.

Posted by rich bachelor on 12/26/2014 at 5:23 PM

Re: “You'll See Him if You Look

"You don't have to say everything that goes through your head. That's what website comments are for."

Posted by Electrolemming on 12/23/2014 at 11:08 PM

Re: “The Road Goes Ever On

I agree with all this. It had some cool parts, but quite a few "dutiful" parts.

The conflict within the mountain felt a little strained to me (thorin going nuts), mostly because it was the ONLY conflict. In the book, the main conflict for the dwarves is that they're freaking hungry. When we came out the theatre, the first thing my friends said was, "how were they eating in there?" For the movie to be convincing, I think it's best to keep some of the realistic details like that.

Also, it looked like Dain was completely CGI, and his voice, and the things he said, sounded just like Fat Bastard.

Posted by ROM on 12/20/2014 at 9:04 AM

Re: “Plagues and Pestilence

On the whole, I liked it better than I thought I would. And that kid who plays God did a great job.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by tk. on 12/14/2014 at 4:28 PM

Re: “Local Newscasters Gone Wild!

I want someone to find two things:

1. Matt Zaffino calling himself a "person of color"
2. Matt Zaffino saying Baker Shitty

Posted by tcraighenry on 12/05/2014 at 1:15 PM

Re: “Tales of the Streets

http://www.portlandmercury.com/portland/film/Section?oid=22132

Posted by Sony Paul on 12/04/2014 at 6:27 PM

Re: “No Cannes Do

I recently saw Godard's "Goodbye to Language" and after reading Ms. Burbank's review I think she missed the point of one the most significant films of the 21st century. I don't think the film was a mess, but was an abstract painting on film. Part of the reviewer's problem was finding coherence, but I think that was precisely what the film was about, making sense of many images and metaphors. I think Godard is clearly trying to develop a new film language through creating new film metaphors. The reviewer apparently missed this while talking to other reviewers during the viewing. I did not find the film "snooty". Maybe it was the quotations of famous writers or the scene about the Shelleys in Geneva. Not sure where snooty. The film did have a minimal plot, but Godard gave up plots years ago. As for the technical issues (which to reviewer did not elaborate), Godard is one of the most technical directors and would argue the technique of being our of focus was intentional creating a disorienting effect for the viewer. The dog had a problem with the dog, which entered about a third into the film. I Godard made it pretty clear that the dog was provided to make about about animal rights, and how we have taken animal for granted on this planet. Mostly my comment is that there was a lot to taken away from this film and I think the reviewer missed what the film and the filmmaker were giving. This is a film that should not be missed by Portland viewers, even though it is a difficult film, as most of Godard's films are.

1 like, 2 dislikes
Posted by scruffpaws on 11/29/2014 at 10:15 PM

Re: “Black Holes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose

Euclidian geometry also has some self contradictions, and is based on number that doesn't exist (pi), and was not masquerading as a religion, but was considered to actually be one. Its okay though, no map is the territory, no model of the universe is the universe, and the best that math and science can do is propose probabilities (which is great and very valuable). As long as we don't convince ourselves otherwise there's a good chance we might not end up being assholes. And plus, Great review!

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by fnord on 11/25/2014 at 11:53 AM

Re: “Black Holes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose

Hi Reid,

I don't totally understand what you mean but thank you for reading! Good luck with the math.

- Elinor Jones

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Joneser on 11/20/2014 at 12:55 PM

Re: “Black Holes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose

How much have we really changed when it comes to science establishments? Everything from the accelerating universe to the black hole is theorized based on the general theory of relativity, which turned out to be based on self-contradicting non-Euclidean geometry. Think back to the arrest of Galileo or back to Ptolemy and the epicycles. Did the general relativity, quantum road of twentieth century physics and cosmology become a religion masquerading as science? Here is an explanation about the self-contradicting non-Euclidean geometry, which you can understand even if your math education didn't exceed high school geometry: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=792800204113180&set=a.132821853444355.21816.100001496224835&type=1&theater¬if_t=like

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Reid Barnes on 11/20/2014 at 7:05 AM

Re: “The Jail-y Show

Well, DUH! It's not funny because it's a drama, as stated.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by wolkenkaiser on 11/15/2014 at 10:01 AM

Re: “The Boxtrolls

Another polished turd from Laika.

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by me,myself,and_meh on 11/11/2014 at 6:54 PM

Re: “Security Breach

Ed Snovvden didn't make public the secret intelligence documents which he was authorized to read. He gave the downloads to a responsible journalist to decide if they were harmful to the national security of the United States or it's allies. The British Government has been harassing the reporter and the Guardian's courageous editor, along with the heroic reporter and patriotic Snovvden who have shown great discretion and integrity in not retaliating against the totalitarians who threaten their existence.

Posted by Dry White Toast on 11/10/2014 at 6:51 PM

Re: “Pee Is Yellow, Poop Is Brown

HERE I am...

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Spaceman on 11/07/2014 at 10:09 AM

Re: “Caught on Camera!

it's cool how they made Jake Ghoulinthehall's head too big for his body. Spooky!!

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by i'mrightyourwrong on 10/30/2014 at 6:02 PM

Re: “Puppy Love

You are aware his name isn't actually Theon Greyjoy, right?

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by James Watkinson on 10/26/2014 at 8:59 PM

Re: “Technological Terrors

Thanks, I feel so much better now.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by eprophet on 10/18/2014 at 12:24 PM

Re: “Murray and Bullshit

no. It's dogshit and you didn't put a bow on it. You just stepped in it with both feet and tracked it around in here. Here, where it's sometimes safe from the schmaltzy feelgood-in-a-can movie advertising one might find at say, oregonlive. Vince-

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by i'mrightyourwrong on 10/17/2014 at 7:14 AM

Re: “Technological Terrors

Erik, did you fire the proofreader? I understand that the movie had a bewildering core, but you didn't need to copy that paragraph twice. And I think you meant ECTOPIC pregnancy, not ENTROPIC pregnancy...though it would be cool to have a baby co-fertilized by Chaos and Decay.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by eprophet on 10/16/2014 at 8:38 AM

Re: “Dark Alliance

I remember following this story closely while Pacifica radio never gave up on Gary. I'm looking forward to seeing it but expect I'll be enraged all over again.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Dizzy on 10/12/2014 at 9:55 AM

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