Random Thread for December, 2016


Oops, we don’t have a random thread for this month yet. Here’s an article with a conversation between Wesley Morris and A.O. Scott on the year’s best acting, including the intriguing agreement between them that Kristen Stewart is the best actress working right now. Discuss.


About Jackrabbit Slim

Location: Vegas, Baby! I’m much older than the other whippersnappers here, a baby boomer. I tend to be more snobbish about film, disdaining a lot of the multiplex fare for “cinema.” My favorite films: Woody Allen’s oeuvre (up until about 1990), The Godfather, The Graduate, A Hard Day’s Night, Pulp Fiction. Politics: Well, George McGovern was my political hero. I’m also a prickly atheist. Occupation: Poised to be an English teacher in Las Vegas. For many years I was an editor at Penthouse Magazine. My role on this blog seems to be writing lots of reviews and being the resident Oscar maven.

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  1. Something I’ve said in the past about Stewart – she seems like a good actress, just one from an alien species that doesn’t behave the same way we humans do.

  2. The shortlist for Best Foreign Language Film. Any of you seen them? Rob? Nic?

    Australia, Tanna, Bentley Dean, Martin Butler, directors;
    Canada, It’s Only the End of the World, Xavier Dolan, director;
    Denmark, Land of Mine, Martin Zandvliet, director;
    Germany, Toni Erdmann, Maren Ade, director;
    Iran, The Salesman, Asghar Farhadi, director;
    Norway, The King’s Choice, Erik Poppe, director;
    Russia, Paradise, Andrei Konchalovsky, director;
    Sweden, A Man Called Ove, Hannes Holm, director;
    Switzerland, My Life as a Zucchini, Claude Barras, director.

  3. Good grief, Carrie Fisher & Debbie Reynolds passing away within a day of each other is just awful beyond words. What a nightmare for their family and especially Billie Lourd.

    Even if they weren’t related, to lose two such iconic members of post-WW2 Hollywood would be rare, but this is just an awful tragedy.

  4. Assassin’s Creed allegedly cost a lot more than 125m, although I’m sure a lot of those films are lowballed on that list.

    It sounds strange: but I really enjoyed the TMNT sequel. It was like a crazy, live-action version of the 80’s/90’s cartoon and they tossed everything they could think of at the screen in an attempt to entertain.

    This shot alone will stick with me longer than the vast majority of films I saw in 2016:

  5. Here’s a question–why does Peter Berg still get jobs? After Battleship and now Deepwater Horizon, he’s probably lost more money in the past few years than any other director. He better hope Patriots Day does well (I imagine Mark Wahlberg does, too).

  6. Why does Peter Berg still get jobs?
    Because he’s as much a right-wing conservative ideological nutjob as Marky Mark — so Marky Mark chooses him.

  7. If Patriots Day isn’t a hit, Walhberg might not be hiring anybody. Looking back over the last six years, these are some of the memorable films he’s made; Contraband, 2 Guns, The Gambler, Pain and Gain, and Broken City. Daddy’s Home was a hit–don’t know if Lone Survivor made it’s money back. It appears that comedies like Ted and Daddy’s Home is where Walhberg is scoring. Of course, he also produced such great movies as Entourage.

    Also: Walhberg supported Obama in 2012. How big a right-wing nutjob can he be?

  8. Wahlberg is uber-religious. If he’s giving to Democrats, it’s only because his wife is forcing him to.
    But I don’t know. All I know is he and Berg make the most blatantly partisan hackery films possible. American Sniper-lever ideological.

  9. It’s possible to be Catholic and extremely liberal, I know people who are. Walhberg is also on record for supporting same-sex marriage. He may be sticking with Berg out of loyalty, but Berg has never shown an ability to make a great movie.

  10. I’m not dead wrong. You can be one or the other, or neither. You can be a Christian or Progressive (let’s not use liberal or conservative from this point on), but you cannot be both. The reason to belong to the christian cult is, I assume, when it comes down to it, to stay out of hell. I mean, why else would you do it? Unless you’re brainwashed or supremely ignorant, as it’s pretty obvious you don’t need to cult to be ‘moral’. So when it comes down to it, once you’re faced with death, or even while you’re alive, you’re standing for the tenets of that cult, whether being a face of it or a believer of it, no matter your actions. If you feel guilty enough to help those who your cult disparages, then you must leave that cult, for if you do not, you are simply a selfish fool who wants to feel better about themselves. If you are that Jesuit priest you showed who wanted social justice for all, then what’s your need to be a Jesuit priest? Are you spiritual? Fine, then teach spirituality outside the framework of that cult. That priest you posted was, it seems, a pacifist, anti-war activist who wasn’t necessarily railing against the tenets of his faith, but railing against the war machine of the power structure that controls the world. Good for him. Was he a progressive? I doubt it. Go back and ask him about his anti-abortion status. That’s quite a war on women there, and not very progressive. You are either in the cult or you are out. Any person can have their own views within whatever framework they have, but you cannot be a part of any cult and not be limited, tied to, or beholden, eventually, to the tenets that cult ascribes to your life.
    You cannot be a progressive, free-thinking, rational human being and belong to any cult anywhere, in any form. At all.

  11. But this does bring up a very interesting idea…..Marky Mark’s hypocritical worldview aside, why does Berg keep getting these jobs? Is Marky Mark doing these ideological films to help a friend? I didn’t know he and Marky Mark were friends. So is Mark going against his beliefs (which I don’t think he is) to do these films? Is this what he truly feels? Is he giving money to Progressive causes because his wife is forcing him to, so he goes and makes these movies? I am insanely interested in this.

  12. filmman isn’t “wrong” as much as he’s just been careful to define terms so that they’re oppositional to each other. So if you’re progressive, by definition, you can’t really be a Christian. And if you’re a Christian, by definition, you can’t really be progressive. It’s just so, because that’s how he’s defined the terms.

    It’s a bullshit lazy way to think about the world – moreso than anything I’ve seen in a Peter Berg movie, for example – and it’s baffling that someone who thinks of himself as an artist would have such a simple-minded view of people.

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