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  • 金娜璉
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    Silver Linings Playbook: That movie is such a joy to watch over and over again. Love the performances, love the chemistry between Bradley and queen JLaw. Also, Bradley is such a little nugget in this film. He’s a cutie. That buzz cut. My heart. Looooove to re-watch it every now and then. Grade: A

    i love this movie so much too! It has to become a classic.

    I was banned for unspecified reasons. Bye, Goldderby. Thank you, next!

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    Fatal Attraction (1987):

    Just watched this for the first time tonight (didn’t do this before because I’m uncultured and cheap). Directed by Adrian Lyne, starring Glenn Close and Michael Douglas.

    So, I’ve got one question: how the hell did Glenn Close lose to Cher? Yeah yeah, I know: Cher was in a Best Picture frontrunner, FA was controversial (which I understand where it’s coming from), etc., that’s still no excuse for the Academy to commit this crime. Her performance is the epitome of perfection and you can’t take your eyes off her; the looks/facial expressions she gives alone just enamors you and makes the performance worthwhile to watch. “I’m not going to be ignored, Dan” gave me life. RIP to that cute, harmless bunny, though (like what the heck Alex). That Best Picture nom was deserved, and it being the ‘80s definitely helped get that. I have to wonder had Close won for this or the movie was released in the ’90s, if Sharon Stone would’ve been nominated for Basic Instinct. Which brings me to the question: what’s with Michael Douglas and erotic thrillers that gross $350 million lol? Anyways, great movie about the human psyche with an even greater Glenn Close performance.

    Overall grade: B+

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    Jeffrey Kare
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    ^Kevin Jacobsen talked about the Best Actress race that year with Andrew Carden on his podcast. They mentioned that Glenn Close had to have been in fourth place that year only above Meryl Streep for Ironweed.

    @56:00
    And the Runner-Up Is…MOONSTRUCK

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    Dao Truong Giang
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    Has anyone watched Zhang Yimou’s Shadow? I can already see myself giving it best cinematography, costume & production design at the end of the year. A visual masterpiece and overall great movie.

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    I just watched Destroyer (it’s only been out in Australia for a few weeks), and must say that Nicole Kidman’s performance was astounding! I couldn’t take my eyes off her for the entire movie! And I really enjoyed the plotting, the direction and the make-up (something I never really notice in movies). I think it got overlooked, majorly, at the awards season just gone.

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    “Leaving Neverland” (2019): I’m fairly overwhelmed by what I just watched. I certainly didn’t want to see this, but the first hour really grabs you nostalgically and compels further viewing as things take a sharp turn thematically. I’m unsure what to think or feel about it. Riveting content that never felt like a four-hour documentary, though with certain elements of the narrative repeated for effect like many docs love to do, shaving off a half-hour or so wouldn’t have compromised much. There aren’t many directorial flourishes here from Dan Reed, which might have been ideal in letting the subjects take center stage. I found both Wade Robson and James Safechuck to be highly credible, and I hope one of the lasting effects of the #MeToo movement is that victims get to finally be heard, which they fully deserve. Whether you believe them is up to you. I can’t separate Michael Jackson from my childhood, so all of this is quite vivid and disturbing. Some of the conclusions reached from this and Oprah’s “After Neverland” special that followed was that we can either reconcile the dueling ideas of Jackson being a musical genius and a sick pedophile or not, but this abuse culture is far bigger than him. It’s in families, schools, athletics, business, the Catholic Church, you name it. That’s what needs to be dealt with right now, so if a casualty of that fact is not being able to listen to “Thriller” unencumbered, then so be it, I guess…

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    ome of the conclusions reached from this and Oprah’s “After Neverland” special that followed was that we can either reconcile the dueling ideas of Jackson being a musical genius and a sick pedophile or not, but this abuse culture is far bigger than him.

    It is troubling that you basically find someone guilty of such heinous crimes based on nothing but hearsay in a documentary that has questionable practices. We will never know the full truth but here are few facts for you to consider before blindly claiming such thing based on a one-sided documentary. These are facts that raise serious concerns that the documentary tried to downplay:

    1. Wade and James both testified under oath previously in defense of Michael Jackson. Wade at age 22, was the star witness in defense of MJ in his 2005 trial. James was interrogated by detectives along without the presence of his parents as a child (in 1994) and he insisted that nothing happened. While Wade claims he didn’t realize it was sexual abuse until he became a father, I personally find it hard to believe that someone at the age of 22 doesn’t know what pedophilia is. Wade even participated in the VMA tribute to Michael Jackson in 2009 at the age of 27. He asked to be the lead choreographer for Michael’s Vegas show at the age of 30. Only when he was rejected by MJ estate did he make such allegations.

    2. The documentary engages in unethical practices by not giving any room for the accused side to provide their rebuttal. And they even present other children as victims in the documentary without their permission. Brett Barnes for example (who was friends with MJ when he was a child) requested that his name and footage be removed from the documentary and Dan Reed refused his request: https://www.nme.com/news/music/leaving-neverland-filmmakers-refused-remove-brett-barnes-film-2463998

    3. While I personally choose to believe alleged victims first and hear their stories before making a judgement, it is also important to respect the presumption of innocence of the accused and try to determine whether there’s an ulterior motive involved. A simple fact: Wade and James are suing MJ Estate for 1.5B$. Their appeal is coming up later this year. Whether you like it or not, we have to consider the possibility that this is an attempt to sway the public opinion in their favor to compel the court to grant them their 1.5B$ request.

    4. Michael Jackson was investigated by the state twice. His mansion was raided several times. Forensic searches were conducted. And nothing incriminating was ever found. The jurors acquitted him unanimously even the ones who admit that they thought he was guilty when they started the trial (based on public perception).

    Again we will never know the truth, and it’s really a delicate subject, but I’m afraid that the trend nowadays has become systematically believing any sexual assault allegation that is made without paying any regard to the accused’s presumption of innocence. In this case, I heard their story with an open mind like I will always will with any accuser, but after doing some research, and taking into consideration the fact that they repeatedly denied such allegations as adults before under oath, it’s hard for me to believe them solely based on their word, especially when there’s 1.5B$ at stake.

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    It is troubling that you basically find someone guilty of such heinous crimes based on nothing but hearsay in a documentary that has questionable practices. We will never know the full truth but here are few facts for you to consider before blindly claiming such thing based on a one-sided documentary. These are facts that raise serious concerns that the documentary tried to downplay:

    1. Wade and James both testified under oath previously in defense of Michael Jackson. Wade at age 22, was the star witness in defense of MJ in his 2005 trial. James was interrogated by detectives along without the presence of his parents as a child (in 1994) and he insisted that nothing happened. While Wade claims he didn’t realize it was sexual abuse until he became a father, I personally find it hard to believe that someone at the age of 22 doesn’t know what pedophilia is. Wade even participated in the VMA tribute to Michael Jackson in 2009 at the age of 27. He asked to be the lead choreographer for Michael’s Vegas show at the age of 30. Only when he was rejected by MJ estate did he make such allegations.

    2. The documentary engages in unethical practices by not giving any room for the accused side to provide their rebuttal. And they even present other children as victims in the documentary without their permission. Brett Barnes for example (who was friends with MJ when he was a child) requested that his name and footage be removed from the documentary and Dan Reed refused his request: https://www.nme.com/news/music/leaving-neverland-filmmakers-refused-remove-brett-barnes-film-2463998

    3. While I personally choose to believe alleged victims first and hear their stories before making a judgement, it is also important to respect the presumption of innocence of the accused and try to determine whether there’s an ulterior motive involved. A simple fact: Wade and James are suing MJ Estate for 1.5B$. Their appeal is coming up later this year. Whether you like it or not, we have to consider the possibility that this is an attempt to sway the public opinion in their favor to compel the court to grant them their 1.5B$ request.

    4. Michael Jackson was investigated by the state twice. His mansion was raided several times. Forensic searches were conducted. And nothing incriminating was ever found. The jurors acquitted him unanimously even the ones who admit that they thought he was guilty when they started the trial (based on public perception).

    Again we will never know the truth, and it’s really a delicate subject, but I’m afraid that the trend nowadays has become systematically believing any sexual assault allegation that is made without paying any regard to the accused’s presumption of innocence. In this case, I heard their story with an open mind like I will always will with any accuser, but after doing some research, and taking into consideration the fact that they repeatedly denied such allegations as adults before under oath, it’s hard for me to believe them solely based on their word, especially when there’s 1.5B$ at stake.

    I’ll believe whatever I choose to, and you’re free to do the same thing. Save your useless damn lectures for someone else, b/c I’m not the one for them.

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    I just saw The Best of Enemies. I’ve also recently seen Dumbo, Five Feet Apart and Wonder Park.

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    I’ll believe whatever I choose to, and you’re free to do the same thing. Save your useless damn lectures for someone else, b/c I’m not the one for them.

    This is not a “useless lecture”. These are facts that you are free to refute without the need to resort to being condescending. But it’s clear that you haven’t done any research on the matter and that you’re probably incapable of debating this or disproving these facts. Sure, as you say, you can continue to believe anything you see on TV, but you’d be a simple minded person if you did so, and I hope you’re not. Do your own research and form your own opinion that is not fed to you by Oprah or anyone else.

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    Shazam! (2019):
    So cute and fun! I loved the dynamics between the characters. It reminded me a lot of fun 80s and 90s kid action-adventure movies, and it had so much heart without ever seeming too saccharine. The casting was pitch-perfect. I didn’t love the villain, but he wasn’t any worse that a lot of other superhero movies, and I like how they leaned into the camp with his character. Zachary Levi was so hilarious, and Jack Dylan Grazer was great too. The diversity in the movie bordered on tokenism a little, but hey, I’m not complaining that Asians and Latinos are finally getting some superhero representation! I really hope they make a sequel.
    7/10

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    Soul Surfer:

    This used to be my favourite film (before I actually watched films lol). Oh boy… it didn’t age well. AnnaSophia Robb was ok but jesus the supporting cast is bad. Helen Hunt’s botched plastic surgery did her dirty. Dennis Quaid was just annoying and whatever Carrie Underwood was trying to do didn’t work AT ALL.

    There’s so much clichéd scenes in this films but the moment they all hold hands around the table and the brother doesn’t know where to put his takes the cake. And what’s there to say about the most pointless, useless scene in any movie I’ve ever seen: when the dad verifies if the shark that’s dead is actually the shark that attacked her daughter.

    Grade: lmao (sums it up better than an actual grade)

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    GIVE LENA HEADEY HER EMMY

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    Annihilation (2018):

     

    Damn what a movie! I was on my feet throughout the movie. That bear scene was everything. It scared the crap out of me even though I’m not easily scared. Natalie Portman was brilliant as always. She deserved at least a GG nod heck even an Oscar nod. Overall, it was a great movie!

     

    Grade: 9/10

     

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    Fruitvale Station (rewatch):

    This movie… brilliance. It’s a must watch that I can’t recommend highly enough. Everybody, go watch this gem if you haven’t already. Heartbreaking and SO relevant in today’s climate.
    You all know I can’t not speak about that final scene with Octavia. Masterful acting. Same with Michael B. Jordan and Melonie Diaz.

    A++

    GIVE LENA HEADEY HER EMMY

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    Baby Driver

    Oh, how much I loved this movie. Soo good! Ansel Elgort was great in this role. Rank: A

    PS Dunkirk stole all of its 3 Oscars

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