Alice's Message Wall

hunterjt13
Jim Hunter 2 years ago

"What the fuck?" My response exactly. I hope they don't get too Gestapo about profanity; after all, we're not the only Super Reviewers who curse, and many of our reviews are rock awesome - your latest of Driver a prime example. (If I buy you Carey Mulligan's face for your birthday, will you send pictures?)
Once is pretty short, and if you're really pressed for time, you can fast forward through some of the repeated songs.

hunterjt13
Jim Hunter 2 years ago

Great review on happythankyoumoreplease.
You'll see that I wasn't too happy with Crazy, Stupid, Love. No wistful feeling, just a desire to, like Ryan Gosling, fuck everything that moved and take my Dad shopping for new clothes.

hunterjt13
Jim Hunter 3 years ago

So, I quoted you in my The Lives of Others review, but when I reposted it on Netflix, I totally plagiarized you. Is it less morally reprehensible if I tell you about it?

hunterjt13
Jim Hunter 3 years ago

It was an homage.

hunterjt13
Jim Hunter 3 years ago

Facebook Flixster? I'm confused. These reviews are going on Facebook? Whose page? I don't have a Facebook page ...

hunterjt13
Jim Hunter 3 years ago

Thank you. I was rather proud of that one.

hunterjt13
Jim Hunter 3 years ago

I know! Am I watching good movies, or am I just getting soft? I guess I threw in Scanners to prove that I could still be critical.
Flixster has the video of Emily Blunt singing on the Gideon's Daughter page. You won't get the context, but even on its own, it's pretty awesome.

aahillyer
Audrey Hillyer 3 years ago

Yes. I don't understand any of this.

justinhelfrich
Justin Helfrich 3 years ago

Uh oh! :)

hunterjt13
Jim Hunter 3 years ago

"Shrink-wrapped in tears" - nice.

hunterjt13
Jim Hunter 3 years ago

Well, thanks for the unintentional recommendation. I certainly enjoyed watching it even if, as I said, it wasn't extraordinary. Though, considering all the mediocre/shitty movies there are, it may be an achievement to make something that doesn't have anything to complain about.

hunterjt13
Jim Hunter 3 years ago

This was one of the films you added to Netflix. I didn't know you had seen it; after all, you don't have review posted on Flixster ...

hunterjt13
Jim Hunter 3 years ago

I liked Cassandra's Dream more than I like Farrell in the film. In Bruges cannot be successful without strong performances; it's intimate, filled with close-ups and pensive moments. Woody Allen's scripts are usually more distant, and there is less empty time, which the actors need to fill. You're right that the characters are similar, but the filmmaking is quite different.

hunterjt13
Jim Hunter 3 years ago

How does one get to be a "super reviewer?"

hunterjt13
Jim Hunter 3 years ago

Then I stubbed my toe and was like, "Ow."

hunterjt13
Jim Hunter 3 years ago

I read your post and was like "Hmm."

hunterjt13
Jim Hunter 3 years ago

(cont'd from previous) after all, if the savior of the Matrix can be Neo, then the occasionally evil ex-wife can be "Mal." To be honest - and I mean no offense - as much as I needed another human being to witness this film with me, as I mention in my review, I'm actually glad that it wasn't you. I just bought and watched Redbelt and was reminded of our post-mortem following that film. I still unabashedly love that film. "Mr. Flynn, I want to talk to you!"

hunterjt13
Jim Hunter 3 years ago

SPOILER ALERT for anyone who reads Alice's page.

Thanks for wanting to introduce me to your Flixster friends, but I think they would have to "friend" me on Flixster in order for that to happen, and that's way too much work. And you know my feelings about Facebook. It's a shock I'm even on Flixster.

I think the "why can't people design their own dreams" question is part of the science fiction aspect of the film. To a certain degree, we have to buy into the idea that these characters have a kind of super-power. Just as we don't ask why can Superman fly, I don't think it's our place to ask why Ellen Page can play God of Dreams. The question about an outsider's control of one's consciousness is far more interesting to Nolan's philosophical overtones than the specifics of "dream magic." The goal of science fiction is to use the extraordinary to garner insight about the ordinary - in this case, the philosophical questions about God and consciousness.

To an extent, I agree with you because I've always had trouble with the fact that movie dreams seem far more cogent and follow a narrative structure unlike real dreams. But to a degree this is accounted for with their "how come you can't remember the beginning of a dream" thing.

I've been thinking about this, and I've decided that the whole movie is Cobb's dream. Why? The kids don't age. They are the same age in Cobb's memory as they are when Cobb meets them, presumably some time later. Cobb's subconscious can imagine himself older, and Mal's subconscious can do the same, but Cobb can't create a future version of his kids. Therefore, I think they're projections - wish fulfillment, like Cobb's eventual heroism and philosophically, like some people's belief in God.

Finally, I had to double-check this: in Greek mythology Ariadne (Ellen Page's character name) leads Theseus out of the labyrinth. So, I think the "clever" name shit doesn't end with "Mal." But once again, I'm willing to forgive the film;

hunterjt13
Jim Hunter 3 years ago

First, the dream is a design, therefore you can "do something" in a dream because it is - in a way - part of the designer's plan. Second, they mention that they're only supposed to work one job together. They're not supposed to work together multiple times, but they do because this job is "special." There is a hole/inconsistancy I can see/agree with you on: why Ariande? What makes her so special, or what about their relationship makes Cobb feel he can trust her? Third, Arthur's dream is in zero gravity because the security guys got through the barriers. That wasn't part of the plan, and the medicine man (for lack of a character name) had to start the kick early. Finally, it could be that the entire film is a dream, though I'd have to look again to see if the top even topples over. I skipped a few questions that I didn't think were glaring issues, like Mal's name. I actually thought she was Moll throughout the film; after all, The Kids Are All Right got away with naming a kid "Laser."

hunterjt13
Jim Hunter 3 years ago

Quoted on an Alice Shen review - I feel influential.

hunterjt13
Jim Hunter 3 years ago

"Also, did anybody else get a weird vibe from Colin Firth and Amanda Bynes' looks?"
I don't think so - you're the only one to ever watch this movie.

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