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We Love You, Sally Carmichael!
14 hours ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Do you wish someone would make another of the old Cary Grant type films about the straight-man amongst a host of believably eccentric characters, each engaging in their own way, but cumulatively capable of overwhelming the lead with maelstroms of comedic consternation? If Cary Grant were Mormon, and lived in a uniquely Utah-Mormon environment, this would be it.

Wonder Woman
Wonder Woman (2017)
2 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

This is definitely the best to come out of DC's mindless, shallow superhero reality, and it might even compare favorably with the worst of Marvel's realm -- Green Lantern -- but please do not perpetuate marketing hype that this film is somehow empowering to girls. Wonder Woman spends her time trying to murder people she thinks are secretly characters from her childhood stories instead of concentrating on real acts that could end wars and save people she loves. She seems incapable of assessing when it would be prudent to back away from a fight, relying on blind rage in the face of overwhelming planning, power and experience, never learning from her mistakes because she's always bailed out by: loved ones risking their lives to offset her lack of intelligence and planning, or unknown Godlike powers that show up at just the right moment. Here's your role model, little girls.

Gifted (2017)
3 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Where a child's immediate happiness is fundamentally at odds with fulfilling her enormous potential in life, which should a parent choose to enable? In Gifted, two relatives of an orphan fight the question out in court. This increasingly important decision has never before been portrayed as clearly and fairly in a movie. The only thing I would have added, if I had made this film, is a connection between the Millennium Problems and their benefit to humanity. Since we cannot know their benefit until we have built on their solutions for years or perhaps centuries, the best way to show their practical application is to give examples from the past of how Heliocentric proofs, for example, allowed humanity to move forward.

Since we already deprive our offspring most of their childhood by teaching them static concepts in public schools, taking the last little bit of gaiety from one girl with a capacity to transcend these static concepts most likely would help everybody else achieve a better life. What the child wants for herself over the course of her life should always be the highest priority, and this movie deals with that fairly: one side more worried about what she will want as an adult, and the other concerned more about what she wants now. It's a tough question with many opinions, none of which this film proclaims as right. Instead, the winner is the merely the best strategist, the one who most skillfully uses emotional manipulation to reduce the will of the other. In real life, the test would be whether the child grows up glad she was enabled to take the path she did.

Arrival (2016)
6 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

If I were an alien who wanted to convey the power of a conceptualization language -- rather than a weak language of names -- to humans, I wouldn't send a fleet of giant spacecrafts to do it. I would instead make a movie about a fleet of giant spacecrafts come to convey the power of a superior conceptualization language, and the movie would be exactly like "Arrival."